Egypt should release Shawkan, photographer detained for two years
August 13, 2015 12:05 PM ET
New York, August 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, from prison immediately and drop the baseless allegations against him. By the time of his hearing...
Q&A: How to cope with perils of being a Chinese news assistant for foreign media
August 11, 2015 5:24 PM ET
News assistants, or zhongmi (which literally means "Chinese secretaries"), are Chinese citizens working for foreign journalists in China. They play a number of roles including monitoring news leads, conducting research, translating materials, and arranging interviews, as well as acting as...
CPJ calls on the Gambia to free journalist, drop charges against him
August 11, 2015 11:34 AM ET
Dear President Jammeh: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about a Gambian journalist who has been held by the National Intelligence Agency since July 17.
US-Vietnam strategic partnership must be contingent on press freedom
August 10, 2015 12:53 PM ET
Secretary of State John Kerry's recent visit to Vietnam was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the former adversaries. While Kerry's speech during his three-day tour emphasized the need for Hanoi to improve its rights...
Baku court bars press and family from Khadija Ismayilova trial
August 7, 2015 12:55 PM ET
New York, August 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to ensure due process in the trial against award-winning investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. When Ismayilova appeared at Baku Court on Grave Crimes for the first substantive hearing...
An international call for China to release ailing journalist Gao Yu
August 5, 2015 5:45 PM ET
With the health of jailed journalists Gao Yu fading quickly (see 'I don't want to die here': Gao Yu's health deteriorates in Beijing prison), 15 media support and human rights groups sent a letter today to Chinese President Xi...
In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies
July 31, 2015 3:24 PM ET
The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of War Manual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents state, may be treated as "unprivileged belligerents." But the manual's justification for categorizing journalists this...
Five Myanmar journalists freed from prison as part of mass amnesty
July 31, 2015 10:01 AM ET
Bangkok, July 31, 2015--Five journalists jailed on anti-state charges in Myanmar were released on Thursday in a presidential amnesty of nearly 7,000 prisoners, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the journalists' release but calls on Myanmar...