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Putin should reverse steps to restrict independent press

March 20, 2014 2:31 PM ET

Dear President Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom advocacy group, is gravely concerned about recent steps to restrict Russia's independent media. The measures taken over the past three months threaten to eradicate Russian news outlets' freedom to freely report and analyze news events.

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In Swaziland, two held on contempt of court charges

March 19, 2014 6:22 PM ET

Cape Town, March 19, 2014--Authorities in Swaziland should immediately release Bheki Makhubu, editor of the independent newsmagazine The Nation, and Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer, who were imprisoned earlier this week in connection with articles published in The Nation,...

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Amid clampdown, another blogger sentenced in Vietnam

March 19, 2014 10:41 AM ET

Bangkok, March 19, 2014--In a mounting clampdown on Internet freedom in Vietnam, blogger Pham Viet Dao was sentenced to prison today for online posts critical of the Communist Party-led government, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns...

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Egypt hands jail term to journalist, holds others in custody

March 17, 2014 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the one-year prison sentence given today to Samah Ibrahim, a reporter for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper. Ibrahim is one of at least 10 journalists imprisoned in the...

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Passage of Burma media bill would reverse free press gains

March 17, 2014 4:15 PM ET

Dear President Thein Sein: We are writing to express our concern about shrinking press freedom in Burma and urge you to veto media legislation that was passed this month by your country's parliament. The bill, which awaits your signature, maintains a censorship role for state authorities and threatens to reverse several of the gains achieved to date under your democratic reform program.

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CPJ condemns journalist's conviction in Azerbaijan

March 17, 2014 3:58 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a five-year jail term given today to Tofiq Yaqublu, an Azerbaijani journalist with the opposition daily Yeni Musavat, and calls on authorities to overturn the verdict on appeal. Yaqublu, who...

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FCCC survey finds China abuses press card, visa process

March 17, 2014 1:20 PM ET

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (Beijing) published the findings of its annual visa survey last week. The findings are grim but come as no surprise following the Chinese government's showdown late last year with members of the foreign press. ...

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Burma clampdown gathers pace as legislation passed

March 14, 2014 1:53 PM ET

In a clear step backwards for press freedom in Burma, new legislation will give the government censorship powers and the sole authority to issue and revoke news publication licenses. While the legislation enshrines into law broad press freedom guarantees, specific...

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South Sudan government warning: Don't interview rebels

March 14, 2014 10:27 AM ET

Last week, South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei warned reporters in the capital, Juba, not to interview the opposition or face possible arrest or expulsion from the country. According to the minister, a lawyer by profession, broadcast interviews with...

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CPJ condemns blocking of news websites in Russia

March 13, 2014 6:57 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the blocking today of independent and pro-opposition news websites in Russia, including Ezhednevny Zhurnal, Grani, Kasparov, and the website of the liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy. The popular...

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