Alerts / 2011

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In Yemen, journalists attacked during protests

December 28, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks on at least eight journalists on Saturday and Sunday by armed forces loyal to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The clashes between pro-Saleh forces and protesters left nine people dead on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. ...

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Ecuadoran media executive sentenced to jail

December 28, 2011 3:07 PM ET

New York, December 28, 2011--The director of the Quito-based daily Hoy has been convicted on charges of criminal libel for articles depicting the political influence of an Ecuadoran banking official who is a relative of President Rafael Correa, news reports said....

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In Ethiopia, Swedish journalists handed prison terms

December 27, 2011 3:04 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2011--In a highly politicized trial, two Swedish journalists have been sentenced in an Ethiopian court to 11-year jail terms after being convicted of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, according to news reports....

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In Mauritania, Moroccan journalist expelled

December 23, 2011 2:34 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Mauritanian authorities' Wednesday decision to expel a Moroccan journalist from the country. The Mauritanian government gave no reason for their decision....

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Chinese writer-dissident given nine years for online posts

December 23, 2011 12:52 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2011 --- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns China's harsh sentencing of online journalist and activist Chen Wei, who was handed a nine-year prison term on Friday for "inciting subversion."...

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In Tanzania, two journalists charged with incitement

December 22, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2011--Authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged a columnist and an editor with inciting the police force to subordinate in connection with an editorial critical of the government, according to local journalists and news reports. The printer of the publication has also been summoned to...

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Indian court orders Internet sites to remove content

December 22, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2011--An Indian court has ordered 22 Internet sites to remove content it said promoted hatred and communal disharmony, according to news reports. ...

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CPJ condemns trial of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia

December 21, 2011 3:40 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Ethiopian court's decision to convict two Swedish photojournalists today in what appears to be a politicized trial....

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Turkey must justify widespread arrests of journalists

December 20, 2011 5:40 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports of the arrests of journalists in a nationwide sweep today in Turkey, and calls on authorities to immediately disclose the names of those detained along with any charges being filed against them....

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Two Brazzaville weeklies suspended; CPJ seeks reversal

December 20, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--Authorities in the Republic of Congo should immediately lift the months-long suspensions imposed last week against two private weeklies in reprisal for articles critical of government officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court upholds Askarov sentence

December 20, 2011 4:34 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--Today's ruling by Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court upholding a life sentence for independent journalist Azimjon Askarov on fabricated charges is a lethal blow to press freedom and justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Kazakh authorities censor news on deadly clashes

December 20, 2011 4:15 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--Authorities in the Mangistau region of western Kazakhstan have attacked and detained independent journalists and blocked access to news outlets to suppress coverage of unrest there, news reports said. The Committee Protect today called on Kazakh authorities to allow the media unfettered access....

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In Egypt, press freedom abuses must be investigated

December 19, 2011 5:18 PM ET

New York, December 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egyptian authorities to halt the assaults on journalists and attacks on news outlets which are effectively censoring coverage of ongoing protests in Cairo. In recent days, CPJ has documented at least 15 attacks on the press during clashes...

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Somali government should probe journalist's murder

December 19, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, December 19, 2011--Somali authorities must pursue all leads in investigating the murder on Sunday of a broadcast journalist who had reported receiving several recent threats. A gunman in a military uniform shot freelance reporter Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan, according to local and international reports....

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Russia must act after murder of Dagestani paper founder

December 16, 2011 4:33 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2011--Russian authorities must carry out an urgent and effective investigation into Thursday night's assassination of Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, which had tackled highly sensitive topics in the southern republic of Dagestan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Criminal probe targets AP, Reuters cameras on Mandela

December 16, 2011 4:10 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2011--South African authorities announced on Thursday the launch of a criminal probe against international news agencies The Associated Press and Reuters for installing cameras outside the home of anti-Apartheid figure Nelson Mandela, according to news reports....

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In Indonesia, journalist's home targeted, child dies

December 16, 2011 2:11 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2011--Indonesian authorities should conduct a full investigation into Sunday's attack on the home of a journalist who reported on local corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist's one-month-old child died soon after the attack....

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Three newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

December 14, 2011 5:54 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2011--The government of Ivory Coast should immediately lift its suspensions on the circulations of three newspapers that published critical commentaries on the country's five-month post-election conflict and its aftermath, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese journalist released early from prison

December 14, 2011 2:02 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of jailed Chinese journalist Huang Jinqiu. The journalist was freed on October 20, but delayed the announcement until Tuesday because authorities had told him not to seek publicity at the time, according to news reports....

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Kenyan journalist threatened for his reporting

December 9, 2011 5:32 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Kenyan reporter Robert Wanyonyi who has been repeatedly threatened after covering a melee between police and local villagers that left as many as seven people dead. ...

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CPJ calls on South Africa to drop secrecy bill

December 8, 2011 4:11 PM ET

Johannesburg, December 8, 2011--South African authorities should heed widespread calls to drop a "secrecy bill" that opponents say will criminalize whistle-blowing and stifle investigative journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist gunned down in Honduras

December 7, 2011 1:50 PM ET

New York, December 7, 2011--Honduran journalist Luz Marina Paz Villalobos was shot and killed in the capital Tegucigalpa on Tuesday, according to local news reports. Delmer Osmar Canales Gutiérrez, a cousin who worked as her driver, was also killed in the attack. Investigators are looking into several possible motives, including...

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In Iraqi Kurdistan, riots lead to press freedom abuses

December 6, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the targeting of media by supporters of various political factions in Kurdistan. Journalists have been attacked and arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan and six media offices have been attacked in the past four days, according to news reports....

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Russian journalists detained while covering protests

December 6, 2011 4:25 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns heavy-handed actions by Russian authorities who have detained at least six journalists covering the protests that followed Sunday's parliamentary election. International observers have cited irregularities in the voting, officially won by United Russia, the party headed by Prime Minister...

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Peruvian daily attacked after linking police to gangs

December 6, 2011 4:09 PM ET

New York, December 6, 2011--The offices of Peruvian regional daily El Sol de los Andes were attacked and vandalized on November 30 after the newspaper reported on alleged links between local police and criminal gangs, according to local press reports. ...

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Honduran daily attacked by gunmen

December 5, 2011 3:19 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2011--The offices of Honduran daily La Tribuna, based in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were attacked by unidentified gunmen early this morning after the newspaper published reports that linked local police to recent murders, news reports said....

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Syria detains blogger, press freedom advocate

December 5, 2011 12:43 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of journalist and press freedom campaigner Razan Ghazzawi and calls on Syrian authorities to immediately release her. CPJ also urges the government to end the routine harassment and detention of journalists and to make public the names...

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Rwandan online journalist killed in Kampala

December 2, 2011 4:44 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the fatal shooting of Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire in Kampala, Uganda's capital, and calls on the police to identify the culprits and bring them to justice....

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Burundi journalist detained by security agents

November 30, 2011 5:40 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the ongoing detention of a radio journalist in Burundi since Monday....

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Planners conference must strengthen Afghan media

November 29, 2011 5:55 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2011--When delegates from more than 100 countries and international aid organizations meet in Bonn on December 5 at an international conference on Afghanistan's future, they must alter their tactics and aim more to support the professionalization and safety training of the country's emerging press corps, the...

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Journalists assaulted in Indian-controlled Kashmir

November 29, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, November 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an investigation into the November 25 attack on four journalists reporting on a protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir....

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Ecuadoran journalist sentenced to prison

November 28, 2011 5:27 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by reports that an Ecuadoran journalist was sentenced to a six-month prison term after being found guilty of criminal defamation....

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Mexican weekly goes offline after cyberattack

November 28, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a cyberattack on Mexican weekly Ríodoce that forced its website offline on Friday. Ríodoce is one of the few publications to cover crime and drug trafficking in Mexico....

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Ugandan journalist receives repeated death threats

November 28, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--Anonymous callers have repeatedly threatened Ugandan radio journalist Robert Ssembuusi over the past week after he aired a story implicating a former local mayor in corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani journalist shot, critically injured during riot

November 28, 2011 3:47 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--Authorities in Karachi should take stronger measures to protect reporters covering violent incidents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a journalist was critically injured in crossfire on Sunday....

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Gambian president vilifies journalists in remarks

November 28, 2011 2:15 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's public remarks on Thursday, in which he vilified members of the press. The following day, Jammeh won his fourth term in office as president....

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In Philippines, gunmen shoot radio journalist

November 28, 2011 2:10 PM ET

Bangkok, November 28, 2011--A Philippine radio journalist who reported critically on local corruption and drug trafficking was shot and seriously wounded on November 24, a day after the International Day to End Impunity was commemorated....

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Three opposition journalists detained in Ivory Coast

November 28, 2011 2:05 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The administration of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has detained without charge three journalists from an opposition newspaper since Thursday, in violation of the country's own press law and constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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News editor threatened in Pakistan

November 23, 2011 8:24 AM ET

New York, November 23, 2011--An editor of a Pakistani newspaper received threatening telephone calls and was followed by men he believed were government agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South Africa lower house passes information bill

November 22, 2011 4:15 PM ET

New York, November 22, 2011--The South African National Assembly today passed an information bill which would sanction unauthorized possession and publication of classified state information with a prison term of up to 25 years, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the upper house of parliament...

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Iran unleashes another wave of arrests and repression

November 22, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, November 22, 2011--Iranian authorities have engaged in a series of attacks against the press in the past two weeks, including raiding a news office, banning an independent newspaper, and arresting at least five journalists....

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At least 17 journalists assaulted during Egypt clashes

November 21, 2011 4:32 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011 - Clashes between security forces and protesters in Cairo and other Egyptian cities have led to at least 17 assaults on the press over the past couple of days, including a shooting, detentions, and a beating by unidentified security personnel while in custody. The...

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Zuma spokesman targets South African weekly

November 21, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--The spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma filed a criminal complaint on Saturday against two journalists investigating his alleged role in a $US5 billion international arms deal that became embroiled in scandal, according to news reports. Weekly investigative paper Mail & Guardian sought comment...

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Dawit Kebede joins Ethiopia's exiled journalists

November 21, 2011 2:16 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, one of Ethiopia's two remaining independent Amharic-language newspapers offering critical analysis of local politics, announced today that he was forced to leave the country after he received a tip last week about alleged government plans to re-imprison him....

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Syrian cameraman killed; last seen being arrested

November 21, 2011 2:11 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--A Syrian cameraman was found dead Sunday with his eyes gouged out in the town of al-Qasir, according to several news reports. Ferzat Jarban, who was last seen being arrested, is the first journalist to be killed in Syria since CPJ started documenting journalist fatalities...

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In Bolivia, mayor's supporters attack TV, radio stations

November 17, 2011 1:31 PM ET

New York, November 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a Bolivian TV channel and its sister radio station were vandalized and forced off the air on Monday by supporters of a local mayor. ...

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Two newspaper employees missing in Mexico

November 16, 2011 1:54 PM ET

New York, November 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by reports that two newspaper employees in Mexico have been missing since Monday and that in their last communication, the men said they were being followed by police cars....

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Journalists obstructed from covering OWS protests

November 15, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today's reports of New York City police mistreating and detaining journalists and obstructing them from covering events at the Occupy Wall Street protests....

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Mexican daily offices attacked by gunmen

November 15, 2011 3:44 PM ET

New York, November 15, 2011--A group of unidentified gunmen attacked the premises of the Mexican daily El Siglo de Torreón early this morning, setting a car on fire and shooting at the building several times. Around 2:40 a.m., at least three assailants parked two vehicles in front of the newspaper's...

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Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

November 11, 2011 5:07 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2011--A judge in Ethiopia's federal high court charged six journalists with terrorism on Thursday under the country's antiterrorism law, bringing the number of journalists charged under the statute since June to 10, CPJ research found. ...

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Israel continues journalist's detention

November 10, 2011 4:30 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Israel's continued detention of Hassan Ghani, a correspondent for Iran's Press TV. Ghani was arrested with four other journalists on Friday when soldiers boarded two humanitarian aid ships sailing toward Gaza, news reports said. The other journalists...

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Bangladeshi editor rearrested on same day he's released

November 10, 2011 4:14 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--A Bangladeshi editor was rearrested on the same day he was released on bail, as he was leaving the gate of the prison, news reports said. Police detained Ekramul Haque, editor of Sheershanews website and Sheersha Kagoj weekly, on extortion charges on July 31. On October 25, the...

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In Peru, journalist given suspended prison sentence

November 10, 2011 3:41 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--A Peruvian provincial journalist was found guilty of defamation by a regional court on Monday and received a suspended prison sentence and fine for his reports about alleged corruption, news reports said. ...

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Sri Lankan government to impose guidelines on media

November 10, 2011 1:37 PM ET

New York, November 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the Sri Lankan government's announcement of an upcoming set of guidelines and code of conduct for journalists and media organizations, and believes these regulations will only increase the government's control of the media.The announcement, which appeared Thursday...

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Liberian government silences three broadcasters

November 8, 2011 5:04 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2011--The administration of incumbent Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf silenced on Monday three Liberian broadcasters that have covered the campaigning of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party in the run-up to today's runoff presidential vote, according to news reports....

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Brazilian cameraman killed as raid turns into shootout

November 7, 2011 4:52 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--Brazilian television cameraman Gelson Domingos da Silva was shot and killed Sunday during a confrontation between state police and suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro, according to press reports. ...

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Newspaper offices set on fire in Mexico

November 7, 2011 3:49 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--A group of unidentified gunmen stormed into the newsroom of the daily El Buen Tono in the state of Veracruz on Sunday, vandalized equipment, and set the premises on fire, according to local press reports....

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In Pakistan, missing journalist found dead

November 7, 2011 3:45 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday morning in Khuzdar, 186 miles (300 kilometers) south of the city of Quetta, local and international news reports said. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his...

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South Sudan security detains two journalists

November 7, 2011 1:01 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--Two South Sudanese independent journalists have been imprisoned since last week over a column critical of President Salva Kiir, according to local journalists and news reports. On November 1, South Sudan National Security Services (NSS) agents in the temporary capital of Juba arrested Peter Ngor,...

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Peruvian journalist attacked after reporting on corruption

November 7, 2011 12:45 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--A Peruvian provincial reporter was shot and wounded on Saturday while resisting an attempted kidnapping that his colleagues believe may have been in reprisal for his coverage of police corruption, news reports said. ...

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Kazakh reporter sentenced to 'restriction of freedom'

November 7, 2011 12:15 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction and sentence on defamation charges of Valery Surganov, a reporter with the independent news website Guljan, and calls for his full acquittal on appeal....

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Sri Lankan government blocks websites

November 7, 2011 11:22 AM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by reports that access to at least five Sri Lankan websites has been blocked by the country's government....

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Israel arrests journalists aboard flotilla

November 4, 2011 4:20 PM ET

New York, November 4, 2011--Israeli forces arrested an unidentified number of journalists today after a group of soldiers boarded two humanitarian aid ships sailing toward Gaza and forced them to redirect to the Israeli port of Ashdod, according to news reports. ...

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Invoking security, Puntland bans two TV stations

November 2, 2011 4:30 PM ET

New York, November 2, 2011--Authorities in northern Somalia banned two private broadcasters from operating in Puntland Tuesday, blaming independent media coverage for undermining national security as they grapple with potentially destabilizing violence in the region, according to local journalists and news reports. The Information Ministry in semi-autonomous Puntland banned...

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Independent editor imprisoned in Azerbaijan

November 1, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, November 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the prosecution and imprisonment of Avaz Zeynally, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Khural, and calls on Azerbaijani authorities to release him immediately....

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Guatemalan journalist flees city after threats, harassment

November 1, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, November 1, 2011--A Guatemalan newspaper columnist has faced intimidation and harassment after writing a piece that raised questions about the disappearance of a person in the western city of Panajachel. The journalist, Lucía Escobar, said she fled the city on Friday after growing fearful....

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Syrian journalists, blogger missing

October 31, 2011 5:19 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the continued disappearance of Syrian journalists and bloggers....

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Armed men threaten journalist in Angola's Cabinda

October 31, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011-- Authorities in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda should take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of independent journalist José Manuel Gimbi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following reports that unidentified armed men raided Gimbi's residence Thursday and threatened to harm him....

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Peru frees journalist jailed for defamation

October 31, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Saturday of Peruvian journalist Paul Segundo Garay Ramírez, a television and radio news show host who had been imprisoned for more than six months. Citing flawed evidence, the Supreme Court on Friday overturned Garay's conviction on charges...

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Tibetan writers imprisoned in China

October 31, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of two Tibetan writers, one of whom was sentenced after a year of detention without trial, according to reports....

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Egyptian military officials jail blogger who criticized them

October 31, 2011 3:09 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011--Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd el-Fattah, jailed Sunday after he objected to interrogation by military prosecutors, should be released immediately and without condition, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kazakhstan TV crew assaulted after covering labor strike

October 26, 2011 4:25 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2011--Authorities in the western Mangystau region of Kazakhstan must thoroughly investigate a brutal attack today against two journalists for the Internet-based opposition broadcaster Stan TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Thailand tries to censor site devoted to flood news

October 25, 2011 2:22 PM ET

Bangkok, October 25, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government has tried to censor the citizen-journalist website Thaiflood, which has provided crucial news and information about massive flooding that has inundated one-third of the country's provinces. At least...

