Middle East & North Africa / 2011

Bahrain detains columnist; 4 located in Libya

April 25, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Haidar Mohammed al-Nuaimi, a columnist for daily newspaper Al-Wasat. Roughly 30 uniformed and plainclothes police raided al-Nuaimi's family home in Manama today, dragging him into the street and beating him, local journalists...

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Journalists Hammerl, Morgana Gillis in Libyan custody

April 22, 2011 4:03 PM ET

New York, April 22 2011--Anton Hammerl, a freelance South African photographer who was detained in early April, has appeared in government custody in Libya and is apparently in good health....

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Iraqi sound engineer killed in car-bomb attack

April 21, 2011 2:24 PM ET

New York, April 21 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of an Iraqi sound engineer who sustained fatal injuries in a double car-bomb attack Monday in Baghdad....

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Photojournalists Hetherington, Hondros dead in Libya

April 20, 2011 6:44 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2011--Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, acclaimed photojournalists who had worked in conflict zones around the world, were killed in an explosion in the western Libyan city of Misurata today. Two other photographers were injured. Hetherington co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Restrepo," while Hondros was a...

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Journalist held in Yemen; attacks in Kurdistan, West Bank

April 20, 2011 4:21 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Yemeni authorities today to explain why they have held prominent journalist Ali Salah Ahmed since Tuesday without revealing his location or charging him with a crime. ...

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CPJ condemns attack on office of news website

April 19, 2011 2:46 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2011--Six men raided the office of a news website in Amman on Monday, threatening its staff and destroying equipment. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault on Al-Muharrir and calls on Jordanian authorities to investigate the attack thoroughly....

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Two Swiss journalists barred from leaving Qatar for 13 days

April 19, 2011 2:29 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention and questioning of two sports journalists working in Qatar for the public Swiss broadcaster Radio Television Suisse (RTS). Both journalists were prevented from leaving the country for 13 days....

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Summoned by Yemeni authorities, journalist is now missing

April 18, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011-- The Committee to Protect journalists called on Yemeni authorities to clarify the whereabouts of reporter Ahmad al-Mohamadi, who has been missing since being called for questioning Saturday by the Republican Guards....

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Al-Wasat founder dies in custody in Bahrain

April 15, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi, left, founder and board member of Al-Wasat, the country's premier independent daily. Fakhrawi died Tuesday, a week after he...

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Journalist arrested; Syria crackdown continues

April 14, 2011 4:06 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--Syrian authorities continued a weeks-long crackdown on journalists reporting on anti-government protests as security agents arrested another member of the news media on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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