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Journalist Nidal Ikhbaria survives shooting attempt at home in Arab Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm

New York, June 15, 2021 – Israeli authorities should conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the shooting attack on journalist Nidal Ikhbaria’s home, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 9, unidentified people in the Arab-majority Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm fired more than 50 bullets…

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Why authoritarian governments force journalists like Belarus’s Raman Pratasevich into public confessions

Forced confessions—sometimes tied to public humiliation—have a long and inglorious history, and were a fundamental component of ancient judicial systems in the East and West. Obtaining a confession, by any means, for centuries was often a key part of achieving a conviction and meting out punishment. At the Salem witch trials, the accused could escape…

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Algerian authorities revoke accreditation of France 24

New York, June 15, 2021 – In response to Algerian authorities’ recent decision to revoke the accreditation of French public broadcaster France 24, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Instead of responding Algerian citizens’ demands, authorities are instead resorting to petty retaliation against the messengers,” said CPJ Senior Middle East and North…

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CPJ calls on Israeli government to provide evidence relating to news outlet bombings

His Excellency Benjamin GantzMinister of Defense Lieutenant General Aviv KochaviChief of General Staff, Israel Defense Forces Ministry of Defense37 Kaplan StreetTel Aviv, Israel, 61909 June 10, 2021 Sent via email: pniot@mod.gov.il Dear Minister Ganz and Lieutenant General Kochavi, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-governmental organization that champions press freedom around…

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Israeli forces detain and assault Al-Jazeera journalist, other reporters in Jerusalem

On June 5, 2021, Israeli forces detained Al-Jazeera reporter Givara Budeiri in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah while she was covering a protest marking the 54th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and Israeli authorities’ ongoing attempts to force Palestinian residents out of the neighborhood, according to her employer and The Associated Press. A video report uploaded…

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Southern Transitional Council forces raid Yemeni government-affiliated media outlets

New York, June 9, 2021 – Yemen’s breakaway Southern Transitional Council must end its raids of Yemeni government-aligned media outlets in the southern city of Aden and allow all journalists to operate freely in territories under its control, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 2, forces aligned with the Southern Transitional Council…

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Unknown assailants shoot at the house and car of Arab Israeli journalist Hassan Shelan

New York, June 3, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the shooting attack on the home and car of Arab Israeli journalist Hassan Shelan and called on Israeli authorities to hold the perpetrators to account. At 2 a.m. today, two masked gunmen fired dozens of bullets at the house and car of…

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Retired Egyptian journalist Tawfik Ghanem detained on terrorism charges

On May 21, 2021, Egyptian state security forces arrested Tawfik Ghanem, a retired journalist who most recently worked as the Cairo-based regional director of the Turkish news agency Anadolu, according to news reports and one of his lawyers, who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of reprisal. Authorities arrested Ghanem from…

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“The camera attracts violence”: Israeli right-wing groups attack local journalists

Israel’s May 15 bombing of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera offices in Gaza made international headlines, as did the death of a Palestinian journalist in an air strike that may have been a deliberate attack on his home.  There were many other press freedom violations during the recent flare-up, which included unusual levels of street violence between Arabs and Jews in Israeli…

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CPJ calls for immediate release of seriously ill Egyptian journalist Gamal al-Gamal

New York, May 26, 2021 – In response to news reports that Egyptian freelance columnist Gamal al-Gamal’s health has seriously deteriorated during his pretrial detention in Cairo’s Tora Prison, and that he is suspected of having contracted COVID-19, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We are extremely concerned by reports of journalist…

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