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Disrupting the Debate

April 25, 2017 8:08 AM ET

Governments use copyright laws and Twitter bots to curb criticism on social media By Alexandra Ellerbeck On July 10, 2016, Ecuadoran journalist Bernardo Abad tweeted that the former vice-president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, had not paid income taxes for the...

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Collapse of state institutions leaves Yemeni journalists vulnerable

April 24, 2017 5:40 PM ET

A journalist dies mysteriously in Yemen after receiving threats because of his work, and the resulting autopsy raises more questions than answers. A columnist in the same country is sentenced to death on espionage charges in an opaque trial....

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Journalist facing charges in Ecuador files for asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017 4:52 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group...

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CPJ calls on Maldives to drop case against Raajje TV journalist

April 18, 2017 4:34 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Maldives' prosecutor general to drop the legal case against Raajje TV journalist Mohamed Wisam, who was acquitted last month of obstructing police at an anti-government protest in...

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Egypt's state of emergency may act to further silence press

April 11, 2017 5:54 PM ET

Hours after two bombs ripped through packed Palm Sunday services in Coptic Churches in Alexandria and Tanta on April 9, killing nearly 50 people, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency. The measure is in...

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In Brazil, outdated defamation laws and costly court cases used to pressure critics

April 6, 2017 11:28 AM ET

Brazilian journalist Erik Silva never imagined that printing information from a municipal government website would see him accused of defamation and lead to a drawn-out court case. But almost a year after writing about the size of salary earned by...

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UK's proposed Espionage Act will treat journalists like spies

March 17, 2017 11:41 AM ET

Journalists in Britain are becoming increasingly alarmed by the government's apparent determination to prevent them from fulfilling their mission to hold power to account. The latest manifestation of this assault on civil liberties is the so-called Espionage Act. If...

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Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters

February 17, 2017 4:18 PM ET

For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream...

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O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo ordered to remove reports about Brazil's First Lady

February 15, 2017 3:58 PM ET

São Paulo, February 15, 2017--A judge ordered two of Brazil's biggest national dailies, Folha de S.Paulo and O Globo, to remove stories from their websites about a court case of a hacker convicted of attempted blackmail of Brazil's first...

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Surveillance of journalists and court orders puts Canada's press freedom at risk

February 3, 2017 4:47 PM ET

On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source. The hearing comes ahead of a day of action...

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