Alerts / 2013

Egypt arrests Al-Jazeera journalists, seizes equipment

December 30, 2013 2:45 PM ET

New York, December 30, 2013--Egyptian authorities arrested four journalists affiliated with Al-Jazeera English on Saturday, accusing them of broadcasting without permission, according to Al-Jazeera and news reports....

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Ethiopian journalist sentenced to more than two years in jail

December 30, 2013 1:50 PM ET

Nairobi, December 30, 2013--An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist on December 25 on the charge of spreading false rumors and sentenced him to two years and nine months in prison, according to local journalists....

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Ukraine must hold independent probe in journalist beating

December 27, 2013 2:52 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2013--The Ukrainian government must ensure that a thorough, independent, and transparent investigation is conducted in the brutal attack early Wednesday on prominent journalist Tetyana Chornovol, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chornovol remains hospitalized in the capital, Kiev, with a concussion and multiple head...

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Indian journalist arrested in Sri Lanka

December 27, 2013 1:40 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of an Indian journalist and filmmaker who was arrested in Sri Lanka on Wednesday while allegedly filming and photographing a military base....

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Bahrain arrests photographer Ahmed Al-Fardan

December 27, 2013 1:17 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2013--Ahmed Al-Fardan, photographer for the NurPhoto agency, was arrested Thursday at his home in Bahrain, according to his agency, news reports, and human rights groups. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest....

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Burmese journalist jailed for three months

December 20, 2013 1:38 PM ET

Bangkok, December 20, 2013--A Burmese journalist was sentenced to three months in prison on Tuesday on charges of defamation, trespassing, and "using abusive language," according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the conviction and calls on the court to reverse the verdict on appeal....

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Journalists charged with criminal defamation in Thailand

December 20, 2013 11:16 AM ET

Bangkok, December 20, 2013--The Royal Thai Navy should immediately drop the criminal defamation charges lodged on Wednesday against two journalists in connection with a report on alleged military abuses of ethnic Rohingya people, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkish journalist abducted in Syria

December 19, 2013 4:37 PM ET

Istanbul, December 19, 2013--A Turkish journalist is the latest reporter to be abducted in Syria, where approximately 30 journalists are missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Bünyamin Aygün, a photojournalist for the daily Milliyet, was abducted in November, but the case was not made public before this week....

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Argentina should release editor accused of sedition

December 18, 2013 4:51 PM ET

New York, December 18, 2013--Argentine authorities should immediately release a journalist who has been detained for more than a week and accused of sedition, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid and shut down paper in Somaliland

December 16, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Nairobi, December 16, 2013--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on December 13 raided the Hargeisa offices of the critical independent daily Hubaal, arrested two staff members, and ordered the publication to be shut down, according to news reports. This is the third time the paper has been targeted this...

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Lebanon should overturn conviction of journalist

December 12, 2013 11:27 AM ET

New York, December 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Lebanese Court of Cassation to overturn the conviction of Rami Aysha, a Lebanese-Palestinian freelance journalist charged with purchasing firearms while he was investigating arms trafficking from Lebanon to Syria....

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In Philippines, third journalist killed in two weeks

December 12, 2013 11:18 AM ET

Bangkok, December 12, 2013--A radio reporter was shot dead in the Philippines on Wednesday, marking the third journalist to be killed in the past two weeks in the country. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to uphold the rule of law and bring an end to the killing...

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Malian government accused of censoring news site

December 10, 2013 6:15 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports a Malian website based in Paris has been threatened by Mali's government after posting an Associated Press (AP) story today implicating Malian soldiers in extrajudicial killings. ...

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Indian journalist murdered in Chhattisgarh state

December 10, 2013 3:32 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--Indian authorities must conduct a swift and efficient investigation into the murder of a veteran journalist on Friday, and ensure the perpetrators are held responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Philippines, second journalist killed in a week

December 10, 2013 2:00 PM ET

Bangkok, December 10, 2013--Radio broadcaster Michael Diaz Milo was shot dead on Saturday, marking the second journalist to be killed in a week in the Philippines, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Philippine authorities to identify the perpetrators and swiftly bring them to justice....

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Two Spanish journalists abducted in Syria

December 10, 2013 9:06 AM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of two Spanish journalists who were abducted in Syria almost three months ago. Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova have been held captive by the Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) since...

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TV journalist murdered in Honduras

December 9, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder on Saturday of a Honduran journalist, identify a motive, and bring those responsible to justice....

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Editor sentenced to 10 years in jail in Baku

December 9, 2013 3:14 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the 10-year jail sentence given today to Azerbaijani journalist Nijat Aliyev, and calls on authorities to release the journalist on appeal....

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Press stuck in crosshairs of Thai protests

December 9, 2013 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, December 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on both Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government and opposition groups to respect the role of the press in the lead-up to elections scheduled for February 2. Both sides have failed to uphold basic press freedoms as anti-government protests have intensified...

