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Hamas detains Palestinian journalist in Gaza

June 14, 2017 4:21 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2017---Palestinian authorities in the Gaza Strip should immediately release Fouad Jaradeh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Jaradeh, a reporter for Palestine TV, the official Palestinian Authority broadcaster based in the West Bank, was...

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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came...

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CPJ joins call for Georgia to investigate case of exiled journalist forcibly taken back to Azerbaijan

June 7, 2017 3:01 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 22 international rights organizations in calling on Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to ensure that the case of Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist living in exile in Tbilisi who is now in custody...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of June 4, 2017

June 5, 2017 1:19 PM ET

News websites blocked for 25th, 44th time, respectively The Turkish telecommunications regulator BTK blocked access to the website of the pro-Kurdish daily newspaper Özgürlükçü Demokrasi--for the 25th time--and to the leftist news website sendika.org--for the 44th time, the press...

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Editor and columnist detained on criminal defamation charges in Myanmar

June 5, 2017 11:21 AM ET

Bangkok, June 5, 2017--Authorities in Myanmar should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against Kyaw Min Swe, editor of The Voice newspaper, and Ko Kyaw Zwa Naing, a columnist at the newspaper who writes under the pen name British Ko...

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Myanmar: One year under Suu Kyi, press freedom lags behind democratic progress

June 5, 2017 11:11 AM ET

When Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her long-persecuted National League for Democracy party won elected office in November 2015, bringing an end to nearly five decades of authoritarian military rule, many local journalists saw the...

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For Mosul journalists, no work or safety in post-Islamic State Iraq

June 1, 2017 5:41 PM ET

For nearly three years, Mosul journalist Mohammad Talal al-Nuaimi lived in constant fear of being discovered and killed. The seizure of Mosul by the militant group Islamic State, or IS, in early June 2014 and the subsequent targeting of...

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Somaliland journalist held without charge for asking question at press conference

June 1, 2017 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--Authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland should immediately release Mohamed Adan Dirir, the editor of the online news portal Horseed Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mohamed has been jailed without charge since...

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Exiled journalist abducted in Georgia to face prosecution in Azerbaijan

May 30, 2017 5:58 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Afgan Mukhtarli and allow him to return to neighboring Georgia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing from their home in Tbilisi,...

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Journalists arrested at Bangkok airport for carrying safety equipment

May 30, 2017 11:40 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2017--Thai authorities should drop all charges against two journalists arrested at Bangkok's main airport today for carrying protective gear and should amend laws to allow journalists to carry potentially lifesaving, protective equipment, the Committee to Protect...

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