Middle East & North Africa

2019

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Four Iraqi journalists detained in Mosul and Erbil

January 25, 2019 2:17 PM ET

Between January 16 and 22, 2019, at least four Iraqi journalists were detained in connection with their work in Mosul and Irbil, according to news reports, the journalists' employers, and the local press freedom groups Press Freedom Advocacy Association in Iraq and the Iraqi Center for Supporting Freedom of...

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Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to prison for interview with gay man

January 24, 2019 4:56 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2019--Egyptian authorities should drop all charges against TV presenter Mohamed al-Gheiti and stop their relentless campaign against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Palestinian security forces arrest journalist Yousef al-Faqeeh

January 23, 2019 3:46 PM ET

Beirut, January 23, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the arrest of Palestinian journalist Yousef al-Faqeeh, a reporter for the London-based Quds Press News Agency, and called on the Palestinian Authority to release him immediately....

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Libyan photojournalist killed by shelling during Tripoli clashes

January 23, 2019 12:46 PM ET

New York, January 23, 2019--The killing of freelancer Mohamed Ben Khalifa in Libya underscores the dangers for photojournalists working in conflict zones, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ben Khalifa, a photographer who contributed to outlets including The Associated Press, was killed during clashes south of Tripoli on...

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As anti-Bashir protests continue, Sudan revokes credentials of foreign press

January 22, 2019 1:58 PM ET

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2019--Sudanese authorities yesterday revoked the credentials of at least six journalists working for international news outlets, including Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, according to news reports. The outlets have been covering demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir. Bashir is due to travel to Qatar today for his first...

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Jordanian journalist imprisoned over article on private hospital

January 17, 2019 4:26 PM ET

Beirut, January 17, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment of Nidal Salameh, a journalist for the website Gerasa News, who was convicted of violating Jordan's Press and Publications Law and the Cybercrime Law....

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CPJ concerned about US detention of Iranian TV journalist

January 17, 2019 4:07 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the detention of Marzieh Hashemi, a TV anchor and documentary filmmaker for the English-language service of Iranian state broadcaster Press TV, and called on the U.S. Department of Justice to disclose the reason for her arrest....

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Local journalist detained in eastern Libya since December 20

January 16, 2019 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 16, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Libyan National Army to release journalist Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway, who was detained December 20 in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, according to news reports, local press organizations, and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya....

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Hamas forces detain and allegedly assault director of Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate

January 16, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Beirut, January 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention and alleged assault of Louay al-Ghoul, the executive director of the Gaza branch of the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, a journalists' union....

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Iran jails journalist for six years over critical writing

January 14, 2019 3:58 PM ET

Washington D.C., January 14, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harsh sentence imposed on journalist Hamed Aynehvand and called on Iran to stop persecuting the media for doing their job....

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