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Ethiopia steps up terrorism allegations against journalists

October 24, 2011 6:17 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2011--Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi last week accused journalists in the country of being "messengers" with "terrorist" groups, while a state newspaper accused the chief editor of an independent publication of having terrorist ties and called on security forces to "take action" against him. The...

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Nigerian journalist killed; Islamists claim responsibility

October 24, 2011 2:17 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2011--Authorities in northeastern Nigeria must urgently take steps to ensure the safety of media workers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following Saturday's assassination of a journalist in a shooting claimed by Islamist militants....

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Mauritius jails journalist for contempt of court

October 20, 2011 6:27 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2011--Authorities in Mauritius today imprisoned a journalist for contempt of the Supreme Court and levied two fines over coverage of a case, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentences. Editor-in-Chief Dharmanand Dooharika of the private weekly Samedi...

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Globovisión fined millions for its riot reporting

October 19, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--Venezuela's telecommunications regulator has fined Globovisión, the country's last remaining critical network, more than US$2 million for its coverage of deadly prison riots in June and July, news reports said....

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Puntland radio station hit by grenade attack

October 19, 2011 2:30 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's grenade attack on a Puntland radio station and calls for authorities to take immediate steps to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. This was the third local radio station hit with a blast in three months, CPJ research showed.On...

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In Sri Lanka, anti-government website blocked

October 19, 2011 2:21 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that access to anti-government news website Lanka eNews has been blocked inside Sri Lanka, according to the site's exiled editor and users inside the country. All three language versions of the site, English, Sinhala, and Tamil, have...

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Broadcaster gunned down in the Philippines

October 19, 2011 1:35 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--A radio commentator and anti-mining tribal activist who was scheduled to launch a new radio station program in a few days was gunned down in the southern Philippines on October 14, news reports said. ...

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Iranian authorities arrest four more journalists

October 18, 2011 4:15 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2011--Iranian authorities arrested four journalists who work for reformist newspapers and are expected to charge them with antistate crimes, according to news reports. ...

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Liberian media outlets targeted in post-election violence

October 18, 2011 3:46 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's arson attack against a Liberian radio station and threats made against another radio station's journalists in response to their coverage of Liberia's presidential elections....

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Television journalist's car explodes in Bulgaria

October 14, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, October 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack on Sasho Dikov, a Bulgarian journalist with private national television channel Kanal 3, and calls on investigators to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Tajik journalists convicted, released from jail

October 14, 2011 2:04 PM ET

New York, October 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by today's release of two Tajik journalists, but condemns their convictions on extremism and insult, among other charges, and calls for the quashing of the convictions on appeal....

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Colombian editor given suspended prison term

October 13, 2011 4:52 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2011--A court in Cundinamarca state handed Luis Agustín González, founder and editor of Colombian monthly newspaper Cundinamarca Democrática, a 20-month suspended sentence and a fine of approximately US$5,500 on charges of criminal libel, news reports said today. The sentence stemmed from an editorial González wrote in 2008...

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Nigeria police arrest six journalists

October 12, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2011--Police in Nigeria arrested six journalists and one staff member from independent daily The Nation on Tuesday concerning the publication of a purported private letter from former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan about administrators of government agencies, local journalists reported.On the...

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Attacks on press swell in Egypt; journalist dead

October 12, 2011 1:48 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2011 -- A demonstration Sunday against religious persecution by Coptic Christians and their supporters turned into fatal confrontations between the military and civilians that left dozens dead, including a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns raids on two television studios and the cutting of...

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Angolan editor given one-year suspended prison term

October 12, 2011 1:09 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2011--An Angolan judge handed a suspended prison term and a fine to the editor of an independent newspaper on Monday in connection with stories that alleged corruption and abuse of power by five senior officials close to President José Eduardo Dos Santos, according to news...

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Blogger released in mass amnesty in Burma

October 12, 2011 9:57 AM ET

Bangkok, October 12, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Burmese blogger and comedian Maung Thura, but reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of at least 13 other journalists on CPJ's imprisoned list....

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Zenawi calls jailed Swedish journalists terror accomplices

October 11, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2011--Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's public accusations on Monday against two imprisoned Swedish journalists compromise the presumption of their innocence and predetermine the outcome of their case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were arrested in Ethiopia in July and charged with...

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Gambian minister should disclose Manneh's fate

October 11, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2011 - An official of the Gambian government publicly indicated knowledge of the whereabouts of missing journalist Ebrima "Chief" Manneh, according to news reports. The government, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in Manneh's 2006 disappearance, must immediately disclose the details of his status, the...

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Pakistani journalist killed in Lahore

October 7, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2011--A Lahore-based editor for a political news website was found dead early this morning, according to Pakistani news reports and the journalist's brother....

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Newspaper editor gunned down in the Philippines

October 7, 2011 2:13 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the fatal shooting of newspaper editor Johnson Pascual and calls on Philippine authorities to investigate the case and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Guyana president suspends television station

October 6, 2011 4:16 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2011--Guyanese president Bharrat Jagdeo has suspended television station CNS6 from broadcasting for four months in the period leading up to the presidential elections, according to local news reports. The suspension stemmed from a May 4 broadcast that aired comments about a local bishop who is...

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Reporter gets five years in Turkmenistan

October 5, 2011 4:52 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2011 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing today of Dovletmurad Yazguliyev, a local correspondent for the Turkmen service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), to five years in prison on charges of inciting a relative's suicide attempt....

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Provincial Colombian journalist threatened

October 5, 2011 3:54 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by threats made against Ana María Ferrer, a freelance Colombian journalist in the northern state of Cesar, who has denounced government corruption and the mishandling of mining royalties....

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In Vietnam, crackdown on journalists in past six months

October 3, 2011 9:40 AM ET

New York, October 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent crackdown on freedom of expression in Vietnam and calls on the government to immediately and unconditionally release all of the journalists detained in the country....

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Jordan's anti-corruption bill would restrict press

September 30, 2011 2:39 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disheartened by the passage in Jordan's lower chamber of Parliament of a draft anti-corruption law which would allow heavy fines for publishing information on corruption, and calls on the upper chamber to reject the bill. ...

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Mexican police reporter missing in Veracruz

September 29, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Mexican journalist Manuel Gabriel Fonseca Hernández has gone missing from the city of Acayucán, in Veracruz state. Fonseca's friends first reported him missing on September 20, police records show....

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Tajik journalist faces 16 years in jail

September 29, 2011 4:10 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing imprisonment of journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov and is dismayed by prosecutors' call for a hefty prison term on defamation and other charges....

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Egyptian police raid Al-Jazeera offices again

September 29, 2011 2:29 PM ET

New York, September 29, 2011--Egyptian plainclothes police stormed the office of an Al-Jazeera affiliate today for the second time this month, detaining a journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the raid and calls on the authorities to end what has become a policy of censorship and intimidation of...

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Bahrain upholds lengthy prison terms for journalists

September 28, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, September 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's decision by the appeals chamber of Bahrain's Court of National Safety to uphold lengthy prison terms for 21 individuals, including two online journalists and a prominent human rights defender. In separate press freedom violations, authorities prevented a newspaper from...

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Egypt must stop censoring newspapers

September 27, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the censorship of two newspapers in the past four days, the first instances of their kind since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Production of the Saturday edition of the independent weekly Sawt al-Umma was halted, while...

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AU forces say four soldiers responsible for journalist's death

September 26, 2011 6:24 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--Four African Union soldiers deployed in Somalia have been suspended and returned to their home country of Burundi for potential trial after an internal investigation found them responsible for the shooting death of a Malaysian journalist this month. In a statement issued today, the African...

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Journalist's decapitated body found in Mexico

September 26, 2011 3:36 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--The decapitated body of Mexican journalist Maria Elizabeth Macías Castro was found on a road near the city of Nuevo Laredo on Saturday, news reports said....

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Thai journalist dies from bomb blast injuries

September 26, 2011 3:09 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--The Thai government must bring to justice the perpetrators of the September 16 bomb attacks that killed a journalist and five other people in the country's insurgency-plagued southern region, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Sniper fire claims life of Yemeni cameraman

September 26, 2011 2:13 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--A Yemeni cameraman died in a Sana'a hospital on Saturday, five days after being struck by sniper fire while covering an anti-government protest in the capital, according to local and international news reports. Hassan al-Wadhaf, who filmed his own shooting, is the second journalist to be...

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Journalists face threats in covering Isaac imprisonment

September 26, 2011 1:12 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--A Sweden-based journalist was publicly threatened Friday in connection with her reporting on the case of Dawit Isaac, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has been imprisoned in Eritrea for a decade without charge, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. A day earlier in New York,...

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Philippine journalist's daughter kidnapped

September 23, 2011 2:28 PM ET

Bangkok, September 23, 2011--Philippine authorities should launch an investigation into the abduction of radio commentator Louie Larroza's daughter, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Larroza told reporters the kidnapping was a "warning" for his radio broadcasts, news reports said. The journalist's daughter, unharmed, was freed eight hours later....

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Iranian journalist dies in Afghanistan

September 22, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2011--Farhad Taqaddosi, a cameraman for Iran's Press TV, died in a Kabul hospital on Tuesday of injuries he sustained in the Taliban's September 13 attack on prominent international buildings in Kabul, the station reported....

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In India, freelancer charged with antistate activities

September 21, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2011--An Indian journalist who covered police violence in the state of Chhattisgarh was recently arrested on antistate charges that human rights groups say are retaliatory, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nicaraguan journalist flees country after death threats

September 21, 2011 4:50 PM ET

New York, September 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Nicaraguan journalist Silvia González fled the country last week after receiving repeated threats that referred to her work, news reports said....

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Chinese journalist who probed cooking oil scandal is killed

September 20, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday's fatal stabbing of a TV journalist and calls on Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into possible journalism-related motives....

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South Africa's ruling ANC pulls secrecy bill

September 20, 2011 3:38 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by Monday's decision by the parliamentary majority of South Africa's ruling party to withdraw a controversial bill from consideration pending further consultation with public interest groups over its contentious clauses....

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Iran arrests six documentary filmmakers

September 19, 2011 6:33 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2011--Iranian authorities have arrested six independent filmmakers on vague accusations that they engaged in a foreign conspiracy in connection with a critical new documentary about Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to news accounts. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests and calls for the...

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Two Ethiopian journalists detained on terrorism charges

September 16, 2011 5:04 PM ET

New York, September 16, 2011--Authorities in Ethiopia arrested two independent journalists this week on accusations of involvement in a terrorism plot, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned since June under the country's far-reaching antiterrorism legislation to six, CPJ research shows....

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Critical journalist gunned down in Peru

September 16, 2011 4:08 PM ET

New York, September 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Peruvian authorities to fully investigate the murder of journalist José Oquendo Reyes, who was shot to death on Wednesday, and bring those responsible to justice....

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CPJ welcomes Malaysian reform vow

September 16, 2011 12:37 PM ET

Bangkok, September 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's vow to abolish the Printing Presses and Publishing Act, and urges his administration to follow through with additional press freedom-related reforms.On Thursday, during an Independence Day national address, Najib vowed to dismantle two harsh security-related...

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Attackers shoot journalist in Somalia

September 15, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Wednesday evening shooting of a Somali radio journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and calls on the government to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice. Unknown gunmen shot 20-year-old radio journalist Horriyo Abdulkadir Sheik...

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Sudan authorities continue to confiscate newspapers

September 15, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the growing censorship of newspapers in Sudan. In the past two weeks alone, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) halted the distribution of four different opposition newspapers without cause....

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Burmese journalist given additional 10-year sentence

September 15, 2011 1:11 PM ET

Bangkok, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 10-year jail sentence handed down to Burmese journalist Sithu Zeya, a photographer with the Norway-based, exile-run Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), and calls on the government to reverse the ruling and stop its retaliation against exile-affiliated journalists....

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Ethiopian journalist ID'd in WikiLeaks cable flees country

September 14, 2011 5:01 PM ET

New York, September 14, 2011--U.S. diplomatic cables disclosed last month by WikiLeaks cited an Ethiopian journalist by name and referred to his unnamed government source, forcing the journalist to flee the country after police interrogated him over the source's identity, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. It is...

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Egyptian military institutes new media restrictions

September 13, 2011 2:41 PM ET

New York, September 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the new measures taken by Egypt's ruling military council. In recent days, the military announced that it would actively enforce the Hosni Mubarak-era Emergency Law, which allows civilians, including journalists, to be tried in state security courts....

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Radio journalist shot to death in Brazil

September 12, 2011 3:22 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2011--Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate the September 1 murder of a Brazilian radio journalist who was known for his criticism of local authorities and had allegedly been threatened with death by a local mayor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists continue to be targeted in Somaliland

September 12, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2011--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland are obstructing independent journalists from covering government politics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Four reporters have been harassed and arrested while on assignment since early September....

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Bolivian journalist who exposed corruption is threatened

September 12, 2011 2:37 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the repeated death threats and harassment of a journalist who exposed corruption in the Bolivian government's Institute of Forensic Investigations this April....

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Menem misuses privacy claim, CPJ says in IACHR brief

September 12, 2011 9:23 AM ET

New York, September 12, 2011--A lawsuit alleging invasion of privacy brought by Argentina's former president, Carlos Saúl Menem, against two journalists with the local newsweekly Noticias violates Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a legal brief filed Friday before the...

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Iran adds to its list of press freedom violations

September 9, 2011 2:46 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the forced closure of two independent Iranian newspapers on Monday and the arrest of an Iranian writer in the city of Tabriz. In July and August, Shahrvand-e Emrooz (Today's Citizen), a reformist weekly, ran two covers depicting President Mahmoud...

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Iraqi journalist shot dead in Baghdad

September 9, 2011 12:55 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday evening's killing of Iraqi journalist, filmmaker, and playwright Hadi al-Mahdi in Baghdad and calls on Iraqi authorities to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.   Al-Mahdi, radio show host and critic of the government, was shot...

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Ouattara fighters withdraw from Ivorian media outlets

September 9, 2011 9:10 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--CPJ is relieved that fighters loyal to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara relinquished control last week of offices belonging to newspaper publishers who supported ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, local journalists and news reports said....

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CPJ condemns break-in at Nairobi Law Monthly

September 9, 2011 9:05 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--Thieves broke into the offices of the Nairobi Law Monthly early this morning, stealing computers containing critical information for the magazine's October issue, Editor Dennis Ben Musota told CPJ. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation....

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Cameroon journalist detained, asked to reveal sources

September 9, 2011 9:00 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--Authorities in Cameroon have detained a journalist since Monday, pressing him to reveal the sources for a story detailing alleged corruption by a tax official, local journalists and news reports said....

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ISAF takes responsibility for Afghan journalist's death

September 8, 2011 5:21 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2011--The International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said today that one of its soldiers was responsible for the July 28 death of a local journalist working for the BBC Afghanistan service and the Pajhwok Afghan News agency. The ISAF soldier, an American, told authorities that...

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Peruvian journalist dies after attack by gunman

September 8, 2011 3:47 PM ET

New York, September 8, 2011--Peruvian television journalist Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva died today from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack by an unidentified assailant late Tuesday, local press said....

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Yemeni journalists continue to be targeted

September 7, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by Monday's attack on two Yemeni journalists by a group of armed men. Reports of other attacks on journalists point to a worsening situation for press freedom in the country....

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Cuba pulls veteran correspondent's credentials

September 7, 2011 3:48 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Cuban government's decision to not renew press credentials held by a 20-year veteran correspondent for the Spanish daily El País and radio network Cadena SER. Mauricio Vicent, whose access to official events had been restricted by the government for...

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In Ethiopia, terrorism charges against five journalists

September 7, 2011 3:28 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2011--Ethiopia filed terrorism charges on Tuesday against four independent journalists detained in the country since June and July, along with the editor of a U.S.-based news forum critical of the Addis Ababa government, according to local sources and news reports....

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In pre-election violence, arsonists target DRC TV station

September 6, 2011 6:21 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--Unidentified armed men today torched the studios of a private television station that aired programs favorable to Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, local journalists and news reports said. At around 2 a.m., a dozen men threw tear gas into the studios of...

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Syrian journalist arrested, held without charge

September 6, 2011 6:03 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by Saturday's arrest of a Syrian journalist without charge and the continued reports of missing journalists in Syria. Amer Matar, contributor to the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, was arrested by Syrian security forces in Damascus on Saturday, the Guardian of London reported....

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Journalists attacked while covering protest in Angola

September 6, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--Angolan security forces attacked journalists covering an anti-government protest on Saturday in the capital, Luanda, news reports said. At least two dozen people were arrested and several others injured as police blamed the violence on protesters....

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AU must act after journalist is killed in Somalia

September 5, 2011 10:13 AM ET

New York, September 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the African Union to ensure the safety of civilians operating in Somalia after witnesses reported that AU forces fired on a Malaysian humanitarian convoy in Mogadishu on Friday, killing one journalist and injuring another. Calling the shootings "deeply...

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Retired police official charged in Politkovskaya murder

September 2, 2011 3:37 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2011--Russia's Investigative Committee brought charges today against retired police Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov in connection with the 2006 murder of renowned investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, and named convicted criminal Lom-Ali Gaitukayev as an organizer of the slaying....

