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Alerts   |   Maldives

Maldives journalists face prison

New York, January 20, 2017--Authorities in the Maldives should cease pursuing all criminal charges against journalists from Raajje TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court is expected to sentence Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevaan Ali Nasir on January 24, according to press reports. Both intend to appeal "the baseless charges," Nasir told CPJ.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland attorney general pursues journalists acquitted of publishing false news

New York, January 20, 2017--Somaliland Attorney General Hasan Ahmed Hasan should immediately drop his appeal of a court's acquittal of two journalists charged with publishing false news and operating an unlicensed newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian police raid investigative news website's office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website's office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them for hours before releasing them on condition they answer defamation charges in court tomorrow morning, the website reported.

Alerts   |   Honduras

Honduran TV journalist murdered

New York, January 19, 2017--Honduran authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Honduran television reporter Igor Abisaí Padilla Chávez and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Four unidentified assailants shot and killed Padilla on January 17 in the Suyapaya neighborhood of the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula, according to news reports.

January 19, 2017 12:59 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Seven journalists denied entry to Gambia ahead of contested inauguration

People board a ferry leaving Banjul in Gambia on January 18, amid the threat of military intervention after President Yahya Jammeh refused to concede defeat in elections. Gambia has denied entry to several journalists planning to cover the January 19 inauguration of Adama Barrow. (AP)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 18, 2017--Seven international journalists planning to report on the inauguration of Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow tomorrow were denied entry to the country on January 16, according to reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the obstruction as a deliberate attempt to silence the press during a period of political unrest.

Alerts   |   Pakistan

CPJ calls on Pakistan to free two journalists convicted of defamation

Washington D.C., January 18, 2017--Pakistan should immediately release Ikhlaque Ahmed Jokhio and Qurban Ali Gadehi, two reporters for the Sindhi-language weekly Saahiti Awaz who were sentenced to five years in prison for criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Bahrain

CPJ calls on Bahrain to allow Al-Wasat to publish freely

Protesters block a road in Bahrain on January 15 after authorities executed three men convicted of a deadly attack on police. (AP)

New York, January 17, 2017--The government of Bahrain should rescind an order suspending the online edition of Al-Wasat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Affairs Ministry ordered the independent outlet yesterday to suspend its online operation indefinitely for inciting division, jeopardizing national unity, and disrupting public peace, according to the official Bahrain News Agency.

Alerts   |   South Africa, Syria

CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria.

January 17, 2017 4:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Republic of Congo

CPJ calls on Congolese authorities to release Talassa editor

New York, January 13, 2017--Congolese authorities should immediately release Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Republic of Congo's security services arrested Bemba in Brazzaville on January 11, Radio France Internationale reported.

January 13, 2017 6:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   UK

UK police monitored calls of Daily Mirror and Northern Echo journalists

New York, January 13, 2017--U.K. police used surveillance powers to monitor the phone calls of three journalists to try to reveal their sources in two separate stories, according to news reports.

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