Middle East & North Africa


Alerts   |   Iran

Iran remains world’s worst jailer of journalists

Columnist Ahmad Zaid-Abadi, foreground, at a mass, televised judicial proceeding in 2009. (Reuters)

New York, May 6, 2010At 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 expression.

May 6, 2010 10:15 AM ET


Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

IDF bars Al-Jazeera from covering West Bank rally

New York, May 3, 2010The 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 journalists in the West Bank.

May 3, 2010 12:25 PM ET

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian blogger Karim Amer harassed in jail

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

April 30, 2010 1:44 PM ET


Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisian journalist beaten by police

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

Letters   |   Iraq, USA

CPJ seeks Pentagon investigations in Iraq journalist deaths

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.

April 26, 2010 10:00 AM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Newspaper editor seized in Iraq; whereabouts unknown

New York, April 22, 2010The 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.

April 22, 2010 3:24 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Journalists assaulted covering Iraqi Kurdistan protests

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.

Alerts   |   Iran

CPJ denounces Iranian threats against Maziar Bahari

NewsweekNew 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 Iran had received a threatening phone call on Saturday from a man who identified himself as an Iranian court official. 

April 19, 2010 1:31 PM ET


Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemeni editor, long harassed, is charged again

New York, April 15, 2010The 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. 

April 15, 2010 5:21 PM ET


Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese journalist charged with 'waging war' against state

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. 

April 14, 2010 4:06 PM ET



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