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CPJ concerned about detained Ethiopian journalists

September 1, 2011 4:24 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Ethiopia responsible for the well-being of two journalists detained without charge or legal access since June under the country's far-reaching anti-terrorism law....

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Gongadze suspect admits to killing, implicates Kuchma

August 31, 2011 6:24 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--A former general with the Ukrainian Interior Ministry testified in a Kyiv court on Tuesday that he killed journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000 in a plot orchestrated by former President Leonid Kuchma and other top officials, according to news reports and CPJ interviews....

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In South Africa, journalists attacked during ANC protest

August 31, 2011 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by anti-press violence by supporters of Julius Malema, youth leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, and is relieved that the party leader has urged restraint....

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Kurdish journalist brutally assaulted in Iraq

August 31, 2011 5:47 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's brutal assault on Kurdish journalist Asos Hardi and calls on Kurdish authorities to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice....

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Jailed Egyptian blogger on hunger strike

August 31, 2011 4:57 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to immediately release journalist Maikel Nabil Sanad, who was tried in military court for "insulting the military" and is now serving a three-year sentence in prison. Sanad began a hunger strike...

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Sudan frees one journalist; at least 8 still held

August 30, 2011 4:38 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of a jailed journalist in Sudan, but is troubled by reports of the continued detention of at least eight others without charge. President Omar al-Bashir had announced Saturday that he would free all journalists detained in Sudan....

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Venezuelan weekly reopens, executives still charged

August 30, 2011 4:09 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by ongoing criminal cases against two executives from the Venezuelan newspaper 6to Poder, but welcomes a judge's decision to allow the weekly to resume publishing. The paper's owner and a top executive were charged last week with inciting hatred,...

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Chinese microblog suspends accounts for false rumors

August 29, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2011--A Chinese microblog's announcement that it suspended two accounts for spreading rumors may be an attempt to rein in online news reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Grenade attack damages Puntland radio station

August 29, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2011--Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland should conduct a thorough investigation into a grenade attack against a private radio station that left a security guard injured and the station damaged, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "This is the second attack on Radio Daljir,"...

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Omani judiciary attempts to silence newspaper before trial

August 25, 2011 5:42 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--Charges against prominent Omani journalist and filmmaker Youssef al-Haj should be dropped immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Al-Haj's trial over an article he wrote that allegedly accused the Ministry of Justice of corruption began on August 14 but was postponed until this Sunday....

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Body of abducted journalist found in Mexico

August 25, 2011 5:20 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--The body of Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found early today in a field in the state of Sinaloa near the state capital, Culiacán, with a gunshot wound in the head, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities said the journalist was abducted early...

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Six Libyan journalists still missing

August 25, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of four Italian journalists kidnapped Wednesday, but remains concerned about the safety of at least six Libyan journalists who have been missing since the start of the uprising in February....

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DRC politician taped threatening journalist

August 25, 2011 3:49 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate allegations of threats made earlier this month by a member of parliament against a journalist. The politician's threats were caught on an audio recording of the phone call, which was...

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Venezuelan newspaper shut, executives charged

August 24, 2011 5:17 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of the Venezuelan newspaper 6to Poder after a judge ruled on Monday that the weekly cease distribution. The newspaper's owner and a top executive were charged with incitement to hatred, insulting a public official, and publicly denigrating women...

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In Russia, new suspect detained in Politkovskaya's slaying

August 24, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the detention of a new suspect in the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, left, who was shot in her apartment building in 2006. The suspect, retired Lt. Col. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, is said to have formed a criminal group tasked...

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Philippine radio commentator fatally shot

August 24, 2011 2:44 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--Police in Negros Occidental province must thoroughly investigate Monday's murder of radio commentator Niel Jimena, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is investigating the killing to determine whether it was work-related....

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Sudanese government continues to target press freedom

August 23, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed by the continued violations of press freedom in Sudan. In August, Sudanese security services confiscated two newspapers, and on Monday, local journalists reported that the Sudanese National Assembly was considering introducing more restrictive press and publication laws that would...

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Yemeni government forces arrest cameraman

August 22, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the continuing deterioration of conditions for journalists operating in Yemen. On August 12, authorities detained Ahmed Firas, a cameraman for Suhail TV. According to one local journalist, Firas' detention may be related to his work at the pro-revolution...

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Australian journalist attacked by assailants in Benghazi

August 22, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2011--Tracey Shelton, a freelance Australian journalist, was brutally attacked in her hotel room in Benghazi, Libya, on August 11, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two armed men wearing military fatigues broke into Shelton's room at the Africa Hotel, tied her up, beat her,...

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Pakistan news crew attacked at midday in central Peshawar

August 22, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2011--A midday attack on three Khyber TV personnel in central Peshawar underscores the vulnerability of Pakistan journalists as the country's security situation grows more precarious, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Chinese journalists punished for citing historian

August 19, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2011--The demotion of a magazine president and suspension of an editor for an interview deemed critical of a Communist Party legend are the latest punitive steps taken by authorities against mainstream journalists in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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BBC journalist goes on trial in Tajikistan

August 17, 2011 4:03 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tajik prosecutors to drop the fabricated extremism charges against Urinboy Usmonov, the BBC World Service correspondent in Tajikistan, and acquit him....

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Israel extends Al-Jazeera journalist's detention

August 17, 2011 3:40 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Israel's continued detention of Al-Jazeera journalist Samer Allawi, who has been held without charge for eight days."Israeli authorities must publicly explain and provide evidence as to why they continue to hold Samer Allawi," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem,...

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Angola denies entry to Mozambican journalists

August 16, 2011 6:17 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is troubled that Angolan immigration authorities barred Joana Macie and Manuel Cossa, two Mozambican journalists, from entering the country on Thursday, claiming they lacked the proper entry visas....

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Gongadze murder suspect's trial should be open to public

August 16, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2011--The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv must open to the public the ongoing trial against Aleksei Pukach, a former interior ministry general charged with the notorious 2000 killing of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. ...

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Al-Jazeera journalist detained by Israel

August 15, 2011 6:14 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Israel to clarify the legal basis for holding Al-Jazeera correspondent Samer Allawi, who has been in Israeli state custody since Tuesday....

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan, another still missing

August 15, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Alarm continues to mount for the safety of Pakistani journalists with the assassination of a reporter on Sunday in restive Baluchistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Also, a senior reporter remains missing in Waziristan, after being abducted on August 11....

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China should allow open reporting of environmental threat

August 15, 2011 3:06 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Information authorities in China should cease censorship of environmental protests in Liaoning province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Independent journalist brutally attacked in Kyrgyzstan

August 15, 2011 12:40 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Kyrgyz authorities must thoroughly investigate Wednesday's brutal attack on Shokhrukh Saipov, the Osh-based editor and publisher of the news website UzPress, and bring his assailants to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Shokhrukh Saipov is the younger brother of Alisher Saipov, the prominent journalist...

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Omani newspaper under threat of being shut down

August 12, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--The Sultanate of Oman is threatening to shut down the independent newspaper Al-Zaman for publishing an article alleging corruption in the Ministry of Justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The article's author, prominent Omani journalist and filmmaker Youssef al-Haj, stands trial on Sunday and...

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Gambian security agency threatens to close radio station

August 12, 2011 4:21 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--Gambian state security agency forced radio station Taranga FM to drop its popular news and current affairs programs for the second time this year, local journalists said. The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) threatened to close the community station southwest of the capital, Banjul, if the...

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Journalist abducted in Pakistan tribal area

August 12, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--Concern is mounting for the safety of journalist Rahmatullah Darpakhel, who was seized by a group of armed men in North Waziristan on Tuesday and remains missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nepali journalist assaulted, in critical condition

August 12, 2011 3:12 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today about a brutal attack on journalist Kishor Budhathoki in eastern Nepal on Thursday night. Budhathoki is vice president of the local chapter of press freedom watchdog the Federation of Nepali Journalists and also reports for sister papers The...

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Critical Chinese writer released on conditional terms

August 11, 2011 5:01 PM ET

New York, August 11, 2011--Authorities should cease the residential surveillance of writer Ran Yunfei and allow him to communicate freely following his release from jail this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ran has been forbidden from speaking publicly, according to The Associated Press....

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Vietnamese blogger handed harsh prison sentence

August 11, 2011 2:19 PM ET

Bangkok, August 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentence handed down on Wednesday to French-Vietnamese blogger Pham Minh Hoang and joins international calls for the dual national's immediate and unconditional release....

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Iran continues to target critical journalists

August 10, 2011 4:45 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about a rise in the number of imprisoned journalists in Iran and the continuing deterioration of their health. In recent days, Iranian authorities increased a prominent journalist's prison term by two years and arrested a critical journalist who...

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Kenyan prison guards shoot cameraman, attack crew

August 9, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2011--Prison officials in western Kenya attacked three journalists working for the private broadcaster Nation Television (NTV) as they were covering an escape attempt by six inmates on Sunday, local journalists told CPJ....

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Angola detains journalist over report on mass fainting

August 5, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2011--Angolan authorities should explain Tuesday's arrest and incommunicado detention of a radio journalist for reporting on a nationwide wave of mass fainting of people, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Radio Simba staffer shot outside his studio in Somalia

August 5, 2011 2:55 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2011--The logistics manager and driver for Radio Simba, Farah Hassan Sahal, died from bullet wounds early Thursday evening just outside the station's compound in the restive Bakara Market in the capital, Mogadishu, Radio Simba Director Abdullahi Ali Farah told CPJ. Hassan was helping the station move...

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Ivory Coast censors paper for column on Obama meeting

August 4, 2011 5:20 PM ET

New York, August 4, 2011--The government of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who pledged to uphold democracy in a Friday meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, has suspended a newspaper over a reprinted opinion column criticizing the White House meeting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundi government harassing independent broadcasters

August 3, 2011 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2011--The government of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is attempting to silence critical press coverage of his administration with incessant judicial harassment of two of the country's leading independent broadcasters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Iran continues to target journalists

August 3, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by news reports in Iran indicating that furloughed journalists are being summoned back to prison while new journalists continue to be convicted on manufactured charges. Reports of journalists' deteriorating physical and mental health are equally disturbing. "That the legal...

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Critical journalist murdered in Dominican Republic

August 3, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2011--The body of José Agustín Silvestre, a critical Dominican journalist who ran a magazine and hosted a television program, was found Tuesday morning shortly after he was seized by gunmen in the southeastern city of La Romana, according to local press reports. ...

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Chinese TV producer suspended for crash reportage

August 2, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2011--The suspension of a state television producer for his coverage of last week's fatal train crash sends a disturbing message to Chinese media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Information authorities intensified media restrictions at the end of last week in an effort to restrain the unusually...

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Puntland frees jailed Somali journalist

August 1, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by authorities in Puntland, Somalia's northeastern semiautonomous region, to set free reporter Faysal Mohamed Hassan on Sunday. Mohamed, who wrote for the private news site Hiiraan Online, was serving a prison sentence over a story claiming that two...

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New attempts to rein in train crash coverage in China

August 1, 2011 4:46 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2011--Chinese propaganda authorities renewed their orders to media groups late Friday not to report on last week's train crash or its aftermath after their initial bans on coverage were widely disregarded, according to international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that popular outcry...

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News editor arrested in Bangladesh

August 1, 2011 3:06 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2011--Police in Bangladesh should either charge or release a news editor arrested Sunday, whose detention may be linked to his writing on government corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guinean president must end media censorship

July 28, 2011 6:06 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2011--Censorship of the press by the government of Guinean President Alpha Condé threatens the democratic strides made by the country in recent months, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Afghan journalist killed in insurgent attack

July 28, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, July 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, a BBC and Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, in violence between insurgents and security forces in central Afghanistan today....

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Editor faces anti-royal charges in Thailand

July 28, 2011 2:12 PM ET

Bangkok, July 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the anti-royal charges filed against Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a political activist and former editor-in-chief of the Voice of Taksin and Red Power partisan newsmagazines....

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Political journalist murdered in Brazil

July 27, 2011 3:46 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2011--Veteran political reporter Auro Ida was shot and killed on Friday in the city of Cuiabá in the central west state of Mato Grosso, according to the local press. The well-known journalist had served as the city government's press secretary, was a founder of the news...

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Concerns rise about jailed Vietnamese blogger

July 27, 2011 2:07 PM ET

Bangkok, July 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the health of Nguyen Van Hai, a Vietnamese blogger held in government detention since April 2008, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release on humanitarian grounds....

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Uganda illegally detains journalist without charge

July 26, 2011 6:30 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2011--Security services in Uganda are in flagrant violation of a 48-hour constitutional limit on pretrial detention with their imprisonment of a journalist for 13 days without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist found decapitated in Mexico

July 26, 2011 6:08 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2011--The decapitated head and body of veteran reporter Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was found early this morning, according to officials in the Mexican state of Veracruz. The journalist was abducted on Sunday by armed men as she left her house....

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Chinese journalist targeted in hacking attack

July 26, 2011 4:23 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a hacking attack on a Chinese journalist's e-mail account reported by her employer on Saturday. The attack originated from a region of China where the journalist was investigating child trafficking. ...

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Two Ethiopian journalists released on bail after 15 months

July 25, 2011 4:30 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Thursday's ruling in Ethiopia to release on bail two journalists imprisoned on pre-trial detention for the last 15 months on vague criminal charges....

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China obstructs train disaster reporting

July 25, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2011--Information authorities should allow open reporting on Saturday's high-speed rail crash in Zhejiang province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ivory Coast charges TV presenter for Gbagbo-leaning show

July 22, 2011 2:20 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2011--Authorities in Ivory Coast detained a journalist on Thursday for moderating a TV talk show favorable to ousted former ousted president Laurent Gbagbo, according to local journalists. ...

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Malawi cracks down on media covering protests

July 21, 2011 5:07 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns sweeping arrests and attacks on journalists, as well as censorship by the administration of Malawi President Bingu Wa Muthiraka against media outlets reporting on nationwide antigovernment protests that erupted on Wednesday....

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Ecuadoran editor and executives sentenced to prison

July 21, 2011 4:57 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2011--An editor and three executives from the Ecuadoran news daily El Universo were sentenced to three years in prison and $40 million in fines on Wednesday for defaming President Rafael Correa, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentence today...

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Zambian ruling party members charged in TV crew attack

July 20, 2011 5:46 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2011--Zambian law enforcement and judiciary officials must ensure that justice is fully served in Monday's attack against three television journalists and their driver, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two officials of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) have been arrested in connection with...

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In Iran, Shamsolvaezin ordered to prison

July 20, 2011 3:48 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed to learn that veteran Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin has been summoned to serve a 16-month prison term that was unjustly levied in 2010. Shamsolvaezin is a journalist, political analyst, deputy chairman of the now-defunct Iranian Journalists Association, and...

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Assailants destroy Malawi broadcast trucks before protests

July 19, 2011 6:17 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by intimidation of the private Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Sunday and Monday by masked assailants as protests were planned for Wednesday in the capital....

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CPJ calls on Bahrain to end harassment of critical journalists

July 19, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Bahrain to end harassment and contrived legal proceedings against critical journalists. Since February, critical journalists have been intimidated, interrogated, smeared in government-owned and -aligned publications, and harassed and sued by government supporters. ...

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Newspaper's investigative unit shuttered in China

July 19, 2011 3:40 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2011--Reports that the Beijing-based China Economic Times has closed its investigative news unit are a concerning sign that pressure is mounting on hard-hitting media outlets in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Provincial journalist murdered in Honduras

July 19, 2011 10:01 AM ET

New York, July 18, 2011--Journalist Nery Geremías Orellana was shot and killed Thursday in the western state of Lempira, near Honduras' border with El Salvador, according to local news reports. Orellana was the manager of the local radio station Radio Joconguera and a correspondent for Christian-oriented station Radio Progreso. He...

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CPJ calls on Jordan to prevent attacks on journalists

July 18, 2011 6:10 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the government of Jordan to do more to prevent attacks on journalists who cover demonstrations and other forms of civil unrest. On Friday, security forces beat 16 journalists in identifying orange vests during a demonstration and planned sit-in that rapidly...

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CPJ condemns criminal defamation conviction in Peru

July 14, 2011 5:34 PM ET

New York, July 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing of Peruvian television journalist Hans Francisco Andrade Chávez to two years in prison on criminal defamation charges stemming from a March 2 report concerning a local government official....

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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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Armed man pursues journalist in Moscow

July 7, 2011 2:31 PM ET

Moscow, July 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Moscow police to thoroughly investigate today's incident involving Vadim Rechkalov, a political commentator with the popular daily newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, in which an unknown man threatened him with a gun. ...

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Media targeted in Thai political transition

July 7, 2011 1:38 PM ET

Bangkok, July 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the raid and seizure of broadcasting equipment by police at six community radio stations in Thailand's northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province. The raids were staged two days after caretaker Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government lost to the opposition Peua Thai party...

