Legal Action

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Venezuela arrests former police officer in Sambrano murder

February 24, 2010 5:58 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest on Sunday of a man believed to have gunned down journalist Orel Sambrano in 2009 in reprisal for his reporting on drug trafficking, the local press reported....

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CPJ urges Ethiopia's Zenawi to pursue press reforms

February 16, 2010 4:43 PM ET

Mr. Prime Minister: We are writing to draw your attention to conditions that undermine press freedom as guaranteed in Article 29 of the Ethiopian Constitution. We would welcome your leadership in furthering reform by working for the repeal of draconian provisions in recent antiterrorism and media legislation.

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CPJ condemns police harassment of Nigerian editor

February 12, 2010 5:32 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on police and prosecutors in northern Nigeria to withdraw the threat of arrest and prosecution of Mallam Tukur, left, the editor-in-chief and publisher of the independent weekly, Desert Herald, based...

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Freedom of information laws struggle to take hold in Africa

February 5, 2010 4:58 PM ET

In Uganda, a ruling this week in a landmark case of two journalists seeking to compel their government’s disclosure of multinationals oil deals highlighted the challenges to public transparency just before media leaders, press freedom advocates, officials, and former...

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Egyptian journalist sentenced to prison for defamation

February 4, 2010 4:12 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Egyptian criminal court’s decision on Tuesday to sentence a journalist to one year in prison and a fine of 60,000 Egyptian pounds (US$10,500) on criminal charges filed by another journalist...

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New Iraq media rules reflect return to authoritarianism

February 4, 2010 4:06 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2010—An Iraqi government plan to impose restrictive rules on broadcast news media represents an alarming return to authoritarianism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ denounced the rules and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki...

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Tajik judges seek millions from weeklies in civil libel case

February 3, 2010 5:01 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on judges in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, to drop their defamation lawsuits against three popular independent weeklies for damage amounts that would bankrupt them....

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Museveni accuses two Ugandan journalists of libel

February 3, 2010 4:17 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2010—An opinion column in Uganda’s leading independent newspaper suggesting parallels between President Yoweri Museveni and former Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos led to criminal libel charges against two journalists today, according to local media reports....

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Jordan may extend repressive law to electronic media

February 2, 2010 10:13 AM ET

Jordan’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest judicial authority, issued an opinion last week stating that Web sites can be classified as “publications” and recommending that the Press and Publications Law be extended to online news sites and other electronic...

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Saleh uses security as cover to quash press freedom

February 1, 2010 1:54 PM ET

Ministers and officials representing some 20 Western and Arab governments and international financial institutions declared themselves “friends of Yemen” during last week’s closed-door meeting in London to address threats posed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen, according to news reports. Participants,...

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