A screenshot of Teshager Tsigab, a reporter with Ethiopia's Yabele Media.

Three Ethiopian journalists beaten and detained while covering protest in Tigray

Nairobi, September 21, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on Ethiopian authorities to hold to account security personnel who assaulted at least three journalists and to desist from harassing and detaining members of the press. On September 7, security officers in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray Region, beat and arrested Teshager…

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CPJ calls for accountability after Chilean journalist is shot covering military coup protest  

São Paulo, September 21, 2023–The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Chilean authorities to investigate and hold accountable those who shot Javier Barría, a camera operator with privately owned news outlet MegaMedia, while he covered a protest on the anniversary of the country’s 1973 military coup. On September 11, Barría was working in the Villa…

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Alesya Marokhovskaya and Irina Dolinina

Two Prague-based Russian journalists threatened, fear surveillance

New York, September 21, 2023—Czech authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into recent threats received by journalists at the independent investigative news website IStories and ensure the journalists’ safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Between March and September 2023, IStories received four threatening messages via the feedback form on the outlet’s…

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Belarusian Investigative Center

Belarusian authorities label investigative media outlet Belarusian Investigative Center as ‘extremist’

New York, September 20, 2023—Belarusian authorities should stop using the country’s extremism legislation to silence independent reporting and let the media work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. At a closed-door hearing on September 15, the Belarusian Supreme Court labeled the Belarusian Investigative Center (BIC), an independent Czech Republic-based investigative media outlet, as…

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Angolan authorities charge journalist with criminal defamation over corruption report

New York, September 20, 2023—Prosecutors should drop the criminal defamation, insult, and forgery charges against Angolan journalist Liberato Furtado Pereira and stop retaliating against the journalist for his public interest reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.  Furtado, a reporter for privately owned Radio Luanda, is expected to appear before the district court in…

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Oubeidillah Mchangama

Four Comoros journalists appeal conviction over publicizing of sexual assault allegations

Dakar, September 20, 2023—Comoros authorities should not oppose the appeal of four journalists convicted for publicizing sexual assault allegations at the country’s public broadcaster, Comoros Radio and Television Office (ORTC), the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On August 31, four Comorian journalists appealed their August 24 convictions for defamation and insult related to the publicizing of sexual misconduct…

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French investigative journalist Ariane Lavrilleux

French intelligence agents search home, detain journalist Ariane Lavrilleux over leaks investigation

Berlin, September 20, 2023—France’s domestic intelligence agency should immediately release freelance journalist Ariane Lavrilleux from custody, drop all criminal investigations against her, and refrain from questioning her about her sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Wednesday. On Tuesday, September 19, police officers with the General Directorate for Internal Security, accompanied by an investigating…

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CPJ welcomes 27.5-year sentence for murder of Mexican reporter Israel Vázquez

Mexico City, September 18, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday welcomed the 27-and-a-half-year sentence issued for the 2020 murder of Mexican reporter Israel Vázquez Rangel and urged authorities to redouble their efforts to protect journalists and prosecute their attackers. On Thursday, September 14, a federal judge in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato sentenced…

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Russia blocks two more Central Asian news outlets over Ukraine war coverage

Stockholm, September 18, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Russian authorities to lift blocks on independent Kyrgyz news website and exiled Tajik outlet Payom and to stop censoring foreign media for covering Russia’s war in Ukraine. “Having already banned domestic media from reporting anything but state-sanctioned information, Russia’s censorship of international media outlets…

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Bouddih Adams and Yerima Kini Nsom

Cameroon governor bans The Post over military coup headline

Durban, September 15, 2023—Cameroonian authorities should immediately lift an indefinite ban against The Post newspaper in the Southwest Region and stop any retaliatory action against the privately owned media outlet and its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Tuesday, September 12, Southwest regional governor Bernard Okalia Bilai banned The Post until further…

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