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US, UN must probe Saudi crown prince role in "extrajudicial killing" of Jamal Khashoggi, report says

June 19, 2019 6:30 AM ET

Paris, June 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a United Nations report calling on both the head of the U.N. and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to open criminal probes into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi....

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Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana detained by Saudi authorities

April 25, 2019 4:10 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2019 -- Saudi authorities should immediately release Jordanian journalist Abdulrahman Farhana as well as the other journalists swept up in their campaign against dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Saudi Arabia detains 3 more bloggers

April 18, 2019 1:21 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2019 -- Saudi authorities must immediately stop persecuting journalists and release those swept up in their recent detention campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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At least four more journalists arrested in Saudi crackdown

April 8, 2019 3:50 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2019 -- Saudi Arabian authorities must immediately release journalists Thumar al-Marzouqi, Bader al-Ibrahim, Mohammed al-Sadiq, and Abdullah al-Duhailan and stop their brazen campaign against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Infographic: Journalists named in Guardian report on torture in Saudi jails

April 1, 2019 3:14 PM ET

Individuals detained under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's crackdown on dissent, including at least four journalists, are being abused and tortured in Saudi prisons, according to medical assessments prepared for King Salman and leaked to The Guardian....

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CPJ welcomes release of Saudi blogger after 10 months, calls for charges to be dropped

March 28, 2019 3:32 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Saudiwoman's Weblog founder Eman Al Nafjan, and called on Saudi authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all other journalists in custody....

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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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On International Women's Day, CPJ highlights jailed female journalists

March 7, 2019 6:15 PM ET

On International Women's Day, CPJ has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ's prison census are women. At least one of those--Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan--was...

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More journalists killed on the job as reprisal murders nearly double

December 19, 2018 12:00 AM ET

Journalists from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan to the U.S. were targeted for murder in 2018 in reprisal for their work, bringing the total of journalists killed on duty to its highest in three years. The number of journalists killed in conflict fell to its lowest level since 2011. A...

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Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

December 13, 2018 12:00 AM ET

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A...

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