In Cameroon, press struggles with financial and official constraints
May 4, 2015 11:50 AM ET
On March 16, Cameroon's Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakari, denounced French online news outlet Le Monde as unprofessional at a press conference after it reported on allegations that President Paul Biya was in hospital in Geneva. The incident...
On World Press Freedom Day and journalists' safety
May 1, 2015 10:54 AM ET
Last week, I met a Cameroonian journalist who worked in the Congo until he fled following a series of threats and an attack on his home by armed men who assaulted his sister. Elie Smith, a TV host who documented...
In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace
April 29, 2015 1:25 PM ET
Dear President Vladimir Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Crimea.
International coalition calls on European Court to prioritize Azerbaijani press cases
April 21, 2015 1:53 PM ET
Azerbaijan, one of the 10 Most Censored Countries in the world, according to new research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, is to host the first-ever European Games this June. As Baku prepares to bask in the spotlight by hosting...
Mission Journal: Challenges for India's press increase as Modi marks first year in office
April 20, 2015 11:22 AM ET
"Modi has tightened the screws on information." This statement from Bangalore-based journalist Subir Ghosh underscores a common challenge repeated to me by several of India's journalists, who say the space for criticism is shrinking under Narendra Modi's rule. Since...
Mission Journal: Fewer arrests but fear still lingers for Somaliland's press
April 17, 2015 4:18 PM ET
Conditions for the press in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland may, on the surface, appear to be improving. But without a functioning media law to lend protection, and pending legislative elections, journalists remain wary of state harassment....
In Venezuela, Tal Cual under pressure but not defeated
April 9, 2015 5:13 PM ET
Tal Cual, one of the few remaining Venezuelan newspapers critical of the government, is so shorthanded there's often no receptionist on hand to let people in. Visitors must bang on the front door until someone in the newsroom notices....
CPJ concerned by arrest of Bangladeshi journalist and his treatment in custody
April 1, 2015 2:35 PM ET
New York, April 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Bangladeshi authorities to release a detained journalist and probe allegations that he was mistreated in custody. Mizanur Rahman has been in jail since March 17, according to news...
In Kyrgyzstan, U.S. journalist deported, his sources harassed
March 30, 2015 6:15 PM ET
New York, March 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the deportation from Kyrgyzstan on Saturday of American freelancer Umar Farooq, who was detained and interrogated by Kyrgyz security services last week, according to news reports....