Alerts / 2010

After officials are criticized, DRC radio host is arrested

December 21, 2010 4:30 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2010--Authorities should immediately release Congolese radio journalist Robert Shemahamba, who has been held in the eastern city of Uvira since Friday in connection with a political program critical of local officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Dozens of journalists beaten, arrested in Belarus crackdown

December 20, 2010 5:29 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violent government crackdown against journalists covering demonstrations in Minsk against Sunday's flawed presidential vote won by President Aleksandr Lukashenko. Security police have arrested at least 20 journalists and beaten at least 20 more between the outbreak of rallies...

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Journalist given 15 years for espionage in Transdniester

December 17, 2010 5:05 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the 15-year prison sentence given to independent journalist Ernest Vardanian, who has been held on falsified espionage charges in the unrecognized separatist Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) since April. The PMR is commonly known as Transdniester, and broke away from Moldova proper...

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ECOWAS court orders Gambia to pay tortured journalist

December 17, 2010 4:54 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2010--Musa Saidykhan, who was detained for three weeks in 2006 by Gambian state security agents, was tortured and must receive compensation, a West African regional court ruled on Thursday....

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Sudanese police attack journalist, delete photos

December 17, 2010 2:51 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2010--Sudanese security officers attacked BBC correspondent James Copnall on Tuesday as he was reporting on a demonstration and ensuing arrests, the journalist reported. Officers also confiscated Copnall's recording equipment....

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Indonesian editor dead under suspicious circumstances

December 17, 2010 2:25 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with Indonesian journalist groups in calling for a full and vigorous investigation into the death of an editor on Kisar, one of the eastern Maluku Islands. Alfrets Mirulewan, chief editor of the Pelangi Weekly, was found with bruises on much...

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Tajik journalist arrested on defamation, insult charges

December 16, 2010 5:03 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists today denounced the imprisonment in northern Tajikistan of Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, a reporter with the Dushanbe-based independent weekly Nuri Zindagi. Ismoilov was arrested in Sogd region on November 23, but the regional press first reported on the case on Monday. Ismoilov is currently being held in...

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Rwandan adviser must retract accusation against editor

December 16, 2010 3:50 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2010--A senior Rwandan presidential adviser should immediately retract a grave and unsubstantiated public accusation against a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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In Iraq, bomb kills one journalist; another denied access

December 15, 2010 4:27 PM ET

New York, December 15, 2010--Omar Rasim al-Qaysi, an anchor working for Al-Anbar TV, was killed on Sunday in a car bombing in central Ramadi, al-Anbar province. His brother, a fellow staffer at the station, was injured in the attack. Security forces then detained a journalist for the daily Al-Anbar, preventing...

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Venezuela media bills would harm freedom of expression

December 14, 2010 5:06 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2010--The Venezuelan legislature should reject proposed legal reforms that would harm freedom of expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Legislation that would regulate Internet content and could force broadcaster Globovisión off the air are up for consideration this week in the Venezuelan National Assembly....

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