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Ethiopia releases imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu

July 9, 2015 12:13 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison today of Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu, a critical columnist who has been jailed since June 2011 on terrorism charges. Reeyot was sentenced in 2012 to 14...

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CPJ urges Egypt to halt legal clampdown on the press

July 9, 2015 11:56 AM ET

Dear President el-Sisi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Egypt.

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Ethiopia releases five journalists, drops all charges against them

July 8, 2015 4:39 PM ET

Nairobi, July 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison today of two bloggers affiliated with the independent Ethiopian collective Zone 9 and three other journalists. All charges have been dropped against them, according to exiled Ethiopian...

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Sri Lanka moves to re-establish restrictive media regulatory body

July 7, 2015 12:06 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about Sri Lankan authorities' decision to re-establish the Sri Lankan Press Council, a media regulatory body which gives the government powers to jail journalists in connection with their reporting....

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Erdoğan vs the press: Insult law used to silence president's critics

July 6, 2015 5:34 PM ET

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is known for being intolerant of critics. During his third term as prime minister, Turkey was the leading jailer of journalists in the world with more than 60 behind bars at the height of the...

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With more journalist arrests, press freedom further declines in Egypt

July 6, 2015 3:47 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2015--Egyptian authorities arrested four journalists last week around the two-year anniversary of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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In Turkey, jailed journalist given new prison term as third investigation begins

July 1, 2015 6:23 PM ET

Istanbul, July 1, 2015--Turkish journalist Mehmet Baransu was handed a 10-month jail sentence by an Istanbul court on June 30 for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter, according to reports. Baransu, a columnist and correspondent for the privately owned...

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Zimbabwean journalist to appeal jail term over unregistered newspaper

June 30, 2015 6:00 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately release Zimbabwean journalist Patrick Chitongo who, according to reports, was sentenced to one year in prison on June 23 for publishing an unregistered newspaper....

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Moroccan editor, source convicted in defamation case

June 30, 2015 2:14 PM ET

New York, June 30--Moroccan journalist Hamid al-Mahdaoui was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence by a Casablanca court on Monday and ordered, along with a co-defendant named in the case, to pay a combined 100,000 Moroccan dirhams ($10,290) in damages...

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More signs of Myanmar's toughening stance on media

June 26, 2015 3:49 PM ET

Myanmar’s parliament yesterday voted against several constitutional amendments that keep the military’s veto power intact, dealing a blow to hopes for fuller democracy, according to the BBC. And outside the legislature authorities are accelerating the pace at which they undoing...

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