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Alerts   |   Thailand

Thai junta threatens BBC over royal news coverage

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting, December 7, 2016. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)

Washington, December 8, 2016--Thailand's military government should stop harassing and threatening the BBC with criminal prosecution under laws that bar criticism of the Thai royal family, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

December 8, 2016 12:35 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Sudan

CPJ condemns South Sudan's expulsion of Associated Press reporter

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, shown on the left in this September 12, 2016, file photo, has severely cracked down on the country's news media. (AP/Jason Patinkin)

Nairobi, December 7, 2016--South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of U.S. journalist Justin Lynch, a freelancer for The Associated Press, and should cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers yesterday arrested the journalist and put him on a flight to Uganda, the AP reported.

December 7, 2016 1:50 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Turkmenistan

Radio journalist arrested, beaten in Turkmenistan

Presidential guards stand guard at the Oguzkhan Presidential Palace in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, November 3, 2015. (Reuters)

New York, December 6, 2016--Turkmen authorities should release radio journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and cease retaliating against journalists with trumped-up charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in the Dashoguz region of northern Turkmenistan on December 3 arrested Allashov, a contributor to the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Turkmen service, and charged him with possessing a banned substance. His employer learned about the incident yesterday.

Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira charged with 'abetting terrorism'

TV journalist Joy Doreen Biira walks out of the Kasese police station in Uganda, November 28, 2016. (Arne Gillis/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nairobi, November 30, 2016--Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Biira on November 27 after she reported on a deadly battle between police and a traditional monarch's royal guard, charged her with "abetting terrorism," and released her pending trial the following day, she and her lawyer told CPJ.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Cartel plots to shoot at offices of Mexico's Zeta magazine

Adela Navarro Bello, the director of Zeta, at the magazine's headquarters in 2011. Police are stationed at Zeta's office after a cartel plot to attack the magazine was discovered. (AFP/Ruben Victorio)

November 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities today to ensure the safety of journalists working at the Tijuana-based weekly Zeta. The Mexican magazine is currently under police protection after authorities learned of a plot by a cartel to attack the office.

November 30, 2016 10:28 AM ET

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Alerts   |   China

China detains publisher of human rights news website

New York, November 29, 2016--Chinese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Huang Qi, publisher of the human rights news website 64 Tianwang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in China's southwest Sichuan Province detained Huang last night, amid an intensified crackdown on online journalists and bloggers who report on protests and human rights abuses.

November 29, 2016 5:32 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Panama

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein jailed in Panama for criminal defamation

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is detained in Panama over a criminal defamation case. (Kimberlyn David)

New York, November 29, 2016--Authorities in Panama should immediately release Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, who has been detained since November 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ornstein, a Panama-based journalist who runs the news website Bananama Republic, was arrested in relation to a 2012 criminal defamation conviction when he arrived at Panama City international airport, according to his lawyer, Manuel Succari.

November 29, 2016 3:48 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Editor of human rights news website detained in China

New York, November 28, 2016 - Chinese authorities should immediately release Liu Feiyue, the editor and founder of the human rights news website Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, known in China as Minsheng Guancha, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Liu's arrest occurred amid increasing efforts by China to silence journalists and bloggers who cover protests and human rights abuses.

Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajikistan suspends accreditation of six radio journalists

New York, November 28, 2016―Tajik authorities should immediately reinstate the accreditation of six radio journalists suspended following a broadcaster's refusal to remove a story from its website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysia intensifies harassment of award-winning cartoonist

Bangkok, November 28, 2016―Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against award-winning cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, and cease harassing him for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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