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Tibetan magazine editor given four-year jail term

July 6, 2011 5:33 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2011--The closed-door sentencing of a Tibetan magazine editor jailed without charge for over a year is another disturbing indicator of the lack of due process allowed to ethnic minority journalists in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jammeh must disclose knowledge of Manneh's fate

July 6, 2011 4:53 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2011--Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must clarify his March 16 comments suggesting that detained journalist "Chief" Ebrima Manneh has died, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ's call comes ahead of the fifth anniversary of the July 7, 2006, arrest of Manneh, left, who disappeared...

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Poczobut given suspended 3-year prison term in Belarus

July 6, 2011 4:36 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the defamation conviction of Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno correspondent for the largest Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, and calls for it to be overturned on appeal....

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Ethiopia detains two Swedish journalists

July 5, 2011 5:32 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Two Swedish journalists reporting on the activities of armed separatists operating in an oil-rich province of eastern Ethiopia have been detained without charge since Thursday in the Horn of Africa nation, according to news reports and government officials.Ethiopian security forces arrested photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin...

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Provincial journalist shot to death in Colombia

July 5, 2011 5:27 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Luis Eduardo Gómez, a Colombian freelance journalist who was a witness for an investigation into links between politicians and paramilitary groups, was shot and killed on Thursday in the town of Arboletes, in the northwestern province of Antioquia, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect...

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Puntland sentences online reporter to a year in jail

July 5, 2011 4:20 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a prison sentence given to a reporter of an online news Web site on Saturday in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. ...

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Zimbabwe journalists face criminal defamation charges

July 1, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2011--Detectives today charged private weekly Standard Editor Nevanji Madanhire, reporter Patience Nyangove, and Human Resource Manager Loud Ramakgapola with criminal defamation. The three were arrested at the newspaper's offices in Harare Wednesday morning and later released, local journalists told CPJ.Authorities arrested the three over a...

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Australian editor convicted, released in Burma

July 1, 2011 2:57 PM ET

Bangkok, July 1, 2011--Ross Dunkley, founder and editor of the Myanmar Times newspaper, was convicted of assault and set free for time already spent in detention by a Burmese court on Thursday. ...

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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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U.N. secretary-general commits to defending press freedom

June 23, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011-- Press freedom, particularly free expression online, will be a priority for newly re-elected U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. chief pledged today in a meeting with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders.The heads of both organizations said they were encouraged by...

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Somali militias shut two radio stations

June 23, 2011 3:45 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Gunmen from pro- and anti-government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks on Wednesday, local journalists reported. ...

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Photojournalist shot in Northern Ireland sectarian violence

June 23, 2011 3:38 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ulster authorities to investigate the shooting of photographer Niall Carson and ensure the safety of journalists covering sectarian violence in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland....

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Imprisoned BBC reporter faces jail in Tajikistan

June 23, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Tajik authorities must drop trumped-up charges against Urinboy Usmonov, a BBC World Service correspondent in Tajikistan, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syria must prove jailed blogger is alive, well

June 23, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information today called on the Syrian government to produce immediate evidence showing that unjustly imprisoned blogger Tal al-Mallohi is alive and well. The demand follows several recent news reports saying that al-Mallohi died in...

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Iraqi cameraman killed in suicide bombing

June 23, 2011 2:51 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of cameraman Alwan al-Ghorabi, who died in the southern city of Diwaniyya when a car bomb exploded in the city center on Tuesday. ...

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Journalist murdered in Democratic Republic of Congo

June 22, 2011 5:58 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2011--Authorities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Kirumba must thoroughly investigate the murder of radio journalist Witness-Patchelly Kambale Musonia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The reporter's bullet-ridden body was discovered early this morning in Congo's North Kivu province....

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In Bahrain, extraordinary tribunal sentences bloggers to life

June 22, 2011 5:29 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's politicized verdict in which 21 bloggers, human rights activists, and members of the political opposition were found guilty of plotting to topple the monarchy. Today's court ruling further cements 2011 as the worst year for press freedom in...

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China releases artist Ai Weiwei, questions remain

June 22, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2011--Artist and filmmaker Ai Weiwei's release from prison leaves questions unanswered about his illegal detention and other missing activists and journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The whereabouts of Ai's associate, freelance journalist Wen Tao, missing since April 3 and presumed detained, is still...

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Ethiopian journalist illegally detained since Sunday

June 21, 2011 5:44 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Ethiopian authorities today to immediately release journalist Woubshet Taye, at left, who has been held since Sunday.Police picked up Taye, deputy editor of the leading independent weekly Awramba Times, at his home in the capital, Addis Ababa, at 3...

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In Jordan, attacks on the press go unpunished

June 21, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2011--On the heels of an attack on Agence France-Presse's Amman offices, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Jordanian government to hold to account those who threaten or attack journalists....

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Prominent Mexican columnist, wife, son shot to death

June 20, 2011 5:42 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--A prominent Mexican newspaper columnist, his wife, and a son were shot to death in their home in Veracruz, according to state investigators, a shocking assault that underscores the country's ongoing crisis. The administration of President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa must take decisive action to end...

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Pakistan reporter beaten for reporting on earlier attack

June 20, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Waqar Kiani, a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police uniforms, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five days after Kiani, 32, had...

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Tamil journalist bound, shot, during Sri Lankan civil war

June 20, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Video footage of a Tamil journalist apparently executed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war underscores the need for an urgent international inquiry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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In Kenya, hospital staff said to attack journalist

June 20, 2011 12:19 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Four employees of the Wajir District Hospital attacked journalist Abdi Hassan Hussein at the hospital on Saturday, the reporter told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hassan, a reporter for the Wajir Community Radio Station in the far northeastern corner of the country, said he visited the...

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Wounded Pakistani journalist succumbs to burn injuries

June 17, 2011 4:23 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in mourning the death of of reporter Shafiullah Khan, who died Friday of injuries he had sustained in a June 11 suicide bombing in Peshawar, the administrative center for Pakistan's strife-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas...

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In Zimbabwe, break-in at newspaper targets photos

June 17, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Zimbabwean authorities to thoroughly investigate a suspicious break-in at a newspaper's office on Thursday....

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Equatorial Guinea deletes German TV crew's footage

June 17, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea....

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Two foreign reporters brutally assaulted in Azerbaijan

June 16, 2011 3:51 PM ET

New York, June 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the vicious beating in Baku of international journalists Amanda Erickson and Celia Davies, and calls on the authorities to bring their attackers to justice....

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Tajikistan detains BBC correspondent on extremism charges

June 16, 2011 11:57 AM ET

New York, June 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention and reported beating in custody of Urinboy Usmonov, a local correspondent for the BBC Central Asia service, and calls for his immediate release....

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In Iran, journalists remain in government's crosshairs

June 15, 2011 5:46 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Iran's ongoing assault against independent and opposition media has recently gained momentum, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, a journalist died in custody for what his family said was a lack of adequate medical care, the government sentenced another journalist to...

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Sierra Leone journalist murdered; suspects in custody

June 15, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three suspects, including a police officer, for the killing of a reporter this Sunday during violent clashes over a land dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown, according to local journalists. Ibrahim Foday, 38, a reporter at the private...

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Corrective: Journalist reported killed in Peshawar is alive

June 15, 2011 4:43 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Pakistani journalist Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday. CPJ erroneously reported on Monday that Khan had died in the attack....

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Somali journalists arrested for covering protests

June 14, 2011 5:49 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a growing number of detentions by the Somali government's security forces against journalists covering weeklong protests in the KM4 area of the capital, Mogadishu. On Monday morning, security agents arrested 20-year-old reporter Mohamed Amin, of the privately owned Radio...

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Two sentenced in Nepal journalist's murder

June 14, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed today the conviction of two suspects in the 2009 murder of journalist Uma Singh, but called for a continued investigation into the remaining suspects in the attack. A court in Dhanusa district sentenced Lalita Singh and Nemlal Paswan to life...

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In Belarus, Poczobut in closed trial for 'insulting' leader

June 14, 2011 4:23 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2011--Belarusian authorities must end the retaliatory prosecution of Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno-based correspondent for the largest Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Second Philippine journalist killed from same radio station

June 13, 2011 6:13 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2011 -- Romeo Olea, a provincial radio commentator in the Philippines, was shot dead on his way to work Monday morning. Local and international media reports, quoting police sources, say Olea was shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle to work in Iriga City...

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Two journalists dead and five injured in Pakistan

June 13, 2011 5:42 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in this Peshawar bombing. CPJ erroneously reported in this alert that Khan had died in the attack.New York, June 13, 2011--CPJ calls on Pakistan media organizations to review their security and journalist safety training procedures to address the mounting number of...

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Mumbai crime reporter killed in broad daylight

June 13, 2011 2:52 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2011--Jyotirmoy Dey, a senior journalist and special investigations editor at Mumbai's afternoon daily Midday, was killed last week, in broad daylight. His murder must be fully investigated as soon as possible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday....

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Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

June 10, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2011--Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues told CPJ. The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday...

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Mexican news editor abducted in Acapulco

June 10, 2011 3:12 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the abduction of news editor Marco Antonio López Ortiz, who appears to have been kidnapped on Tuesday in Acapulco, Guerrero state....

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Sri Lankan journalist missing for 500 days

June 8, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2011--It has been exactly 500 days since Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda disappeared. He has not been seen by his wife Sandhya Eknelygoda or by the couple's two teenage sons, Sanjay and Harith, since he left for work around 7:30 a.m., on the morning of January...

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In Iran, more abuse of unjustly imprisoned journalists

June 7, 2011 6:21 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2011--Iranian authorities continue to punish unjustly imprisoned journalists when they demand basic rights. They also retaliate when these journalists speak out about their mistreatment and the substandard conditions in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Central African Republic editor charged with incitement

June 7, 2011 5:10 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2011--Central African Republic authorities have charged the director of the independent weekly The Hills of Bangui, Faustin Bambou, with inciting hatred and disorder among the military forces and insulting the government, Bambou told CPJ. The director was sent directly to Ngaragba Prison in the capital, Bangui. Four...

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In Afghanistan, religious threat to media intensifies

June 7, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect journalists is disturbed by the June 1 declaration by Afghanistan's Ulema Shurab, or the Council of Religious Scholars, criticizing two media outlets, Hasht-e-Subh Daily newspaper and Tolo Television, for what it reportedly called "immorality" and "animosity against Islam," according to Afghan...

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Sudan journalists who report on rape charged with crimes

June 6, 2011 6:11 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudan to drop criminal charges and abandon all other tactics of harassment employed against at least 10 journalists who have reported on the alleged rape and torture of a youth activist. The activist said she was raped...

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Rwanda: Exiled editor sentenced for 'insulting' president

June 6, 2011 6:08 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Supreme Court sentenced the exiled online editor of Umuvugizi, Jean Bosco Gasasira, on Friday to a two year and six month term in prison. Gasasira received this sentence for allegedly insulting Rwanda's president and inciting civil disobedience, local journalists told CPJ. Gasasira believes the...

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Nepal journalist's killers sentenced to life

June 6, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the life imprisonment of the two men who murdered journalist Birendra Shah. CPJ also calls for the arrest of three local Maoists accused of masterminding the 2007 killing....

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Colombian journalist escapes being doused in gasoline

June 6, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Colombian authorities today to thoroughly investigate the attempted murder of the director of a provincial television station in Colombia. Mario Esteban López Ortega, known for his criticism of local authorities, escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday after he was...

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Suspected gunman indicted in Anna Politkovskaya's murder

June 2, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2011--Rustam Makhmudov, the suspected gunman in the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, was indicted in Moscow today, according to Russian press reports. The charges follow Makhmudov's arrest in Chechnya on Tuesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed these developments and called on investigators to continue their efforts...

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In Egypt, military harasses critical journalists

June 2, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to stop its harassment of journalists who report critically on the military. Officers and military prosecutors have censored, harassed, or otherwise intimidated numerous critical journalists since February, and particularly...

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Missing journalist found dead in Mexico

June 2, 2011 2:12 PM ET

New York, June 2, 2011--With the news that the body of Noel López Olguín, a Mexican reporter who went missing in March, was found on Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexican authorities to thoroughly investigate his murder. López was found Tuesday buried in a clandestine grave in...

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Ugandan online editor arrested for publishing op-eds

June 1, 2011 6:06 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--The Kampala Magistrate Court released online editor Timothy Kalyegira on bail today after the court remanded him on Tuesday to Luzira prison in the capital, Kampala. He is expected to return to court on June 30....

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Attacks on the press rise before Peruvian election

June 1, 2011 5:50 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--In the last month, at least eight Peruvian journalists were physically attacked, threatened, or verbally harassed in response to their coverage of the June 5 presidential race, according to regional press groups and local media. Most of the culprits appear to be supporters of each...

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Drug trafficker confesses to killing missing Mexican reporter

June 1, 2011 5:45 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--A drug gang leader confessed on Sunday to killing Mexican reporter Noel López Olguín, a columnist for a small newspaper in the state of Veracruz who went missing in March, according to local press reports. Gustavo Salas, the Mexican federal attorney general's special prosecutor for crimes...

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China must allow free reporting in Inner Mongolia

June 1, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--Authorities in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region must allow journalists to report on protests that have been ongoing for more than a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Russian journalist deported from Belarus

June 1, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the deportation of Rodion Marinichev, a special correspondent for the Moscow-based online broadcaster Dozhd (The Rain), from Belarus, and the ban on his reentry into the country. CPJ calls upon Belarusian authorities to remove their sanctions against the journalist....

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Prominent journalist dies in targeted killing in Pakistan

May 31, 2011 5:38 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed and angered by the targeted killing of senior Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistan bureau chief of the Asia Times online website. Shahzad, considered an expert on Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, disappeared on Sunday night as he was...

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Mexican newspaper bombed

May 31, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2011--Vanguardia, the oldest and largest newspaper in the city Saltillo, in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, was the target of a hand grenade attack on Sunday, according to local press reports. No injuries were reported....

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Yemen shells TV station, news agency, online newspaper

May 26, 2011 4:53 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2011--Military forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh shelled Yemeni satellite broadcaster Suhail TV Wednesday as they exchanged fire with forces loyal to the political opposition and tribal gunmen. A similar incident occurred at the official Saba news agency on Tuesday. The offices of the...

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Sudan: Radio journalist held in Juba without charge

May 26, 2011 4:03 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2011--The government of Southern Sudan must immediately release radio reporter Mohamad Arkou, who has been in detention for 15 days with no official charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security agents arrested Arkou, a reporter with the U.S.-backed Sudan Radio Service and the...

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One media executive killed in Honduras, another wounded

May 25, 2011 4:31 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2011-- In two recent shooting attacks, a Honduran media owner has been killed and a newspaper manager wounded. Honduras authorities must put an end to the record level of violence against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.   ...

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Embattled reporter prevented from leaving Uzbekistan

May 25, 2011 4:01 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2011--Uzbek authorities must stop harassing Abdumalik Boboyev, a stringer for the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America, and allow him to leave Uzbekistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Uganda police raid private newspaper, arrest four

May 25, 2011 12:37 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2011--Police raided the offices of the independent, Luganda-language weekly, Gwanga, Tuesday, arresting two senior editors and two other staff members on criminal libel charges, local journalists told CPJ. Twelve officers came to their offices in a suburb of the capital, Kampala, arresting Managing Editor Kizito...

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Violent media intimidation in Yemen and Bahrain

May 24, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the governments of Yemen and Bahrain to end all intimidation and harassment of and physical violence against journalists. In Yemen, on Saturday, a journalist was attacked and repeatedly stabbed by unidentified assailants. In Bahrain, the authorities continue to detain...

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In Ivory Coast, pro-Ouattara forces harass journalists

May 24, 2011 11:10 AM ET

New York, May 24, 2011--The new government of freshly sworn-in Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara must launch a serious investigation into alleged harassment of journalists, including the killing of a reporter, by the republican forces of the Ivory Coast (the French acronym is FRCI), the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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In China, journalist sanctioned while activist disappears

May 23, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2011--The recent sidelining of an outspoken journalist in Guangzhou and the disappearance on Friday of a Beijing lawyer and activist known for his blog writings are the latest signs of China's deteriorating press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Libya: Release body of South African photojournalist

May 20, 2011 5:45 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--The Libyan government should immediately release the body of South African photographer Anton Hammerl, at left, and investigate the role of the armed forces in his death, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government...

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Provincial TV journalist found dead in Guatemala

May 20, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Guatemalan authorities to launch a thorough investigation into the death of television journalist and teacher Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdámez, at left, who was found dead Thursday in southern Escuintla province.  According to press reports, Ordoñez's body was discovered Thursday...

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Indian reporter arrested for story on weapons storage

May 20, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in India in condemning the arrest of Tarakant Dwivedi, who writes under the pen name Akela, under India's Official Secrets Act. According to local media reports, Dwivedi was arrested Tuesday by the Government Railway Police and charged...

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Provincial Philippines broadcaster receives death threat

May 20, 2011 3:15 PM ET

New York May 20, 2011--The Committee to protect Journalists is concerned by reports that a Philippines provincial radio announcer, Jun Albino of Magnum Music and News Radio 99.9 FM in Cagayan de Oro City, has received a text-message death threat. ...

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Newspaper columnist shot to death in Venezuela

May 20, 2011 1:23 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--Wilfred Iván Ojeda, a Venezuelan newspaper columnist and politician, was shot to death on Tuesday in the city of La Victoria, Aragua state, according to press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities today to fully investigate the murder and bring all those responsible to...

