Alerts / 2011

Silencing global coverage, Syria detains, expels reporters

July 14, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2011--The Syrian government has detained a local journalist who contributes to pan-Arab news outlets and expelled an international reporter, according to news reports, continuing a crackdown designed to silence global news coverage of the nation's political crisis....

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Tajikistan continues to hold BBC journalist

July 13, 2011 5:53 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Tajik prosecutors in Khujand, northern Tajikistan, to drop politicized extremism charges against BBC reporter Urinboy Usmonov, and calls for his immediate release. The journalist is being charged with failing to report the activities of the Islamist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir to Tajik...

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DRC's Kabila government bans broadcaster favorable to rival

July 13, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Democratic Republic of Congo's ban of a private broadcaster favorable to opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi. The blocking and ban of the broadcaster since Saturday is in violation of the country's press laws. ...

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Egypt's reinstatement of Information Ministry is a setback

July 12, 2011 5:08 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2011--The reinstatement of Egypt's Information Ministry that was abolished in February constitutes a substantial setback for media freedom in Egypt, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Central African Republic journalists released, fined

July 12, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2011-- Two Central African Republic journalists were fined and released from custody Monday after being jailed for weeks in connection with their coverage of public protests by retired military officers who say the government failed to direct European Union funds to them as intended, according...

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Journalists detained, released in Vietnam clampdown

July 11, 2011 2:31 PM ET

Bangkok, July 11, 2011--Authorities must stop harassing journalists reporting on public demonstrations in Vietnam, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Sunday, police detained and interrogated three reporters who were covering anti-China protests in Hanoi where around a dozen demonstrators were arrested.    ...

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Five suspects arrested in murder of Brazilian editor

July 8, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, July 8, 2011---The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest on Saturday of five suspects in the murder of Brazilian newspaper editor, politician, and blogger Edinaldo Filgueira, who was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on June 15 in the town of Serra do Mel in the northeastern...

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Iran abuses detained journalists, arrests others

July 8, 2011 4:01 PM ET

New York, July 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by the Iranian government's persistent mistreatment of detained journalists as well as news reports that authorities have arrested two additional journalists in recent days. "We are profoundly disturbed by media reports and testimonies indicating that Iran's prison and judicial...

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Dozens of journalists detained in Belarus crackdown

July 7, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2011--Belarusian authorities must immediately cease their ongoing crackdown against the independent press and release all journalists in state custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Minsk and other cities across the country detained at least 28 journalists on Wednesday who were covering protest...

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Citing ethnicity, Azerbaijan bars photojournalist

July 7, 2011 2:58 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2011--Diana Markosian, a freelance photographer for Bloomberg Markets magazine was denied entry to Azerbaijan last week by authorities who cited her ethnicity as a reason, international news reports said. ...

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