Middle East & North Africa / 2012

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Journalists attacked, threatened in Suez protests

February 8, 2012 5:02 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2012--Journalists covering political unrest in the Egyptian port city of Suez have been subjected to at least 10 attacks over a four-day period, according to news reports. One journalist was chased, fired upon, and threatened in four separate incidents, CPJ research shows....

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In Egypt, two journalists attacked, one detained

February 6, 2012 4:47 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns official attacks on journalists covering political unrest in Egypt this weekend. At least two journalists were shot by security forces in the past three days, and a third journalist was assaulted in police custody, according to news reports....

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Tunisian court should drop prison term given to journalist

February 6, 2012 2:04 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2012--A Tunisian appeals court should throw out the prison sentence against journalist Abdel Aziz al-Jaridi at a February 10 hearing and authorities should use his case as an opportunity to break from the repressive practices of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's era, the Committee to Protect...

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Iran detains, harasses relatives of BBC Persian service staff

February 3, 2012 5:19 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention and harassment in Iran of relatives of BBC Persian service staff who work outside the country, which is part of a sustained campaign to intimidate journalists into not reporting critically on Tehran's activities....

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Ahead of Iran elections, crackdown on press continues

February 2, 2012 4:11 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2012--At least 10 Iranian journalists were jailed in the month of January as the government continued its crackdown on dissent ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled in March, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Recent news reports identified three previously undisclosed arrests....

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In Algeria, new media law stifles free expression

January 25, 2012 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Algeria's new media law falls short of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's promises of reform and also fails to meet international standards for freedom of expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Iraq's journalist protection law doesn't protect them

January 24, 2012 5:36 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2012--Iraq's Journalist Protection Law falls short of international standards of freedom of expression and should immediately be repealed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran continues its campaign against journalists

January 20, 2012 3:51 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the most recent spate of press freedom violations in Iran and calls on authorities to immediately reverse its crackdown on the press. ...

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Sudan confiscates, shuts down newspapers again

January 18, 2012 4:34 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sudan's routine use of newspaper closures as a means to censor critical reporting. Over two weeks, the authorities have shut down and confiscated the assets of two daily newspapers. ...

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Attacks, arrests, legislation restrict Israeli press freedom

January 18, 2012 3:27 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by ongoing attacks on and detention of journalists in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as well as by a recent series of developments that restrict freedom of the press in Israel. Physical attacks, arrests, and other restrictions are creating an environment that undermines the vitality of the media, a key component of Israel's democracy.

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