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Bangladesh court convicts British journalist on contempt charges

December 9, 2014 12:53 PM ET

On December 2, 2014, a special war crimes court convicted Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman of contempt in connection with his reporting, according to news reports. The court ruled that Bergman's writing "portraying derogatory criticism" had "hurt the feelings of...

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Belarusian journalist held by the KGB on espionage charges

December 8, 2014 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of journalist Aleksandr Alesin, who according to news reports is being held by the Belarusian national security service, known as the KGB....

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Legacy of Rwanda genocide includes media restrictions, self-censorship

December 8, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Twenty years after massacres, Rwanda stable but its media restricted The Rwandan government has taken great strides in bringing stability to the country since the 1994 genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, but moves to allow greater press freedom have been...

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South African court rules that criminal defamation is in line with constitution

December 5, 2014 12:01 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to uphold journalist Cecil Motsepe's appeal against a conviction of criminal defamation, but disapproves of the court's ruling...

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Vietnamese blogger detained on anti-state charges

December 2, 2014 10:53 AM ET

Bangkok, December 2, 2014--An independent blogger was detained in Vietnam on Saturday on anti-state charges for online postings deemed critical of the government, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on Vietnam's government...

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Authorities order radio stations to be closed in the DRC

November 24, 2014 2:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop meddling with radio station broadcasts in the country. The Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende has called for the shutdown...

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CPJ calls on Belgium to defend press freedom at Committee of Ministers

November 18, 2014 2:19 PM ET

CPJ calls on Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, to use his country's presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe--the largest pan-European human rights watchdog--to defend press freedom in Europe, and address violations by members states. CPJ's letter highlights press freedom abuses in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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Thai military authorities force broadcast reporter off the air

November 17, 2014 11:24 AM ET

New York, November 17, 2014--Military authorities in Thailand have forced the suspension of a broadcast reporter for violating orders under martial law that bar critical reporting on the country's ruling junta, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Algerian journalist held for more than a year without charge

November 14, 2014 2:08 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Algerian journalist Abdelhai Abdessamia, who has been held since August 18, 2013. News of Abdessamia's imprisonment was reported by his family in early November, according to news...

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Engaging Turkey's leadership

November 13, 2014 4:49 PM ET

Last month, a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute met with senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ....

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