Middle East & North Africa / 2013

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Journalist and her husband kidnapped in Yemen

July 19, 2013 3:00 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2013--A Dutch journalist and her husband reported missing in Yemen in June have appeared in a video, pleading for their lives and asking for their captors' demands to be met. Judith Spiegel, a Yemen correspondent for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and her husband, Boudewijn Berendsen, were...

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Press harassed, censored as Egypt's turmoil continues

July 18, 2013 5:04 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2013--A number of Egyptian journalists have been barred from covering public press conferences and several others have been detained in recent days amid the country's highly polarized political and news media atmosphere, according to news reports....

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Sudan detains and threatens Bloomberg correspondent

July 17, 2013 3:00 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2013--A Bloomberg correspondent working in Sudan has reported being threatened and assaulted after being detained arbitrarily by authorities in late June. Michael Gunn told CPJ that he fled the country on July 2 fearing for his life....

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Iran jails at least 10 journalists in two-week span

July 16, 2013 4:21 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2013--Iranian authorities have sentenced seven members of a religious minority news website to lengthy prison terms, and arrested at least three other journalists in an alarming trend that reflects a renewed crackdown on the local press....

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Turkish journalists detained, another beaten in Egypt

July 9, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Four Turkish journalists in Egypt were briefly taken into military custody today, following an assault on another Turk on Sunday, according to news reports. Separately, an Egyptian journalist was severely beaten by Muslim Brotherhood supporters last week....

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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian freelance journalist

July 9, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian freelance journalist who was arrested in a nighttime raid last week, and drop the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egyptian press under fire after Morsi's ouster

July 8, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, July 8, 2013--An Egyptian photographer working for a newspaper affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood was killed today while covering clashes in Cairo, according to news reports. Other local and international journalists have also reported being targeted in the aftermath of last week's ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi....

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Egyptian authorities step up censorship

July 5, 2013 3:17 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that Egypt's new military-run government is detaining journalists and censoring news outlets, including those affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, despite proclaiming an intention to be inclusive. ...

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Al-Jazeera station raided, 3 others shut in Egypt

July 3, 2013 6:34 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2013--Authorities in Egypt's new military-run government raided Al-Jazeera's Egyptian station today, disrupting its service, and shut down at least three stations supportive of Mohamed Morsi in a worrying series of moves that seemed designed to cut off coverage of pro-Morsi events, according to news accounts....

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Egypt's army must exercise restraint with state media

July 3, 2013 2:07 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Egyptian military to refrain from exercising editorial control over state-owned media as the country's political crisis deepens....

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