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A legal victory for press freedom in Bility case

March 27, 2009 1:58 PM ET

Testifying at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, Liberian journalist Hassan Bility described a harrowing 1997 reporting trip to Sierra Leone in which he documented Liberian government support for the brutal RUF rebels. His testimony was undoubtedly...

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Colombian court issues arrest warrant for Daniel Coronell

March 25, 2009 4:31 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2009--A court in Colombia has issued an arrest warrant for prominent journalist Daniel Coronell for contempt of court after he failed to correct for a second time a story linking a local businessman to drug trafficking,...

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Ivorian editor abruptly jailed in libel case

March 20, 2009 4:23 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2009--Ivorian authorities on Thursday abruptly jailed a journalist who was scheduled to appear in court next week on libel charges related to a column critical of the government, according to local journalists and press reports. The...

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Iraqi paper, former editor fined for defaming president

March 16, 2009 4:30 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2009--The court of appeals in Iraqi Kurdistan should overturn yesterday's decision to fine an independent newspaper and its former editor-in-chief for defaming Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today‎. The defamatory article...

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CPJ awardee Mtetwa faces possible arrest in Zimbabwe

March 13, 2009 2:14 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2009--The Zimbabwean attorney general's office should halt a baseless criminal investigation into human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egypt must halt campaign against bloggers

March 13, 2009 12:48 PM ET

Dear Mr. President: CPJ is writing to protest the relentless campaign of persecution against Internet journalists and bloggers by Egypt's various security services. Regrettably, the routine harassment and detention of bloggers, according to CPJ research, is only one element of an overall decline in press freedom in Egypt in recent years.

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Swazi columnist criticizes king, gets fined ... in cows

March 11, 2009 6:12 PM ET

About two weeks ago, traditional authorities in the mountain kingdom of Swaziland slapped the nation's most outspoken political columnist, Mfomfo Nkambule, with a fine--to be paid in cows--for criticism of the administration of King Mswati III, Africa's last absolute ruler....

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Algerian journalist provisionally released, facing jail term

March 9, 2009 5:20 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the provisional release on medical grounds of an Algerian journalist known for his denunciation of corruption under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, but is concerned that he will need to return to...

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CPJ concerned about UAE draft media law

March 9, 2009 11:39 AM ET

Your Highness: We are writing to express our concern about a draft of the United Arab Emirates' ‎media law, recently approved by the Federal National Council. We urge you to reject the law in its current form, which if passed would negatively impact the state of press freedom in the UAE.

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Egyptian court fines five journalists for covering trial

February 26, 2009 3:50 PM ET

New York, February 26, 2009--The Egyptian judiciary should overturn today's court decision to impose a fine on five journalists for violating a ban on media coverage of a murder trial, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The trial...

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