Middle East & North Africa


Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi cameraman killed in suicide bombing

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of cameraman Alwan al-Ghorabi, who died in the southern city of Diwaniyya when a car bomb exploded in the city center on Tuesday. 

June 23, 2011 2:51 PM ET


Alerts   |   Bahrain

In Bahrain, extraordinary tribunal sentences bloggers to life

The sign, which depicts some of the men sentenced today, reads at the top: 'Disease must be excised from the body of the nation.' (AP/Hasan Jamali)

New York, June 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's politicized verdict in which 21 bloggers, human rights activists, and members of the political opposition were found guilty of plotting to topple the monarchy. Today's court ruling further cements 2011 as the worst year for press freedom in Bahrain since the island kingdom declared its independence in 1971. 

June 22, 2011 5:29 PM ET


Alerts   |   Jordan

In Jordan, attacks on the press go unpunished

Protesters shout slogans against the media in front of the AFP office in Amman after the agency ran a story about the president's motorcade. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji)

New York, June 21, 2011--On the heels of an attack on Agence France-Presse's Amman offices, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Jordanian government to hold to account those who threaten or attack journalists.

June 21, 2011 5:24 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

In Iran, journalists remain in government's crosshairs

Derakhshan (Creative Commons)

New York, June 15, 2011--Iran's ongoing assault against independent and opposition media has recently gained momentum, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, a journalist died in custody for what his family said was a lack of adequate medical care, the government sentenced another journalist to 20 years in prison, arrested one more, and confirmed a 19 and a half year prison term for a blogger known as the "Blogfather." 

Statements   |   UAE

UAE intent on punishing online dissent

New York, June 14, 2011-- Today's trial of prominent political blogger Ahmad Mansoor and four others for alleged insult of authorities, criticism and undermining of the government in relation to the their online writings and activism represents a further setback for press freedom in the United Arab Emirates, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   Morocco

Politicized prison sentence for Moroccan editor

New York, June 9, 2011-- Today's one-year prison sentence against Rachid Nini, executive editor of the Moroccan daily Al-Massae and owner of Al-Massae Media Group, is the latest instance of the Moroccan government settling scores with critical journalists through a judiciary that is subservient to the executive branch, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

June 9, 2011 6:23 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

In Iran, more abuse of unjustly imprisoned journalists

New York, June 7, 2011--Iranian authorities continue to punish unjustly imprisoned journalists when they demand basic rights. They also retaliate when these journalists speak out about their mistreatment and the substandard conditions in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
June 7, 2011 6:21 PM ET


Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudan journalists who report on rape charged with crimes

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudan to drop criminal charges and abandon all other tactics of harassment employed against at least 10 journalists who have reported on the alleged rape and torture of a youth activist. The activist said she was raped after participating in a demonstration in January.

June 6, 2011 6:11 PM ET


Alerts   |   Egypt

In Egypt, military harasses critical journalists

New York, June 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to stop its harassment of journalists who report critically on the military. Officers and military prosecutors have censored, harassed, or otherwise intimidated numerous critical journalists since February, and particularly in recent weeks.

Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemen shells TV station, news agency, online newspaper

New York, May 26, 2011--Military forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh shelled Yemeni satellite broadcaster Suhail TV Wednesday as they exchanged fire with forces loyal to the political opposition and tribal gunmen. A similar incident occurred at the official Saba news agency on Tuesday. The offices of the news website Al-Sahwa Net were also hit multiple times in the ongoing exchanges of fire, according to local journalists.

May 26, 2011 4:53 PM ET



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