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Kenya parliament passes draconian media laws

December 5, 2013 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, December 5, 2013--Kenya's National Assembly today passed contentious anti-press legislation, the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Act and the Media Council Act, which will effectively silence critical reporting through a new government-controlled regulator and the threat of hefty fines....

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Al-Arabiya reporter released from captivity in Philippines

December 4, 2013 4:07 PM ET

New York, December 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of a reporter working for Al-Arabiya news channel who, along with two crewmembers, was abducted by Islamist militants 18 months ago....

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Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan

December 3, 2013 2:57 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which information can be kept secret....

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Journalists attacked while covering protests in Kiev

December 2, 2013 4:50 PM ET

A video report by a Euronews cameraman shows him being attacked by police during clashes in Kiev. (YouTube/Euronews) New York, December 2, 2013--At least 51 journalists were attacked while covering protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and other cities over the weekend, according to news reports and local...

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Journalists covering protests targeted by Israeli forces

December 2, 2013 3:14 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the reported targeting of journalists covering protests in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory....

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Radio journalist shot dead in the Philippines

December 2, 2013 3:02 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2013--Philippine authorities must identify the perpetrators behind the fatal shooting of radio journalist Joas Dignos on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Dignos was a local radio commentator, according to news reports....

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Number of journalist kidnappings in Syria unprecedented

November 26, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2013--The Swedish government confirmed two Swedish journalists were kidnapped in Syria on Saturday by an unknown group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed its alarm at the unprecedented number of abductions....

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Opposition blogger sentenced to jail in Russia

November 26, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s conviction and sentencing of Russian opposition blogger Sergei Reznik to 18 months in prison in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don. CPJ urges Russian authorities to scrap the verdict on appeal....

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Somali journalists arrested after airing rape allegations

November 21, 2013 4:00 PM ET

Nairobi, November 21, 2013--Somali authorities arrested two journalists, one of them the victim of an alleged rape, on Wednesday in Mogadishu, the capital, and charged them with defamation in connection with a report on the alleged rape, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Libyan journalist killed; others injured, detained

November 18, 2013 5:10 PM ET

New York, November 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Libyan authorities to ensure that an investigation is carried out into the death of Saleh Ayyad Hafyana, a photographer for the independent Fassato News Agency, who was shot dead Friday while covering anti-militia protests in Tripoli, according...

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Four journalists killed, six missing in Philippine storm

November 15, 2013 2:13 PM ET

Bangkok, November 15, 2013--Four journalists were killed and six others reported missing in the typhoon that struck the central Philippines on November 8, according to news reports and local press groups....

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Critical editor convicted, jailed in Azerbaijan

November 14, 2013 2:44 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should release on appeal a journalist sentenced to four years in jail on trumped-up charges of hooliganism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The conviction comes as Azerbaijan is scheduled to assume the rotating chairmanship in the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe...

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Indian journalist Lingaram Kodopi released on bail

November 14, 2013 2:26 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail today of Lingaram Kodopi, an Indian journalist who has been imprisoned for more than two years, and calls on authorities to drop all charges against him....

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CPJ petition calls for release of blogger Dieu Cay

November 12, 2013 2:07 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists has created a petition that calls on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to immediately release unjustly imprisoned blogger Nguyen Van Hai....

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Ethiopia arrests 2 journalists from independent paper

November 5, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--Ethiopian police have arrested without charge two editors of the leading independent Amharic weekly Ethio-Mihdar, according to local journalists. Police in the town of Legetafo, northeast of the capital Addis Ababa, on Monday arrested Getachew Worku in connection a story published in October alleging corruption in...

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Two RFI journalists abducted, killed in Mali

November 4, 2013 2:21 PM ET

New York, November 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Malian and French authorities to conduct an efficient investigation into the killings of two French journalists on Saturday and ensure the killers are brought to justice....

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Moscow court revokes news agency's license

October 31, 2013 4:54 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a decision by the Moscow City Court today to revoke the license of independent online news agency Rosbalt and urges Russian authorities to overturn the ruling on appeal....

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Saudi columnist held without charge for four days

October 31, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2013--Saudi authorities should immediately release a columnist who wrote in support of the women's right to drive and has been held without charge since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ alarmed by Cameron's threat against UK press

October 29, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by threats against the press made by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron in parliament on Monday....

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Vietnamese blogger sentenced for Facebook post

October 29, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Bangkok, October 29, 2013--A Vietnamese court today sentenced independent blogger Dinh Nhat Uy to a 15-month suspended prison term and one year of house arrest in connection with his posts on Facebook, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and calls on Vietnamese authorities to...

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Universal TV journalist dies of injuries in Somalia

October 28, 2013 1:38 PM ET

Nairobi, October 28, 2013--Journalist Mohamed Mohamud, commonly known as "Tima'ade," succumbed to gunshot wounds on Saturday and died at Medina Hospital in the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed, a reporter for the popular, privately owned, U.K.-based Universal TV, on his way to work on...

