Middle East & North Africa / 2011

Iran arrests six documentary filmmakers

September 19, 2011 6:33 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2011--Iranian authorities have arrested six independent filmmakers on vague accusations that they engaged in a foreign conspiracy in connection with a critical new documentary about Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests and calls for the...

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Cameraman critically wounded by gunfire in Yemen

September 19, 2011 6:24 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2011--Yemeni journalist Hassan al-Wadhaf, a cameraman for the Arabic Media Agency, is in critical condition after being hit in the face by sniper fire while covering protests today in Sana'a, a colleague told CPJ....

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Sudan authorities continue to confiscate newspapers

September 15, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the growing censorship of newspapers in Sudan. In the past two weeks alone, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) halted the distribution of four different opposition newspapers without cause....

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Egyptian military institutes new media restrictions

September 13, 2011 2:41 PM ET

New York, September 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the new measures taken by Egypt's ruling military council. In recent days, the military announced that it would actively enforce the Hosni Mubarak-era Emergency Law, which allows civilians, including journalists, to be tried in state security courts....

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Israel must grant Samer Allawi the right to due process

September 12, 2011 4:34 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the Israeli government's ongoing detention without charge of Al-Jazeera correspondent Samer Allawi and calls on you to ensure that the journalist is allowed due process.

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Iran adds to its list of press freedom violations

September 9, 2011 2:46 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the forced closure of two independent Iranian newspapers on Monday and the arrest of an Iranian writer in the city of Tabriz. In July and August, Shahrvand-e Emrooz (Today's Citizen), a reformist weekly, ran two covers depicting President Mahmoud...

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Iraqi journalist shot dead in Baghdad

September 9, 2011 12:55 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday evening's killing of Iraqi journalist, filmmaker, and playwright Hadi al-Mahdi in Baghdad and calls on Iraqi authorities to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.   Al-Mahdi, radio show host and critic of the government, was shot...

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Yemeni journalists continue to be targeted

September 7, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by Monday's attack on two Yemeni journalists by a group of armed men. Reports of other attacks on journalists point to a worsening situation for press freedom in the country....

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Syrian journalist arrested, held without charge

September 6, 2011 6:03 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Saturday's arrest of a Syrian journalist without charge and the continued reports of missing journalists in Syria. Amer Matar, contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, was arrested by Syrian security forces in Damascus on Saturday, the Guardian of London reported....

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Kurdish journalist brutally assaulted in Iraq

August 31, 2011 5:47 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's brutal assault on Kurdish journalist Asos Hardi and calls on Kurdish authorities to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice....

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