Middle East & North Africa / 2010

In Yemen, editors detained as siege of newspaper continues

January 6, 2010 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 6, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest today of the editor-in-chief and managing editor of the independent daily Al-Ayyam on the third day of a government siege of the compound that houses the paper’s offices in Aden....

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Prison term completed, Mauritanian editor still jailed

January 5, 2010 4:04 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2010—Mauritanian authorities should immediately release an editor who has served his prison term in its entirety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The refusal to free Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the online publication Taqadoumy, appears to be unlawful and reflective of the politically motivated...

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CPJ calls on Yemen to end siege of independent newspaper

January 5, 2010 3:17 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to instruct authorities to peacefully end a siege of an independent daily that is now in its second day in Aden....

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Harsh sentence for Iranian journalist Amouee

January 5, 2010 11:52 AM ET

We issued the following statement today after Iranian authorities sentenced journalist and economist Bahman Ahmadi Amouee to seven years and four months’ imprisonment and 34 lashes for anti-state activities. Amouee was detained on June 19, 2009, with his wife, Zhila Bani-Yaghoub, editor-in-chief of the Iranian Women's Club......

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Iran continues crackdown: Anchor pressured, writers jailed

January 4, 2010 4:09 PM ET

New York, January 4, 2010—The Iranian government continued an assault on the press as authorities have arrested at least six more journalists, upheld a long prison sentence against another, and barred a television anchor from returning to work. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns these repressive actions and calls for...

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