Middle East & North Africa

Security fears erode Tunisia press freedom

Hard-earned press freedom in Tunisia is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism in the wake of deadly terror attacks. While Islamist militants threaten the media, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault journalists. In this climate, which is further restricted by regulatory disputes, some news outlets resort to self-censorship. A CPJ special report by Safa Ben Said.

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Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to release freelance journalist Ismail Alexandrani

New York, December 1--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to release freelance investigative journalist and researcher Ismail Alexandrani. The journalist was charged today with publishing false news and belonging to the banned group, the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports.

December 1, 2015 4:32 PM ET


Statements   |   Iran

Iran says Jason Rezaian sentenced to prison, gives no detail

New York, November 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iranian authorities to release Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term, according to state media reports that provided no additional details. Last month, state media reported that Rezaian, a U.S. citizen who faces espionage and other charges, had been convicted, but did not say on which charges or whether he had been sentenced.

November 22, 2015 11:14 AM ET


Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to release imprisoned journalist

New York, November 19--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egypt to release Abdelrahman Abu Ouf, deputy editor-in-chief of Al Mesryoon, who was arrested Saturday, according to reports. The ongoing crackdown on press also included the brief detention of a journalist for the German news agency DPA, and a presenter on a state-run channel who was suspended from her job for statements she made on air, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Libya

CPJ concerned for safety of photojournalist missing in Libya

New York, November 17--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Mohamed Neili, a Libyan photojournalist missing since October 29. Neili, who works for the Chinese state-run Xinhuanews agency, disappeared after leaving his house in southern Tripoli, according to media outlets and a local press freedom center.

November 17, 2015 2:43 PM ET


Blog   |   Morocco

Amid wave of defamation cases, CPJ joins call for Morocco to drop charges against press

Taoufik Bouachrine in 2009 (AFP)

New York, November 13, 2015--CPJ has joined Free Press Unlimited and seven other organizations in a statement of support for seven Moroccan journalists and human rights defenders who will face trial on November 19, on charges ranging from defamation to harming national security. One of the journalists, Hicham Mansouri, is already behind bars on an adultery conviction in retaliation for his work.

Blog   |   Iran

CPJ joins call for UN members to push Iran on rights

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, gives an update on the case at the National Press Club in Washington on July 22. (AP/Molly Riley)

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 35 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 70th session of the General Assembly on November 19.

Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to release investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat

New York, November 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to immediately release investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat. Bahgat, who writes for Mada Masr, a progressive website that publishes news and opinion in English and Arabic, faces charges of publishing false news and is being held overnight by military prosecutors, according to Mada Masr.

Alerts   |   Jordan

In Jordan, TV anchor charged under cybercrimes law for Facebook post

Washington D.C., November 6, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Jordan to release TV anchor Tareq Abu al-Ragheb who was arrested Tuesday for posting allegedly insulting comments on Facebook, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iran steps up pressure on media with arrests of at least five journalists

New York, November 4, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that Iranian authorities have recently detained at least five local journalists, including the reformist journalists Issa Saharkhiz and Ehsan Mazandarani, and reporter Saman Sarfarzaee, who were all arrested Monday.

Statements   |   Syria, Turkey

CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Syrian journalists in Turkey

New York, October 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate and bring to justice the murderers of two Syrian journalists found slain in an apartment in the city of Urfa in southeastern Turkey today. Ibrahim Abd al-Qader worked as the executive director and Fares Hamadi as head of the production department for Eye on the Homeland, a Syrian media collective, according to a statement on the group's Facebook page.

October 30, 2015 10:38 AM ET


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