Middle East & North Africa / 2010

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Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Al-Arabiya bombing

July 26, 2010 4:25 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a suicide attack on Al-Arabiya's  bureau in Baghdad. The attack killed three of the satellite news channel's support staff, according to Tareq Maher, an Al-Arabiya journalist who was inside the building during the blast....

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Iran arrests two more critical journalists

July 22, 2010 3:33 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists has learned that Iran is continuing to arrest journalists, with two more detained in June. CPJ calls on the authorities to release all imprisoned journalists, and to allow reporters to conduct their work unimpeded....

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Iraq plans to establish special court for journalists

July 20, 2010 5:13 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Court to disclose details about the decision to establish a new press court and to explain the mechanisms under which it will operate....

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Opposition newspaper confiscated in Tunisia

July 19, 2010 5:49 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the apparent censorship of Al-Mawkif, an opposition weekly belonging to the Progressive Democratic Party in Tunisia. Rachid Khechana, left, Al-Mawkif editor-in-chief, told CPJ that 10,000 copies of the newspaper’s Friday edition disappeared from newsstands, apparently confiscated by security agents....

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In Sudan, court should overturn verdicts against journalists

July 16, 2010 3:34 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sudanese authorities to overturn convictions and prison sentences against three journalists working for Rai al-Shaab, a now-shuttered newspaper owned by the opposition Popular Congress Party. The court, ruling on Thursday in Khartoum, also ordered the confiscation of the newspaper's...

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CPJ calls for immediate release of Tunisian journalist

July 15, 2010 4:13 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Tunisian authorities to immediately release Fahem Boukadous, a correspondent for the satellite television station Al-Hiwar al-Tunisi, and to overturn his four-year prison sentence....

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Egyptian court imposes sentence in 1996 libel case

July 13, 2010 3:46 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Egyptian court’s decision to sentence a jailed opposition leader to a year in prison for defaming a former minister more than 14 years ago....

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CPJ condemns censorship of Sudanese paper

July 12, 2010 4:21 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by the Security and National Intelligence Service to bar publication of the daily Al-Intibaha. Authorities suspended the newspaper last week because of the newspaper’s supposed role “in strengthening separatist tendencies in the south and the north,” a security...

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Two journalists facing military court trial in Syria

July 9, 2010 5:45 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Syrian authorities to drop criminal defamation charges against investigative journalists Bassam Ali and Suhaila Ismail. ...

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CPJ urges Gaza to allow entry of newspapers

July 9, 2010 4:58 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Gaza to allow three pro-Fatah Palestinian papers published in the West Bank to be allowed entry into the territory. The newspapers say they were told they had to sign an agreement stating they would not criticize the government before they’d...

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