Middle East & North Africa / 2014

In Mauritania, blogger sentenced to death for apostasy

December 26, 2014 2:06 PM ET

New York, December 26, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the death sentence handed down Wednesday to Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed on apostasy charges in connection to an article he published a year ago....

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Two Rudaw journalists reported kidnapped in Syria

December 17, 2014 1:52 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2014--Two freelance journalists working for the Kurdish media network Rudaw TV were abducted in Syria on Monday, according to a statement released today by the outlet and reports from regional press freedom groups....

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Fourth journalist killed in Syria in three days

December 11, 2014 1:06 PM ET

New York, December 11, 2014--A correspondent working for Al-Jazeera's Arabic website, Aljazeera.net, was killed Wednesday night while covering clashes between rebel and government forces in Syria's Daraa province, the outlet reported today. Mahran al-Deeri is the fourth journalist to die covering fighting in and around the village of Sheikh Miskeen...

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Three Orient News journalists killed in Syria

December 9, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2014--Three journalists from the Syrian opposition TV station Orient News were killed on Monday while headed to cover the aftermath of clashes in the village of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa Province, according to their station and other news reports. The station said it believed the journalists...

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Freelancer Luke Somers killed in hostage rescue attempt in Yemen

December 6, 2014 9:25 AM ET

New York, December 6, 2014--Luke Somers, an American freelance journalist held hostage by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with fellow hostage Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher, during a failed rescue attempt by U.S. special forces on Saturday morning in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and news...

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CPJ calls for release of U.S. journalist held in Yemen

December 4, 2014 4:06 PM ET

New York, December 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of U.S. freelance journalist Luke Somers, who has been held hostage in Yemen for more than a year. Following a video released on Wednesday that showed the journalist pleading for his life, U.S. government officials issued...

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Algerian journalist held for more than a year without charge

November 14, 2014 2:08 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Algerian journalist Abdelhai Abdessamia, who has been held since August 18, 2013. News of Abdessamia's imprisonment was reported by his family in early November, according to news reports....

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As election nears, Egyptian press in peril

November 6, 2014 2:52 PM ET

CPJ and See Media release new documentary, 'Under Threat' New York, November 6, 2014--As Egypt prepares to elect a new parliament, the government continues to crack down on the press, forcing independent and critical voices into silence, exile, or prison. These threats are explored in a short documentary, "Under Threat,"...

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Iran arrests journalist covering acid attacks on women

October 29, 2014 4:50 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2014--Iranian authorities have detained for almost a week a journalist affiliated with the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), a media outlet that has covered a series of acid attacks on women in the country, according to news reports. Four other staff members affiliated with the...

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Journalist arrested in Sudan, held without charge

October 28, 2014 5:41 PM ET

New York, October 28, 2014--The National Intelligence and Security Services in Sudan arrested a journalist on Thursday in Khartoum and has held him without charge since, according to news reports. Al-Nour Ahmed al-Nour is the Sudan correspondent for the pan-Arab London-based newspaper Al-Hayat and also works as a columnist for...

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Governments fall short in efforts to combat impunity in journalists' murders

October 28, 2014 12:01 AM ET

Ninety percent of murderers walk free, threatening press freedom, CPJ report finds New York, October 28, 2014--Despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2014

September 30, 2014 3:18 PM ET

Prominent support for #RightToReport in the Digital Age More than 2,800 people including prominent journalists Christiane Amanpour, Glenn Greenwald, and Alan Rusbridger have already signed on to CPJ's new campaign Right to Report in the Digital Age....

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2014 International Press Freedom Awards

September 30, 2014 1:22 PM ET

Honoring courage and perseverance Awardees from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa New York, September 30, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous reporting. These journalists have faced imprisonment,...

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Two Tunisian journalists held for two weeks in Libya

September 23, 2014 4:22 PM ET

New York, September 23, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that two Tunisian journalists have been held by a militia in eastern Libya for two weeks and calls for them to be freed immediately. This is the second time that Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Guetari have been...

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Militant group must release kidnapped British journalist

September 18, 2014 12:57 PM ET

September 18, 2014, New York--The Islamic State militant group released a video today that shows John Cantlie, a British freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012, making what he said would be the first of a series of statements, according to news reports. Cantlie's abduction in Syria nearly two years...

