Middle East & North Africa

2019

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Egyptian security forces arrest son of al-Mashhad editor Magdi Shandi

September 10, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 10, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must immediately release Omar Shandi and stop harassing the families of critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Spanish reporter Ferran Barber detained for weeks without charge, deported from Iraqi Kurdistan

September 10, 2019 2:40 PM ET

Beirut, September 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned Iraqi Kurdistan authorities’ detention and deportation of Spanish freelance journalist Ferran Barber and urged the authorities to allow local and foreign journalists to do their jobs freely....

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Journalist detained in Iraqi Kurdistan without charge since August 21

September 10, 2019 1:14 PM ET

On August 21, 2019, in Topzawa, Iraqi Kurdistan, Asayish security forces affiliated with the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) arrested Roj News journalist Bryar Muhamad Mustafa, according to a report by his employer and a statement by the Metro Center for Journalists’ Rights and Advocacy, a local press freedom...

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Iran sentences conservative columnist Hossein Ghadyani to 6 months in prison for Instagram post

September 6, 2019 1:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., September 6, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should release journalist Hossein Ghadyani from prison and stop jailing and harassing government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Israeli military court sentences Palestinian journalist to 4 months detention without charge

September 4, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Beirut, September 4, 2019 -- Israeli authorities should publicly file charges against Palestinian journalist Abdul Mohsen Shalaldeh or release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraq suspends U.S.-funded broadcaster Al-Hurrah over corruption report

September 3, 2019 3:26 PM ET

Beirut, September 3, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Iraqi Communications and Media Committee to reverse its three-month suspension of the U.S. government-funded Iraqi broadcaster Al-Hurra....

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Iran sentences journalist Marzieh Amiri to 10.5 years in prison, 148 lashes

August 26, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Washington D.C., August 26, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the Tehran's Revolutionary Guard Corps Branch 28 Court’s sentencing of Shargh Daily economics reporter Marzieh Amiri to 10 and a half years in prison and 148 lashes....

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Yemeni authorities arrest, release 3 journalists

August 23, 2019 4:00 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2019 -- Yemeni authorities should cease arresting journalists and making the dangerous work of Yemen’s press even more difficult, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Israel eased export controls on surveillance technologies amid criticism

August 22, 2019 4:53 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2019--Israeli officials confirmed that, under a rule change by the Defense Ministry, Israeli surveillance companies are able to obtain exemptions on marketing license for the sale of some products to certain countries, Reuters reported today. It is not clear which companies, and which products, were...

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Iranian photojournalist Forough Alaei detained for 5 days over soccer stadium coverage

August 20, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On August 12, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested freelance photojournalist Forough Alaei and five women’s rights activists, accusing them of attempting to illegally enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, according to a report by the BBC’s Persian service. The six were released on bail on August...

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