Middle East & North Africa

2019

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CPJ calls on Houthis in Yemen to release all detained journalists

May 31, 2019 12:32 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2019--The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, should immediately release all journalists in its custody and stop its campaign of detentions and intimidation against journalists working in areas under its control, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Sudan's military rulers shut down Al-Jazeera Khartoum bureau

May 31, 2019 12:03 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019--Sudan's military rulers yesterday ordered the Khartoum bureau of Al-Jazeera to be shut down and banned its staff from working in the country, the Qatari-broadcaster said today. Forces yesterday raided the outlet without providing a reason and confiscated work permits for staff and broadcasting equipment,...

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Journalists injured, fired upon while covering clashes in northern Syria

May 29, 2019 11:25 AM ET

Beirut, May 29, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to respect the civilian status of journalists covering airstrikes and clashes in the northwestern part of the country....

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Iran jails Sedaye Parsi editor Masoud Kazemi on new national security charges

May 22, 2019 4:23 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 22, 2019 - Iranian authorities should release journalist Masoud Kazemi and clarify or drop the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Earlier today, Kazemi, editor-in-chief of the monthly Sedaye Parsi political magazine, arrived at the Tehran Revolutionary Guard Corps Branch 28 court...

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Lebanese security forces raid Beirut office of Al-Akhbar newspaper

May 22, 2019 11:09 AM ET

On May 8, 2019, Lebanese state security forces raided the office of the independent Beirut-based daily newspaper Al-Akhbar, according to news reports, the regional press freedom group Skeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, and a report by Al-Akhbar Deputy Editor Pierre Abi Saab....

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Reuters photojournalist Hani Amara shot while covering Libya clashes

May 17, 2019 5:30 PM ET

On May 12, 2019, Hani Amara, a photographer and videographer for Reuters, was shot in the leg while covering clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to news reports, social media posts and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, a local press freedom group....

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Tunisian media regulator shuts down Nessma TV, citing regulatory violation

May 14, 2019 4:40 PM ET

On April 25, 2019, Tunisian police raided the studios of privately owned television broadcaster Nessma TV and confiscated its broadcasting equipment following a ruling by the High Independent Authority of Audiovisual Communication, the country's media regulator, stating that the broadcaster did not have proper legal status, according to Reuters...

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Iranian reformist magazine Seda suspended after urging negotiations with US

May 14, 2019 3:51 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 14, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately lift the suspension of Seda magazine and stop harassing critical media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Libyan journalists Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani missing since May 2

May 9, 2019 2:10 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the safety of Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani, Libyan journalists with Qatar-based private television broadcaster Libya Alahrar, who disappeared on May 2....

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Israeli forces destroy Gaza office of Turkish Anadolu news agency

May 9, 2019 11:35 AM ET

Beirut, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Israeli bombing of Turkish-stated owned news outlet Anadolu Agency's Gaza office on May 4....

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