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Russia votes on bill to require journalists to register as foreign agents

January 16, 2018 3:54 PM ET

Kiev, January 16, 2018--Russia's State Duma should drop a bill that would require some bloggers and journalists to register as foreign agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Duma on January 12 voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported....

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Azerbaijani court sentences local journalist to six years in prison

January 12, 2018 1:54 PM ET

New York, January 12, 2018--A district court in Azerbaijan today convicted veteran investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli on charges of illegally crossing the border, resisting police arrest, and contraband, and sentenced him to six years in prison, media reported....

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Local journalist shot in southern Russia

December 21, 2017 1:34 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2017--Russian authorities should investigate today's violent attack on independent journalist Vyacheslav Prudnikov, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Prudnikov, who contributes to the independent regional news website Kavkazsky Uzel from the town of Krasny Sulin in Russia's southern Rostov region,...

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Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 17, 2017

December 21, 2017 11:51 AM ET

Journalists sentenced A court in Turkey's southeastern Hakkâri region on December 15 sentenced Nedim Türfent, a former reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DİHA), to eight years and nine months in prison for "being a member of a [terrorist] organization," the independent news website Bianet reported....

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Finnish police search journalist's home following article on intelligence monitoring

December 19, 2017 12:17 PM ET

Brussels, December 19, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Finnish authorities not to take action that could limit the flow of information to the public. Finnish police on December 17 searched the Helsinki home of journalist Laura Halminen, who had recently co-authored an article about a classified...

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Tajik journalist arrested after alleging official corruption

December 13, 2017 12:39 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2017--Tajik authorities should immediately release journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russia designates nine U.S.-funded news outlets as foreign agents

December 5, 2017 1:30 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2017--Russia's Justice Ministry announced today that it has designated nine U.S. government-funded press outlets as "foreign agents," under a newly expanded law, according to reports. The ministry named the outlets as the U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and seven of its affiliates, and Voice...

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Malta arrests 10 suspects over murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

December 4, 2017 2:20 PM ET

Brussels, December 4, 2017--Maltese police, armed forces, and security services today arrested 10 suspects in connection with the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced. Caruana Galizia was killed on October 16 when her car was blown up. In Malta, police have 48 hours to...

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Russia's RT network says it complied with US order to register as foreign agent

November 13, 2017 12:03 PM ET

New York, November 13, 2017--The Russian government-funded international news network RT, formerly Russia Today, said that it complied today with a U.S. Department of Justice order for it to register as a foreign agent. Ordering foreign outlets to register could set a troubling precedent, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Russian editor arrested, allegedly injured in custody; newspaper raided

November 3, 2017 5:32 PM ET

New York, November 3, 2017--The editor-in-chief and owner of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, Igor Rudnikov, was allegedly beaten while in custody of Russia's security service (FSB) and faces criminal prosecution, according to media reports and a staff member who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity for...

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