The Islamic State group silences the press

The Islamic State group has killed at least 27 journalists since 2013, with at least 11 others missing and feared dead. In October 2015, the group claims responsibility for killing exiled Syrian journalists Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hamadi in Turkey. Ibrahim's brother, Ahmed, founder of the Syrian news initiative Eye on the Homeland, survives an assassination attempt in June. Those left in cities controlled by the group say they fear for their lives. CPJ profiles those killed in this interactive graphic.

Journalists killed in 2016
Journalists killed since 1992

Impact   |   Egypt, India, Iraq, Peru, Saudi Arabia

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IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation

In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments that host the Olympic Games accountable for press freedom abuses.

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi media technician and journalist killed in separate attacks

A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces stands guard in front of graffiti left behind by fleeing members of the Islamic State group in Fallujah, June 27, 2016. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Media technician Ali Ghani was killed in an attack by mortar fire while reporting in Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, August 20. Correspondent Hussein al-Fares was wounded in the same attack, according to Al-Ahad TV, which employed both men. Al-Ahad TV is affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia currently fighting militants from the Islamic State group alongside government security forces.

Blog   |   France, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Turkey

Infographic: Islamic State's assault on the press

When Mosul fell to Islamic State on June, 10, 2014, it sparked one of the biggest attacks on press freedom in recent times. Newspapers were shuttered, TV channels were ransacked, radio stations disappeared from the airwaves, and dozens of journalists vanished. Within days, the militants had a monopoly on information output.

June 8, 2016 9:55 AM ET


Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraq withdraws Al-Jazeera's license

New York, April 28, 2016 - Iraqi authorities should immediately restore Al-Jazeera's operating license, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Qatari broadcaster reported that Iraqi authorities informed it Wednesday that its license to operate had been withdrawn.

April 28, 2016 5:04 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Turkey

The Struggle for Candid Interviews

Inside a four-room apartment in Antakya, Turkey, a town on the border with Syria, more than a dozen men sat on mattresses on the floor. It was just past 10 p.m. and the soldiers, all men in the Free Syrian Army, the rebel opposition group in Syria, were busy coordinating their next trip into the country. The sound of metal clinking emanated from a back room where younger recruits were assembling Kalashnikovs and shoulder-fired missiles.

April 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Iraq, Syria

My Islamic State Social Network

My first conversation with Islamic State was about my reporting. I had just shared an article I'd written about the terrorist group recruiting Western fighters on my Twitter when I saw that someone using the Twitter handle Abu Omar had also posted a link to the piece on his own account. His profile photo unabashedly displayed the black and white IS flag. As I clicked around his profile, I received a Twitter message from him:

Alerts   |   Iraq

Authorities close Al-Baghdadia TV in Iraq, force staff out of channel's offices

New York, March 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iraqi authorities to restore the broadcasting license of the pro-Sunni satellite channel Al-Baghdadia TV, and to allow the channel to operate freely in Iraq.

Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi editor on trial for alleging corruption

Washington, March 11, 2016 - Iraqi prosecutors should drop all charges against Montadhar Naser, the editor of the independent news site Al-Aalem al-Jadeed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The editor is scheduled to appear in a Baghdad court on March 14 to answer criminal defamation and insult charges in connection with a report he published alleging corruption, according to the website and local and regional press freedom groups.

March 11, 2016 2:56 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Unknown gunmen kill two Iraqi journalists

New York, January 12, 2016--Unknown gunmen shot to death two journalists working for the independent Al-Sharqiya TV station in Iraq today, according to the channel and news reports. The attack marks the first killings of journalists to be documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2016.

January 12, 2016 3:52 PM ET


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