Middle East & North Africa / 2013

Journalists in Egypt attacked amid street violence

April 12, 2013 5:07 PM ET

At least four local Egyptian journalists were physically attacked during a weekend of street violence that began April 5, 2013, according to news reports. The reports said an international journalist was also briefly detained....

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Palestinian photographer shot in face with rubber bullet

April 12, 2013 11:12 AM ET

Israeli forces shot Palestinian freelance photographer Mohammed al-Azza, 23, in the face with a rubber-coated bullet on April 8, 2013, in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, according to local news reports. Al-Azza was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent several surgeries to repair the broken bones in his...

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CPJ cautiously welcomes Morsi's step to drop complaints

April 10, 2013 6:15 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's announcement that he will withdraw legal complaints against journalists who "spread wrong information." The announcement was posted on the presidency's Twitter account and confirmed by Presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy....

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Sky News Arabic crew attacked in Syria

April 10, 2013 5:31 PM ET

Syrian security forces assaulted and briefly detained a Sky News Arabic crew on Monday, April 8, 2013, according to correspondent Khalil al-Hamlu. In a live broadcast, al-Hamlu said his crew was reporting on a car bomb in central Damascus when Syrian security forces confronted the group. The crew were beaten...

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UAE may deport refugee Tamil journalist to Sri Lanka

April 10, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by news reports that a Tamil journalist in the United Arab Emirates may be deported to Sri Lanka this week despite her United Nations refugee status, and calls on authorities in the UAE to halt any such...

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Authorities backslide on free expression in Kuwait

April 9, 2013 5:53 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2013--Kuwaiti authorities are undermining freedom of expression with a series of arrests and prosecutions intended to stifle dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least six Kuwaiti journalists are facing legal action in reprisal for their work, according to news reports....

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Yemeni journalist given jail term for reporting on corruption

April 8, 2013 11:40 AM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--A Yemeni news editor who reported frequently on alleged misuse of a public reconstruction fund was sentenced to a three-month jail sentence in relation to one of his articles, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on an appellate court to overturn the...

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Four Iraqi newspapers attacked by unknown assailants

April 5, 2013 5:48 PM ET

The Baghdad offices of at least four independent daily newspapers were attacked on April 1, 2013, with the assailants destroying equipment and injuring several employees....

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CPJ condemns effort to silence news coverage of Syria

April 4, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2013--A Kuwait-based Syrian businessman has announced a monetary reward for any individuals who capture and turn over to security forces journalists affiliated with the pan-Arab channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called the announcement a deplorable effort to silence...

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CPJ alarmed by investigation of its consultant in Egypt

April 2, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that its Middle East consultant, Shaimaa Abulkhair, would be investigated by national security prosecutors in Egypt for comments she made about the widely criticized criminal case against satirist Bassem Youssef....

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