Middle East & North Africa / 2013

At least three journalists abducted in Yemen

May 22, 2013 11:10 AM ET

New York, May 22, 2013--At least three journalists have been held hostage by armed tribesmen for a week in Yemen, according to news reports....

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In Iran, news coverage stifled amid election controversy

May 21, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Internet access has slowed, critical websites have been blocked, and several journalists have been summoned back to prison in Iran as the country's Guardian Council made a key decision today barring two leading candidates from the presidential election. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the broad...

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Iraqi journalist threatened for reporting on corruption

May 21, 2013 9:35 AM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Iraqi authorities must launch an investigation into a May 14 episode in which a group of armed men raided the home of a journalist and briefly abducted his brother. The journalist, Azhar Shallal, had recently written about alleged corruption....

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German freelance journalist reportedly in Syrian custody

May 13, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--Syrian authorities must immediately release and ensure the well-being of a German freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than a week, according to the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel....

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In Egypt, journalists face prosecution, attacks, detention

May 13, 2013 12:33 PM ET

The editor-in-chief of the daily Al-Watan, Magdy el-Galad, and a reporter for the paper, Ahmed el-Khatib, were referred to a criminal court on May 8, 2013, for publishing a "false report that could disturb public peace," according to news reports....

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Pre-election crackdown on Iranian media intensifies

May 7, 2013 5:54 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--At least 40 Iranian journalists were behind bars on April 15, 2013, as authorities intensified a crackdown on the independent media ahead of the June presidential elections, a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. According to the analysis, Iran is the second...

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More attacks, legal threats against Yemeni journalists

May 7, 2013 5:42 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2013 - Yemeni journalists are facing continued physical and legal jeopardy, with one journalist receiving death threats and two others facing politicized defamation charges....

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Three journalists briefly abducted in Libya

May 3, 2013 11:09 AM ET

Three television journalists were briefly abducted in Libya in April 2013, according to news reports....

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European outlets report journalists missing in Syria

April 30, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of two European journalists who went missing in western Syria three weeks ago. News reports identified the journalists as Domenico Quirico, a veteran reporter for the Italian daily La Stampa, and Pierre Piccinin da Prata,...

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Journalists attacked, threatened amid Yemen protests

April 29, 2013 6:17 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Al-Jazeera journalists and threats against a Sky News Arabia news crew by anti-government protesters in Aden on Saturday--the latest in a wave of violence against the press in the country....

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