Alerts / 2012

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Burma ends pre-publication censorship; harsh laws remain

August 20, 2012 2:03 PM ET

Bangkok, August 20, 2012--Burma should dismantle its censorship agency and repeal all laws that continue to allow suppression of news in the name of national security, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government announced today that it would abolish pre-publication censorship, a step CPJ welcomes but considers...

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With questions on Veracruz, feds should take over

August 17, 2012 2:11 PM ET

Mexico City, August 17, 2012--Mexican federal authorities should assume control of the investigation and prosecution of all cases of murdered and missing journalists in the state of Veracruz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A state investigation into the murder of several journalists has raised numerous questions and concerns,...

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Two Vietnamese bloggers given prison sentences

August 17, 2012 11:46 AM ET

Bangkok, August 17, 2012--Harsh prison sentences handed down recently to two independent Vietnamese bloggers represent the latest official abuses in a widening crackdown on Internet freedoms in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egyptian government attempts to suppress the media

August 16, 2012 5:25 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--President Mohamed Morsi's government and allies are pushing back against critical news coverage, suppressing critical journalists and state-run newspapers, putting a journalist on trial, and attacking three journalists on the street, according to news reports....

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In Gabon, gunmen burn opposition TV station's transmitter

August 16, 2012 4:46 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2012--Unidentified gunmen today stormed a private television station owned by Gabon's main opposition leader and burned down its transmitters, according to local journalists and news reports. It was the second armed attack on the broadcaster since 2009....

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The Gambia shuts independent radio station

August 15, 2012 4:24 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Gambian national security agents summarily shut an independent radio station early this morning without providing an explanation, according to news reports. Authorities have censored Taranga FM at least twice before in retaliation for its exclusive news review program, according to news reports. Officers of the...

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Syrian journalist kidnapped in Homs

August 15, 2012 4:00 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2012--Unidentified armed men on Monday kidnapped a correspondent for Al-Alam, an Iranian satellite broadcaster supportive of the Syrian government, the latest incident in a series of abductions and attacks against pro-government media in Syria, according to news reports....

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In Djibouti, reporter detained for a week without charge

August 15, 2012 3:17 PM ET

Nairobi, August 15, 2012--Authorities in Djibouti must immediately release a journalist for an opposition news website who has been jailed for a week without charge or access to a lawyer or his family, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two police officers arrested Houssein Ahmed Farah, a contributor...

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Nigerian photographer assaulted in a government hospital

August 14, 2012 5:07 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 14, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Nigerian authorities to immediately investigate an attack on the grounds of a government hospital that targeted a photographer seeking to cover the release of the remains of June plane crash victims to their families....

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Two journalists brutally beaten in Kazakh capital

August 14, 2012 5:02 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2012--Authorities in Kazakhstan must thoroughly investigate attacks on two journalists in separate episodes in the past week and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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