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Alerts   |   India

Journalists attacked by protesters as curfew lifts in Kashmir

New Delhi, August 31, 2016--Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir must take stronger measures to ensure the safety of journalists, and should investigate two separate attacks against staff at the Kashmir Observer on August 29, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Venezuela

Newspaper offices shot at and vandalized in Venezuela

The damaged offices of El Nacional. Homemade explosives and excrement were thrown at the paper's Caracas offices this week. (El Nacional)

New York, August 31, 2016--Authorities should investigate incidents of vandalism of Venezuelan newspaper offices and do everything in their power to ensure that journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Tanzania

Tanzania bans two radio stations

Nairobi, August 31, 2016 - Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Kosovo

Head of public broadcaster attacked, threatened in Kosovo

New York, August 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack late on August 28 on Mentor Shala, the director of Radio Television of Kosovo, or RTK, and calls on authorities to protect him in light of continuing threats to his life. A radical activist group claimed responsibility for the attack, in which an explosive device detonated in the backyard of Shala's home in the Pristina suburb of Matican, according to news reports. Shala and his family were all inside the house when the attack occurred, Agence France-Presse reported, but no one was injured.

Alerts   |   Internet, Pakistan

Pakistani law could enable sweeping internet censorship

A man browses the internet at a cafe in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in this September 18, 2013 file photo. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

Bangkok, August 26, 2016 - Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain should veto a bill that could allow for sweeping censorship of the internet and the prosecution of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's National Assembly approved the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 last week and sent it to Hussain to sign into law, according to press reports.

August 26, 2016 11:57 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Honduras

Honduran reporter convicted of criminal defamation

In this 2014 file photo, a policeman walks next to graffiti from the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism in connection with reports alleging police took bribes from gangs involved in smuggling. (AP/Esteban Felix)

Bogotá, Colombia, August 25, 2016 - Honduran prosecutors should cease pursuing criminal defamation charges against journalists, and lawmakers should swiftly repeal laws allowing for such prosecutions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism.

August 25, 2016 2:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zambia

Zambia suspends licenses of three broadcasters

Supporters of Edgar Lungu in Lusaka cheer Zambia's electoral commission's announcement that he had narrowly won August 11 presidential elections, August 15, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Zambian regulators should immediately reinstate the broadcasting licenses of three media outlets it revoked, and police should drop all charges against four media workers arrested when police sealed the offices of the country's largest privately owned television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   India

Newspaper journalist murdered in India

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

August 24, 2016 3:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Proposed cyber-security bill threatens media freedom in Bangladesh

Bangkok, August 24, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Bangladesh's legislature to scrap proposed cyber-security legislation that would impose severe penalties for disseminating online material deemed to be anti-state or a threat to national security or public order. The Digital Security Act 2016 was approved on August 22 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Cabinet and is pending in parliament, according to news reports.

August 24, 2016 3:20 PM ET

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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.

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