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Turkish police raid Mezopotamya News Agency, detain journalist Dindar Karataş

Istanbul, November 24, 2020 – Turkish authorities should stop harassing journalists working at the Mezopotamya News Agency, immediately release reporter Dindar Karataş, and return any equipment confiscated from the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This morning, police officers in the eastern city of Van arrested Karataş at his home, and then brought…

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Philippine soldiers shoot and kill journalist Ronnie Villamor at checkpoint

Bangkok, November 23, 2020 – Philippine authorities should independently investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of journalist Ronnie Villamor, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the afternoon of November 14, Philippine Army soldiers shot and killed Villamor, a contributor to the local independent Dos Kantos Balita weekly tabloid, outside…

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Ecuadorian journalist Juán Sarmiento sentenced to prison for ‘discrediting’ local official

Bogotá, November 20, 2020 – Ecuadorian authorities should not contest journalist Juan Sarmiento’s appeal of a recent criminal conviction for critical comments about a local politician, and the country should remove speech laws from its penal code, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 12, the Justice Court of Napo, in central Ecuador,…

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Journalist Parag Bhuyan killed in hit-and-run in India’s Assam state

New Delhi, November 18, 2020 — Authorities in India’s northeastern Assam state must fully investigate the death of journalist Parag Bhuyan, determine whether it was related to his work, and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Bhuyan, a journalist with Assamese-language news channel Pratidin Time, died…

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Guatemalan journalist Mario Ortega shot and killed

Los Angeles, November 18, 2020 — Guatemalan authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of journalist Mario Ortega and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 10, two unidentified individuals shot Ortega outside his home in the southwestern city of San José, according to…

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Algerian Ennahar TV director Anis Rahmani sentenced to 5 years in prison

New York, November 17, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed disappointment at the conviction and sentencing of Algerian journalist Anis Rahmani for his work as director of Ennahar TV. On November 15, the Bir Mourad Rais First Instance Court in Algiers sentenced Rahmani, director of the privately owned news broadcaster Ennahar TV, to five…

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Journalists detained, attacked while covering contested election in Ivory Coast

New York, November 17, 2020 — Authorities in Ivory Coast should drop their investigation into journalist Yao Alex Hallane Clément, and cease intimidating and harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 3, police officers arrested Yao, a reporter with the privately owned PDCI 24 TV broadcaster, along with…

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Police arrest, fine journalists covering protests in Russian far east; 3 remain in detention

New York, November 16, 2020 – Russian authorities should immediately release all journalists detained while covering recent protests, and ensure that the press can cover demonstrations freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since November 5, police have detained at least six journalists covering protests in the eastern city of Khabarovsk, which have been…

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At least 35 journalists injured covering anti-government protests in Peru

Bogotá, November 16, 2020 – Peruvian authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, and thoroughly investigate attacks on the press by demonstrators and police officers alike, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police officers attacked members of the press with tear gas, pellets, and other ordnance while they were covering protests following…

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Polish riot police attack journalists covering demonstrations

Berlin, November 16, 2020 — Polish authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate police attacks on journalists covering recent protests, hold those responsible to account, and ensure that reporters can cover events of public interest without fear of injury, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 11, during clashes between riot police and protesters…

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