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New cybercrime law could have serious consequences for press freedom in Qatar

September 17, 2014 6:01 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Qatari government to abolish parts of a restrictive cybercrime law that passed this week, despite assurances from its prime minister last year that the legislation would not restrict freedom of expression, which is protected under the Qatari constitution....

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Journalists released from prison in Egypt, but others remain

September 17, 2014 3:48 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of two journalists in Egypt and calls on authorities to free the 11 other journalists still behind bars. The move comes days before Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to address the United Nations General...

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Iran's press record needs scrutiny at U.N. General Assembly

September 9, 2014 6:02 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed that dozens of journalists remain imprisoned in Iran more than a year after the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to seek more constructive engagement with the international community. CPJ calls on attendees of this month's U.N....

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CPJ condemns murder of US journalist Steven Sotloff

September 2, 2014 2:32 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2014--The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, according to news reports. Sotloff, who was abducted in Syria in August 2013, would be the second American journalist murdered by Islamic State. In a video...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, August 2014

August 28, 2014 5:30 PM ET

US-Africa Leaders Summit President Barack Obama hosted the first US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. this month. The discussion focused on trade and investment, but CPJ helped put press freedom on the agenda. At a time of unprecedented growth and change in Africa, journalists are under increasing pressure, with spikes...

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Alassema TV's Tripoli office attacked, journalists abducted or unaccounted for

August 26, 2014 12:03 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2014--The Tripoli offices of Libya's privately owned station Alassema TV was raided and set on fire by Islamist groups on Sunday, the station reported. Several journalists are unaccounted for, the station said, and the Libyan Center for Press Freedom and Libya International Channel reported that Alaseema...

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CPJ welcomes release of US freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis

August 24, 2014 3:57 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of American freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who was held captive by the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra since October 2012, according to U.S officials and news reports. U.N. Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CPJ Curtis...

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James Foley's killers pose many threats to local, international journalists

August 20, 2014 7:38 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned for all journalists, most of them Syrians, still held captive by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State, which has repeatedly kidnapped, killed, and threatened journalists in the territories over which it holds sway. President Barack Obama confirmed...

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CPJ condemns killing of American journalist James Foley

August 19, 2014 8:59 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, who was abducted in Syria in November 2012. In a video posted online, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State claimed to have executed Foley, saying the act was retribution for U.S....

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Yemeni journalist shot dead in series of attacks on state-run media

August 19, 2014 3:27 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a string of attacks on Yemeni journalists working for state-run outlets in the past week. At least one journalist has been killed and another survived an assassination attempt, according to the Ministry of Information and news...

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Reporters attacked covering first anniversary of Cairo protest killings

August 15, 2014 2:55 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2014--Several journalists have been attacked and briefly detained in Egypt since Thursday while covering deadly clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and security forces, according to news reports....

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AP journalist and media worker killed in Gaza

August 13, 2014 11:23 AM ET

New York, August 13, 2014--Simone Camilli, a video journalist for The Associated Press, and Ali Shehda Abu Afash, a freelance translator, were killed in the northern town of Beit Lahiya today when an unexploded missile blew up, the AP reported. The explosion also injured AP photographer Hatem Moussa. Camilli, an...

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Kurdish reporter killed in Iraqi Kurdistan

August 11, 2014 3:30 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2014--A Kurdish journalist was killed in Makhmur district, south of the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, on Friday when shrapnel from mortar shelling hit her in the chest, according to news reports. Deniz Firat, a freelance reporter, was covering clashes between Kurdish forces and...

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Two journalists and three media workers abducted in Libya

August 8, 2014 11:40 AM ET

New York, August 8, 2014--At least two journalists and three media workers affiliated with the privately owned Albarqa TV station were abducted at a checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk on Monday, according to the station and news reports. The reports said the five were taken by a...

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Police officer convicted in death of imprisoned Iranian blogger

August 7, 2014 12:10 PM ET

New York, August 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's conviction of a police officer in the death of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti and calls on Iranian authorities to disclose details of the investigation and trial. The police officer was given three years in jail, two years in exile,...

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Oman holding blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi at psychiatric hospital

August 5, 2014 4:51 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2014--CPJ is concerned for the welfare of critical Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi, who disappeared last month after being summoned by intelligence officials, according to human rights groups. A photo appeared on Twitter in recent days showing Alrawahi at the psychiatric department of Sultan Qaboos University...

