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Mexican journalist held for 25 hours after criticizing mayor

June 10, 2009 12:03 PM ET

On May 9, 2009, four police officers in masks arrested Simón Tiburcio Chávez, publisher of the monthly newspaper Nuevo Amanecer in Alvarado, a city in the southeastern state of Veracruz. The journalist told CPJ that he was held for 25...

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CPJ, JFO cite press freedom abuses in Iraq

June 10, 2009 11:45 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister al-Maliki: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) would like to bring to your attention several issues that harm press freedom in Iraq. In recent months, our organizations have documented a number of assaults and instances of harassment committed by government officials against journalists in various parts of the country under the control of Iraq's central government.

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Foreign journalists harassed in Tiananmen Square

June 3, 2009 4:19 PM ET

The Foreign Correspondent's Club of China (FCCC) has posted a statement on its Web site about Chinese security officials--uniformed and otherwise--harassing foreign journalists in and around Tiananmen Square. The group's incident list includes five cases of obstruction reported in the...

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Gabon targets media over coverage of Bongo's health

May 27, 2009 2:36 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the government of Gabon's crackdown on independent media coverage of President Omar Bongo's hospitalization and potential succession issues. Bongo, Africa's longest-serving head of state, has been in a...

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CPJ appeals to Yemen to end crackdown on media

May 22, 2009 12:30 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to express its concern about your government's recent crackdown on media outlets that have covered civil unrest in the southern part of Yemen.

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Zimbabwe media lawyer free a day after arrest

May 15, 2009 4:40 PM ET

We welcome good news from Zimbabwe today as authorities released Alec Muchadehama, one of many lawyers working in defense of persecuted journalists in that country....

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Tunisia tries to oust head of journalist syndicate

May 13, 2009 4:42 PM ET

New York May 13, 2009--Tunisian government efforts to force out the president of a critical journalists union is part of a campaign to eliminate independent media in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One year after Sichuan, six after SARS, 33 after Tangshan

May 12, 2009 5:05 PM ET

One of our news alerts on Monday detailed the harassment reporters faced as they tried to cover the anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake, one of China's greatest natural disasters. Today, on the anniversary, newspapers marked the event with strong coverage....

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One year on, China stifles reporting on earthquake victims

May 11, 2009 4:00 PM ET

New York, May 11, 2009--After the recent harassment of several foreign journalists and the arrest of least one local writer, the Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Sichuan province to allow journalists to report freely in the...

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CPJ concerned by South Korean pressure on media

May 7, 2009 5:21 PM ET

Dear President Lee: The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by your administration's increasing pressure on the Republic of Korea's media. The arrest on April 28 of four staff members with your country's second-largest broadcaster, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), is only the most recent step in what appears to be a broader effort to stifle independent reporting critical of government policies.

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