Alerts / 2010

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Iran jails 7, sentences 1, returns Blogfather to prison

December 14, 2010 4:16 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2010--In a continuation of its relentless attack on independent and opposition media, Iranian authorities have arrested three journalists from the daily Sharq, bringing the number of the newspaper's incarcerated staffers to seven in less than a week, according to news reports. In other developments, veteran...

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CPJ condemns closure of Al-Jazeera's office in Kuwait

December 13, 2010 3:31 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2010--The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information announced today it has shut down Al-Jazeera's office in Kuwait, the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. The ministry also withdrew press accreditation from all of Al-Jazeera's local staff. The suspension came after the Doha-based pan-Arab news satellite station aired live footage...

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After running leaked cables, websites face harassment

December 10, 2010 4:25 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns harassment of the Lebanese news website Al-Akhbar after it published U.S. diplomatic cables that were first disclosed by WikiLeaks. The website was hacked this week by unknown attackers, while the Tunisian government blocked domestic access to the site. Saudi officials...

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Russian court overturns Beketov defamation conviction

December 10, 2010 3:50 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved that the Khimki City Court has overturned the defamation conviction of editor Mikhail Beketov, a verdict that had been condemned in Russia and abroad. ...

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News of Nobel ceremony censored in China

December 10, 2010 2:11 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Chinese authorities' censorship of news reports covering today's ceremony in Oslo awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo....

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Reuters: Thailand says troops may have killed journalist

December 10, 2010 1:28 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--Investigators in Thailand now believe that troops may have been responsible for the shooting death of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, at left, on April 10, according to a leaked preliminary state probe by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Reuters reported from Bangkok today.Thai government investigators said...

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Belarus media harassed in run-up to presidential vote

December 10, 2010 12:52 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--Belarusian authorities must stop harassing independent media outlets and journalists and allow them to cover the December 19 presidential elections without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Libya Press, under harassment, shuts down in Tripoli

December 9, 2010 1:56 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2010--Authorities in Libya must ensure the safety of Libya Press reporters and stop harassing the private news agency, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is alarmed by the agency's decision to shut down its Tripoli office and leave Libya because security officials have...

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CPJ meets jailed Burundian journalist, calls for his release

December 9, 2010 1:35 PM ET

Bujumbura, December 9, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the release of journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu after visiting him in prison in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. CPJ made the call at a press conference marking the end of a four-day mission to Burundi.CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney and East Africa Consultant...

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CPJ seeks progress in solving Russia's Togliatti murders

December 8, 2010 5:27 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2010--Authorities with Russia's Investigative Committee must show evidence that they are legitimately investigating the consecutive murders of two editors of the independent newspaper Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Investigative Committee of Samara Region--which has jurisdiction over the cases of Valery Ivanov (killed in April...

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