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Interim Program Coordinator:
Yeganeh Rezaian

Tel: +1 212-300-9018, +1 212-300-9017
Fax: +1 212-214-0640

Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center
P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108 USA

An anti-government demonstration in the Syrian city of Sweida in September.

Syrian journalist Mahmoud Ibrahim arrested after post on anti-Assad protests

Istanbul, May 17, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Friday called on Syrian authorities to release detained Syrian journalist Mahmoud Ibrahim immediately and to disclose his location and that of all imprisoned journalists. On February 25, Syrian government forces arrested Ibrahim, an editor with Al-Thawra newspaper, which is published by the ruling Baath party, after…

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Al-Jazeera journalist Wael Al Dahdouh (center) attends the January 7, 2024, funeral of his son, Palestinian journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh.

Journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war

Editor’s notes: The list below is CPJ’s most recent and preliminary account of journalist deaths in the war. Our database will not include all of these casualties until we have completed further investigations into the circumstances surrounding them. For more information, read our FAQ. The Israel-Gaza war has taken a severe toll on journalists since…

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Attacks, arrests, threats, censorship: The high risks of reporting the Israel-Gaza war

Since the Israel-Gaza war began on October 7, journalists and media across the region have faced a hostile environment that has made reporting on the war exceptionally challenging.   In addition to documenting the growing tally of journalists killed and injured, CPJ’s research has found multiple kinds of incidents of journalists being targeted while carrying out…

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Sudanese Armed Forces arrest journalist Siddiq Dalay

New York, May 16, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Sudanese Armed Forces to immediately and unconditionally release freelance journalist Siddiq Dalay, who was arrested over his social media posting on Monday, May 13. “The Sudanese Armed Forces must release Siddiq Dalay and allow journalists to work freely to cover and…

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Arrests of Palestinian journalists since start of Israel-Gaza war

Since the start of the Israel-Gaza war, journalists and media workers have been arrested – often without charge — in what they and their attorneys say is retaliation for their journalism and commentary. As of May 16, CPJ has documented a total of 36 arrests of journalists in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem since…

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Sonia Dahmani, a lawyer and political affairs commentator. (Screenshot: Elhiwar Ettounsi/YouTube)

Tunisian police arrest 5 journalists, interrupt France 24’s broadcast amid crackdown

New York, May 15, 2024 — Tunisian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalists Sonia Dahmani, Borhen Bssais, and Mourad Zghidi, drop all charges against them, and stop preventing reporters from doing their jobs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Between May 11 and 13, Tunisian police arrested and released two additional journalists amid…

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CPJ calls on FBI to release timeline for conclusion of Shireen Abu Akleh investigation

Washington, D.C., May 10, 2024—Two years after the Israeli military killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, the Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply alarmed at the continued lack of accountability in the case. CPJ calls on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to release a timeline for the conclusion of its now 18-month…

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Economic journalist Shirin Saeedi, who was sentenced to five years in prison on May 1, has appealed the sentence and is waiting for the court to set a date for an appeals trial. (Screenshot: Human Rights Activists News Agency/hra-news.org)

Iranian economic reporter begins 5-year prison sentence after lengthy pre-trial detention

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2024—Iranian authorities should immediately release economic journalist Shirin Saeedi from prison, drop all charges against her, and cease jailing members of the press for doing their jobs, said the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday. Saeedi entered pre-trial detention on December 23, 2023, on charges of “colluding and assembling against the national…

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Palestinian journalist Rula Hassanein, seen during a 2022 broadcast for J-Media, is facing incitement charges after she was arrested on March 19, 2024.

Palestinian journalist Rula Hassanein charged with incitement for social media posts

New York, May 8, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday urged Israeli authorities to release Palestinian freelance journalist Rula Hassanein on humanitarian grounds as her health and that of her infant daughter had deteriorated since Hassanein’s March arrest over her social media posts. On March 19, Israeli military forces arrested Hassanein, who…

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CPJ calls for immediate release of Sudanese photographer Abdelaziz Mahmoud Arja

New York, May 8, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Sudanese paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to immediately and unconditionally release Abdelaziz Mahmoud Arja, a photographer with state-owned Sudan TV. “We are deeply concerned by the Rapid Support Forces soldiers’ arrest of state television photographer Abdelaziz Mahmoud Arja and urge…

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