Middle East & North Africa

2019

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Israeli forces injure 3 Palestinian journalists covering protests in Gaza Strip and West Bank

July 24, 2019 9:55 AM ET

On July 19 and 20, 2019, Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters that hit Palestinian journalists while they were covering protests in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, injuring at least three, according to local press freedom organizations....

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Syrian journalist Alaa Nayef al-Khader al-Khalidi died under state torture, official tells family

July 22, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Beirut, July 22, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Syrian authorities to immediately account for all journalists who they have arrested during the years-long civil war, including those who have died in state custody. Most recently, the family of Alaa Nayef al-Khader al-Khalidi say they...

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Kurdish forces assault Al-Jazeera reporter Ahmed al-Zawiti in Iraqi Kurdistan

July 18, 2019 1:35 PM ET

On July 17, 2019, in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil, officers from the Kurdish Counter-Terrorism Forces assaulted Al-Jazeera reporter Ahmed al-Zawiti, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and news reports....

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Yemeni journalist Yahya al-Sawari arrested, held without charge in unknown location

July 15, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New York, July 15, 2019 -- Yemeni and Saudi authorities must disclose freelance journalist Yahya al-Sawari's whereabouts and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kurdish intelligence officers detain photojournalist in Iraqi Kurdistan

July 15, 2019 3:00 PM ET

On July 9, 2019, in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish security forces detained and questioned freelance photojournalist Zmnako Ismael for more than an hour while he was covering the funeral of Diyar Gharib Mohammed, a senior leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party militant group, according to...

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Syrian security forces arrest pro-Assad reporter Rabea Kalawandi

July 10, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Beirut, July 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Syrian journalist Rabea Kalawandi, a reporter for Iranian state-run broadcaster Al-Alam TV, and called on Syrian authorities to reveal the reason for his arrest or release him immediately....

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AFP freelance journalist Hamza Turkia shot while covering clashes in Libya

July 10, 2019 12:15 PM ET

On June 19, 2019, an unidentified individual shot Hamza Turkia, a freelance photographer and videographer at the time working for French news agency Agence France-Presse, in the hand and leg while the journalist was covering clashes between forces allied with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord and the...

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Two journalists arrested, internet shut down amid disputed election in Mauritania

July 3, 2019 4:00 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2019 -- Mauritanian authorities should immediately release journalists Seydi Moussa Camara and Ahmedou Ould al-Wadea, restore internet access throughout the country, and allow journalists to report on the results of the country's presidential elections without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Armed men raid offices of Iraqi broadcaster and newspaper following corruption investigation

July 2, 2019 11:50 AM ET

Beirut, July 2, 2019 -- Iraqi authorities should investigate the armed raid against the Baghdad offices of Al-Journal and 7C TV and determine if the perpetrators were acting on behalf of a member of parliament, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group detains Syrian journalist Maan Bakour in Idlib

June 26, 2019 1:15 PM ET

Beirut, June 26, 2019 -- The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham should immediately release Syrian journalist Maan Bakour, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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