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Libya's Alassema TV suffers several attacks; journalists abducted

August 5, 2014 4:24 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent series of attacks on privately owned Alassema TV in Libya, including the abduction on Friday of three journalists who are still missing....

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Another journalist killed in Gaza bombardment

July 31, 2014 3:50 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2014--A second journalist was killed while covering the Israeli bombardment of the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza, according to news reports and the two journalists' media outlets. The death marks at least three journalists and one media worker killed on duty since the Gaza conflict began...

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Palestinian photojournalist killed in Israeli air strike

July 30, 2014 3:51 PM ET

New York, July 30, 2014--Palestinian journalist Rami Rayan was killed today in an Israeli air strike on a market in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza, according to his employer and news reports. At least 16 other people were killed and 160 wounded in the strike, according to news reports....

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Four journalists, including three U.S. citizens, detained in Iran

July 24, 2014 3:12 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a Washington Post report today that says Iran has detained four journalists--three of whom are U.S. citizens--and calls on authorities to release them immediately. Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen and a correspondent for the Post, and his wife,...

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Armed men raid Sudanese newspaper, beat editor

July 22, 2014 4:43 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on the offices of a privately owned newspaper in Sudan in which the publication's editor and another journalist were beaten....

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Palestinian cameraman killed during Israeli assault

July 21, 2014 5:23 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2014--A Palestinian cameraman was killed in the Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah on Sunday, according to news reports and the journalist's colleague. More than 60 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in clashes between Israeli and Hamas forces in Shijaiyah that day, according to...

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At least three journalists injured by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza

July 18, 2014 3:03 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Israeli airstrikes on buildings housing media outlets in Gaza that injured at least three journalists. The strikes came as Israel engages in a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip....

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Journalists injured, arrested amid Iraq violence

July 16, 2014 5:49 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2014--At least two journalists were wounded, another arrested, and a newspaper office raided in the past week in Iraq amid heightened political uncertainty and violence, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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Israeli airstrike destroys press car, killing Palestinian media worker

July 10, 2014 3:03 PM ET

New York, July 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Israel Defense Forces' airstrike on a car clearly marked as a press vehicle in Gaza City on Wednesday. The airstrike killed Hamid Shihab, a driver for the Gaza-based press agency Media 24, according to the agency....

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Morocco jails journalist over coverage of protests

July 8, 2014 5:09 PM ET

New York, July 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Moroccan authorities to drop the charges against Mahmoud Lhaisan, a TV journalist who was arrested on Friday after reporting on police abuse during protests following a World Cup game....

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In Iran, series of arrests and prosecutions target journalists

July 7, 2014 5:16 PM ET

In the first few months of 2014, multiple journalists were arrested, interrogated, and prosecuted in Iran. Authorities pursued a revolving-door policy in imprisoning journalists, freeing some detainees on short-term furloughs even as they make new arrests....

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Egypt convicts another journalist, bans TV channels

June 25, 2014 6:02 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2014--A Suez court sentenced a journalist to three years in prison on Tuesday on charges of inciting and committing violence during protests in April, according to news reports. The move follows harsh prison sentences given to three Al-Jazeera journalists on Monday....

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CPJ condemns harsh prison sentences for journalists in Egypt

June 23, 2014 10:46 AM ET

New York, June 23, 2014--A Cairo court today sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to lengthy prison terms on terrorism-related charges, according to news reports. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Peter Greste were given seven-year terms, while Baher Mohamed was given 10 years in prison. Three other international journalists--Sue Turton and Dominic Kane...

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CPJ welcomes release of two Egyptian journalists, calls for others to be freed

June 18, 2014 1:39 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison this week of two Egyptian journalists and calls on authorities to release at least 14 journalists still behind bars, including three Al-Jazeera journalists whose trial continues on Monday. Abdullah al-Shami, reporter for Al-Jazeera who was jailed...

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Iran, Syria, and Somalia top countries that journalists flee

June 18, 2014 12:20 PM ET

CPJ releases annual report on journalists in exile to mark World Refugee Day New York, June 18, 2014--Over the past five years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has supported 404 journalists who have been forced to flee their home countries because of their work, according to a new CPJ report...

