Impunity

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How Sri Lanka's new president can ease decade of repressive press measures

January 12, 2015 5:55 PM ET

The stunning defeat of Sri Lanka's incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa by challenger Maithripala Sirisena on Friday has given way to questions about what changes, if any, will come for press freedom in a country that had grown deeply repressive...

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Critical Brazilian blogger shot to death

December 26, 2014 1:51 PM ET

New York, December 26, 2014--Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate Tuesday's murder of a Brazilian blogger and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra, who wrote a critical blog in Ubatuba,...

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Press in Ukraine still suffering one year after attacks on journalists

December 2, 2014 5:05 PM ET

A year ago today, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported on the first mass assaults on press freedom in Ukraine, after police were ordered to disperse protesters in the capital, Kiev, and other cities. At least 51 journalists--including local and...

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Maguindanao five years on

November 20, 2014 3:18 PM ET

November 23 will mark five years since the Maguindanao massacre, the single deadliest event for the press since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping records in 1992....

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Accounting for impunity is obligation for all states

November 18, 2014 4:22 PM ET

This week, members of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication will meet to discuss the director general's biannual report, which examines the cases of nearly 600 journalists killed around the world from January 1, 2006 to December 31,...

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CPJ calls on Belgium to defend press freedom at Committee of Ministers

November 18, 2014 2:19 PM ET

CPJ calls on Didier Reynders, Belgium's foreign minister, to use his country's presidency at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe--the largest pan-European human rights watchdog--to defend press freedom in Europe, and address violations by members states. CPJ's letter highlights press freedom abuses in Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.

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More threats against Pakistan's Hamid Mir

November 10, 2014 3:11 PM ET

The well-known and controversial Pakistani television talk show host Hamid Mir survived a murder attempt on April 19, even though he was hit with six bullets--two of which are still in his body. "I can move, I can walk...

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Press freedom groups urge Russia to probe murders of journalists

November 3, 2014 12:20 PM ET

On Sunday, which marked the first United Nations-backed International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, CPJ joined a coalition of international press freedom and human rights groups in urging Russian investigators to serve justice for our murdered colleagues....

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Russian actor condemned for wearing press insignia and firing weapons

October 31, 2014 4:09 PM ET

Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov has joined basketball star Dennis Rodman, who declared North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un his best friend, and Jennifer Lopez who sang "Happy Birthday Mr. President" to the authoritarian leader of Turkmenistan, on the list of celebrities...

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The Road to Justice

October 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET

Foreword By Myroslava Gongadze It is a sad truth of today’s world that the life of a journalist is often a dangerous one. We in the media hear daily reports of crimes against journalists, from intimidation to murder, and it...

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