Middle East & North Africa

2019

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Mauritania jails bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou on false news charges

March 28, 2019 2:37 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2019 -- Mauritanian authorities should immediately release bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou and stop detaining journalists on false news charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hamas detains at least 3 Palestinian journalists after Gaza cost-of-living protests

March 19, 2019 4:13 PM ET

Beirut, March 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the detention of at least three Gazan journalists and called on authorities in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to release them immediately....

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Saudi Arabia jails another journalist, tries women who criticized driving ban

March 13, 2019 12:39 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2019--Saudi authorities must immediately release all journalists from jail and end its censorship of those critical of the kingdom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Sudanese journalist detained in undisclosed location for weeks without charges

March 8, 2019 2:28 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2019 -- Sudanese authorities must immediately release journalist Osman Mirghani from detention or clarify his whereabouts and the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Photographer detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities

March 8, 2019 8:36 AM ET

Beirut, March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the prolonged detention of Mustafa al-Kharouf, a photographer for the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency, and called for Israeli authorities to either clarify the reasons for his detention and deportation order or release him immediately....

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Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan finally free after over 5 years in jail

March 4, 2019 2:10 AM ET

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2019--Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was today released from prison after spending over five years in detention on anti-state charges, according to a post from his Twitter account. According to news reports, Shawkan said he was officially approved for release on...

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UN commission: Israeli snipers 'intentionally shot' Palestinian journalists in 2018, killing 2

February 28, 2019 2:31 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2019 -- The Israeli government must hold to account everyone responsible for killing Palestinian journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein in April 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 25, 2019, a U.N. independent commission of inquiry said it "found reasonable...

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Journalist detained for weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused of anti-state acts

February 21, 2019 11:32 AM ET

Beirut, February 21, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prolonged detention without charge of freelance journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani by Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq and called for his immediate release....

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CPJ calls on Mauritania government to release blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed

February 20, 2019 12:55 PM ET

CPJ calls on Mohamedoun Daddah, Mauritania's ambassador to the United States, to meet to discuss the wrongful imprisonment of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, who was scheduled to be released in late 2017.

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Egypt expels New York Times correspondent, detains local journalist on false news charges

February 19, 2019 2:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday's detention and expulsion of New York Times correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick and the ongoing detention of Egyptian journalist Ahmed Gamal Ziada, and calls on Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to travel into the country and report freely....

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