Syria / 2011

Syria must release imprisoned journalists

December 14, 2011 4:59 PM ET

Dear President Assad: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to bring to your attention disturbing reports of journalists being arrested and subjected to abuse in Syrian prisons. In the past 10 months, CPJ has documented 29 cases of journalists who were arrested for their work and nine cases of foreign journalists who have been expelled from Syria since March. We have also documented nine cases of journalists who are currently in prison.

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Syria detains blogger, press freedom advocate

December 5, 2011 12:43 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of journalist and press freedom campaigner Razan Ghazzawi and calls on Syrian authorities to immediately release her. CPJ also urges the government to end the routine harassment and detention of journalists and to make public the names...

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Syrian cameraman killed; last seen being arrested

November 21, 2011 2:11 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--A Syrian cameraman was found dead Sunday with his eyes gouged out in the town of al-Qasir, according to several news reports. Ferzat Jarban, who was last seen being arrested, is the first journalist to be killed in Syria since CPJ started documenting journalist fatalities...

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Syrian agreement must be monitored for press freedom

November 2, 2011 5:37 PM ET

New York, November 2, 2011--The Syrian government's acceptance of an Arab League proposal to end a crackdown on unrest must be closely monitored by international and domestic media, said the Committee to Protect Journalists in response to news of the agreement today. The measures include granting media access to...

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Syrian journalists, blogger missing

October 31, 2011 5:19 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continued disappearance of Syrian journalists and bloggers....

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Syrian journalist arrested, held without charge

September 6, 2011 6:03 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Saturday's arrest of a Syrian journalist without charge and the continued reports of missing journalists in Syria. Amer Matar, contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, was arrested by Syrian security forces in Damascus on Saturday, the Guardian of London reported....

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Masked men break hands of critical Syrian cartoonist

August 25, 2011 1:47 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--Ali Ferzat, a famous Syrian cartoonist critical of the government, was abducted and severely beaten by masked gunmen as he left his office early on Thursday in Damascus, international media reported. The attackers stomped on his hands and said the beating was a warning, the...

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Silencing global coverage, Syria detains, expels reporters

July 14, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2011--The Syrian government has detained a local journalist who contributes to pan-Arab news outlets and expelled an international reporter, according to news reports, continuing a crackdown designed to silence global news coverage of the nation's political crisis....

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Syria must prove jailed blogger is alive, well

June 23, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information today called on the Syrian government to produce immediate evidence showing that unjustly imprisoned blogger Tal al-Mallohi is alive and well. The demand follows several recent news reports saying that al-Mallohi died in...

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CPJ voices concern as journalists are released

May 18, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2011--The release of foreign journalists held in Iran and Libya today is a very positive development in a region where the press has been under attack since social upheaval began in Tunisia early this year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Five Bahraini journalists detained; Parvaz still missing

May 17, 2011 6:25 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--Bahrain's crackdown against journalists continues unabated with five new detentions in less than a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Syria and Iran, one of which is holding Al-Jazeera English journalist Dorothy Parvaz, continue to make intentionally vague or misleading remarks about her whereabouts...

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Iran must release Dorothy Parvaz

May 11, 2011 1:56 PM ET

New York, May 11, 2011--Al-Jazeera reported today that Syria has deported Dorothy Parvaz, a journalist working for the channel's English-language service, to Iran.  The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling for her immediate release."Syria's apparent deportation of Dorothy Parvaz to Iran when she is also a citizen of the...

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Syria holds at least five journalists in custody

May 10, 2011 6:12 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2011--Syria is holding at least five local and foreign journalists as part of its ongoing repression of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also called on the Syrian government to make public the names of all journalists currently in detention and...

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Morocco, Syria detain journalists; violations across region

May 4, 2011 5:56 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Morocco today to release editor Rachid Nini and sought the release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz as well as other journalists in Syria. Press freedom violations continued throughout the region, with abuses in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Yemen....

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Al-Jazeera suspends Syria bureau; attacks on Lebanon crew

April 27, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2011--Responding to restrictions and attacks on its staff, Al-Jazeera has suspended its operations inside Syria indefinitely, the Qatar-based news network told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. ...

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Summoned by Yemeni authorities, journalist is now missing

April 18, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011-- The Committee to Protect journalists called on Yemeni authorities to clarify the whereabouts of reporter Ahmad al-Mohamadi, who has been missing since being called for questioning Saturday by the Republican Guards....

