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Statements   |   Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish journalist killed by roadside bomb in Mosul

New York, February 25, 2017--Iraqi Kurdish reporter Shifa Zikri Ibrahim, known professionally as Shifa Gardi, was killed today by a roadside bomb while covering the Iraqi Army's offensive against the Islamic State group in western Mosul for the Kurdish TV station Rudaw, the network said. A cameraman for the network, Younis Mustafa, was also injured in the bombing.

Alerts   |   Lebanon

Mob attacks Lebanese TV station

Workers remove broken glass from the windows of broadcaster Al-Jadeed's office in Beirut, February 15, 2017. Some 300 people attacked the building the previous night. (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

New York, February 15, 2017--Lebanese authorities should immediately investigate yesterday's attack on the independent TV channel Al-Jadeed, bring those responsible to justice, and take steps to ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 15, 2017 3:11 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Libya

Libyan TV journalist arrested without charge

A soldier loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar sits outside the Zueitina oil terminal, west of Benghazi, Libya, September 15, 2016. (Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

Washington, D.C., January 25, 2017--Libyan security forces should charge or release Wiem Ben Zabia, a cameraman for the Libya Panorama Channel (LPC), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces detained Ben Zabia at a checkpoint near the eastern Libyan city of Derna on January 14, according to his employer, sister, and a video of the incident.

January 25, 2017 5:56 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bahrain

CPJ calls on Bahrain to allow Al-Wasat to publish freely

Protesters block a road in Bahrain on January 15 after authorities executed three men convicted of a deadly attack on police. (AP)

New York, January 17, 2017--The government of Bahrain should rescind an order suspending the online edition of Al-Wasat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Affairs Ministry ordered the independent outlet yesterday to suspend its online operation indefinitely for inciting division, jeopardizing national unity, and disrupting public peace, according to the official Bahrain News Agency.

January 17, 2017 5:46 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Africa, Syria

CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria.

January 17, 2017 4:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests Al-Jazeera producer on fake news charge

New York, December 27, 2016--Egyptian authorities must release Al-Jazeera news producer Mahmoud Hussein immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials initially questioned Hussein on December 20 when he arrived in Egypt on a family visit from Qatar, where he is based, according to reports. Hussein was arrested on December 23, Al-Jazeera said.

December 27, 2016 3:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to lift travel ban on blogger Esraa Abdel Fattah

New York, December 23, 2016--Egypt must lift the travel ban imposed on Esraa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian blogger, columnist, and social media activist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Abdel Fattah has been under a travel ban for nearly two years, alongside other bloggers and civil society activists who authorities have accused of illegally receiving foreign funding.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen

Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

Osama Jumaa, a photographer and video journalist, was killed while covering the aftermath of a bombardment in Syria. (Images Live)

Statements   |   Syria

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria

New York, December 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Syrian government's decision to expel Swedish radio journalist Cecilia Uddén from the country today. According to her employer, Radio Sweden, Uddén's authorized reporting trip to Damascus and Aleppo was forcibly cut short when the government accused her of circulating "false information."

December 15, 2016 3:31 PM ET

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Blog   |   Syria, Turkey

How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now "fake" journalism, the question is not academic.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists.

December 15, 2016 2:34 PM ET

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