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Legal protection falls short for Zimbabwe's Insider

August 24, 2011 2:52 PM ET

The Insider is a political newsletter about Zimbabwe, edited by veteran journalist Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was printed as a 12-page leaflet until 2003, when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to publish with annual subscriptions. Rukuni made...

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Vietnamese blogger handed harsh prison sentence

August 11, 2011 2:19 PM ET

Bangkok, August 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentence handed down on Wednesday to French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh Hoang and joins international calls for the dual national's immediate and unconditional release....

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Concerns rise about jailed Vietnamese blogger

July 27, 2011 2:07 PM ET

Bangkok, July 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the health of Nguyen Van Hai, a Vietnamese blogger held in government detention since April 2008, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release on humanitarian grounds....

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Silencing global coverage, Syria detains, expels reporters

July 14, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2011--The Syrian government has detained a local journalist who contributes to pan-Arab news outlets and expelled an international reporter, according to news reports, continuing a crackdown designed to silence global news coverage of the nation's political...

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Journalists detained, released in Vietnam clampdown

July 11, 2011 2:31 PM ET

Bangkok, July 11, 2011--Authorities must stop harassing journalists reporting on public demonstrations in Vietnam, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Sunday, police detained and interrogated three reporters who were covering anti-China protests in Hanoi where around a dozen...

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When rape is inevitable: Surviving imprisonment in Iran

July 7, 2011 3:05 PM ET

As I read the account of Saeeda Siabi in an Iranian prison it became hard for me to breathe. Her descriptions of being raped in front of her 4-month-old son stopped the air in my chest. "They took me...

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After the Black Spring, Cuba's new repression

July 6, 2011 9:00 AM ET

When the last of 29 journalists jailed in a notorious 2003 crackdown was finally freed this year, it signaled to many the end of a dark era. But Cuban authorities are still persecuting independent journalists through arbitrary arrests, beatings, and...

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Kings, queens, and torture in Bahrain

June 28, 2011 2:24 PM ET

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark visited Bahrain in February at the invitation of King Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa. As part of the official program, the queen honored Hamad with the "Storkorset af Dannebrog," the second highest Danish royal...

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On food safety, China misapplies a 'blacklist'

June 27, 2011 9:05 AM ET

Sarcasm reflects how aware the Chinese public has become of the dangers of adulterated food. After Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis, a rumor circulated in China that table salt could prevent radiation. In spite of the government's efforts to curb the...

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Syria must prove jailed blogger is alive, well

June 23, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information today called on the Syrian government to produce immediate evidence showing that unjustly imprisoned blogger Tal al-Mallohi is alive and well. The demand...

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