Middle East & North Africa / 2017

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Access blocked to Algerian news website

October 27, 2017 3:50 PM ET

Access to the Algerian news website Tout Sur l'Algérie (TSA) (All about Algeria) has been inaccessible on the country's state-owned internet service provider since October 5, 2017, according to news reports and a statement by the website's directors....

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Sudan jails al-Tayar journalist over article alleging corruption in president's family

October 23, 2017 3:27 PM ET

New York, October 23, 2017--Sudanese authorities should immediately release al-Tayar Editor-in-Chief Osman Mirgani from prison and drop all charges against him and al-Tayar columnist Mohamed Zine al-Abidine, the Committee to Protect journalists said today....

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Israeli forces raid several Palestinian media production companies

October 19, 2017 1:27 PM ET

Beirut, October 19, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to stop harassing Palestinian media and to release two staff members of a media company arrested during a series of raids in the West Bank yesterday....

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Two Kurdish reporters killed on duty by car bombings in eastern Syria

October 16, 2017 5:37 PM ET

Beirut, October 16, 2017--Kurdish journalists Dilshan Ibash and Hawker Faisal Mohammed died from injuries sustained during October 12 suicide car bomb attacks that occurred in the eastern Syrian village of Abu Fas, where the two reporters were covering civilian displacement, according to their employer, Hawar News Agency, and the...

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CPJ urges Jordan to drop charges against regional press freedom group

October 3, 2017 11:44 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Jordan's Attorney General Judge Mohamed Said al-Sharaideh to urge him to drop an investigation into the regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists.

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Kurdish military forces expel Al-Ahad TV reporter from Kirkuk province

October 2, 2017 6:21 PM ET

Beirut, October 2, 2017--Kurdish regional authorities in northern Iraq should immediately allow Al-Ahad TV correspondent Saif Rida to safely return to Kirkuk province and resume his work as a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kurdish security forces detain local reporter, whereabouts unknown

September 29, 2017 4:58 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2017-Kurdish security forces in northern Syria should immediately release Ibrahim Ali al-Suleiman, a local reporter for the independent Euphrates Post, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of Asayish, the security force for the defacto authorities of the Rojava region in northern Syria, on...

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Moroccan authorities detain, expel British journalist

September 29, 2017 10:01 AM ET

New York, September 29, 2017--Moroccan authorities should lift any restriction on journalist Saeed Kamali Dehghan's ability to travel to the country, and allow all journalists to report freely on matters of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes policemen on September 27 detained Dehghan while he...

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Press freedom group harassed in Jordan

September 27, 2017 4:57 PM ET

The head of a Jordanian trade regulatory body on September 10, 2017, publically accused a regional press freedom group, the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ), of failing to properly register as a non-profit organization, and referred the case to Jordan's attorney general who can then begin legal...

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Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank

September 27, 2017 9:58 AM ET

Beirut, September 27, 2017-Israeli security forces should immediately release Palestinian journalist Abdul Rahman Awad, a correspondent in Ramallah for the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news agency Safa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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