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Egyptian video journalist jailed pending trial for purported leaks

Ahmed Farouk is jailed pending trial on suspicion that he played a role in leaking audio recordings purportedly featuring Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, shown here in an August 6, 2015, ceremony inaugurating improvements to the Suez Canal, to a pro-opposition satellite TV station. (Reuters/Amr Dalsh)

Ahmed Farouk was arrested at Cairo International Airport on October 31, 2016, when he tried to board a flight to Guangzhou, China, the Swiss Organization for the Protection of Human Rights reported.

April 25, 2017 5:45 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   France, Iraq, Mali, Syria

Being a Target

A reporter learns how to dodge terrorist threats to get the story
By Rukmini Callimachi

The convoy of cars flying al-Qaeda's black flag swept across northern Mali in 2012. Within weeks, it felt like a curtain had been drawn.

Attacks on the Press   |   Iraq, Mexico, Syria

Zone of Silence

The public is robbed of information when journalists are murdered
By Robert Mahoney

Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog "Mukto-Mona," or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life.

Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt

A Loyal Press

Independence means isolation for journalists in Sisi's Egypt
By Ursula Lindsey

When President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office in Egypt in 2014, after leading the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, he promised to restore peace and prosperity through strong leadership.

Attacks on the Press   |   Syria

Where I've Never Set Foot

Barred from Syria, a journalist must make sense of what she's told
By Alessandria Masi

The morning after the attack, my deputy editor and I lit cigarettes as we squatted on the green couch in our closet-size Beirut office, hanging out the window and talking about what we thought had really happened in Syria.

Blog   |   Yemen

Collapse of state institutions leaves Yemeni journalists vulnerable

Houthis fighters secure a road between Hodeidah and Sanaa in Yemen on April 19, 2017. Journalists have been threatened and attacked in areas controlled by the Houthis. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

A journalist dies mysteriously in Yemen after receiving threats because of his work, and the resulting autopsy raises more questions than answers. A columnist in the same country is sentenced to death on espionage charges in an opaque trial.

Blog   |   Egypt

Egypt's state of emergency may act to further silence press

Egypt's President Sisi, pictured in Cairo in March 2017, has declared a state of emergency and said the press needs to be more responsible. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Hours after two bombs ripped through packed Palm Sunday services in Coptic Churches in Alexandria and Tanta on April 9, killing nearly 50 people, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency. The measure is in many ways an extension of what has already been in place in parts of the Sinai Peninsula since 2014, and a further sign of Sisi's determination to control the flow of information in the country.

Alerts   |   Libya

AFP photographer repeatedly harassed by Libyan security forces

Libyans attend a candlelit concert in Benghazi to mark "Earth Hour," on March 25, 2017. Security forces have detained AFP photographer Abdullah Doma twice since he covered the event. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)

New York, April 4, 2017--Security forces in Benghazi should stop harassing AFP photojournalist Abdullah Doma and ensure that he can work safely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces in the eastern Libyan city have twice detained Doma in the last week, according to AFP and other news reports.

April 4, 2017 4:46 PM ET

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Blog   |   Egypt

As Egypt-U.S. relationship moves forward, jailed Egyptian journalists left behind

A child poses for a picture with a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo, August 6, 2015, as supporters cheered improvements to the Suez Canal.

Among the things Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump are scheduled to discuss during their April 3 meeting in Washington is Egypt's fight against terrorism. Egypt's government has broadly interpreted this fight to include jailing dozens of journalists, including photographer Abdelrahman Yaqot, who a few days before el-Sisi arrives in Washington will have checked in at the local police station, as he must every month to meet the terms of his release from prison.

Case   |   Iran

Iranian editor, social media moderator detained

Security forces arrested Morad Saghafi from his home in Tehran on March 16, 2017, according to the official ILNA news agency, but to date have not made public any charges against him or the reason for his arrest. Saghafi is the editor of Goftegoo Magazine, which focuses on culture and social sciences. In a March 9 speech at seminar on local affairs, Saghafi criticized Iranian officials, whom he did not name, as having "unchecked powers" and accused local authorities of running Tehran in a "corrupt and dictatorial" manner. He urged voters to support candidates who committed to fighting corruption in city council elections scheduled for May.

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