Barack Obama

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The invisible plight of the Tanzanian press

August 6, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The Tanzanian government enjoys good international publicity for transparency, but news of public discontent is not being heard. A spike in anti-press attacks is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists. A CPJ special report by Tom Rhodes...

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Abdulelah Shaea freed after three years in Yemeni jail

July 24, 2013 12:40 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Tuesday of Yemeni freelance journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea, who had been imprisoned for almost three years on anti-state charges. Shaea was released yesterday after President Abd...

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Obama must urge free press during meeting with Vietnam

July 24, 2013 12:15 PM ET

Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our concern about the deteriorating press and Internet freedom situation in Vietnam ahead of your Thursday meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. We ask that in your discussions you insist on the progress of freedom of expression-related issues as a precondition for broadening Vietnam's diplomatic, economic, and strategic relations with the United States.

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CPJ, coalition press for information on surveillance

July 18, 2013 1:36 PM ET

CPJ today joined an unprecedented coalition of leading Internet companies and civil liberty activists in the United States to press Washington to be more open about its massive and controversial surveillance programs....

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Obama should urge promotion of free press in Tanzania

June 25, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Dear President Obama: Ahead of your first trip to East Africa, we would like to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Tanzania. In your meetings with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, we ask that you discuss the critical importance of press freedom to economic development and democracy.

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An open plea: Xi and Obama can accomplish one thing

June 6, 2013 12:25 PM ET

Dear President Xi and President Obama, You will both have received many public and private letters of advice prior to your meeting on Friday and Saturday in California. They will urge you to take up specific issues ranging from military...

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Premature praise for Burma's press reforms

May 22, 2013 10:40 AM ET

Burmese President Thein Sein made a historic visit to the White House on May 19, the latest in a series of high-level symbolic exchanges between the two nations. While Thein Sein has been regularly commended by U.S. officials for...

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Turkey's press freedom must be on Obama-Erdoğan agenda

May 16, 2013 2:24 PM ET

When President Obama meets with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyp Erdoğan today, he needs to deliver the message that Turkey's failure to improve its record on press freedom is eroding the country's strategic relationship with the United States and sabotaging...

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Obama should press Israel to return Wattan TV property

March 19, 2013 6:01 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--During his trip to the region this week, U.S. President Barack Obama should call on Israeli authorities to return the equipment of an independent broadcaster that was seized more than a year ago, the Committee to...

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