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Journalist killed, another injured amid Iraq clashes

June 16, 2014 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2014--At least one journalist was killed and another injured Sunday in an attack in northern Diyala province, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate and Iraqi news outlets reported. The killing comes amid escalating clashes between the Iraqi government and its allies against an insurgency spearheaded by the Al-Qaeda...

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Sudanese journalist held without charge

June 13, 2014 6:06 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Hassan Ishaq, reporter for the privately owned daily Al-Jarida, who has been held without charge by Sudanese security forces since Tuesday....

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Jordanian authorities raid station, arrest staff

June 13, 2014 4:15 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jordanian authorities to drop the terrorism charges and release from custody staffers of the Al-Abasiya TV station in Amman who were arrested after a recent raid and shutdown of the outlet....

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June 12, 2014 4:41 PM ET

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Harsh sentence in Egypt daunting for the press

June 11, 2014 2:06 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the 15-year jail sentence given today to Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah, and at least 24 other defendants, on charges of attacking a police officer and protesting the government's ban on unsanctioned protests. Dozens of critical voices, including...

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G-7 acknowledges post-2015 agenda should include governance, human rights

June 5, 2014 3:25 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the declaration today by leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations that democratic governance and human rights should be integral to the post-2015 development agenda.  The United Nations is seeking agreement on a broad set of sustainable development...

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Prominent show canceled as Egypt moves to monitor Internet use

June 2, 2014 5:19 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a popular Egyptian TV host has taken his show off the air, citing harassment. CPJ is also disturbed by reports that Egyptian authorities are moving to monitor social media....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2014

May 30, 2014 12:29 PM ET

CPJ's Brazil report spurs government meetings on press freedom CPJ board member María Teresa Ronderos and CPJ Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría traveled to Brasilia this month to launch a new special report, "Halftime for the Brazilian press," and met with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as other high-level...

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Prominent journalist killed in Libya

May 27, 2014 5:35 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder in Benghazi of a prominent Libyan journalist on Monday and calls on authorities to hold the killers to account. Muftah Bu Zeid, the editor-in-chief of Brnieq, a privately owned weekly, was well-known for his criticism of Islamist militias...

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Egyptian presidential candidates should support journalists, CPJ says

May 20, 2014 9:23 AM ET

To presidential candidates Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express its deep concern about the state of press freedom in Egypt. Since the organization was founded in 1981, journalists in Egypt have never been under greater threat of assault, imprisonment, or even death, CPJ research shows.

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Two Times of London journalists escape captivity in Syria

May 15, 2014 1:11 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by a report by the Times of London that said two of its journalists escaped captivity near the Turkish border in Syria on Wednesday. Anthony Loyd, a correspondent, and Jack Hill, a photographer, escaped their unidentified assailants with the...

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Yemen expels 1 international journalist, bars another

May 9, 2014 4:46 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Yemeni government's decision yesterday to expel one international journalist and deny the entry of another. ...

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Four French journalists released in Syria

May 1, 2014 1:01 PM ET

Four French journalists who had been missing in Syria for 10 months were released on April 18, 2014, according to news reports. The journalists returned home in good health on April 20, 2014, the reports said....

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Egypt jails two journalists, renews detention of another

April 30, 2014 4:52 PM ET

Saaid Shihata, reporter for Yaqeen, an online news network that is supportive of former President Mohamed Morsi, was arrested on December 30, 2013, while another Yaqeen reporter, Ahmed Gamal, was arrested two days prior, according to Yahya Khalaf, Yaqeen's executive director, who spoke to CPJ. Both journalists were held after...

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Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists

April 22, 2014 10:32 AM ET

CPJ report looks at the state of press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan New York, April 22, 2014--A lack of law enforcement and a general climate of impunity have bred self-censorship and hampered reporting on sensitive issues such as corruption in Iraqi Kurdistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in...

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Seven journalists among those beaten in Iran's Evin Prison

April 18, 2014 4:23 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2014--At least seven journalists were among those attacked when Iranian guards and intelligence officials raided a section of Tehran's Evin Prison holding political prisoners on Thursday, according to news websites and human rights groups.The unprecedented violent attack left dozens of prisoners injured, some hospitalized, and others transferred...

