Middle East & North Africa / 2013

Iraqi journalists accused of stealing notebook released

July 2, 2013 5:23 PM ET

Three Iraqi journalists were released on bail June 20, 2013, after being held for two weeks by the Ministry of Defense for purportedly stealing an official's notebook....

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Journalist dead, several attacked in Egypt

July 1, 2013 5:14 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the security of journalists covering ongoing mass protests in Egypt. One journalist was killed and six others were injured while covering demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi over the weekend, according to news reports....

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Egypt warns of TV shutdowns; legal threats mount

June 28, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2013--Egypt's Ministry of Investment sent notice today to all satellite television channels warning they will be shut down if the government deems that their coverage of this weekend's political protests incites violence, insults individuals, or contradicts societal values, news reports said. Numerous journalists are also...

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At nonviolence rally in Cairo, attacks against the press

June 24, 2013 5:25 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2013--Several journalists were attacked and threatened in Cairo this weekend at a "Say No to Violence" rally organized by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to call on opposition groups to ensure nonviolence on June 30, the day of planned demonstrations and strikes across the country....

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Journalists attacked, detained covering protests in Egypt

June 20, 2013 4:32 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2013--At least four journalists were attacked and two of them briefly detained while covering protests in Egypt on Tuesday, according to news reports that said a Muslim Brotherhood official and supporters were behind the assaults....

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CPJ urges review of press law and unblocking of websites

June 19, 2013 11:45 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Ensour: We are writing to express our concern about the implications of Jordan's Press and Publications Law, which was amended last year and used most recently to block more than 300 websites.

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Iraqi government detains two journalists without charge

June 18, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention of two Iraqi journalists who have been held for two weeks without formal charge or access to a lawyer in connection with the alleged theft of a senior official's notebook....

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In Sudan, journalist harassed for reporting on military

June 18, 2013 2:53 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the official harassment of Sudanese reporter Khalid Ahmed who was detained for three days this month and then interrogated three times since on broad allegations that he "harmed the morale of the armed forces" and denigrated its leaders....

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Iranian authorities target Internet, media before elections

June 13, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on the Internet, including on media outlets and journalists, in the days leading up to Friday's presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several opposition websites have reported being briefly hacked, while Google issued a statement on Wednesday...

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News outlets targeted in Iran amid run-up to elections

June 10, 2013 5:26 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2013--The Iranian government is attempting to deprive Iranian citizens of meaningful news coverage by blocking several news websites in the run-up to the country's presidential elections on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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