In DRC, journalists detained without charge for two days
May 11, 2012 4:12 PM ET
New York, May 11, 2012--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must immediately release two journalists who have been detained without charge since Wednesday over their story criticizing a government official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
In Ethiopia, new printing directive equals pre-censorship
May 9, 2012 5:47 PM ET
New York, May 9, 2012--Ethiopia's main, state-owned printing company has directed newspaper publishers to censor any content that may draw government prosecution under the country's anti-terrorism law or face cancellation of their printing contracts, according to local journalists and...
Attacks on Iraqi journalists should be investigated
May 9, 2012 4:39 PM ET
New York, May 9, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns two official attacks on journalists working in Iraqi Kurdistan, including the assault on a television news crew and the arrest of an editor whose articles alleged corruption. CPJ also calls...
Burundian prosecutor requests life sentence for journalist
May 8, 2012 5:47 PM ET
New York, May 8, 2012--State prosecutors requested a life sentence today for Burundian radio reporter Hassan Ruvakuki who was imprisoned after airing a November interview with a purported rebel leader, according to news reports....
Ethiopian paper fined for coverage of Eskinder Nega trial
May 4, 2012 5:04 PM ET
New York, May 4, 2012--An Ethiopian court has cited the editor of a leading independent newspaper for contempt after his paper published the verbatim courtroom statement made by the imprisoned journalist Eskinder Nega during his trial, according to news...
Journalist sentenced to jail for libel in Montenegro
April 30, 2012 3:06 PM ET
New York, April 30, 2012--The appeals court in Montenegro must overturn a libel verdict and four-month jail sentence given to journalist Petar Komnenic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Montenegrin authorities, who are seeking to join the European...
Verdict postponed in landmark Thai Internet freedom case
April 30, 2012 1:53 PM ET
Earlier today, press and human rights groups from around the world heard that the decision in the case of Chiranuch "Jiew" Premchaiporn, the manager of Thai online news site Prachatai, was being delayed yet another month. Chiranuch is charged under...
Journalist as a threat to Kazakhstan's national security
April 27, 2012 11:55 AM ET
In a reply to CPJ's protest letter regarding the politicized imprisonment of journalist Igor Vinyavsky, Kazakhstan's General Prosecutor's Office said the prosecution wasn't retaliatory nor related to his journalism. CPJ publicly appealed to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev after his...
Ecuador should scrap new media bill, draft new one
April 27, 2012 10:44 AM ET
Dear Mr. Cordero: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about a new Ecuadoran communications bill currently under debate in the National Assembly that would roll back press freedom by promoting self-censorship and restrictions on criticism of public officials.