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Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists

April 22, 2014 10:00 AM ET

Iraqi Kurdistan may seem calm compared with much of the Middle East, but the media are vulnerable whenever internal political tensions flare. Amid impunity for anti-press attacks, including murder and arson, journalists say they must self-censor on topics like religion,...

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Charles Xue released from Chinese prison on bail

April 18, 2014 11:16 AM ET

Charles Xue Biqun, a Chinese-born American billionaire venture capitalist and a prominent government critic, was released on bail April 16, 2014, after being arrested in August 2013 for alleged involvement in prostitution, according to news reports....

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When the rule of law isn't: Turkey at the crossroads

March 25, 2014 4:29 PM ET

In less than a week, Turkish voters will cast their ballots in local elections widely seen as a test of support for embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has faced growing questions about official corruption since a high-level...

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Twitter war shines light on how Rwanda intimidates press

March 24, 2014 5:00 PM ET

"@RFI speak straight up English, frenchie!! U crying? U started not to make sense," was one taunting tweet from a certain prolific Twitter account belonging to "Richard Goldston." The account, since deleted, belonging to a self-proclaimed "anti-imperialist," repeatedly antagonized...

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CPJ condemns Twitter ban in Turkey

March 21, 2014 4:12 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2014--Turkey banned access to the social media platform Twitter on Friday, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened in a public speech to shut it down, according to news reports. The move comes just...

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Turkish prime minister threatens to shut down Twitter

March 20, 2014 5:38 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's threats today to close down Twitter. The threats come only days after he vowed to shut down Facebook and YouTube in Turkey. ...

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Erdogan threatens to shut down YouTube, Facebook

March 7, 2014 3:06 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's threats to shut down YouTube and Facebook in order to, in the premier's words, prevent the negative impact of the Internet on...

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Modi's rise does not bode well for Indian press freedom

March 5, 2014 6:11 PM ET

As India is set to hold elections next month, journalists covering Narendra Modi, India's right-wing prime ministerial candidate, are reportedly coming under increased pressure online and in the newsroom for shedding critical light on him. Given these developments, free...

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Press freedom in Bahrain three years after #Feb14

February 18, 2014 5:25 PM ET

Three years ago, hundreds of thousands of Bahrainis descended to the streets to demand change. A harsh government crackdown and the turn to violence by some protesters have since dampened the hope lit on February 14, 2011. In this context,...

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Pressure on Journalists Rises Along With Africa's Prospects

February 12, 2014 2:13 AM ET

After a decade of unprecedented growth and development, the insistence on positive news remains a significant threat to press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa. By Mohamed Keita A newspaper displayed in the Ikoyi district of Lagos on September 30, 2013, tells...

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