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Two journalists injured covering clashes in Egypt

April 15, 2014 5:00 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2014--Two Egyptian journalists were shot by live ammunition on Monday while covering clashes in Cairo between security forces and university students supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, according to news reports. At least one student was killed in the clashes, news reports said. ...

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Mountain of impunity looms over Kurdistan journalists

April 15, 2014 12:40 PM ET

CPJ to release report on the state of press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan New York, April 15, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan. The report examines key attacks on journalists that have shaped the climate of impunity; the role...

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Egypt detains more journalists as elections approach

April 10, 2014 5:17 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2014--Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on Wednesday and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Egyptian government's renewed crackdown on the press as presidential elections approach in May. ...

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Journalist murders silence the press

April 9, 2014 1:56 PM ET

CPJ to launch 2014 Impunity Index New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its 2014 Impunity Index, a global tally of countries with the highest number of unsolved press murders. The index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, shows...

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Bahrain Racing in Circles

April 3, 2014 4:39 PM ET

Press freedom campaign launch timed to Formula One race in Bahrain New York and Paris, April 3, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have launched a joint social media campaign calling on the Bahraini government to allow journalists to work freely during the Formula...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2014

March 31, 2014 4:16 PM ET

Pakistani PM pledges justice, journalist security to CPJ A CPJ delegation traveled to Pakistan this month and met with high-level Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to continue to expand Pakistan's media freedoms and address the insecurity plaguing the country's journalists....

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Two Spanish journalists freed from captivity in Syria

March 31, 2014 2:14 PM ET

Two Spanish journalists were freed after being held captive in Syria for more than six months, according to news reports. The journalists--Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova--are back in Spain, according to news sources. ...

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Journalist shot dead covering clashes in Egypt

March 28, 2014 2:39 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2014--An Egyptian journalist was shot dead in Cairo today while covering deadly clashes, according to news reports. Mayada Ashraf was a reporter for the daily Al-Dustour. She had covered previous protests for the paper, the reports said....

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Freelance Bahraini photographer given 10-year prison term

March 26, 2014 4:50 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2014--Today's conviction of freelance photographer Ahmed Humaidan is an attempt by Bahraini authorities to censor independent and dissident voices in the lead-up to the Formula One race in April, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Humaidan, who has been imprisoned since December 2012, was...

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Journalists under fire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

March 24, 2014 3:40 PM ET

Multiple journalists have been assaulted, threatened, and censored in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in recent months. ...

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Egypt hands jail term to journalist, holds others in custody

March 17, 2014 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the one-year prison sentence given today to Samah Ibrahim, a reporter for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper. Ibrahim is one of at least 10 journalists imprisoned in the country, according to news reports and CPJ research....

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Two Iraqi journalists killed in suicide bomb

March 11, 2014 4:27 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2014--A suicide bombing targeting a police checkpoint in Iraq's Babil province on Sunday killed dozens of Iraqis, including two journalists, according to news reports. Muthanna Abdel Hussein and Khaled Abdel Thamer were cameramen for the state-run Al-Iraqiya TV station....

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Two journalists killed in two days in Syria

March 10, 2014 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2014--Two journalists were killed over the weekend while covering the conflict in Syria, the deadliest country for the press....

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Sudan judiciary protects press freedom; authorities censor

March 6, 2014 2:54 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed recent decisions by the Sudanese judiciary supporting press freedom and called on the government to stop confiscating independent newspapers. ...

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One journalist released, Al-Jazeera trial begins in Egypt

March 4, 2014 4:36 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from jail of one reporter in Egypt and calls on authorities to release all other journalists held behind bars. While the release of a second journalist is pending, a trial begins on Wednesday for three imprisoned journalists affiliated...

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Press under threat on anniversary of Libyan revolution

February 19, 2014 6:36 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2014--A recent wave of anti-press violations, including repressive legislation, abductions, and physical attacks, threatens to set back the steps Libya has taken toward democracy since the revolution that removed the late Muammar Qaddafi from power, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Sudan confiscates editions of three newspapers

February 12, 2014 2:07 PM ET

Sudanese authorities on February 4, 2014, confiscated the editions of three independent daily newspapers from the printing press, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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How the United States' Spying Strengthens China's Hand

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

The scope of the National Security Agency's digital surveillance raises doubts about the U.S. commitment to freedom of expression online. By Joel Simon...

