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'The goal is to make us stop writing’: Turkish journalists on attacks and threats

February 25, 2020 3:07 PM ET

Eight months after he was attacked outside his Ankara home with baseball bats, Yavuz Selim Demirağ still has trouble sleeping. “The worry of suffering another attack at any minute messed with my psychology. Sometimes I feel like I am being followed,” the Turkish journalist said. “In the end, the...

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Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court to hear appeal of journalist Azimjon Askarov

February 24, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2020 -- Kyrgyzstan authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov and should release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face extradition hearing in U.K.

February 21, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 21, 2020 -- The United Kingdom should not extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes call for targeted sanctions to protect journalists

February 13, 2020 10:24 AM ET

When the U.K. launched an initiative to support media freedom in the waning days of Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as foreign minister, CPJ was skeptical that this government-led effort would be more than a feel-good campaign. However, we chose to engage, given the current vacuum of leadership on press freedom...

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Slovak authorities file criminal defamation charges against columnist Michal Havran

February 10, 2020 1:20 PM ET

Berlin, February 10, 2020 -- Slovak authorities should immediately drop criminal defamation and slander charges against journalist Michal Havran and stop using the country’s criminal code to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russian journalist Elena Milashina attacked in Chechnya

February 7, 2020 1:37 PM ET

Vilnius, Lithuania, February 7, 2020 -- Russian authorities should conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the attack against journalist Elena Milashina and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins call for Turkish authorities to lift advertising ban on leftist dailies

February 7, 2020 9:51 AM ET

CPJ joined representatives from the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, the Journalists Union of Turkey, and the European Federation of Journalists yesterday in a joint statement calling for Turkey’s Press Ad Agency, the state regulator of government ads in print media, to lift its ban on advertising in...

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Tajikistan journalist Daler Sharifov held on incitement charges

February 6, 2020 3:19 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2020 -- Tajikistan authorities should immediately release journalist Daler Sharifov, drop all charges against him, and allow him to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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North Macedonia journalists threatened by government official

February 4, 2020 9:30 AM ET

Berlin, February 4, 2020 -- North Macedonia authorities should conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the threats made against journalists Meri Jordanovska and Iskra Korovesovska and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis handed suspended prison sentence for tweeting meme

January 31, 2020 11:20 AM ET

Berlin, January 31, 2020 -- Greek authorities should overturn the conviction of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis on appeal and reform the country’s outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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