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Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

Case   |   Qatar

Danish television crew detained by Qatari authorities

Qatari security forces on May 5, 2016, detained three journalists for the state-run Danish Broadcasting Corporation, one of the detained journalists, Niels Borchert Holm, told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Case   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian photojournalist held without charge by Israel

Israel Defense Forces arrested photojournalist Hazem Naser on April 11, 2016 at a checkpoint near Nablus, a city in the West Bank, according to news reports. The Palestinian journalist was arrested for alleged Hamas-related activity, an Israeli security official told CPJ. As of May 17, 2016 no charges had been brought against Naser and his detention had been extended four times for questioning, the journalist's lawyer, Saleh Ayyub, told CPJ over the phone.

Alerts   |   Syria

Syrian journalist survives targeting by rebel group

New York, May 18, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a rebel group's attempted assassination of a Syrian journalist working for state media in Aleppo. The May 14 attack, the latest example of armed groups on all sides of the conflict targeting journalists, left four journalists and media workers seriously injured.

May 18, 2016 11:34 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Journalist covering protests in Egypt jailed for two years

Washington, May 16, 2016--A criminal court in Cairo sentenced Ali Abdeen, a photographer for the news website El-Fagr, to two years in jail, according to his outlet. Abdeen, who was sentenced on May 14 alongside 50 others, was convicted of inciting illegal protests, obstructing traffic, and publishing false news, according to news reports and the local press freedom group, Journalists Against Torture Observatory.

Case   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian journalism student arrested from his home

Israeli soldiers arrested 21-year-old Palestinian journalist Musaab Khamees Qafesha from his home in the southern West Bank town of Hebron on March 29, 2016, and held him at the Etzion detention center, in the southern West Bank, for eight days, before transferring him to Ofer Prison, south of Ramallah, according to news reports.

May 13, 2016 3:14 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese journalist held without charge for a month after covering protests

New York, May 12, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sudanese authorities to release Ahmed Zuheir Daoud, a journalist who has been detained for nearly a month without charge. Daoud was arrested on April 13 while reporting on student protests for Al-Midan, the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Iman Othman Ali, told CPJ yesterday.

May 12, 2016 10:45 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian court recommends death penalty for three journalists

Washington, May 11, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned an Egyptian court's recommendation to sentence three journalists to death. They were convicted of helping to smuggle secret documents to Qatari intelligence officers and the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera. The journalists include two Al-Jazeera employees.

Case   |   Syria

Spanish journalists return home after abduction in Syria

Three Spanish freelance journalists flew back to Madrid on May 8, 2016, 10 months after Islamist militants abducted them from the Syrian city of Aleppo in July 2015.

May 9, 2016 5:14 PM ET

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Blog   |   Egypt

Egyptian government clash with Journalists Syndicate marks turning point in censorship fight

Journalists carry Yehia Qallash, head of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, at a protest against restrictions on the press in Cairo on May 4. (Reuters)

A standoff this week between Egyptian authorities and the country's influential Journalists Syndicate could mark a turning point in the fight for media control that has raged since before President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took office.

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