Legal Action

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Passage of Burma media bill would reverse free press gains

March 17, 2014 4:15 PM ET

Dear President Thein Sein: We are writing to express our concern about shrinking press freedom in Burma and urge you to veto media legislation that was passed this month by your country's parliament. The bill, which awaits your signature, maintains a censorship role for state authorities and threatens to reverse several of the gains achieved to date under your democratic reform program.

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CPJ condemns journalist's conviction in Azerbaijan

March 17, 2014 3:58 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a five-year jail term given today to Tofiq Yaqublu, an Azerbaijani journalist with the opposition daily Yeni Musavat, and calls on authorities to overturn the verdict on appeal. Yaqublu, who...

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FCCC survey finds China abuses press card, visa process

March 17, 2014 1:20 PM ET

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (Beijing) published the findings of its annual visa survey last week. The findings are grim but come as no surprise following the Chinese government's showdown late last year with members of the foreign press. ...

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Burma clampdown gathers pace as legislation passed

March 14, 2014 1:53 PM ET

In a clear step backwards for press freedom in Burma, new legislation will give the government censorship powers and the sole authority to issue and revoke news publication licenses. While the legislation enshrines into law broad press freedom guarantees, specific...

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South Sudan government warning: Don't interview rebels

March 14, 2014 10:27 AM ET

Last week, South Sudanese Information Minister Michael Makuei warned reporters in the capital, Juba, not to interview the opposition or face possible arrest or expulsion from the country. According to the minister, a lawyer by profession, broadcast interviews with...

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CPJ condemns blocking of news websites in Russia

March 13, 2014 6:57 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the blocking today of independent and pro-opposition news websites in Russia, including Ezhednevny Zhurnal, Grani, Kasparov, and the website of the liberal radio station Ekho Moskvy. The popular...

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Rouhani has yet to deliver on press reforms in Iran

March 13, 2014 1:47 PM ET

CPJ joined 26 other human rights and civil society groups on Wednesday in an open letter calling on the member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed, the special rapporteur on the situation...

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CPJ condemns Ukraine's order to take Russian TV off air

March 12, 2014 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decree by Ukraine's National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting to cable and satellite providers on Tuesday to cut off the transmission of Russian state-controlled TV stations in the...

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Journalist sentenced to jail for defamation in Honduras

March 10, 2014 4:18 PM ET

Honduran journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado was convicted on charges of criminal defamation on December 9, 2013, according to local human rights groups. The Supreme Court of Justice sentenced the journalist, who hosts the news program "Mi Nación" on Globo TV,...

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UN reviews Kyrgyzstan's human rights, free press record

March 10, 2014 12:14 PM ET

Today, the U.N. Human Rights Committee begins its two-day review of Kyrgyzstan's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. By ratifying the treaty in October 1994, Kyrgyz authorities pledged to enforce internationally recognized provisions regarding the protection...

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