Syria / 2014

Two Rudaw journalists reported kidnapped in Syria

December 17, 2014 1:52 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2014--Two freelance journalists working for the Kurdish media network Rudaw TV were abducted in Syria on Monday, according to a statement released today by the outlet and reports from regional press freedom groups....

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Fourth journalist killed in Syria in three days

December 11, 2014 1:06 PM ET

New York, December 11, 2014--A correspondent working for Al-Jazeera's Arabic website, Aljazeera.net, was killed Wednesday night while covering clashes between rebel and government forces in Syria's Daraa province, the outlet reported today. Mahran al-Deeri is the fourth journalist to die covering fighting in and around the village of Sheikh Miskeen...

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Three Orient News journalists killed in Syria

December 9, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2014--Three journalists from the Syrian opposition TV station Orient News were killed on Monday while headed to cover the aftermath of clashes in the village of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa Province, according to their station and other news reports. The station said it believed the journalists...

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Militant group must release kidnapped British journalist

September 18, 2014 12:57 PM ET

September 18, 2014, New York--The Islamic State militant group released a video today that shows John Cantlie, a British freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria in 2012, making what he said would be the first of a series of statements, according to news reports. Cantlie's abduction in Syria nearly two years...

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CPJ condemns murder of US journalist Steven Sotloff

September 2, 2014 2:32 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2014--The Islamic State militant group released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, according to news reports. Sotloff, who was abducted in Syria in August 2013, would be the second American journalist murdered by Islamic State. In a video...

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, August 2014

August 28, 2014 5:30 PM ET

US-Africa Leaders Summit President Barack Obama hosted the first US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. this month. The discussion focused on trade and investment, but CPJ helped put press freedom on the agenda. At a time of unprecedented growth and change in Africa, journalists are under increasing pressure, with spikes...

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CPJ welcomes release of US freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis

August 24, 2014 3:57 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of American freelance journalist Peter Theo Curtis, who was held captive by the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra since October 2012, according to U.S officials and news reports. U.N. Secretary General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CPJ Curtis...

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James Foley's killers pose many threats to local, international journalists

August 20, 2014 7:38 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is extremely concerned for all journalists, most of them Syrians, still held captive by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State, which has repeatedly kidnapped, killed, and threatened journalists in the territories over which it holds sway. President Barack Obama confirmed...

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CPJ condemns killing of American journalist James Foley

August 19, 2014 8:59 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of James Foley, a U.S. freelance journalist, who was abducted in Syria in November 2012. In a video posted online, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State claimed to have executed Foley, saying the act was retribution for U.S....

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Two Times of London journalists escape captivity in Syria

May 15, 2014 1:11 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by a report by the Times of London that said two of its journalists escaped captivity near the Turkish border in Syria on Wednesday. Anthony Loyd, a correspondent, and Jack Hill, a photographer, escaped their unidentified assailants with the...

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Four French journalists released in Syria

May 1, 2014 1:01 PM ET

Four French journalists who had been missing in Syria for 10 months were released on April 18, 2014, according to news reports. The journalists returned home in good health on April 20, 2014, the reports said....

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Two Spanish journalists freed from captivity in Syria

March 31, 2014 2:14 PM ET

Two Spanish journalists were freed after being held captive in Syria for more than six months, according to news reports. The journalists--Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova--are back in Spain, according to news sources. ...

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Syria, the most dangerous place for journalists

March 13, 2014 5:08 PM ET

Three-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising New York, March 13, 2014--Syria ranks as the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Since the start of the bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, at least 65 journalists have been killed, more than 80...

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Two journalists killed in two days in Syria

March 10, 2014 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2014--Two journalists were killed over the weekend while covering the conflict in Syria, the deadliest country for the press....

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

February 12, 2014 2:25 AM ET

Economists and political scientists acknowledge that journalism is vital to development and democracy. By Robert Mahoney...

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CPJ Risk List

February 12, 2014 2:20 AM ET

Surveillance, restrictive Internet legislation, and cyberattacks compel CPJ to add cyberspace to the list of places trending in the wrong direction. By Maya Taal...

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Syrian Journalists Strive to Report, Despite Shifting Dangers

February 12, 2014 1:13 AM ET

They call themselves citizen journalists, media workers, or media activists. Amid the chaos of conflict, they are determined to gather and distribute the news. By María Salazar-Ferro Journalists Bryn Karcha, center, of Canada, and Toshifumi Fujimoto, right, of Japan, run for cover with an unidentified fixer in Aleppo's district of...

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Syria

February 12, 2014 1:02 AM ET

For the second year in a row, CPJ ranked Syria the deadliest country in the world for journalists. Journalists also faced new threats in 2013 as radical Islamist groups strengthened their influence in rebel-held territory and rebel groups saw increased infighting. An unprecedented number of journalists were abducted during the...

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Three abducted journalists released in Syria

January 8, 2014 1:26 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the news that three abducted journalists in Syria have been freed this week. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed today that freelance Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarstrom, both of whom were abducted in November, were released. On Sunday, Turkish Foreign...

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