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Journalists assaulted, detained while covering protests in Beirut

January 16, 2020 3:50 PM ET

Beirut, January 16, 2020 -- Lebanese authorities should investigate recent attacks against journalists covering protests in Beirut by both police and demonstrators, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid Cairo offices of Turkish Anadolu News Agency, arrest at least 4

January 15, 2020 12:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2020 -- Egyptian authorities yesterday arrested at least four people at the Anadolu News Agency office in Cairo on allegations of spreading false news and operating without a license, according to a report by the agency and other news reports....

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Sudan suspends four news outlets over alleged financial link to Bashir regime

January 13, 2020 5:46 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2020—Sudanese authorities should end their suspension of the newspapers El Ray El Aam and El Sudani and the TV channels Ashorooq and Teiba, and work toward institutionalizing press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sudanese authorities suspended the four news outlets as part...

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Gunmen open fire on car, kill 2 Dijlah TV journalists at Iraq protest

January 10, 2020 3:16 PM ET

Beirut, January 10, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of two journalists working for the Iraqi broadcaster Dijlah TV, and urged Iraqi authorities to immediately open an investigation and hold those responsible to account....

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Serbian journalist denied entry to United Arab Emirates

January 10, 2020 8:30 AM ET

On December 17, 2019, authorities at Abu Dhabi International Airport denied entry to Stevan Dojčinović, a Serbian national and editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, an investigative news outlet, according to Dojčinović, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and news reports....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Iraq Safety Advisory

January 7, 2020 5:30 PM ET

In wake of the January 3, 2020, U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, pro-Iranian militias have warned that “all retaliation options are on the table,” as reported by The Independent. According to CPJ research, pro-Iran militias, including those known as...

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Saudi court sentences 8 for Jamal Khashoggi killing

December 23, 2019 10:35 AM ET

New York, December 23, 2019 -- The Saudi public prosecutor’s office announced today that a court had sentenced five people to death and three to jail terms for their roles in the October 2018 killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which took place in the...

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Algeria sentences cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to 3 months in prison

December 19, 2019 11:30 AM ET

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019 -- A court in Oran, in northwest Algeria, sentenced cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to one year in prison on December 11 after finding him guilty of insulting the president, “violating territorial integrity,” and “disseminating publications harmful to national security,” according to news reports. The Djamal...

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Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran

December 18, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Turkish intelligence agents arrested Arash Shoa-Shargh, an Iranian journalist living in exile in Turkey, on January 5, 2018, in Van, a city near Iran’s border, a friend of the journalist, who asked not to be named to protect their safety, told CPJ on December 16, 2019....

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Journalist Rida Fahil Al-Bom detained in Libya

December 17, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2019 -- Libyan authorities should immediately account for the whereabouts of journalist and press freedom advocate Rida Fahil al-Bom and do their utmost to secure his release, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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