Middle East & North Africa / 2013

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Two French journalists reported missing in Syria

June 7, 2013 3:27 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2013--Two French journalists covering the Syrian conflict have been reported missing by their employer, according to news reports. The news comes amid reports that two other international journalists missing in Syria since April are alive....

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Yemeni daily convicted, acquitted of defamation in two cases

June 7, 2013 1:10 PM ET

In two separate sessions on June 6, 2013, the Specialized Press and Publications Court found a Yemeni daily guilty of defamation charges in one case and innocent in another, according to news reports....

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Sudan bans three papers amid vows to curtail censorship

June 6, 2013 12:05 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2013--Sudanese authorities have banned the publication of at least three newspapers in the past two weeks despite statements by government officials to curtail censorship practices, according to news reports....

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CPJ rejects Egyptian ruling against civil society

June 4, 2013 1:37 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by today's conviction of 43 individuals affiliated with international nonprofit organizations on charges of working illegally in Egypt. CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour was sentenced to two years in prison based on the work...

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Authorities block hundreds of websites in Jordan

June 3, 2013 4:29 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2013--The Jordanian government announced plans on Sunday to block more than 300 websites for failing to register under the Press and Publications Law, news sources reported. Access to several of the sites has already been blocked within the country, the reports said....

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Authorities pursue legal action against Egyptian journalists

June 3, 2013 12:22 PM ET

The Al-Dokki Criminal Court on May 28, 2013, sentenced Islam Afifi, former editor-in-chief of Al-Dustour newspaper, to a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$1,431) after convicting him of libel against Essam al-Eryan, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood. Al-Eryan filed a complaint against Afifi after the journalist published a report...

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CPJ urges Qatar to reconsider cybercrime bill

May 30, 2013 6:14 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Hamad: We are writing to express our concern about the cybercrime bill approved by the cabinet on Wednesday, which would restrict online expression on news websites and social media. We ask you to postpone its submission to the Shura Council and consult with media, legal, and human rights representatives to ensure that its provisions do not infringe on freedom of expression.

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Algeria blocks two newspapers from publishing

May 29, 2013 12:18 PM ET

Algeria's Ministry of Communications on May 18, 2013, ordered two newspapers, the daily Mon Journal and its Arabic counterpart Djaridati, to remove two pages from their next day's editions that focused on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's health, according to news reports....

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Syrian correspondent killed by sniper fire

May 28, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--A Syrian correspondent working for the pro-government TV channel Al-Ikhbariya died Monday after her crew's vehicle came under sniper fire, according to official Syrian news sources....

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Iraqi sheikh says he is not behind threats to journalist

May 23, 2013 12:32 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--A prominent Iraqi sheikh told CPJ Wednesday he has had nothing to do with threats against a journalist or the recent abduction of the reporter's brother....

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