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney...

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Would-Be Repressors Brandish 'Ethics' as Justification

February 12, 2014 2:23 AM ET

Calls for journalists to exercise a sense of responsibility are very often code for censorship. Yet unethical journalism can also imperil the press. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: Surveillance poses global challenge for free flow of news

February 12, 2014 2:22 AM ET

CPJ's annual assessment of press freedom worldwide New York, February 12, 2014--Digital surveillance, the unchecked murder of journalists, and indirect commercial and political pressures on the media are three of the primary threats to press freedom highlighted in the Committee to Protect Journalists annual assessment, Attacks on the Press, released...

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CPJ Risk List

February 12, 2014 2:20 AM ET

Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction. By Maya Taal...

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Finding the Courage to Cover Sexual Violence

February 12, 2014 2:19 AM ET

Coverage of rape can bring journalists swift and unpredictable repercussions, but it can also change attitudes. By Frank Smyth...

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Without Stronger Transparency, More Financial Crises Loom

February 12, 2014 2:17 AM ET

The recent financial meltdown should be treated as a lesson on the importance of information transparency and the crucial role of a free press. By Michael J. Casey...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Middle East & North Africa

February 12, 2014 1:14 AM ET

Front-line reports and analytical essays by CPJ experts cover an array of topics of critical importance to journalists. Governments store transactional data and the content of journalists' communications. Media and money engage in a tug of war, with media owners reluctant to draw China's disfavor and advertisers able to wield...

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Syrian Journalists Strive to Report, Despite Shifting Dangers

February 12, 2014 1:13 AM ET

They call themselves citizen journalists, media workers, or media activists. Amid the chaos of conflict, they are determined to gather and distribute the news. By María Salazar-Ferro Journalists Bryn Karcha, center, of Canada, and Toshifumi Fujimoto, right, of Japan, run for cover with an unidentified fixer in Aleppo's district of...

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Hassan Rouhani and the Hope for More Freedom in Iran

February 12, 2014 1:12 AM ET

The new president may have limited power to enact change, but the practical needs for communications technology may work in favor of a freer press. By D. Parvaz In his early months in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, pictured in Tehran June 17, 2013, focused primarily on foreign affairs. (Reuters/Fars...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Bahrain

February 12, 2014 1:11 AM ET

Despite King Hamad’s praise for the press as the “cornerstone of human rights and a mirror of our fledgling democracy,” the Bahraini government continued to crack down on anyone challenging the official narrative. Journalists covering opposition protests were harassed, detained, and deported, while some were attacked by opposition protesters who...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Egypt

February 12, 2014 1:10 AM ET

The deeply polarized Egyptian press was battered by an array of repressive tactics throughout 2013, from the legal and physical intimidation during the tenure of former President Mohamed Morsi to the widespread censorship by the military-backed government that replaced him. Morsi and his supporters pushed through a repressive constitution, used...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Iran

February 12, 2014 1:09 AM ET

Iran remained one of the most censored countries in the world. In the lead-up to the June 2013 presidential elections, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government pre-emptively arrested journalists, banned publications, harassed family members of exiled journalists, and brought the Internet to a slow crawl. Reformist journalists were not the only targets,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Iraq

February 12, 2014 1:08 AM ET

In a 2006 book, the late New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid summed up the future of Iraq as ghamidh, meaning “unclear” or “ambiguous” in Arabic. Seven years later, uncertainty continued to exacerbate the threats that journalists faced. Newspaper offices were attacked by unknown assailants, and journalists were threatened, assaulted,...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

February 12, 2014 1:07 AM ET

Despite the immense differences between the Israeli government, Fatah, and Hamas, they shared a common trait in 2013: a consistent and troublesome record of silencing journalists who reported dissenting perspectives. The revolving door on Israeli prisons continued to spin, as the government arrested multiple Palestinian journalists while releasing others. Palestinian...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Jordan

February 12, 2014 1:06 AM ET

Although Jordanian journalists continued to enjoy greater freedom than most of their regional colleagues, that freedom was nonetheless restricted. The government continued its attempt to control the online media as it already controls traditional media. As CPJ had warned last year, the Jordanian government used the amended Press and Publications...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Morocco

