Bahrain / Middle East & North Africa

Journalists attacked in Bahrain since 1992

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Bahrain puts imprisoned journalist in solitary confinement after reporting on COVID-19 danger

April 10, 2020 1:20 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2020 – Bahraini authorities should immediately stop retaliating against imprisoned journalist Mahmoud al-Jaziri for reporting on conditions inside Bahraini prisons and should free all journalists imprisoned for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ joins letter calling on Bahrain to release all journalists, citing COVID-19

April 6, 2020 1:25 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined other human rights and free expression organizations in a letter calling on the Bahraini government to release all imprisoned journalists and other political prisoners....

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Bahraini journalist Ibrahim al-Sheikh believed to be detained on false news charges

April 17, 2019 2:40 PM ET

New York, April 17, 2019 -- Bahraini authorities must immediately clarify whether they are detaining Akhbar al-Khaleej columnist Ibrahim al-Sheikh and, if so, release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Saudi control of Arab media, lamented by Khashoggi, shapes coverage of his death

October 30, 2018 2:59 PM ET

It is a cruel irony that Jamal Khashoggi's last unpublished column for The Washington Post was a call for press freedom in the Arab world. His homeland, Saudi Arabia, has spent the last three decades and hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that never happens....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Pegasus spyware used to target journalists, civil society

October 1, 2018 5:34 PM ET

[EDITOR'S NOTE: See CPJ’s updated safety advisory here https://cpj.org/2019/11/cpj-safety-advisory-journalist-targets-of-pegasus-.php.] In a report published on September 18, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus, a spyware created for mobile devices, in over 45 countries. Pegasus, which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station, could have been deployed against a...

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Undiscoverable: How Al-Jazeera's Snapchat channel disappeared from three Gulf nations

September 10, 2018 12:35 PM ET

Search for "Al-Jazeera" on Snapchat, and the first result that comes up is a ubiquitous publisher channel in the app's famed vertical layout. That is, unless you are in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or Bahrain. Users in these counties are instead offered a list of stores...

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Mixed first year, but Global Magnitsky Act could be strong tool in fight for justice

January 12, 2018 12:08 PM ET

In December, the U.S. government announced the names of those it will penalize under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act....

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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CPJ joins coalition to establish sports and human rights center

November 30, 2017 10:12 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined a coalition of international sport organizations, civil society, and governments that are establishing an independent Centre for Sport and Human Rights. In a statement published today, the Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, which CPJ is part of, outlined its commitment to...

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Calls to shutter Qatari media show contempt for press freedom

June 28, 2017 3:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt to drop demands that Qatari-funded media be closed as a condition for the lifting of the partial blockade they have imposed on Qatar.

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