Middle East & North Africa / 2010

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Iran remains world’s worst jailer of journalists

May 6, 2010 10:15 AM ET

New York, May 6, 2010—At least 35 journalists were behind bars in Iran as of May 1 with another 18 detainees free on short-term furloughs, according to CPJ’s monthly census of imprisoned Iranian journalists. The figures, unchanged from CPJ’s April census, reflect a government still intent on silencing free...

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IDF bars Al-Jazeera from covering West Bank rally

May 3, 2010 12:25 PM ET

New York, May 3, 2010—The Israeli military obstructed an Al-Jazeera crew trying to cover a rally in the village of Bil’in west of Ramallah on Friday, according to news reports and interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns these actions and calls on Israeli authorities to end the harassment of...

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Egyptian blogger Karim Amer harassed in jail

April 30, 2010 1:44 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an campaign of harassment and intimidations against imprisoned Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman, known online as Karim Amer. ...

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Tunisian journalist beaten by police

April 26, 2010 3:10 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for a full and transparent investigation into the police beating of Zuhair Makhlouf, contributor to Tunisian news Web site Assabil Online. ...

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CPJ seeks Pentagon investigations in Iraq journalist deaths

April 26, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Dear Secretary Gates: The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by a video recently disclosed by the Web site WikiLeaks showing a U.S. military strike that took place on July 12, 2007. The attack killed an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and his assistant, Saeed Chmagh.

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Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

April 22, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraqi authorities to clarify the disappearance and current whereabouts of Saad al-Aossi, editor-in-chief of the critical weekly Al-Shahid....

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Journalists assaulted covering Iraqi Kurdistan protests

April 20, 2010 3:12 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2010—Anti-riot police assaulted journalists covering two different protests in Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan on Saturday and Tuesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks and calls on authorities to stop harassing journalists reporting in the field....

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CPJ denounces Iranian threats against Maziar Bahari

April 19, 2010 1:31 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned threats made by the Iranian government against Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari. Bahari, left, who was imprisoned in Iran for 118 days on fabricated antistate charges following last year’s disputed June presidential election, told CPJ that family members in...

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Yemeni editor, long harassed, is charged again

April 15, 2010 5:21 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Yemeni authorities to drop new charges brought against Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party's news Web site Aleshteraki, in connection with a 2005 article. ...

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Sudanese journalist charged with 'waging war' against state

April 14, 2010 4:06 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Sudanese authorities to immediately drop criminal charges against prominent journalist and opposition party member Al-Haj Ali Warrag. ...

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