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Al-Wasat founder dies in custody in Bahrain

April 15, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi, left, founder and board member of Al-Wasat, the country's premier independent daily. Fakhrawi died Tuesday, a week after he...

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Journalist arrested; Syria crackdown continues

April 14, 2011 4:06 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--Syrian authorities continued a weeks-long crackdown on journalists reporting on anti-government protests as security agents arrested another member of the news media on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bahraini blogger dies in custody; journalists under attack

April 12, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2011-- The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the death of a blogger while in state custody. Bahraini authorities, meanwhile, announced that they would file criminal charges against three senior editors at the Gulf kingdom's...

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More journalists held in Libya; blogger jailed in Egypt

April 11, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2011--Continuing a weeks-long pattern of seizing journalists covering the Libyan conflict, the government of Muammar Qaddafi is detaining two more television journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. And in Egypt, in a serious setback for press freedom under the transitional government, a court...

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Journalist missing in Libya; 1 killed in Iraq

April 8, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of American freelance journalist Matthew VanDyke, who has been missing in Libya since mid-March, according to his family and news reports. He is among 15 reporters either missing or in government custody in Libya....

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Journalists to be expelled from Libya; Bahrain deports 2

April 6, 2011 5:38 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--More than 20 foreign journalists were told that they would have to leave Libya within 24 hours, National Public Radio said today. NPR reported that Libyan authorities asked journalists from different international news outlets to leave the country. The media outlets include Britain's Channel 4,...

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Threats to Al-Jazeera in Jordan; journalists released in Syria

April 5, 2011 5:48 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2011--Al-Jazeera staffers in Jordan have received anonymous threatening phone calls warning that their office and correspondents would be attacked, Al-Jazeera's Amman bureau chief told CPJ. Journalists in Jordan have been facing mounting dangers while covering pro-reform demonstrations, CPJ research has found....

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Reuters journalists under attack in Syria, Libya

March 30, 2011 6:33 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--Reuters said today it was urgently seeking the safe return of two of its veteran journalists in Syria, one of whom was said to be in state custody while the other was reported missing. In Libya, meanwhile, a Reuters correspondent was expelled today without explanation....

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Journalists detained in Bahrain, Egypt

March 30, 2011 3:00 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--A CNN crew was detained today in Manama while interviewing a prominent Bahraini human rights defender, according to a Twitter posting by the network and a CPJ interview. The detentions come amid a recent series of repressive actions by the Bahraini government, which included today's arrest...

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Syria cracks down on press; attacks in Libya, elsewhere

March 28, 2011 4:39 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Facing the nationwide spread of political unrest, Syrian authorities barred three Reuters journalists from reporting, blocked journalistic access to a hotbed of political dissent, censored a critical satellite station, and detained a political blogger. The widespread repression in Syria came on the same weekend that...

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Al-Jazeera raided in Sana'a; attacks in Libya, Syria, Bahrain

March 22, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2011--Plainclothes gunmen raided Al-Jazeera's Sana'a bureau early this morning, confiscating equipment and obstructing operations, the Qatar-based news channel reported today as a drumbeat of anti-press attacks continued in the region. Arrests, attacks, and harassment were also reported in Libya, Syria and Bahrain in recent days....

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Journalists missing in Libya; one killed in Iraq bombing

February 24, 2011 5:50 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists remains alarmed by the Libyan government's ongoing, threatening rhetoric against the press, as well as the continued violence against journalists--a number of whom have not been heard from since demonstrations began on February 17. In a separate development, an Iraqi...

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Libya: foreign reporters 'outlaws'; Mideast attacks continue

February 23, 2011 5:55 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the ongoing attack on journalists and bloggers in the Middle East. Today the Libyan deputy foreign minister warned foreign journalists crossing the eastern border that they will be treated as "outlaws," according to news reports. In Iraq,...

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Syrian blogger sentenced to five years in prison

February 15, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing of blogger Tal al-Mallohi on Monday to five years in prison on state security charges and calls on Syrian authorities to release her immediately. Al-Mallohi, 20, was detained in 2009 and held in extrajudicial detention for close to...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Middle East and North Africa Developments

February 15, 2011 12:01 AM ET

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