Middle East & North Africa / 2012

In Jordan, proposed amendments to censor Internet

August 31, 2012 2:21 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2012--Proposed legislation in Jordan would impose significant new restrictions on online news content and reader comments while giving authorities new powers to block domestic and international websites. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the lower house of parliament to reject the bill when it takes...

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Syria must release U.S. journalist believed in state custody

August 30, 2012 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2012--Syrian authorities must immediately release U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice believed to be in government custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Arrest warrant issued for Tunisian TV director

August 29, 2012 12:48 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about an arrest warrant issued against the head of a Tunisian television station, whose news and programming are often seen as critical of the current government....

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Video shows Turkish cameraman held captive in Syria

August 27, 2012 2:41 PM ET

New York, August 27, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal, who appeared exhausted and bruised in a video aired today in which he said he had been taken captive while reporting in Syria. Ünal, a cameraman for the U.S. government-funded...

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In Egypt, Morsi bans pre-trial detention of journalists

August 23, 2012 5:36 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi banned pre-trial detention of journalists charged with press-related offenses today in a decree issued just hours after a Cairo criminal court jailed an editor pending trial on charges of insulting the president, according to news reports. ...

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U.S. journalist unaccounted for in Syria

August 23, 2012 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of U.S. freelance journalist Austin Tice, who has not been heard from in Syria for more than a week, according to reports from The Washington Post and the McClatchy news service, two outlets for...

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Japanese reporter killed, two missing in Syria

August 20, 2012 9:06 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2012--A Japanese reporter was killed amid heavy fighting in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo today, while two other journalists were reported missing in the city, news reports said....

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Kidnapped journalists released in Syria

August 17, 2012 12:57 PM ET

Two journalists of the pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya and their driver who were kidnapped on August 10, 2012, were freed by the Syrian army six days later, according to the state news agency SANA....

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Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media

August 16, 2012 5:25 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports....

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Syrian journalist kidnapped in Homs

August 15, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Unidentified armed men on Monday kidnapped a correspondent for Al-Alam, an Iranian satellite broadcaster supportive of the Syrian government, the latest incident in a series of abductions and attacks against pro-government media in Syria, according to news reports....

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