Middle East & North Africa / 2010

CPJ urges President Saleh to free ailing editors

March 17, 2010 11:18 AM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the health of imprisoned journalists Hisham Bashraheel and Muhammad al-Maqaleh and calls for their immediate release.

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Jordan's security court bans coverage of corruption case

March 15, 2010 3:54 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2010—The Jordanian State Security Court should reconsider its decision last week to ban news media from covering corruption allegations involving the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company and several leading national figures, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ urges Morocco to halt politicized prosecutions

March 15, 2010 11:27 AM ET

Your Majesty: The Committee to Protect Journalists is disappointed by the government’s continued use of the courts to suppress freedom of expression, and it urges you to use your constitutional prerogatives to end the unjust imprisonment of our colleague Driss Chahtan. We also ask you to instruct authorities to end the practice of withholding accreditation from journalists working for critical foreign news outlets.

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Yemen blocks live reports by Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya

March 12, 2010 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Yemeni authorities’ seizure of equipment enabling the pan-Arab satellite news channels Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera to broadcast live from the country....

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Egyptian blogger Abbas, cleared once, is convicted anew

March 11, 2010 4:46 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a court decision to sentence the popular and award-winning Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, left, to six months in prison and calls on Egyptian authorities to put an end to years-long harassment leveled against him....

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CPJ alarmed by IDF attacks on journalists in West Bank

March 10, 2010 5:29 PM ET

Dear Minister Barak: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a recent spate of press freedom violations in the West Bank, including detentions, censorship, harassment, and physical attacks by Israeli soldiers. We ask that you ensure that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) examine the cases outlined below and discipline any individuals who are found to have committed violations.

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With 52 journalists in jail, Iran hits new, shameful record

March 9, 2010 10:00 AM ET

New York, March 9, 2010—The number of journalists in jail rose in February as a relentless media crackdown continues in Iran. Authorities are now holding at least 52 journalists in prison, a third of all those in jail around the world, according to the latest monthly survey by the...

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Court fines a journalist and two newspapers in Kuwait

March 8, 2010 5:54 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Kuwaiti court’s decision to fine a journalist and two newspapers for statements deemed offensive to the ruling family and the prime minister....

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Egyptian blogger faces military trial

March 1, 2010 4:40 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egyptian authorities to drop the charges against blogger Ahmad Mostafa, who is facing up to one year in prison pending the outcome of his ongoing trial in a military court....

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'Our Society Will Be a Free Society' launches petition

March 1, 2010 10:38 AM ET

New York, March 1, 2010—In response to the brutal crackdown against journalists, writers, and bloggers in Iran, a coalition of leading press freedom and free expression groups have launched a petition drive calling for the release of those imprisoned. More such professionals are now in prison in Iran than in any other...

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