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Dagestan court acquits Chernovik journalists

May 19, 2011 5:31 PM ET

New York, May 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's court ruling in the southern republic of Dagestan, which acquitted Editor Nadira Isayeva and four reporters with the Makhachkala-based independent weekly Chernovik of long-standing, politicized extremism charges. ...

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Israeli soldier seriously injures Palestinian photojournalist

May 18, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Israel today to investigate the shooting of Palestinian photographer Mohammed Othman. Othman was shot and seriously wounded by an Israeli soldier on May 15 near the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip, while on assignment for...

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Uganda president publicly criticizes the press

May 18, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns President Yoweri Museveni for publically criticizing local and foreign media outlets. Museveni expressed anger over the outlets' coverage of protests by the opposition over rising fuel prices. In a letter published Tuesday in the state-owned daily New Vision, Museveni...

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Online journalist finally released in Burundi

May 17, 2011 6:43 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of online editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu of Net Press on Monday but still questions the original charges placed against him. The High Court dropped charges of treason on May 13 but sentenced Kavumbagu to eight months in prison and...

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Five Bahraini journalists detained; Parvaz still missing

May 17, 2011 6:25 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--Bahrain's crackdown against journalists continues unabated with five new detentions in less than a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Syria and Iran, one of which is holding Al-Jazeera English journalist Dorothy Parvaz, continue to make intentionally vague or misleading remarks about her whereabouts...

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Kazakh prosecutor ignores threats against journalist

May 17, 2011 5:45 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is appalled by the refusal of a regional prosecutor in Uralsk, western Kazakhstan, to investigate a threatening call against Alla Zlobina, a regional correspondent for the embattled independent weekly Golos Respubliki. Zlobina's daughter was also intimidated. CPJ calls upon regional authorities...

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Irina Khalip handed a suspended two-year prison term

May 16, 2011 3:05 PM ET

New York, May 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's conviction and sentencing of Irina Khalip, the Minsk-based correspondent for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and calls on Belarusian authorities to acquit her on appeal. Today, the Zavodskoi District Court in Minsk declared Khalip guilty of "organizing and preparing activities...

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Arsonists burn Ugandan journalist's home

May 13, 2011 5:47 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Investigators in Kabale must thoroughly investigate an arson attack on the home of Goodluck Musinguzi, contributor to the state-owned daily, New Vision, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Someone poured gasoline on the house and set it on fire while Musinguzi, his wife, and...

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Ugandan journalists targeted during Entebbe march

May 13, 2011 5:44 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Security and military personnel attacked local and foreign journalists and confiscated their equipment on Thursday as they covered the return of opposition leader Kizza Besigye to Uganda.  Besigye returned to Uganda Thursday from Nairobi, where he was treated for injuries received when security forces assaulted...

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Media memorializing Sichuan earthquake censored

May 13, 2011 4:13 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Amid a harsh media crackdown, Chinese authorities censored discussion of the May 12, 2008, Sichuan earthquake anniversary that referenced independent investigations into the damage, according to international news reports. CPJ interviewed filmmaker Alison Klayman about activists imprisoned for documenting official negligence which contributed to the destruction,...

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Media owners prosecuted, forced out of Kyrgyzstan

May 13, 2011 2:35 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kyrgyz authorities today to drop trumped-up criminal charges against the founder and director of the largest regional television channel, Osh TV, and the founder, owner, and director of three now-defunct media outlets--the independent broadcaster Mezon TV, and newspapers Itogi...

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Trial of Irina Khalip begins in Belarus

May 12, 2011 5:39 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the Belarusian government to drop all charges against Irina Khalip, the Minsk-based correspondent for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, who has been imprisoned since December. ...

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Philippine court bids to gag massacre trial scrutiny

May 12, 2011 4:09 PM ET

Bangkok, May 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by an appeals court resolution in the Philippines that threatens to curb outside scrutiny of legal proceedings against suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, in which 32 journalists and media practitioners were systematically shot and murdered. ...

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Italian prosecutor files defamation lawsuit, shutters blog

May 11, 2011 5:29 PM ET

New York, May 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Florence and Perugia authorities to drop the trumped-up defamation lawsuit against Perugia Shock, an English-language blog created and maintained by Frank Sfarzo, an Italian freelance journalist and blogger. Sfarzo has endured sustained harassment in retaliation for his reporting and commentary...

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Provincial TV news host gunned down in Honduras

May 11, 2011 3:38 PM ET

New York, May 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of provincial television journalist Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco in Honduras and calls on local authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder. ...

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Syria holds at least five journalists in custody

May 10, 2011 6:12 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2011--Syria is holding at least five local and foreign journalists as part of its ongoing repression of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also called on the Syrian government to make public the names of all journalists currently in detention and...

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A week after Pakistan justice pledge, journalist murdered

May 10, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2011--The death of a journalist apparently targeted by militants in Pakistan today highlights the country's entrenched climate of impunity for anti-press attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari told a CPJ delegation on World Press Freedom Day that he would pursue...

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More than a dozen journalists assaulted in Tunisia

May 9, 2011 4:56 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Tunisian authorities today to restrain from attacking journalists reporting on anti-government demonstrations after plainclothes police physically assaulted 15 local and international journalists on Friday....

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Two sentenced in Baburova murder in Russia

May 6, 2011 4:29 PM ET

New York, May 6, 2011--The conviction and sentencing of two defendants in the 2009 double murder of freelance journalist Anastasiya Baburova and human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov is a landmark victory in the fight against impunity in press killings in Russia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Moscow City...

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Journalist pardoned in Transdniester region

May 6, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, May 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of independent journalist Ernest Vardanian, at left, who was unconditionally pardoned by the president of the unrecognized separatist Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR). Vardanian had served more than a year of jail time since the PMR arrested him on...

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Ethiopia censors UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event

May 5, 2011 4:36 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2011--Officials in Ethiopia hijacked a local UNESCO-sponsored World Press Freedom Day event, installing government-backed journalists as speakers and nixing independent journalists slated to speak. There was no discussion, as originally planned, of this year's global theme on new media and the Internet at the Tuesday...

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Critical radio host shot to death in Peru

May 5, 2011 3:28 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2011--A Peruvian provincial radio host known for his harsh criticism of local authorities was shot to death on Tuesday in the northern city of Virú, the local press reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities to investigate the murder, establish whether the motive was related...

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Police must investigate attack on Dagestani reporter

May 5, 2011 3:08 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on local police to investigate a Monday attack on Magomed Khanmagomedov, a southern Dagestan correspondent for the Makhachkala-based independent weekly Chernovik....

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Morocco, Syria detain journalists; violations across region

May 4, 2011 5:56 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Morocco today to release editor Rachid Nini and sought the release of journalist Dorothy Parvaz as well as other journalists in Syria. Press freedom violations continued throughout the region, with abuses in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Yemen....

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Brazilian newspaper owner shot dead

May 4, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on local authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of Brazilian newspaper owner and journalist Valério Nascimento, who was shot to death Tuesday outside his home in Rio Claro, Rio de Janeiro state....

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Two Chinese journalists missing, feared detained

May 4, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, May 4, 2011--Chinese authorities should clarify the whereabouts of two Chinese journalists who reported on detained artist and social commentator Ai Weiwei, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Amid a crackdown, editor detained in Thailand

May 3, 2011 4:00 PM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and detention on lese majeste charges of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, a political activist and editor-in-chief of the Thailand-based Voice of Taksin and Red Power news magazines. ...

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Pakistan vows to pursue justice in journalist murders

May 3, 2011 12:17 PM ET

Islamabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2011--Pakistan's president committed to pursue justice for journalists killed in the line of duty, pledging to take steps to reverse the country's rising record of impunity. A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met with President Asif Ali Zardari today to discuss the growing...

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Ecuadoran provincial reporter jailed on defamation charges

May 2, 2011 2:58 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2011--Provincial Ecuadoran radio journalist Walter Vite Benítez was sentenced Wednesday to one year imprisonment on criminal defamation charges stemming from a critical comment about the local mayor made three years ago. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Ecuadoran authorities to release Vite and bring the...

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Online commentator receives harsh sentence in Vietnam

April 29, 2011 4:43 PM ET

Bangkok, April 29, 2011--Vietnamese authorities should release democracy activist and online commentator Vi Duc Hoi, who was given a five-year prison term Tuesday for critical essays posted on the Internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  ...

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Two suspects found guilty in Baburova murder in Russia

April 29, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the guilty verdict in the 2009 murder of Anastasiya Baburova, freelance reporter with the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, who was shot and killed in Moscow along with human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov. Markelov had represented Novaya Gazeta journalists in...

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Suspicious break-in at Zimbabwe newspaper

April 29, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2011--The Zimbabwe Republic Police should consider all possible leads, including a political motive, in investigating a break-in at the offices of leading independent daily NewsDay on Monday in which computer hard drives of senior editorial staff were stolen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Honduran radio director ambushed by gunmen

April 29, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Honduran authorities today to offer full protection to Radio Uno Director Arnulfo Aguilar after a group of gunman attempted to enter his home in the northwestern city of San Pedro Sula. The police delayed an hour in responding to...

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Two newspapers threatened with closure in Belarus

April 29, 2011 3:30 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns attempts by the Belarusian Information Ministry to close down the opposition newspaper Narodnaya Volya and the independent newspaper Nasha Niva, and called on the ministry to stop its harassment of both publications....

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Sri Lankan authorities ban Lanka eNews

April 28, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2011--Sri Lankan authorities should immediately rescind the temporary suspension of pro-opposition news website Lanka eNews, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The ban is the latest in a series of attacks against the website....

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Burundi suspends RPA's popular talk show

April 27, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2011--Burundi's state-run media regulator suspended a popular radio talk show on Monday because of accusations made by a caller about the president, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Al-Jazeera suspends Syria bureau; attacks on Lebanon crew

April 27, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2011--Responding to restrictions and attacks on its staff, Al-Jazeera has suspended its operations inside Syria indefinitely, the Qatar-based news network told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. ...

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Thai officials close 13 radio stations, detain staff

April 27, 2011 3:18 PM ET

Bangkok, April 27, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the closure by government authorities of at least 13 community radio stations in Thailand and calls on the government to cease its campaign of harassment against opposition-aligned media immediately....

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Gunmen kill cameraman in El Salvador

April 27, 2011 10:48 AM ET

New York, April 27, 2011--Veteran Salvadoran cameraman and photo editor Alfredo Antonio Hurtado was shot dead by two unidentified men on Monday night while on a bus to San Salvador, where he worked. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the killing and bring the perpetrators...

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After deadly metro blast, Belarus cracks down on press

April 26, 2011 5:39 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2011--Belarusian authorities must immediately stop harassing independent media outlets in retaliation for their critical reporting on the recent lethal bombing on the Minsk subway, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Following the blast, authorities--including the Information Ministry, the general prosecutor's office, and the Belarusian security...

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Haitian radio station destroyed in arson attack

April 26, 2011 4:17 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2011--The Community to Protect Journalists condemned Thursday's arson attack on Haitian community radio station Tèt Ansanm Karis and called on local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. The blaze destroyed the station's offices and all equipment and left the northeastern city of Carice without a...

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Bahrain detains columnist; 4 located in Libya

April 25, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Haidar Mohammed al-Nuaimi, a columnist for daily newspaper Al-Wasat. Roughly 30 uniformed and plainclothes police raided al-Nuaimi's family home in Manama today, dragging him into the street and beating him, local journalists...

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Another Lanka eNews journalist arrested

April 25, 2011 2:06 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2011--Police arrested a journalist with the independent Sri Lankan news website Lanka eNews today, according to local news reports. CPJ has called on the United Nations and the international diplomatic community this year to respond to a series of uninvestigated attacks targeting the outspoken site. ...

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Journalists Hammerl, Morgana Gillis in Libyan custody

April 22, 2011 4:03 PM ET

New York, April 22 2011--Anton Hammerl, a freelance South African photographer who was detained in early April, has appeared in government custody in Libya and is apparently in good health....

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Bolivian journalist dead; explosive cited

April 22, 2011 12:27 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2011--David Niño de Guzmán, news director for the La Paz-based Agencia de Noticias Fides, was found dead on Thursday, the apparent victim of an explosive device, after being reported missing two days earlier. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities today to thoroughly investigate the...

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Another journalist targeted in Karachi as violence surges

April 21, 2011 2:56 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2011--An outburst of violence took the lives of at least 20 people in a bomb blast and targeted attacks in Karachi on Wednesday and Thursday. The huge port city of more than 13 million people is caught in a gangland-style turf war made worse by...

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Iraqi sound engineer killed in car-bomb attack

April 21, 2011 2:24 PM ET

New York, April 21 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of an Iraqi sound engineer who sustained fatal injuries in a double car-bomb attack Monday in Baghdad....

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Photojournalists Hetherington, Hondros dead in Libya

April 20, 2011 6:44 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2011--Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, acclaimed photojournalists who had worked in conflict zones around the world, were killed in an explosion in the western Libyan city of Misurata today. Two other photographers were injured. Hetherington co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "Restrepo," while Hondros was a...

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Journalists face arrest, intimidation during Party Congress

April 20, 2011 5:18 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a string of recent arrests of journalists from the Havana-based news outlet Centro de Información Hablemos Press, preventing them from reporting on the Communist Party Congress held in Havana this week. CPJ called on the Cuban government to...

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Journalist held in Yemen; attacks in Kurdistan, West Bank

April 20, 2011 4:21 PM ET

New York, April 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Yemeni authorities today to explain why they have held prominent journalist Ali Salah Ahmed since Tuesday without revealing his location or charging him with a crime. ...

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Ahead of election, cyber-attacks cripple online media

April 19, 2011 4:23 PM ET

Bangkok, April 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by cyber-attacks against three news and commentary sites that preceded Saturday's important election in Malaysia's Sarawak state, on the island of Borneo. The country's main news portal Malaysiakini,  Sarawak Report, and the Malay and English versions of the opposition Harakahdaily...

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CPJ condemns attack on office of news website

April 19, 2011 2:46 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2011--Six men raided the office of a news website in Amman on Monday, threatening its staff and destroying equipment. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault on Al-Muharrir and calls on Jordanian authorities to investigate the attack thoroughly....

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Two Swiss journalists barred from leaving Qatar for 13 days

April 19, 2011 2:29 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention and questioning of two sports journalists working in Qatar for the public Swiss broadcaster Radio Television Suisse (RTS). Both journalists were prevented from leaving the country for 13 days....

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Court acquits man charged in 2006 murder of radio anchor

April 18, 2011 6:46 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by the acquittal of a former police officer charged with the five-year-old murder of local Philippine radio anchor Fernando Batul....

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Swedish television crew detained, deported

April 18, 2011 6:05 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed dismay today over Azerbaijan's deportation of a Swedish television crew that had arrived in Baku to film a documentary on human rights and freedom of speech. CPJ urged Azerbaijani authorities to stop obstructing the international press....

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Summoned by Yemeni authorities, journalist is now missing

April 18, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2011-- The Committee to Protect journalists called on Yemeni authorities to clarify the whereabouts of reporter Ahmad al-Mohamadi, who has been missing since being called for questioning Saturday by the Republican Guards....

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Al-Wasat founder dies in custody in Bahrain

April 15, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities today to conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the death in state custody of Karim Fakhrawi, left, founder and board member of Al-Wasat, the country's premier independent daily. Fakhrawi died Tuesday, a week after he...

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Senegalese editor Coulibaly convicted in defamation case

April 14, 2011 4:53 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--A magistrate in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, found investigative journalist Abdou Latif Coulibaly guilty of criminal defamation today in connection with 2010 stories alleging fraudulent transactions between an agricultural business and the government, according to local journalists. Coulibaly is already appealing a suspended prison term in...

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Journalist arrested; Syria crackdown continues

April 14, 2011 4:06 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--Syrian authorities continued a weeks-long crackdown on journalists reporting on anti-government protests as security agents arrested another member of the news media on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundi seeks life sentence for Kavumbagu

April 14, 2011 3:25 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--A Burundi state prosecutor asked a panel of judges on Wednesday to hand journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, who has been imprisoned since July 2010 over a column critical of the country's security forces, the maximum life sentence on a charge of treason, according to local journalists....

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Substantial setback for press freedom in Egypt

April 13, 2011 4:08 PM ET

New York, April 13, 2011--A new requirement by the Egyptian military that local print media obtain approval for all mentions of the armed forces before publication is the single worst setback for press freedom in Egypt since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February, the Committee to Protect...

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Bahraini blogger dies in custody; journalists under attack

April 12, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2011-- The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the death of a blogger while in state custody. Bahraini authorities, meanwhile, announced that they would file criminal charges against three senior editors at the Gulf kingdom's...

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Swaziland security forces target journalists

April 12, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2011--Authorities in the kingdom of Swaziland should allow the news media to report freely on anti-government protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after security forces harassed at least 10 local and international journalists covering a mass demonstration demanding political and economic reform after...

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Belarus jails prominent journalist and adds new charge

April 12, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2011--Belarusian authorities must drop politicized libel and insult charges against Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno-based correspondent for Poland's largest daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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More journalists held in Libya; blogger jailed in Egypt

April 11, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2011--Continuing a weeks-long pattern of seizing journalists covering the Libyan conflict, the government of Muammar Qaddafi is detaining two more television journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. And in Egypt, in a serious setback for press freedom under the transitional government, a court...

