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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain block Qatari news websites

May 25, 2017 5:17 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2017-- Authorities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain should cease blocking access to news websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities in the allied kingdoms yesterday blocked access to at least eight Qatari-funded news websites, including those of regional broadcaster...

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CPJ turns 35, jailed journalists walk free, reporters on trial in Turkey, and more

April 2, 2016 12:00 PM ET

CPJ Newsletter: April edition Four imprisoned journalists freed in Azerbaijan The president of Azerbaijan in March issued a decree pardoning 148 people, including three imprisoned journalists--Hilal Mamedov, Tofiq Yaqublu, and Parviz Hashimli....

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Jordanian journalist held incommunicado in Abu Dhabi for two months

February 12, 2016 4:19 PM ET

New York, February 12, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned that Abu Dhabi has detained Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar for two months without disclosing any charges against him or allowing him contact with the outside world....

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

December 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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Treating the Internet as the enemy in the Middle East

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

The snow and freezing temperatures that struck Saudi Arabia unexpectedly in December 2013 were newsworthy in a desert kingdom better known for its extreme heat. But the fact that the ensuing power outages at a regional prison left prisoners without power or heat for nearly a week was apparently...

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Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi detained for more than a month

March 26, 2015 2:02 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the welfare of Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi, who was detained while attempting to enter the United Arab Emirates by car from Oman. Alrawahi, who has criticized Omani authorities on his blog and YouTube channel, has long been persecuted...

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UAE authorities release Egyptian journalist after a month

August 6, 2013 3:40 PM ET

The Emirati authorities released the Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda on August 4, 2013, after holding him incommunicado without charge for a month, the journalist told CPJ. Security officials told Fouda that his UAE residency was revoked and took him to the Abu Dhabi International Airport, where he flew to Cairo...

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Egyptian journalist held without charge in UAE

August 1, 2013 4:59 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda, who has been held without charge by the United Arab Emirates authorities for almost a month....

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Sri Lankan journalist in UAE still at risk of deportation

June 6, 2013 5:00 PM ET

Lohini Rathimohan, a former television journalist from Sri Lanka, faces an unclear future. The 28-year-old is among 15 Tamil refugees still sheltered in a single room of an aluminum factory at Dubai's Jebel Ali port whose official statuses remain uncertain....

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Tamil journalist will not be forced back to Sri Lanka

April 12, 2013 3:56 PM ET

A short note to follow up on an alert we posted Wednesday on the threatened deportation of Lohini Rathimohan  (also spelled Lokini), a former television journalist and one of 19 Tamil refugees facing deportation from the United Arab Emirates. Earlier reports said the refugees, who reached Dubai illegally, could be deported this...

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