Middle East & North Africa / 2009

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Top Iranian journalists jailed in wake of Ashura protests

December 29, 2009 5:11 PM ET

New York, December 29, 2009—The Iranian government, struggling to silence the many critical voices in the country, has arrested at least 11 journalists since Sunday, including former International Press Freedom Award recipient Mashallah Shamsolvaezin and the prominent writer Emadeddin Baghi. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the arrests and...

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Reporter who covered Yemeni unrest is held without charge

December 28, 2009 3:24 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2009—A Yemeni reporter is being held without charge after being arrested on Sunday while covering clashes between security forces and separatists in Yemen’s southern province of Dhala, according to local news reports. The arrest is the latest attempt by the government to silence media outlets and...

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In Iran, restrictive media landscape further deteriorates

December 23, 2009 2:47 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that Iranian authorities censored coverage of the death of a leading reformist cleric, shut down yet another reformist newspaper this week, and continue to arrest journalists....

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Editor killed by unknown gunmen in Turkey

December 21, 2009 4:51 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities today to locate the killers of journalist Cihan Hayırsevener and bring them to justice. Hayırsevener, at left, editor of the local daily newspaper Güney Marmara’da Yaşam, was shot three times in the leg on December 19...

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Rebecca MacKinnon, Ahmed Rashid, and María Teresa Ronderos join CPJ board

December 21, 2009 11:49 AM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists announced the addition of three leading journalists to its board of directors today: Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and scholar, and María Teresa Ronderos of Semana.com....

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Morocco steps up assault on online journalism

December 18, 2009 5:01 PM ET

New York, December 18, 2009—The decision to jail a blogger and an Internet café owner is an escalation in Morocco’s already intense campaign against journalists and bloggers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ called on Moroccan authorities to overturn both prison sentences on appeal....

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Journalists kidnapped, released in Afghanistan

December 16, 2009 5:26 PM ET

Three journalists, all on assignment for The Guardian, were kidnapped in December 2009 and released after six days, according to the paper. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi, ad two unnamed Afghan journalists had been planning to interview militants in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar province near the border with Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province...

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Journalists held, harassed in West Bank, Gaza

December 16, 2009 5:17 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the West Bank-based Palestinian Authorities to release a journalist detained since Monday and the Hamas-led government in Gaza to end harassment of journalists....

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Journalists beaten in Sudan after covering protests

December 16, 2009 12:10 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the detention and beating of several journalists who were attempting to report on clashes this week and last between government forces and protesters in Khartoum and the nearby city of Omdurman. Police detained more than 100 people...

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Tunisian authorities mistreating imprisoned journalist

December 11, 2009 4:16 PM ET

New York, December 11, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the health and detention conditions of Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik and the flagrant and recurrent violations of his right to see his wife and lawyers....

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