Letters

  

CPJ joins letter calling for US Senate to push forward on PRESS Act

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined over 50 news and press freedom organizations in urging United States senators to support the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act). The bill would create a federal shield safeguarding reporter-source confidentiality and prevent government access to unreported source material.  The letter, authored by the Reporters Committee for…

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CPJ, others call on Slovakia’s Parliament to reject public broadcasting bill

Berlin, June 10, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists joined seven international press freedom organizations in urging Slovak members of parliament on Monday to reject the proposed public service broadcasting bill scheduled for parliamentary review next week. The statement says that despite modifications, the bill still allows the government to politicize the public broadcaster, which would…

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CPJ, partners join call for U.S. Senate to advance PRESS Act

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 85 journalism and civil society organizations and 35 attorneys and law professors in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to schedule a markup of the Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act) as soon as possible so that it can be considered by the full Senate…

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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

CPJ joins call for renewing mandate of UN special rapporteur on Eritrea

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday joined 30 other non-governmental organizations in urging member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to extend the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea. The special rapporteur reports on and assesses the human rights situation in Eritrea, and…

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen in London on May 1, 2019. Assange was recently indicted in the United States under the Espionage Act, the first such case conducted against a publisher. (Photo: AP/Matt Dunham)

CPJ, partners urge the US DOJ to drop charges against Assange

The Committee to Protect Journalists led a coalition of civil society organizations urging the United States Department of Justice to drop charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently being held in the U.K. pending a hearing on May 20 that could determine whether Assange is extradited to the U.S. In 2019, U.S. prosecutors…

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A police officer holds journalist Furkan Saliu down on the ground at a soccer game in Gorno Konjare in North Macedonia on April 7.

CPJ, partners urge North Macedonia authorities to stop harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined calls urging North Macedonia authorities in a May 3 letter to end the ongoing harassment of journalist Furkan Saliu and his colleagues. The letter, also signed by 10 other groups, including international and regional press freedom organizations, requests that Minister for Internal Affairs Pance Toskovski refrain from publicly commenting…

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CPJ calls for release of Turkish journalists Esra Solin Dal, Mehmet Aslan, and Erdoğan Alayumat

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 26 press freedom and human rights organizations in a Friday statement condemning the surge of arrests of Kurdish media workers in Turkey and calling on authorities to release journalists Esra Solin Dal, Mehmet Aslan, and Erdoğan Alayumat. The three journalists were jailed by an Istanbul court on April 27,…

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CPJ, others decry criminal charges against Texas photojournalist Carlos Sanchez

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 40 journalism and civil society organizations in urging Texas authorities to decline prosecution of the criminal charges levied against FOX 7 Austin photojournalist Carlos Sanchez. Law enforcement officers arrested Sanchez while he was covering a pro-Palestinian protest on the University of Texas at Austin campus on April 24, 2024….

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CPJ, 11 organizations sign Santiago +30 Declaration ahead of World Press Freedom Day

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 11 press freedom and journalistic organizations in adopting the Santiago +30 Declaration ahead of this year’s World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Santiago, Chile, from May 2 to 4. The statement advocated for concerted efforts among governments, intergovernmental organizations, technology companies, and the journalism community to promote freedom of…

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CPJ, MENA Rights Group file Urgent Action to UN on disappearance of Syrian journalist in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the MENA Rights Group (MRG), filed an Urgent Action on April 12, 2024, to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, asking for the Iraqi Kurdish government to clarify the fate and whereabouts of Syrian journalist Sleman Ahmed, who was arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan on October 25, 2023. Ahmed,…

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