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Ethiopia should allow German broadcasts

April 11, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on authorities in Ethiopia to ensure that broadcasts of the German state-funded station Deutsche Welle, which had been jammed, be allowed to air freely. Local journalists confirmed a report by the Bonn-based international broadcaster that its programs were...

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Critical Brazilian TV journalist shot dead

April 11, 2011 2:37 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2011--Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate the slaying of radio and television journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pedrosa, known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups, was shot Saturday night at a restaurant in Vitória de Santo...

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Journalist missing in Libya; 1 killed in Iraq

April 8, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of American freelance journalist Matthew VanDyke, who has been missing in Libya since mid-March, according to his family and news reports. He is among 15 reporters either missing or in government custody in Libya....

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Ending dark era, Cuba frees last jailed journalist

April 8, 2011 3:31 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Cuban government on Thursday released the last journalist remaining in its prisons, ending a dark, eight-year-long era in which the island nation was one of the world's worst jailers of the press, at one time imprisoning nearly 30 independent reporters and writers. The Committee...

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Arrests made in Pakistani journalist's January murder

April 8, 2011 3:16 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes movement in the case of the murder of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, and calls for a full prosecution to break a longstanding pattern of impunity in journalist murders in Pakistan. Police arrested five men they say...

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Libya detains 4 more international journalists

April 7, 2011 6:03 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2011--Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi have detained four international journalists on the outskirts of the city of Brega, news reports said today, continuing the government's pattern of arbitrary detentions and other restrictions. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to stop detaining,...

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U.S. should press China on rights crackdown, Ai detention

April 7, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, April 7, 2011--With China in the midst of a sweeping crackdown on public dissent, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should follow the example of Britain and Germany and call for the immediate release of detained artist and social critic Ai Weiwei and other detained journalists and dissidents,...

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Journalists to be expelled from Libya; Bahrain deports 2

April 6, 2011 5:38 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--More than 20 foreign journalists were told that they would have to leave Libya within 24 hours, National Public Radio said today. NPR reported that Libyan authorities asked journalists from different international news outlets to leave the country. The media outlets include Britain's Channel 4,...

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CPJ alarmed by wave of anti-press attacks in Honduras

April 6, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on law enforcement in Honduras to stop attacking or prohibiting journalists from covering social unrest in the country. The attacks have come amid a national teachers' strike that has turned violent....

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European Parliament must speak out on China abuses

April 6, 2011 5:02 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on members of the European Parliament to strongly criticize the Chinese government's apparent detention of artist and social activist Ai Weiwei. The European Parliament is convening an emergency debate Thursday on Ai's disappearance, which may be the latest unlawful detention...

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Threats to Al-Jazeera in Jordan; journalists released in Syria

April 5, 2011 5:48 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2011--Al-Jazeera staffers in Jordan have received anonymous threatening phone calls warning that their office and correspondents would be attacked, Al-Jazeera's Amman bureau chief told CPJ. Journalists in Jordan have been facing mounting dangers while covering pro-reform demonstrations, CPJ research has found....

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Another Azadlyg reporter attacked in Baku

April 5, 2011 4:47 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of attacks in capital Baku against reporters for the pro-opposition daily Azadlyg (Freedom), and calls on Azerbaijani authorities to immediately investigate the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice. ...

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CPJ condemns closure of provincial radio station in Ecuador

April 5, 2011 4:17 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of a provincial Ecuadoran radio station and calls on local regulators to allow the station to resume broadcasting. Voz de la Selva Esmeralda Oriental Canela radio, known for its critical coverage of local authorities, had appealed an order...

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Bahrain manipulates daily; attacks in Libya, Iraq, Yemen

April 4, 2011 5:33 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--The Bahraini government continued its attempts at muzzling critical media with the Ministry of Information ordering the country's premier independent daily temporarily shut down on Sunday. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Bahraini government's strong-arm tactics, which effectively forced a change in a prominent paper's editorial management. In Libya,...

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Journalist gunned down in Karachi

April 4, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--Amid ongoing violence, police in Karachi should thoroughly investigate the motive behind the shooting death of crime reporter Zaman Ibrahim on Saturday night....

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China crackdown widens: Outspoken artist feared detained

April 4, 2011 4:11 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--The disappearance of internationally renowned artist and commentator Ai Weiwei is a disturbing indicator of the extent of the government's onslaught against its critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists detained in Libya, Syria, Yemen; 1 dead in Iraq

April 1, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Al-Jazeera said today that Libyan authorities re-arrested four of its journalists just hours after they had been released. A Syrian journalist who spoke critically of Libyan government policies was also reported in state custody. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing attacks on the press...

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After attack, Kazakhstan publisher goes missing

April 1, 2011 1:54 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kazakh authorities today to immediately investigate the whereabouts of Daniyar Moldashev, director of ADP Ltd, publisher of the independent Almaty newspaper Respublika.Colleagues said Thursday that Moldashev had disappeared, days after being assaulted and shortly before the country's presidential...

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Mogadishu fighting injures journalists, destroys office

April 1, 2011 1:53 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Journalists in Somalia are getting caught in the crossfire of increased fighting between joint government and African Union forces against Al-Shabaab insurgents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroonian reporter detained after questioning arrests

April 1, 2011 1:14 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Using a vague criminal code provision allowing authorities to detain individuals deemed a threat to public order, a provincial governor in Cameroon threw a journalist in prison on Wednesday for inquiring about the arrests of two employees of a state-run palm oil company, according to...

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Southern Sudan agents seize Juba Post copies

April 1, 2011 1:00 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Security agents of the semi-autonomous government of Southern Sudan confiscated 2,500 copies of the independent biweekly newspaper, The Juba Post, on Wednesday, according to Chief Editor Michael Koma. ...

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In Gaza, journalists attacked covering peaceful protests

March 31, 2011 5:34 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2011--Hamas security forces assaulted and obstructed journalists trying to cover protests in Gaza on Wednesday, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assaults and calls on the authorities in Gaza to end the harassment of journalists reporting from...

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Ecuadoran president sues critical news daily for defamation

March 31, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2011--The critical Ecuadoran daily El Universo, three of its executives, and its opinion editor could face jail time and hefty fines in a defamation complaint filed by President Rafael Correa last week. Correa should immediately drop the defamation suit and bring the country's press law into...

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Diplomatic corps must act to free ailing Sri Lankan journalist

March 31, 2011 4:56 PM ET

New York, March 31, 2001--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the international diplomatic community in Colombo to help secure the release of Lanka eNews website News Editor Bennet Rupasinghe. According to colleagues in Colombo and international news reports, Rupasinghe was arrested by police after responding to a summons. He...

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Reuters journalists under attack in Syria, Libya

March 30, 2011 6:33 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--Reuters said today it was urgently seeking the safe return of two of its veteran journalists in Syria, one of whom was said to be in state custody while the other was reported missing. In Libya, meanwhile, a Reuters correspondent was expelled today without explanation....

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Mainstream journalists also targeted in China crackdown

March 30, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the dismissal of two Guangzhou-based journalists who advocate for political reform amid tightening restrictions on free expression. While several bloggers and activists have disappeared or been detained in the last month after anonymous calls for demonstrations in...

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Reporter for Polish paper faces insult charge in Belarus

March 30, 2011 4:38 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Belarusian authorities today to stop the politically motivated prosecution of Andrzej Poczobut, a prominent correspondent for Poland's largest daily, Gazeta Wyborcza. On Monday, prosecutors in the western city of Grodno filed criminal charges against Poczobut for allegedly insulting...

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Journalists detained in Bahrain, Egypt

March 30, 2011 3:00 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2011--A CNN crew was detained today in Manama while interviewing a prominent Bahraini human rights defender, according to a Twitter posting by the network and a CPJ interview. The detentions come amid a recent series of repressive actions by the Bahraini government, which included today's arrest...

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Argentina should halt obstruction of top dailies

March 29, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--The Argentine government should ensure that the nation's two largest dailies can be distributed without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ's appeal comes two days after union demonstrators blocked trucking exits at the printing facilities of Clarín and La Nación, preventing Clarín from...

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Mexico's drug war claims young photographer

March 29, 2011 3:17 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the shooting death of Mexican photographer Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo on Friday and calls on Mexican authorities to launch a thorough investigation into his killing.  ...

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Iraqi journalist killed in siege of Tikrit government building

March 29, 2011 3:08 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of Sabah al-Bazi, a correspondent for Al-Arabiya and contributor to Reuters, CNN, and other international news outlets, who was killed today when gunmen wearing military uniforms seized control of a provincial government building in Tikrit....

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Australian editor released on bail, faces trial in Burma

March 29, 2011 12:31 PM ET

New York, March 29, 2011--Ross Dunkley, founder and editor of the Myanmar Times weekly newspaper, was released on bail from a Burmese prison today, according to international news reports. Dunkley, an Australian citizen arrested February 10 amid tense negotiations over the future of the weekly, had been denied several earlier...

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Pro-opposition journalist abducted, beaten in Azerbaijan

March 28, 2011 5:30 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the abduction and beating in Baku this weekend of Seimur Khaziyev, a reporter for the pro-opposition daily Azadlyg (Freedom), and called on Azerbaijani authorities today to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring all the assailants to justice....

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Online writer indicted, another missing in China

March 28, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Police indicted one online writer on anti-state charges in Sichuan today and another disappeared in Guangzhou on Sunday, according to international news reports. Both cases appear part of the Chinese Communist Party's strenuous efforts to suppress their critics and pre-empt a "Jasmine Revolution" in China, the...

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Syria cracks down on press; attacks in Libya, elsewhere

March 28, 2011 4:39 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Facing the nationwide spread of political unrest, Syrian authorities barred three Reuters journalists from reporting, blocked journalistic access to a hotbed of political dissent, censored a critical satellite station, and detained a political blogger. The widespread repression in Syria came on the same weekend that...

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Somalia arrests 2 Shabelle staffers over insecurity report

March 28, 2011 3:07 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Security agents with Somalia's Interim Transitional Government arrested the director and news editor of Radio Shabelle on Sunday after the independent station aired a report saying the president was unable to visit areas recently captured by government and AU forces due to security concerns, according to...

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Cameroon bans paper, gives editor suspended sentence

March 28, 2011 2:59 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Authorities in Cameroon must end judicial harassment of journalists reporting on public corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court handed an editor a suspended prison sentence and banned his newspaper for reporting on alleged mismanagement of a transportation company....

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In Ivory Coast, Gbabgo and Ouattara camps attack press

March 28, 2011 1:45 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns ongoing attacks, threats, and intimidation against journalists and news outlets covering the bloody political standoff in Ivory Coast. The government and supporters of incumbent ruler Laurent Gbagbo have been targeting newspapers critical of Gbagbo while rebel fighters backing his U.N.-backed...

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Chinese democracy activist sentenced for online writing

March 25, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2011--The harsh sentencing of a pro-democracy activist and journalist is yet another example of China's growing intolerance of independent expression, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Honduran community radio director shot; staff threatened

March 25, 2011 12:01 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2011--Honduran authorities must thoroughly investigate a recent shooting attack against a community radio director and provide protection to the station's staff after repeated death threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.       ...

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Thailand dismisses role in Reuters photographer's death

March 24, 2011 3:55 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--A Thai police investigation concluded today that government security forces did not kill Reuters photographer Hiro Muramoto, left, during political violence in Bangok on April 10, 2010. But the Committee to Protect Journalists, expressing concerns that the investigation was not transparent, has called for a...

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Ukraine indicts Kuchma in Gongadze murder

March 24, 2011 3:04 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--Eleven years after the brutal murder of online journalist Georgy Gongadze, Ukrainian prosecutors today indicted former President Leonid Kuchma on abuse-of-office charges in connection with the slaying, local and international news reports said. ...

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Yemen shuts Al-Jazeera offices; journalists beaten

March 24, 2011 2:12 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--Yemeni authorities today ordered Al-Jazeera's offices shut and its journalists stripped of accreditation, escalating a week-long series of reprisals against the station that has included beatings, expulsions, raids, and death threats. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government's decision to shut Al-Jazeera and urges authorities...

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Kazakh investigators cast Pavlyuk murder as robbery

March 24, 2011 2:00 PM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Kazakh authorities today to thoroughly investigate journalism as a motive in the murder of Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk. Pavlyuk, better known by his pen name, Ibragim Rustambek, died in the hospital on December 22, 2009, after having been thrown...

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On notorious anniversary, Philippine journalist shot

March 24, 2011 11:26 AM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--Manila police must thoroughly investigate the murder of radio anchor Maria Len Fores Somera, who was shot today near her home in Malabon City, a suburb of Manila....

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Critical Brazilian blogger shot in Rio

March 24, 2011 11:20 AM ET

New York, March 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Brazilian authorities today to conduct a thorough investigation into Wednesday's shooting of blogger Ricardo Gama and to bring the perpetrators to justice....

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Chinese censors close Tibetan website

March 23, 2011 4:22 PM ET

New York, March 23, 2011--Information authorities in China should restore access to a Tibetan news and blog site whose founder reports has been shuttered without explanation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ukraine to investigate Kuchma in Gongadze murder

March 22, 2011 5:08 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news that Ukrainian prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations that former President Leonid Kuchma had a role in the 2000 abduction and murder of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, left. CPJ called on Ukrainian investigators today to clarify the...

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Al-Jazeera raided in Sana'a; attacks in Libya, Syria, Bahrain

March 22, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2011--Plainclothes gunmen raided Al-Jazeera's Sana'a bureau early this morning, confiscating equipment and obstructing operations, the Qatar-based news channel reported today as a drumbeat of anti-press attacks continued in the region. Arrests, attacks, and harassment were also reported in Libya, Syria and Bahrain in recent days....

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Cameroonian editor charged with criminal libel

March 22, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prosecution of a journalist in Cameroon over coverage of a labor dispute at a transportation company. A public prosecutor in the commercial city of Douala charged Editor Jean-Marie Tchatchouang of the weekly Paroles with criminal defamation on February 4, the...

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Pakistani journalist abducted, released in Karachi

March 22, 2011 12:50 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2001--The Committee to Protect journalists joins with colleagues in Pakistan in calling for an immediate investigation into Monday's abduction and abuse of senior journalist and vice president of the Karachi Union of Journalists, Mohammad Rafique Baloch....

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Times reporters freed in Libya; 13 still missing, detained

March 21, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2011 - CPJ welcomes the release of four New York Times journalists in Libya but remains deeply concerned about 13 other journalists who are either missing or reported in Libyan government custody....

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CPJ concerned about Fatullayev's safety, calls for his release

March 21, 2011 2:32 PM ET

New York, March 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm today about reported threats in prison against embattled editor Eynulla Fatullayev, at left. According to CPJ interviews and local press reports, Fatullayev has feared for his life since his recent transfer to a new jail, prompting him to...

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In Libya, 4 journalists detained, 3 missing, one killed

March 20, 2011 2:13 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2011--Al-Jazeera said today that Libyan authorities have been holding four of its journalists in Tripoli for several days, while Agence-France Presse reported that two of its journalists and a third journalist are missing in eastern Libya. On Saturday, the founder and manager of a Libyan...

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Hamas attacks Gaza news bureaus; Yemen ousts reporters

March 19, 2011 3:25 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2011--Hamas security forces raided media bureaus, assaulted journalists, and confiscated journalistic materials in Gaza today, punctuating another day of anti-press attacks in the restive region. In Yemen, authorities expelled two Al-Jazeera correspondents, continuing a pattern of ousting international reporters. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns these...

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In Yemen, a journalist fatally shot, another injured

March 18, 2011 2:15 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2011--One journalist was fatally shot and another wounded in Sana's today when Yemeni security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators from a central protest area, killing dozens of people. The death of photographer Jamal al-Sharaabi is the first confirmed media fatality in Yemen since...

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CPJ condemns Ugandan police attack at protest

March 18, 2011 12:08 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack against the press covering an event organized by opposition party candidates in Uganda. The forces attacked about a dozen journalists covering a protest rally in Jinja, eastern Uganda, organized by three opposition parties on March 11, according to...

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Bahrain expels CNN reporter, detains WSJ correspondent

March 17, 2011 5:54 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2011--Bahraini authorities expelled a CNN reporter and briefly detained another international reporter on Wednesday amid an intensified crackdown on political unrest. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Bahraini government's ongoing obstruction of news media and calls for authorities to allow journalists to cover this...

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Beijing censors AIDS site after claim of cover-up

March 17, 2011 4:12 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2011--Beijing information officials should allow Aizhi, the official website of the AIDS rights group Aizhixing Research Foundation, to resume operations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities ordered the site shut down on Tuesday after it had published an open letter from a retired senior...

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Angola's ruling MPLA obstructing independent reporting

March 16, 2011 5:39 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2011--Angola's ruling MPLA government must allow the press to freely cover public events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a number of recent incidents in which authorities barred journalists from covering public events related to the country's opposition party....

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Hamas forces attack journalists covering Gaza protest

March 16, 2011 1:58 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2011--Hamas security forces attacked local journalists covering a peaceful demonstration calling for Palestinian national unity on Tuesday. At least one journalist was taken to the hospital after being beaten, according to CPJ research. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence used against the press...

