Middle East & North Africa / 2013

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Journalists report being attacked, obstructed in Egypt

August 13, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2013--At least four journalists have been attacked, threatened, or obstructed while covering sit-ins held by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, according to news reports. The sit-ins began in the lead-up to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the reports said....

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Palestinian journalist released after two years

August 8, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Israeli authorities released Palestinian journalist Amer Abu Arafa, a correspondent for Shihab News Agency, on August 5, 2013, after holding him in administrative detention for nearly two years, according to news reports....

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UAE authorities release Egyptian journalist after a month

August 6, 2013 3:40 PM ET

The Emirati authorities released the Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda on August 4, 2013, after holding him incommunicado without charge for a month, the journalist told CPJ. Security officials told Fouda that his UAE residency was revoked and took him to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, where he flew to Cairo...

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Journalists attacked and threatened in Tunisia

August 5, 2013 10:11 AM ET

Several Tunisian journalists reported being harassed, threatened, and attacked during the three-day protests following the July 25, 2013, assassination of opposition leader Mohamed al-Barahmi, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Journalist arrested, another believed to be held in Bahrain

August 1, 2013 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--A Bahraini blogger has been detained and a photographer is missing amid signs that Bahraini authorities are trying to crack down on critical voices ahead of protests planned for August 14, according to news reports....

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Egyptian journalist held without charge in UAE

August 1, 2013 4:59 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda, who has been held without charge by the United Arab Emirates authorities for almost a month....

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Hamas closes two media offices in Gaza

July 26, 2013 3:04 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2013--The Hamas-led government in Gaza on Thursday shut down the local offices of Al-Arabiya and the Palestinian news agency Maan after accusing the outlets of publishing "false" news, according to news reports....

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In Egypt, journalists report being attacked, harassed

July 25, 2013 5:18 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--Several journalists have reported being harassed, censored, or attacked over the past week in Egypt, according to news reports and local journalists. The incidents come as Egyptian authorities have announced their intentions to abolish prison terms for insult charges....

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Polish journalist abducted in Syria

July 25, 2013 3:58 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--A Polish freelance journalist was believed to have been abducted in northwest Syria on Wednesday, according to news reports citing local activists....

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Abdulelah Shaea freed after three years in Yemeni jail

July 24, 2013 12:40 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Tuesday of Yemeni freelance journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea, who had been imprisoned for almost three years on anti-state charges. Shaea was released yesterday after President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a pardon, which also stipulated that...

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