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CPJ alarmed by harassment of journalists in Cameroon

March 11, 2010 3:08 PM ET

Dear President Biya: We are writing to express our alarm at the harassment and abuse of at least a dozen journalists in Cameroon. These reporters each raised questions about your administration’s management of public finances, the progress of an anti-corruption drive dubbed Operation Sparrowhawk, and local government affairs. We call on you to hold members of the administration accountable for using security forces and criminal laws to settle scores with the media. We further urge you to initiate reforms that would refer matters of defamation to civil courts.

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Ethiopia reinstates hefty fines against publishing houses

March 10, 2010 4:29 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2010—The Ethiopian Supreme Court reinstated fines on Monday against four newspaper publishing companies over their coverage of the disputed 2005 national election. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ethiopian authorities to end their continuing pursuit...

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Staff of Dagestani weekly on trial for extremism in Russia

March 10, 2010 2:03 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today at the continued criminal prosecution of five journalists with the Dagestani independent weekly Chernovik....

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Embattled Kazakh weekly paralyzed by damages

March 9, 2010 5:51 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2010—Kazakh authorities should immediately lift their ban on the distribution of the independent weekly Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Japanese press advocates face 50 lawsuits, broken ribs

March 9, 2010 5:24 PM ET

Kensuke Nishioka, 42, looked different from the other Japanese journalists I encountered in Tokyo during a February trip. Maybe it was the pink hair. “Don’t believe any journalist who says they’re at risk in Japan,” he declared, shrugging off the time, at...

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Court fines a journalist and two newspapers in Kuwait

March 8, 2010 5:54 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Kuwaiti court’s decision to fine a journalist and two newspapers for statements deemed offensive to the ruling family and the prime minister....

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Japanese journalist-turned-lawyer fights media control

March 2, 2010 12:15 PM ET

Kazuo Hizumi holds his hands up before him, shoulder-width apart. He is demonstrating the size of the blade he kept under his pillow when sleeping at the bureau in his days as a rookie reporter in Osaka in 1987. The journalism...

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Egyptian blogger faces military trial

March 1, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to drop the charges against blogger Ahmad Mostafa, who is facing up to one year in prison pending the outcome of his ongoing trial in a military...

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Palestinian Authority ignores court, jails journalist

February 26, 2010 2:14 PM ET

New York, February 26, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to heed a High Court order and release journalist Tariq Abu Zaid immediately....

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Venezuela arrests former police officer in Sambrano murder

February 24, 2010 5:58 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest on Sunday of a man believed to have gunned down journalist Orel Sambrano in 2009 in reprisal for his reporting on drug trafficking, the local press reported....

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