February 12, 2014 1:05 AM ET

The Moroccan government continued its practice of targeting journalists and news outlets in connection with their critical coverage of taboo subjects, such as the health of the king or the royal family. One editor of an investigative weekly was convicted of defamation in relation to an article he wrote that...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Libya

February 12, 2014 1:04 AM ET

As Libya's growing media sector faced threats from state and non-state actors alike, the country continued to struggle to realize the promise of the 2011 revolution. Several journalists were physically assaulted by security guards outside the General National Congress (GNC) in February. The same month, the government confirmed the appointment...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Sudan

February 12, 2014 1:03 AM ET

Despite official promises to end the practice of pre-publication censorship, agents of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services continued to intimidate journalists and censor newspapers. Security service officials routinely ordered papers to be suspended and raided printing houses to confiscate certain issues. At least 14 journalists were arrested over...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Syria

February 12, 2014 1:02 AM ET

For the second year in a row, CPJ ranked Syria the deadliest country in the world for journalists. Journalists also faced new threats in 2013 as radical Islamist groups strengthened their influence in rebel-held territory and rebel groups saw increased infighting. An unprecedented number of journalists were abducted during the...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Tunisia

February 12, 2014 1:01 AM ET

Tunisia, the country that inspired uprisings across the Middle East, continues to struggle to realize the aspirations of its own revolution, including the guarantee of press freedom. Journalists were attacked while covering protests, and several reported receiving death threats in relation to their criticism of the ruling party. The government...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Yemen

February 12, 2014 1:00 AM ET

The state of press freedom in Yemen in 2013 reflected the overall uncertainty and insecurity of a country in transition after decades of rule under President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The press faced serious consequences for failing to navigate a complicated web of red lines from the government, tribal groups, and...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ to launch annual global assessment of press freedom

February 10, 2014 12:02 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will launch Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, a yearly assessment of the state of press freedom, on February 12....

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Press freedom deteriorates in Cyberspace, Egypt, Russia

February 6, 2014 4:48 PM ET

Risk List underlines mass surveillance, fatalities, and censorship New York, February 6, 2014--Mass surveillance programs by the U.S. and U.K., as well as restrictive Internet legislation by various governments and a wave of cyberattacks globally, are among the disturbing developments that have landed cyberspace on the Committee to Protect...

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Saudi Arabia convicts TV presenter for critical show

February 6, 2014 4:45 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the 12-year jail term handed to the owner of a broadcaster in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The journalist has 30 days to appeal....

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Egypt to try Al-Jazeera journalists on terror charges

January 29, 2014 3:50 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Egyptian prosecutor general's decision to put 20 Al-Jazeera journalists on trial on criminal charges of incitement, distorting the country's image abroad, and fabricating news to aid the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government has declared a terrorist organization, according...

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Anti-press abuses on third anniversary of Egypt uprising

January 28, 2014 3:51 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2014--Several local and international journalists have been attacked and detained in Egypt while covering deadly clashes between police and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports. The clashes erupted on Saturday, the third anniversary of the uprising in Egypt....

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Mauritania journalist held in connection with critical article

January 21, 2014 3:26 PM ET

New York, January 21, 2014--Authorities in Mauritania should drop charges against a journalist who has been detained since January 2, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed has been held in connection with an article he wrote that was deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Muhammad....

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Iraqi journalist killed by bomb in Anbar province

January 21, 2014 2:26 PM ET

New York, January 21, 2014--An Iraqi journalist was killed by a roadside bomb in Anbar province on Monday, according to news reports. Firas Mohammed Attiyah, a correspondent, had been reporting on ongoing clashes in the province for the local Fallujah TV station, the reports said....

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Egypt should release all imprisoned journalists

January 13, 2014 4:23 PM ET

Dear President Mansour: As an international press freedom organization, we are writing to express our concern about the climate of press freedom in Egypt. We believe that all Egyptian citizens should be guaranteed the right to freedom of speech and freedom of information. Yet at least seven journalists are being held behind bars in the country today, unable to do their work in this critical time in Egypt's history. We condemn the ongoing imprisonment of the journalists and urge the Egyptian government to immediately release them.

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Three abducted journalists released in Syria

January 8, 2014 1:26 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the news that three abducted journalists in Syria have been freed this week. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed today that freelance Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarstrom, both of whom were abducted in November, were released. On Sunday, Turkish Foreign...

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