Legal Action

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Report highlights Turkey's troubled press freedom record

November 2, 2015 2:29 PM ET

Turkish authorities should end impunity for attacks against journalists, decriminalize insult and defamation, stop harassing critical news outlets, and release imprisoned journalists, according to "Press Freedom in Turkey's Inter-Election Period," a report published Saturday by the Vienna-based International Press Institute....

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In China, harsh penalties for 'false news' make it harder for reporters to work

October 30, 2015 5:29 PM ET

China's journalists and bloggers, already under threat of persecution, face new risks from November 1, when amendments to the country's criminal law come into effect. Under the amendment, passed in August by legislative body the National People's Congress, those convicted...

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In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears

October 27, 2015 7:00 AM ET

Hard-earned press freedom in Tunisia is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism in the wake of deadly terror attacks. While Islamist militants threaten the media, the government introduces restrictive legislation and...

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Egypt arrests three journalists in five days, whereabouts of two unknown

October 26, 2015 2:33 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2015--At least three journalists have been arrested in the past five days in Egypt, and the whereabouts of two of them are unknown, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities...

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Joint mission finds Turkish journalists under severe pressure

October 22, 2015 11:38 AM ET

Pressure on journalists in Turkey has severely escalated since parliamentary elections on June 7, restricting the media's ability to report on matters of public interest, according to press freedom groups who conducted a joint international emergency mission to the country...

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Chinese journalist accused of illegally acquiring state secrets

October 19, 2015 3:18 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2015--Chinese authorities should immediately release an award-winning journalist who has been held since October 8 and accused of illegally acquiring state secrets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Liu Wei is an investigative reporter for...

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CPJ joins Council of Europe journalism safety platform

October 16, 2015 6:19 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined the Council of Europe's platform to protect journalism and promote the safety of journalists. The Strasbourg-based body set up the reporting system earlier this year as a way to hold its 47...

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In Ethiopia, Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism charges

October 16, 2015 9:46 AM ET

Nairobi, October 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the acquittal by an Ethiopian court today of four Zone 9 bloggers charged with terrorism. Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, and Natnail Feleke, jailed since April 2014, are scheduled to be released...

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Kenyan parliament passes repressive media bill

October 15, 2015 1:16 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage late Wednesday by Kenya's national assembly of a bill that would impose a harsh fine or two years in jail, or both, for a journalist who is found...

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In Ethiopia, drawn out Zone 9 trial serves to further punish bloggers

October 14, 2015 6:42 PM ET

On Friday the Zone 9 bloggers are due to appear in court in Ethiopia for the 39th time since their arrest in April 2014. Endalk Chala, a co-founder of the group which is being honored with an International Press...

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