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Saudi court sentences 8 for Jamal Khashoggi killing

December 23, 2019 10:35 AM ET

New York, December 23, 2019 -- The Saudi public prosecutor’s office announced today that a court had sentenced five people to death and three to jail terms for their roles in the October 2018 killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which took place in the...

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Algeria sentences cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to 3 months in prison

December 19, 2019 11:30 AM ET

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2019 -- A court in Oran, in northwest Algeria, sentenced cartoonist Benabdelhamid Amine to one year in prison on December 11 after finding him guilty of insulting the president, “violating territorial integrity,” and “disseminating publications harmful to national security,” according to news reports. The Djamal...

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Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran

December 18, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Turkish intelligence agents arrested Arash Shoa-Shargh, an Iranian journalist living in exile in Turkey, on January 5, 2018, in Van, a city near Iran’s border, a friend of the journalist, who asked not to be named to protect their safety, told CPJ on December 16, 2019....

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Journalist Rida Fahil Al-Bom detained in Libya

December 17, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 17, 2019 -- Libyan authorities should immediately account for the whereabouts of journalist and press freedom advocate Rida Fahil al-Bom and do their utmost to secure his release, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian journalist Sameh al-Titi arrested by Israeli authorities, held without charge

December 11, 2019 10:56 AM ET

Beirut, December 11, 2019 -- Israeli authorities should disclose any charges against Palestinian journalist Sameh al-Titi or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport

December 10, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Beirut, December 10, 2019 -- Malaysian authorities should disclose their reasons for holding Syrian Kurdish journalist Himbervan Kousa or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One journalist killed, another missing amid protests in Iraq

December 9, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Beirut, December 9, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the abduction of journalist Zaid Mohammed al-Khafaji, secure his release, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering unrest and elections in Algeria

December 3, 2019 11:41 AM ET

Protests are taking place across Algeria ahead of a presidential election that is scheduled to take place on December 12, according to reports. The December vote comes after the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who stepped down from power after 20 years of rule amid widespread protests at the...

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Several journalists arrested in crackdown in Saudi Arabia

November 27, 2019 3:40 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2019 – The Saudi Arabian government must immediately end its arrest campaigns against journalists and free all those who have been jailed for their writing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi security forces shutter Baghdad office of Dijlah TV broadcaster

November 27, 2019 10:13 AM ET

Beirut, November 27, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should allow Amman-based broadcaster Dijlah TV to reopen, and should cease forcing news outlets off the air for their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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