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International reporters denied entry to Armenia

March 15, 2011 5:19 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Armenia's refusal to allow four reporters with the Finnish public broadcaster YLE to enter the country, and called on the authorities today to allow the journalists to resume their work in Armenia. ...

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Mob damages press in Bahrain; Saudis oust reporter

March 15, 2011 2:47 PM ET

New York, March 15, 2011--Armed assailants stormed the Manama printing facility of the Bahraini independent daily Al-Wasat early this morning, damaging the press and hindering production of today's edition. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack, which comes just as military contingents from Saudi Arabia and the United...

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As unrest bubbles, Bahrain and Yemen obstruct press

March 14, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2011--Authorities in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing to obstruct news coverage of ongoing political unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today as it called on the two government to allow journalists to work without reprisal. In Yemen, at least six international journalists were expelled...

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Two Comoros journalists charged over presidential coverage

March 14, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2011--Two Comorian journalists charged today with "publishing false news" in their coverage of the formal handover of power between President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi and President-elect Ikililou Dhoinine could face up to six months in prison if convicted, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Gbagbo forces block pro-Ouattara papers in Ivory Coast

March 14, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2011--Security forces loyal to Ivorian ruler Laurent Gbagbo blocked distribution on Friday of pro-opposition newspapers reporting on the African Union's decision to confirm its recognition of rival Alassane Ouattara as president. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the obstruction and calls on authorities to halt further...

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In Libya, Al-Jazeera journalist killed and another wounded

March 13, 2011 12:30 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2011--Unidentified gunmen killed an Al-Jazeera cameraman and wounded his colleague near the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi in an ambush on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based satellite station. This is the first confirmed journalist death reported in the Libyan conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Libya must free Guardian reporter; obstruction continues

March 11, 2011 3:05 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, left, a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper whom Libyan officials now acknowledge holding in detention. CPJ also demands that authorities halt ongoing obstruction and intimidation of journalists. A number of foreign journalists...

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Fundamental changes still needed in Hungary media law

March 11, 2011 2:46 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Hungarian and European Union authorities to continue to modify a restrictive media law that parliament amended on Monday to comply with demands made by the European Commission--the institution mandated with monitoring the implementation of EU directives. Experts scrutinizing...

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CPJ disturbed by acquittal in Indonesian journalist's death

March 10, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by a provincial court's decision in Indonesia to acquit three accused killers of TV journalist Ridwan Salamun. On Wednesday, a panel of judges in the Tual District Court in Maluku declared the three men not guilty of the reduced...

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In El Salvador, 11 sentenced in filmmaker's 2009 slaying

March 10, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's sentencing of 11 defendants in the brutal 2009 slaying of Christian Poveda, left, a French photojournalist and filmmaker who had spent decades documenting gang violence in El Salvador. Twenty other suspects, accused of being accomplices, were acquitted. ...

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Uighur website editor sentenced in secret in China

March 10, 2011 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--The secret sentencing of a Uighur website editor emerged this week, eight months after he was tried along with other journalists and dissidents charged in the 2009 unrest in northwestern Xinjiang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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In Libya, 7 journalists unaccounted for, 3 others abused

March 10, 2011 3:08 PM ET

New York, March 10, 2011--At least seven journalists covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern today about their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose...

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Peruvian news daily attacked; editor threatened

March 9, 2011 4:24 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on the Peruvian news daily Voces, which was hit with homemade explosive devices on Saturday. The daily's editor recently received threats following critical reporting on a national congressional candidate, he told CPJ....

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CPJ condemns attacks on press in Libya, Yemen, and Egypt

March 9, 2011 12:38 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by an attack on the Ouzo Hotel in the rebel-held city of Benghazi in eastern Libya on Tuesday. Unknown assailants threw an explosive device into the hotel, which has been the primary residence for journalists in the city,...

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Accused Maguindanao mastermind may go free

March 8, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is worried that a special five-judge panel named by the Philippines Court of Appeal in Manila will free the suspected mastermind behind the Maguindanao massacre, or release him on a technicality. Lawyers for Zaldy Ampatuan, the former governor of the...

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CPJ condemns attack on radio station in Iraqi Kurdistan

March 8, 2011 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--Nearly a dozen gunmen stormed an independent radio station in Sulaimaniya's Kalar district on Sunday, vandalizing the office, breaking most of the equipment, and confiscating the rest. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault on Radio Dang and calls on the authorities in Iraqi...

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Media rights groups to U.N.: Intervene in Sri Lanka case

March 8, 2011 10:07 AM ET

New York, March 8, 2011--Five prominent media rights organizations sent a letter on Monday to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling on the U.N. to intervene in the case of Prageeth Eknelygoda, the Sri Lankan columnist and cartoonist for the Lanka eNews website, who disappeared on January 24, 2010. Since...

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CPJ concerned about rash of journalist arrests in Turkey

March 7, 2011 6:16 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the wave of journalist arrests in Turkey in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the government known as "Ergenekon." At least 12 journalists have been detained in less than a month; and at least nine are...

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CPJ calls on China to stop inhibiting international press

March 7, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists rejects statements by a Chinese government official that international reporters are not being detained, attacked, and harassed in China. CPJ calls on the police to end their anti-media attempts to stop foreign journalists from reporting on possible anti-government demonstrations in what...

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Last Black Spring reporter freed; one still jailed in Cuba

March 7, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban independent journalist Pedro Argüelles Morán on Friday, and calls on Cuban authorities to eliminate all conditions on his freedom. Argüelles Morán, at left, was the last of 29 reporters arrested during a 2003 massive government...

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Libya keeps journalists from protests; Iraqi forces beat five

March 4, 2011 3:03 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2011--Today in Libya, authorities prevented foreign journalists invited to report in the country from covering the crackdown on protesters in the capital, according to news reports. In southern Iraq, anti-riot police attacked at least five local journalists covering protests in Basra, according to news reports....

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Supreme Court tells Argentina to avoid bias in allocating ads

March 4, 2011 1:33 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists hails a ruling by Argentina's Supreme Court that calls for the omission of discriminatory criteria and "reasonable balance" in the allocation of state advertising. The ruling stems from a 2006 injunction filed by Editorial Perfil, the country's largest magazine publisher, claiming...

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Angolan journalist gets year in prison for defamation

March 3, 2011 3:52 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--A court in Angola's southwestern province of Namibe sent a journalist to prison today without due process over his coverage of a sexual harassment scandal that implicated the province's top judicial official, according to local journalists and news reports.Judge Manuel Araujo sentenced Armando José Chicoca, a...

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China threatens foreign journalists for 'illegal' reporting

March 3, 2011 2:23 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--Police threats to revoke foreign journalists' visas and require advance permission for newsgathering are disturbing new efforts to restrict reporting on protests in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Cameroon editor charged over leaked official document

March 3, 2011 2:16 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of a Cameroonian editor who is being prosecuted in connection with a leaked official document, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Journalist stabbed, hospitalized in Indonesia

March 3, 2011 12:16 PM ET

Bangkok, March 3, 2011--The stabbing of Banjir Ambarita, a freelance reporter who frequently contributes to Indonesia's English-language daily the Jakarta Globe, appears to be related to his reporting linking police to a prisoner sex abuse scandal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Equatorial Guinea suspends journalist over Libya mention

March 2, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Equatorial Guinea's censorship of coverage of events in North Africa, the Middle East, and Ivory Coast. A state radio presenter's reference to Libya during a live radio program on Friday led censors to abruptly force the journalist off the air and...

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CPJ alarmed by manipulation of Gongadze investigation

March 2, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply disturbed by the recent actions of Ukrainian authorities that threaten to upend progress in the 10-year-old investigation into the September 2000 abduction and murder of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, at left. The Kyiv Court of Appeals ruled today to reject a...

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Critical Spanish journalists expelled from Panama

March 2, 2011 1:46 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Panamanian government to allow two Spanish journalists and human rights activists who were expelled to return to the country. The journalists were covering and documenting an indigenous demonstration on Saturday when they were detained by authorities and accused...

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Journalists detained and broadcasts jammed in Libya

March 1, 2011 6:29 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2011--Security forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi continue to detain journalists and jam broadcast frequencies, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ivory Coast political camps target rival media outlets

March 1, 2011 6:14 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2011--Supporters behind incumbent Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara are targeting rival partisan media oulets and their journalists in an increasingly bloody struggle for power, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Yemeni Journalists Syndicate stormed; Baghdad apologizes

February 28, 2011 6:14 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the ongoing attempts of governments in the Middle East to censor news coverage of protests. In Yemen, men stormed the Journalists' Syndicate on Saturday, and in Iraq, journalists demanded apologies from the military after a crackdown on...

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Foreign journalists detained in China's 'Jasmine' protests

February 28, 2011 6:02 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2011--Chinese security officials' concerted attack on the foreign press in a busy commercial street near Tiananmen Square in Beijing Sunday is a return to the restrictions international reporters faced before they were eased in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Concerns of Thai whitewash in killing of Reuters' Muramoto

February 28, 2011 4:23 PM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by inconsistencies in Thailand's official investigation into the killing of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, who was killed by gunfire while covering clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces last April 10 in Bangkok.Thailand's Department of Special Investigation told reporters today that its...

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Iraq cracks down on media; violations in Yemen, Libya

February 25, 2011 6:02 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2011--The Committee to protect Journalists documented additional attacks today in Iraq, Yemen, and Libya as journalists tried to cover anti-government protests. Iraqi authorities cracked down on media: Security forces stormed a satellite TV office, detained dozens of journalists, and confiscated equipment, according to local journalists...

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China detains, censors bloggers on 'Jasmine Revolution'

February 25, 2011 4:48 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2011--China's censors tightened Internet controls and security officials harassed and detained writers and activists in the wake of an online appeal for a "Jasmine Revolution" in China, according to international human rights groups and news reports. The apparent crackdown came in advance of two top...

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Cameroon security forces obstructing journalists

February 25, 2011 2:50 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2011--Cameroon's government is obstructing journalists from reporting on issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces detained a journalist without charge for six days after he interviewed a jailed former official. They also seized footage from reporters covering the brutal...

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Journalists missing in Libya; one killed in Iraq bombing

February 24, 2011 5:50 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists remains alarmed by the Libyan government's ongoing, threatening rhetoric against the press, as well as the continued violence against journalists--a number of whom have not been heard from since demonstrations began on February 17. In a separate development, an Iraqi...

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Six journalists attacked in Uganda election violence

February 24, 2011 4:36 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Ugandan police to conduct a thorough investigation and arrest all the perpetrators involved in the brutal attacks against six journalists on Wednesday during local elections in the capital, Kampala. Men believed to be supporters of the ruling...

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New Zealand quake crushes TV station, newspaper

February 24, 2011 2:06 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists sends its condolences to the families and friends of New Zealand killed or missing following Tuesday's earthquake....

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Libya: foreign reporters 'outlaws'; Mideast attacks continue

February 23, 2011 5:55 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the ongoing attack on journalists and bloggers in the Middle East. Today the Libyan deputy foreign minister warned foreign journalists crossing the eastern border that they will be treated as "outlaws," according to news reports. In Iraq,...

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Nicaraguan investigative journalist receives death threats

February 23, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about death threats against Nicaraguan investigative reporter Luis Galeano in the lead-up to the publication of a series of articles on official corruption....

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Cambodia orders popular blog blocked

February 23, 2011 3:07 PM ET

Bangkok, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports that Cambodian authorities have ordered local Internet service providers to block a number of websites, including the popular KI Media news aggregator and commentary blog, considered critical of the government....

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CPJ calls on Uganda to protect journalist shot by soldiers

February 23, 2011 2:55 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting of a freelance journalist by Ugandan soldiers on February 18, the day of parliamentary and presidential elections. Soldiers shot and injured freelance journalist Julius Odeke near Bugusege, eastern Uganda. ...

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European Commission must press Russia on impunity

February 23, 2011 10:44 AM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--In advance of key meetings on Thursday between the European Commission and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to address Russia's record of rampant impunity in resolving the killings of journalists. ...

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Reporter missing in Libya; attacks continue in Yemen, Iraq

February 22, 2011 5:21 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the ongoing deterioration of conditions for the media in the Middle East, including the disappearance of Atef al-Atrash, a critical Libyan journalist, since anti-Qaddafi demonstrations began February 17. The Internet has been intermittently down since Saturday in...

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Cuban journalist released on parole; two remain behind bars

February 22, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2011--Iván Hernández Carrillo, a Cuban journalist imprisoned since March 2003, was released on parole Saturday and permitted to remain in the country, bringing to 19 the number of reporters and editors freed after an agreement between the President Raúl Castro and the Catholic Church. The Committee...

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan's violent Baluchistan

February 22, 2011 2:57 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in calling for an investigation into the  drive-by shooting death of Abdost Rind, a 27-year-old part-time journalist in the Turbat area of Baluchistan province in Pakistan's southwest on February 18....

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Journalists targeted in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya

February 18, 2011 6:04 PM ET

New York, February 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities today in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya to cease their attempts to prevent media from reporting on anti-government demonstrations. Bahraini authorities used live ammunition--including fire from a helicopter--against peaceful protesters and journalists, according to news reports. Pro-government thugs attacked at...

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In Ivory Coast, police harass pro-Ouattara editors

February 18, 2011 5:25 PM ET

New York, February 18, 2011--Ivorian police in the economic capital, Abidjan, interrogated and issued summonses for questioning this week for editors of newspapers favorable to former presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara, according to local journalists. The U.N. has recognized Ouattara as the president-elect since disputed November 2010 runoff elections against President Laurent Gbagbo....

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Attacks on media continue in Bahrain, Yemen, and Iraq

February 17, 2011 5:56 PM ET

New York, February 17, 2011--Authorities in Bahrain and Yemen have escalated their physical attack on the press in order to censor coverage of spreading anti-government protests, the Committee to protect Journalists said today. Also, in Iraq, at least two journalists were attacked by guards for the Kurdistan Democratic Party's...

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Journalist killed in Iraq by unidentified gunmen

February 17, 2011 1:59 PM ET

New York, February 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of freelance journalist Hilal al-Ahmadi, who was gunned down outside his home in Mosul today. ...

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Attacks on media continue across Middle East

February 16, 2011 5:58 PM ET

New York, February 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the continued assaults on journalists covering anti-government demonstrations in the Middle East. In recent days, journalists have been obstructed, assaulted, or detained in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, and Yemen. Authorities have also slowed down Internet connection and blocked...

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CPJ alarmed by attack on Lara Logan of CBS News

February 15, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news that CBS correspondent and CPJ board member Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten in Cairo on Friday while covering rallies marking the resignation of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. "We have seen Lara's compassion at work while...

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Syrian blogger sentenced to five years in prison

February 15, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing of blogger Tal al-Mallohi on Monday to five years in prison on state security charges and calls on Syrian authorities to release her immediately. Al-Mallohi, 20, was detained in 2009 and held in extrajudicial detention for close to...

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Journalists in the Middle East face multiple attacks

February 14, 2011 4:47 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2011--As protests spread from Tunisia and Egypt to other countries in the region, journalists have been targeted by security forces, in Yemen, Iran, and Algeria, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Journalist released on parole, allowed to stay in Cuba

February 14, 2011 2:26 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cuban authorities today to place no conditions on the release of journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed on parole Saturday. Maseda Gutiérrez is a founding member of the independent news agency Grupo de Trabajo Decoro and a...

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Australian publisher detained in Burma

February 14, 2011 12:55 PM ET

Bangkok, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that authorities have detained Ross Dunkley, editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of the Myanmar Times newspaper, on immigration-related charges in Burma.  ...

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Cuba's Maseda Gutiérrez balks at conditions for freedom

February 11, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--The Catholic Church in Havana announced today that jailed Cuban journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, a CPJ International Press Freedom Awardee, at left, would be released after nearly eight years behind bars. But news reports, including one citing the journalist's wife, said Maseda Gutiérrez has balked...

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Burmese video journalist given 13 years in jail

February 11, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--Burma's new government under Prime Minister Thein Sein must put an end to the former military junta's despicable policy of imprisoning independent journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The most recent case to come to light is the 13-year sentencing of Maung Maung Zeya...

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Andrzej Poczobut sentenced to prison in Belarus

February 11, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's imprisonment in Minsk of Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno correspondent for the largest Polish daily, Gazeta Wyborcza, and calls on Belarusian authorities to release him immediately....

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Broadcast offices attacked in Mexico; engineer killed

February 11, 2011 12:38 PM ET

New York, February 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Wednesday's violent attack against two media companies in the Mexican city of Torreón, Coahuila state, during which a TV engineer was shot to death and equipment was destroyed and stolen. ...

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Ivory Coast using media regulation to censor critics

February 10, 2011 5:54 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2011--Incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has moved to silence critical media under the guise of media regulation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, following a week in which Gbagbo's administration tightened control over the official print media regulatory agency and ordered United Nations-sponsored radio network ONUCI...

