Alerts / 2011

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Belarus police detain and beat a dozen reporters

June 30, 2011 5:07 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2011--In a new crackdown against the independent press, Belarusian police briefly detained and beat more than a dozen reporters, and broke their equipment at a Wednesday protest rally in Minsk and Brest, according to news reports and CPJ sources in Belarus. ...

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Puntland authorities arrest online journalist

June 30, 2011 5:03 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2011--Police arrested Faysal Mohamed, at left, a reporter for the Hiiraan Online website Wednesday morning in the port town of Bossasso in the semi-autonomous republic of Puntland, local journalists told CPJ. No official charges have been brought against him, although the deputy commander of the...

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Sudan mounts contrived legal cases against journalists

June 29, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2011--The Sudanese government continues to aggressively target individual journalists and publications through contrived legal proceedings, politicized criminal charges, and confiscations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Ethiopia accuses two jailed journalists of terrorism plot

June 29, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2011--The Ethiopian government today publicly today accused an editor and a columnist of involvement in a terrorism plot, according to news reports and local journalists. Woubshet Taye, deputy editor of the leading Awramba Times newspaper and Reeyot Alemu, columnist for the weekly Feteh, have been...

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France 3 television crew released after 547 days

June 29, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2011--Eighteen months after their abduction in Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of France 3 television crew members Hervé Ghesquière, Stéphane Taponier, and Reza Din....

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Israel should not intimidate reporters covering flotilla

June 27, 2011 4:14 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Israeli authorities to allow journalists covering a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotilla to do their work without interference or reprisals. ...

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Arrests in Mumbai killing; accused mastermind at large

June 27, 2011 2:21 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news today that police in Mumbai have arrested seven suspects in the June 11 slaying of veteran crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey. But CPJ is concerned that the alleged mastermind remains at large and that police have not identified a motive...

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Ethiopian journalist likely held under anti-terrorism law

June 24, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Ethiopian authorities have been holding a newspaper columnist incommunicado since Tuesday, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reeyot Alemu, a regular contributor to the independent weekly Feteh, was expected to spend the next four weeks in preventive detention under what appears to be...

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Playboy Indonesia editor acquitted of indecency

June 23, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York,  June 23, 2011--Jailed Indonesian publisher Erwin Arnada was acquitted by the Supreme Court Wednesday of the public indecency charges against him, according to local and international media reports. Arnada was also the editor of the now-dormant Playboy Indonesia, which had appeared for six issues on Indonesia's newsstands...

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Amid jail releases, Chinese journalist's sentence extended

June 23, 2011 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Authorities in Shandong should overturn a second prison sentence handed down to freelance journalist Qi Chonghuai just days before the end of his term, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two of three Chinese journalists scheduled for release this month are out of jail. Artist...

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