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Police beat Indian journalists protesting assault

Protesters battle police in Kolkata, India, May 22, 2017. Dozens of journalists were injured as police forcibly cleared demonstrations. (AP/Bikas Das)

New Delhi, May 22, 2017--Police officials should identify and discipline the officers who assaulted dozens of journalists in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata today, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Journalists at the scene said police assaulted dozens of reporters covering a protest, then forcibly cleared a demonstration the journalists staged to protest their treatment.

Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Bangladeshi embassies told to monitor journalists traveling abroad

Washington, D.C., May 19, 2017--The Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry should immediately and publicly rescind its instructions to the country's embassies to monitor journalists traveling abroad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

May 19, 2017 3:35 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian blogger still in prison, one month after granted bail

Uyo, Nigeria, May 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, in accordance with two court orders granting her bail, and prosecutors should drop all criminal charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Omololu-Olunloyo, who runs the blog HNN Africa, has been jailed for 69 days pending trial, despite two court orders for her release on bail.

Alerts   |   Cambodia

Cambodian minister threatens to close media outlets that defy sweeping election rules

Journalists crowd around Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the province of Kandal, September 1, 2016, as he registers to vote in local elections scheduled for June 4, 2017. (Reuters/Samrang Pring)

Bangkok, May 19, 2017--Cambodian authorities should allow media outlets to cover local elections freely and without fear of closure for running afoul of overly broad guidelines restricting election coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith last week threatened to shutter media outlets that disobey guidelines for covering the June 4 elections that will come into effect tomorrow.

May 19, 2017 1:34 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

AP photographer shot covering West Bank protest

A screen shot of a video Ma'an News Agency published to YouTube shows AP photographer Majdi Mohammed after he was shot in the hand covering a protest in the West Bank, May 18, 2017.

New York, May 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Israeli authorities to apprehend and try the man who shot Associated Press photographer Majdi Mohammed in the hand and killed a Palestinian protester near the northern West Bank city of Nablus today.

May 18, 2017 7:40 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi authorities shutter TV channel's Ramadi bureau

A screenshot of a Dijlah TV report alleging local government officials in Iraq's Al-Anbar Province smuggled oil and fighters to the Islamic State group (YouTube).

Washington D.C., May 18, 2017--Authorities in Iraq's western Al-Anbar Province should rescind their order closing the Ramadi office of satellite news channel Dijlah TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Council of Al-Anbar Province on May 16 ordered the bureau closed, days after the Jordan-based channel aired a report alleging local government officials were involved in smuggling fuel and fighters to the Islamic State group.

May 18, 2017 6:02 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria

Kurdish security forces detain TV journalist in Syria

Kurdish security forces, or Asayish, feed prisoners in Derick Central Prison in Qamishli, northern Syria, November 16, 2016. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

New York, May 17, 2017--Kurdish security forces in northern Syria should immediately release Zagros TV journalist Barzan Hussein Liani, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of the Asayish, the security force for the de facto government of the Rojava region in northern Syria, on May 13 detained Liani as they patrolled the area outside the town of Rmeilan, near Syria's border with Turkey and northern Iraq, according to his employer.

May 17, 2017 4:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ukraine

Ukraine bans Russian media outlets, websites

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks at a news conference in Kiev, May 14, 2017. (Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenko)

New York, May 17, 2017--Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko should immediately reverse his order obstructing at least 19 Russian media companies, four popular Russian websites, and banning at least 13 journalists from entering the country for a year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decree, published on the Ukrainian presidency's website on May 15, would restrict the broadcasters' and websites' access to telecommunications services for three years and freezes their assets in Ukraine.

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Journalist and press freedom defender stabbed in Kazakhstan

New York, May 15, 2017--Kazakh authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate yesterday's stabbing of journalist and press freedom defender Ramazan Yesergepov and should bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesergepov, who spent three years in prison for his work as an editor and who now runs the press freedom group Journalists in Trouble, was stabbed on an overnight train bound for the capital Astana.

May 15, 2017 2:49 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bahrain

German reporter denied Bahrain visa to cover FIFA congress

Supporters of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa hold signs reading "Supporting the clean man" and "FIFA will be safe with Salman" in Zurich, Switzerland, February 26, 2016. (AP/Michael Probst)

New York, May 10, 2017--Bahraini immigration authorities should grant freelance journalist Robert Kempe a visa and ensure that journalists are able to cover international events in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kempe told CPJ that Bahrain denied him a visa to cover FIFA's 2017 Congress, which is being held in the capital Manama today and tomorrow, for the German broadcaster ARD.

May 10, 2017 6:17 PM ET

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