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More than 1,000 supporters urge Iran to end crackdown

February 10, 2011 12:38 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2011--As Iran marks the 32nd anniversary of the country's revolution on February 11, the Committee to Protect Journalists and more than 1,000 press freedom supporters delivered a clear message to Iranian Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei today: Free your country's imprisoned journalists....

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Guatemalan journalist threatened after corruption probe

February 9, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Guatemalan television journalist Oscar de León, who has received multiple death threats and had his van shot at in the southwestern municipality of Quetzaltenango, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. De León, a correspondent...

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Government obstruction, intimidation continues in Cairo

February 9, 2011 3:43 PM ET

New York, February 9, 2011--Egyptian authorities are obstructing international news coverage of the country's political crisis by withholding press credentials and, in one instance, invading the home of a foreign journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A well-known Egyptian blogger also remains unaccounted for after being seized...

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In Jordan, website hacked after running sensitive statement

February 9, 2011 10:00 AM ET

New York, February 9, 2011--A Jordanian news website was hacked on Sunday after it refused to comply with demands from security agents to remove a critical statement from Jordanian tribesmen, the outlet said. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Jordanian authorities to immediately investigate the attack on Ammon News,...

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Guardian correspondent expelled from Russia

February 8, 2011 5:20 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to allow Luke Harding, Moscow correspondent for the U.K. Guardian, to return to Russia and resume his work. Harding, at left, was refused entry to Russia on Saturday.The journalist had temporarily returned to London in...

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Sudanese security agents must free Al-Midan workers

February 8, 2011 3:39 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2011--Sudanese security forces on Wednesday detained 12 employees of the pro-opposition weekly Al-Midan, according to local journalists and news reports. Two were released the same day, but 10 continue to be held incommunicado nearly a week later. The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the...

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Ivorians detained without charge; torture reported

February 7, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the well-being of two Ivorian journalists who have been detained without charge for 10 days amid reports that they have been tortured in custody....

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Police in India must drop charges against Tehelka reporter

February 7, 2011 4:20 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2011--Authorities in Karnataka state should drop charges against Tehelka magazine correspondent K.K. Shahina that appear intended to discredit her reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police visited her residence in Kerala state twice in January and left notices for her to appear for questioning,...

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Egypt: New accreditation rules; military obstructs media

February 7, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2011--Egyptian authorities have shifted their strategy for obstructing the press as protests enter their 14th day: The military has become the predominant force detaining journalists and confiscating their equipment rather than plainclothes police or government supporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities have...

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Egyptian media say foreign journalists have 'hidden agenda'

February 5, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2011--As journalists face ongoing attacks and detentions in Cairo, they are increasingly concerned that state broadcasts are creating an atmosphere that is encouraging violence against the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State television and radio, along with pro-Mubarak private stations, are giving...

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Cairo attacks continue; reporter dies from earlier shooting

February 4, 2011 6:36 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2011--Journalists in Cairo faced assaults, detentions, and threats again today as supporters of President Hosni Mubarak continued their efforts to obstruct news coverage of protests demanding the Egyptian leader's ouster. While the extent of attacks lessened after a peak on Thursday, ongoing anti-press activities remain...

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In Rwanda, journalists given 17 and 7 years in prison

February 4, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2011--Harsh prison sentences given to two journalists today under Rwanda's vague and sweeping laws against "genocide ideology" and "divisionism" will have a chilling effect on the Rwandan press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mubarak intensifies press attacks with assaults, detentions

February 3, 2011 12:59 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2011--Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak unleashed an unprecedented and systematic attack on international media today as his supporters assaulted reporters in the streets while security forces began obstructing and detaining journalists covering the unrest that threatens to topple his government. ...

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Journalists under physical assault in Egypt

February 2, 2011 2:11 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2011--Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak have begun violently attacking journalists reporting on the streets of Cairo today, a shift in tactics from recent media censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. CPJ calls on the Egyptian military to provide protection for journalists."The Egyptian government is employing a...

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Ecuador interrupts news show to air official rebuttals

February 2, 2011 2:00 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2011--Ecuadoran authorities interrupted a news program critical of the Ecuadoran government on Monday to air an official rebuttal, a practice that has become standard in the administration of President Rafael Correa, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ calls on Ecuadoran authorities to...

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Dominican police, firing pellets, wound reporter

February 2, 2011 1:55 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2011--Dominican police wounded journalist Francisco Frías Morel on Friday as he was covering a funeral procession for a youth killed in a police shooting in the northeastern city of Nagua, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on local authorities...

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Azerbaijan denies Fatullayev's appeal, defies ECHR ruling

February 1, 2011 5:49 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged that the Baku Appeals Court has rejected imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev's latest appeal and continues to defy a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that called for his release.On January 25, the court denied Fatullayev's...

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Malawi amendment bans news 'not in public interest'

February 1, 2011 4:38 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2011--An amendment to Malawi's penal code, which became law last week, allows the government to ban any publication deemed contrary to public interest for an unspecified period of time, institutionalizing political censorship of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  On January 26, President...

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United Nations must intervene to protect Sri Lanka's media

January 31, 2011 5:06 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon must press the United Nations to address the string of uninvestigated and unprosecuted attacks on journalists and media houses under the government of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ responded after an early Monday morning...

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Belarus frees Radina, Khalip but sets severe restrictions

January 31, 2011 3:10 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--Belarusian authorities must lift restrictions on newly freed journalists Natalya Radina and Irina Khalip, and drop the fabricated charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. CPJ also called for the immediate release of the still-jailed reporters Boris Goretsky and Yevgeny Vaskovich....

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CPJ demands Egypt halt obstruction, restore Internet, SMS

January 31, 2011 2:50 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Egyptian government to stop obstructing reporters' work and to immediately return equipment confiscated from Al-Jazeera and other news outlets. Internet and SMS messages services remain disabled and must be restored without delay, CPJ said today. ...

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Attacks on journalists in Yemen, Sudan amid street protests

January 31, 2011 1:08 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2011--Journalists in the Middle East are experiencing increased harassment amid rapidly spreading street protests throughout the region, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is gravely concerned about reports of attacks against journalists not only in Egypt, as CPJ has previously reported, but also...

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Vietnamese journalist succumbs to burn injuries

January 31, 2011 12:42 PM ET

Bangkok, January 31, 2011--The death of a Vietnamese journalist who was brutally attacked last week underscores the urgency for authorities to investigate the case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Le Hoang Hung, a reporter with the Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper, succumbed to severe injuries in a Ho Chi Minh City...

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Egypt blocks Al-Jazeera transmissions, orders bureaus shut

January 30, 2011 8:27 AM ET

New York, January 30, 2011--Nilesat, the satellite transmission company owned by the Egyptian Radio and Television Union and other government agencies, has stopped transmitting the signal of Al-Jazeera's primary channel, the station and others reported today. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the actions of Egyptian authorities to disrupt media...

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Egypt instigates media blackout, police target journalists

January 28, 2011 3:50 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2011--Egyptian authorities have taken unprecedented measures to block media coverage of widespread protests against the government, which are on their fourth day. CPJ condemns Cairo's news blackout and calls for authorities to immediately restore Internet and mobile phone services, end the targeting of the press, and...

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Veteran Chinese columnist dismissed for critical articles

January 28, 2011 3:44 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2011--The Chinese government is stepping up pressure on media outlets in order to silence outspoken journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Guangzhou-based Southern Media Group forced veteran columnist and editor Zhang Ping to resign Thursday following pressure from information authorities due to his...

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Indian journalist shot and killed in Chhattisgarh state

January 28, 2011 3:42 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2011--Police in India's central Chhattisgarh state must investigate Sunday's shooting murder of Umesh Rajput, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two masked gunmen shot Rajput, a reporter with the Hindi-language daily Nai Dunia, late Sunday night outside his residence near Raipur district, according to local...

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CPJ finds obstruction during Sudanese referendum

January 27, 2011 5:10 PM ET

New York, January 27, 2010--Sudanese authorities harassed, obstructed, and censored local and international news media covering this month's referendum concerning independence for South Sudan, a CPJ analysis has found. CPJ condemns the harassment of the press in Sudan and calls for an end to the repressive tactics. ...

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Authorities illegally shutter radio station in Zambia

January 27, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 27, 2011--Authorities in Zambia's Western Province must immediately allow community station Radio Lyambayi to return to air, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government raided the private broadcaster based in Mongu, about 360 miles (580 kilometers) west of the capital, Lusaka, carting away computers and...

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Singapore forces popular site to register as political group

January 26, 2011 5:35 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2011--In a concerning move against political commentary in advance of upcoming general elections, the government of Singapore has ordered a journalistic website to register as a political association, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Online Citizen says it has complied with the order, and has announced...

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Journalists beaten, websites blocked amid protests in Egypt

January 26, 2011 3:30 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence against journalists covering demonstrations in Egypt. Plainclothes and uniformed security personnel have beaten at least 10 journalists between Tuesday and today and detained others. Egyptian authorities have also shut down the websites of two popular independent newspapers...

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Al-Jazeera attacked in Lebanon and West Bank

January 25, 2011 4:00 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2011--Lebanese protesters today set fire to an Al-Jazeera van and menaced a reporting crew covering a demonstration in Tripoli in support of the ousted prime minister, Saad al-Hariri. ...

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Somaliland editor sentenced to 3 years in prison

January 24, 2011 4:46 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a three-year prison sentence handed to a newspaper editor in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland in connection with a story alleging public corruption. ...

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Philippine broadcaster gunned down after morning show

January 24, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--Police in southern Palawan province must thoroughly investigate the motives behind today's murder of Philippine radio broadcaster Gerardo Ortega, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Cambodia suppresses question on '97 grenade attack

January 24, 2011 1:30 PM ET

Bangkok, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Cambodian officials deleted digital recordings and confiscated recording equipment from a number of journalists who covered a January 21 government press conference in Phnom Penh....

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Somaliland editor sentenced to 3 years in prison

January 24, 2011 10:46 AM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a three-year prison sentence handed to a newspaper editor in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland in connection with a story alleging public corruption. ...

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Vietnamese journalist critically injured in fiery attack

January 21, 2011 1:11 PM ET

Bangkok, January 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about a Wednesday morning attack on Vietnamese reporter Le Hoang Hung, who was doused with chemicals and set on fire by an unknown assailant while sleeping in his house in Tan An town, according to local and international press...

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Photojournalists face deportation in Thailand

January 21, 2011 11:17 AM ET

Bangkok, January 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the charges and threatened deportation of Thailand-based freelance photojournalists John Sanlin, a Burmese passport holder, and Pascal Schatterman, a Belgian national....

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Yemeni journalist who covers Al-Qaeda given jail sentence

January 19, 2011 3:16 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing on Tuesday of prominent Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea on charges of aiding Al-Qaeda. Shaea, at left, who developed expertise on Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda during his career, was given five years in prison. In conjunction with...

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Prominent Afghan reporter attacked with acid

January 19, 2011 2:19 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about the acid attack on Afghan journalist and author Razaq Mamoon, which left him disfigured. Local and international media reports say Mamoon was attacked as he was walking outside his apartment in Kabul on Tuesday evening....

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In Tunisia, one journalist still jailed, another killed

January 18, 2011 4:24 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2011--Tunisia's transitional government should immediately release Fahem Boukadous, a television reporter imprisoned last year in reprisal for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also offered condolences to the family and colleagues of French photographer Lucas Mebrouk Dolega, who died of head...

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In Belarus, two more independent journalists jailed

January 18, 2011 2:34 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the ongoing imprisonment of independent journalists in Belarus and urges authorities to cease their crackdown and release all jailed reporters and editors. On Monday, authorities in Minsk and the eastern city of Mogilev jailed two more independent reporters on politicized...

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Ecuador must return property seized from newsmagazine

January 18, 2011 12:02 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2011--Ecuadoran authorities have been holding computers and equipment belonging to the critical newsmagazine Vanguardia since a police raid on its offices a month ago. The Committee to Protect Journalists has concluded the seizure was reprisal for the magazine's editorial positions and calls on authorities to return...

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As Ben Ali's regime falls, 3 Tunisian journalists freed

January 14, 2011 8:51 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by news reports that three jailed Tunisian journalists have been freed as the repressive regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fallen. CPJ calls on the new interim Tunisian government to release one other journalist believed to be...

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Gambia bans only independent radio station airing news

January 14, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2011--Gambian authorities on Thursday shut the only independent radio station in the nation that has continued to broadcast news, according to local journalists....

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CPJ condemns Israeli security for humiliating screening

January 14, 2011 3:54 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the humiliating treatment of several journalists by security personnel assigned to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. CPJ calls on the prime minister to ensure that similar episodes are avoided in the future. ...

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Yemen should free two critical journalists

January 14, 2011 2:34 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2011--Yemeni security forces should release Fuad Rashid, editor-in-chief of the independent news website Mukalla Press, who was detained Monday in Hadramout province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan magazine questioned over Museveni cartoon

January 13, 2011 5:37 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--Police in Kampala arrested the director and editor of the monthly newsmagazine Summit Business Review on Tuesday in connection with a caricature of President Yoweri Museveni that appeared on the cover of the October issue.Director Samuel Sejjaaka and Editor Mustapha Mugisha were released on bond...

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Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar gunned down in Karachi

January 13, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was shot and killed in Karachi this evening, shortly after covering gang violence in the city, according to several Pakistani journalists. At least two assailants intercepted Babar's car at 9:20 p.m., shooting him multiple times in the head and neck,...

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Journalists continue to be detained and tried in Belarus

January 13, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--As a part of the ongoing crackdown in Belarus on independent reporters, the Belarusian security service (KGB) has detained journalist Andrzej Poczobut, a Grodno correspondent for the largest Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, and freelance reporter Irina Charniauka in Minsk, local press reported today. Poczobut was also...

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Concern as Vietnam plays 'national security' censorship card

January 13, 2011 3:58 PM ET

Bangkok, January 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about a new executive decree issued on January 6 in Vietnam that will give authorities greater powers to penalize journalists, editors, and bloggers who report on issues deemed as sensitive to national security. The new media regulations were issued amid a...

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Jailed Chinese journalist, freed on medical parole, dies

January 13, 2011 10:58 AM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death on December 31 of Zhang Jianhong, the founder of Aiqinghai (Aegean Sea), a popular website closed by the Chinese government in 2006, according to several human rights groups. Zhang had been sentenced to six years in prison by...

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Zimbabwe hikes media fees under draconian media law

January 13, 2011 10:08 AM ET

New York, January 13, 2010--Zimbabwe's power-sharing government should repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a late 2010 amendment to the legislation hiked mandatory registration and accreditation fees for the press working in the country by as much as 400 percent....

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Tunisia must end crackdown on media

January 12, 2011 4:02 PM ET

New York, January 12, 2010--Tunisian authorities must end their weeks-long crackdown on bloggers and reporters covering street protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Scores of journalists have been detained in the past four weeks, three of whom remain in custody. Local and international reporters have faced continued...

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More raids on journalists' homes amid Belarus crackdown

January 12, 2011 3:53 PM ET

New York, January 12, 2011--As part of an ongoing assault on the independent press in Belarus, KGB agents in Minsk raided the apartments of imprisoned journalist Irina Khalip and her mother, Lyutsina Khalip, and took the journalist's computer, the independent news website Charter 97 reported. Today's raids are the second at each apartment since...

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CPJ concerned for safety of Pakistan's Sherry Rehman

January 12, 2011 10:11 AM ET

New York, January 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about public threats made against journalist and National Assembly member Sherry Rehman. The government has stepped up protection for Rehman after she supported a bill in the National Assembly that would amend Pakistan's blasphemy law. The changes include...

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Post-election crackdown on the press continues in Belarus

January 11, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing official crackdown against the independent media in Belarus. The Belarusian security service, known as the KGB, continues to relentlessly raid newsrooms, confiscate reporting equipment from publications and journalists' homes, imprison independent and pro-opposition journalists, and harass their families....

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Death of local reporter in Pakistan must be fully investigated

January 11, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in calling for a full investigation into the killing of Ilyas Nizzar, who was found dead in Pidarak, in the volatile Baluchistan province, in Pakistan's southwest, on January 5. Nizzar, a general assignment reporter...

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Kurdish journalist given 138 years in prison in Turkey

January 10, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the conviction and outlandish sentencing of Emine Demir, the former editorial manager of the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat. Demir was given 138 years in prison in connection with dozens of articles in the paper. CPJ called today for Turkish authorities to overturn the...

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CPJ opposes prison terms for 2 Rwandan journalists

January 7, 2011 3:36 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists opposes prosecution demands for lengthy prison sentences for the editor and deputy editor of the independent weekly Umurabyo. State Prosecutor Agustin Nkusi requested a 33-year prison sentence for Editor Agnès Uwimana, at left, and 12 years for her deputy, Saidati Mukakibibi, at a...

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Ecuadoran radio denied license renewal on bogus charges

January 5, 2011 4:57 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2011--An Ecuadoran provincial radio station known for its criticism of local authorities was denied its license renewal based on bogus administrative violations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ecuadoran regulators must allow the station to report the news freely, CPJ said. ...

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Journalists charged, police raids continue in Belarus

January 3, 2011 5:51 PM ET

New York, January 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the European Union today to condition its diplomatic relations with Belarus on the release of all recently arrested journalists and the halt of official Minsk's crackdown on the independent press....

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