Al-Jazeera journalist detained while headed to Qatar
June 21, 2015 12:33 PM ET
New York, June 21, 2015--An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained on Saturday in Berlin while headed to Qatar, according to news reports. Ahmad Mansour, a British-Egyptian TV host for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was detained in connection with an Egyptian arrest warrant...
Turkish editor given suspended prison term for insulting Erdoğan on Twitter
June 19, 2015 2:13 PM ET
New York, June 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a suspended prison term given to the editor of the English-language Turkish daily Today's Zaman on Wednesday on charges of insulting then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a July 2014...
In censored Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi filled a journalistic void
June 17, 2015 4:34 PM ET
On the third anniversary of the arrest of liberal activist and writer Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia, his supporters all over the world are working hard to prevent what may lay ahead: the completion of a 10-year, thousand-lash sentence....
Media freedom advocate Emin Huseynov flees Azerbaijan as Baku hosts European Games
June 13, 2015 5:20 PM ET
New York, June 13, 2015-Azerbaijani journalist Emin Huseynov was flown into exile in Switzerland on June 12, a few hours after the opening ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, according to reports. Fearing imminent arrest during the...
Rwandan journalist arrested in Burundi, charged with spying
June 12, 2015 3:09 PM ET
New York, June 12, 2015--A Rwandan journalist who was arrested in Burundi on Monday has been charged with espionage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release the journalist and drop the charge...
CPJ urges Nigerian president to prioritize press freedom
June 3, 2015 5:00 AM ET
President Buhari: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Nigeria's presidential election. As Nigeria prepares to enter a new chapter in its history, we urge you and your administration to take steps to ensure that journalists are able to work freely and openly in the country without fear of reprisal of any form.
Erdoğan threatens Cumhuriyet, editor-in-chief over arms smuggling report
June 1, 2015 6:14 PM ET
Istanbul, June 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's legal threats against pro-opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet and Can Dündar, its editor-in-chief, whom the president accused of espionage during a live broadcast Sunday night on state-run...
CPJ welcomes release of imprisoned journalist in Mexico
May 29, 2015 1:56 PM ET
New York, May 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Mexican journalist Pedro Celestino Canché Herrera, who had been imprisoned on charges of sabotage in the state of Quintana Roo since August. A local court on...
CPJ condemns Putin's decree banning coverage of military casualties
May 28, 2015 1:30 PM ET
New York, May 28, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's presidential decree that extends a ban on coverage of military casualty figures to "peacetime, during special operations," as well as in wartime. Such coverage, deemed to be disclosure of...