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French journalists, Le Monde publisher called for questioning by intelligence agency

May 23, 2019 1:45 PM ET

Berlin, May 23, 2019 -- The General Directorate for Internal Security, France's domestic intelligence agency, should immediately withdraw summons for questioning issued to journalists Ariane Chemin and Michel Despratx, and Le Monde publisher Louis Dreyfus, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The directorate has summoned at least four...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 12, 2019

May 16, 2019 3:16 PM ET

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Ankara and Antalya At least six men used baseball bats to beat Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, in Ankara on the evening of May 10, the same day that he appeared as a guest on a political talk show...

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French reporters questioned by intelligence service in leak investigation

May 14, 2019 4:53 PM ET

Berlin, May 14, 2019 -- The General Directorate for Internal Security, France's domestic intelligence agency, should stop pursuing investigative journalists Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal, and Benoît Collombat in a leak investigation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Greek CNN reporter Mina Karamitrou's car destroyed by bomb

May 14, 2019 11:52 AM ET

Berlin, May 14, 2019 -- Greek authorities must ensure the safety of police reporter Mina Karamitrou, thoroughly investigate the bombing of her car overnight, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist's car burned in Italy

May 14, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Unknown perpetrators set fire to the car of Gaetano Scariolo, a reporter at the daily Giornale di Sicilia and the Agi News Agency, on May 10, 2019, in a case that police have linked to Scariolo's journalism, according to reports by the journalist's employers....

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Polish investigative journalist Baca-Pogorzelska receives menacing text messages

May 10, 2019 10:27 AM ET

Investigative journalist Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska of the daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna received two menacing messages through an internet-based anonymous text messaging platform on January 28 and March 31, 2019, according to news reports and the journalist, who spoke with CPJ....

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 5, 2019

May 9, 2019 5:48 PM ET

Journalist sentenced to 10 months in prison An Istanbul court on May 7 sentenced Cansu Pişkin, a reporter for the leftist daily Evrensel, to 10 months in prison for "making a target of a civil servant for terrorist organizations," the television news website Medyascope reported. The court suspended Pişkin's sentence...

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Ukrainian journalist in coma following assault

May 7, 2019 1:17 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2019 -- Ukrainian authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into an assault on freelance investigative reporter Vadym Komarov and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijani journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi faces harassment, threats to leak intimate photos

May 7, 2019 8:47 AM ET

Washington, D.C., May 7, 2019 -- Azerbaijani authorities should swiftly investigate the harassment and attempted extortion of exiled journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi by pro-government broadcaster Real TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bulgaria's press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

May 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to...

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