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Gunmen kill Iraqi journalist near his home in Mosul

October 25, 2013 4:53 PM ET

New York, October 25, 2013--Iraqi authorities must immediately identify the motive behind the killing of another journalist in the northern city of Mosul and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two other Iraqi journalists have been killed in Mosul this...

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In Sierra Leone, journalists held on libel, sedition charges

October 24, 2013 6:02 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, October 24, 2013--Authorities in Sierra Leone should immediately release two reporters being held on charges of sedition and libel in connection with a story criticizing President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Investigative journalist imprisoned in Macedonia

October 24, 2013 5:41 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2013--Authorities in Macedonia should reverse on appeal the conviction of a prominent investigative journalist who has been imprisoned since May, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In China, journalist held for alleging financial wrongdoing

October 23, 2013 3:01 PM ET

New York, October 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of a Chinese journalist who has been detained since Friday after publishing a series of reports alleging financial misdeeds at a partly state-owned construction equipment company....

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Somali gunmen attempt to kill a Universal TV journalist

October 22, 2013 2:17 PM ET

Nairobi, October 22, 2013--Somali authorities must work quickly to identify the motive in today's murder attempt on a broadcast reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, Mohamed Mohamud, has been hospitalized with serious injuries....

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Five journalists injured in bomb attack in Thailand

October 22, 2013 12:22 PM ET

Bangkok, October 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the recent roadside bomb attack that injured five reporters in southern Thailand and calls on both sides of the region's insurgent conflict to refrain from attacks that imperil journalists....

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Sky News Arabic's journalists latest to go missing in Syria

October 17, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today reiterated that journalists in Syria face unprecedented risks, after Sky News Arabic reported that it had lost contact this week with its crew operating near Aleppo. ...

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Assailants throw grenades at radio station in Puntland

October 16, 2013 3:30 PM ET

Nairobi, October 16, 2013--Unidentified assailants threw two grenades at the Galkayo offices of Radio Daljir in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Tuesday night, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on Radio Daljir, which has been targeted in the past, and...

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In Pakistan, one journalist murdered, another attacked

October 15, 2013 2:11 PM ET

New York, October 15, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani Minister of Information Pervaiz Rasheed to follow through on a public commitment he made last week to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate attacks against journalists. Since his statement, one journalist was murdered on Friday and another was...

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Two Iraqi journalists shot dead in Mosul

October 7, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2013--Two Iraqi journalists were shot dead by unidentified assailants in the city of Mosul on Saturday, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing and calls on the Iraqi government to ensure the perpetrators are held to account....

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TV station attacked in Maldives

October 7, 2013 4:46 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2013--Authorities in the Maldives should conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into an arson attack on the offices of a TV news station in Male, the capital, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Vietnamese blogger jailed on tax evasion charges

October 4, 2013 11:03 AM ET

Bangkok, October 4, 2013--Vietnamese blogger Le Quoc Quan was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for tax evasion, a charge that government authorities frequently use to stifle critical voices. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the appellate court to reverse the politically motivated ruling and urges Vietnamese authorities to...

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Broadcast journalist held without charge in Gambia

October 3, 2013 2:18 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, October 3, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Fatou Camara, a journalist who has been held incommunicado since September 17, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has not disclosed Camara's whereabouts or any charges against her, according to news reports....

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Sudan orders news outlets to toe government line

October 1, 2013 3:50 PM ET

New York, October 1, 2013--Amid violent protests in Sudan last week, authorities asked journalists to refrain from publishing news that they said would "disturb the public," according to news reports. Several journalists were subsequently detained and multiple outlets shut down, news reports said....

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Gunmen kill Colombian vendor who collaborated on story

October 1, 2013 1:56 PM ET

Bogotá, October 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday's murder of a Colombian newspaper vendor who had collaborated with journalists on exposing misbehavior by guards at a local prison, and calls on authorities to investigate....

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Editor handed five-year jail term in Azerbaijan

September 30, 2013 5:51 PM ET

New York, September 30, 2013--An appellate court in Azerbaijan should reverse the conviction and five-year prison sentence handed on Friday to Hilal Mamedov, chief editor of the independent newspaper Talyshi Sado....

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Tanzania suspends two leading newspapers

September 30, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Nairobi, September 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Tanzanian authorities to suspend two leading private Swahili dailies on accusations of sedition. The government issued a statement on Friday suspending Mwananchi and MTanzania for 14 and 90 days respectively....

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Photographer covering Greenpeace protest held in Russia

September 27, 2013 1:45 PM ET

New York, September 27, 2013--Russian authorities should immediately release a freelance photographer who was detained nine days ago while covering a Greenpeace demonstration, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court on Thursday ordered Denis Sinyakov to be held for two months pending an investigation into accusations of...

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Uzbek journalist jailed on hooliganism charges

September 24, 2013 5:17 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2013--Uzbek authorities should immediately release Sergei Naumov, an independent freelance journalist who reports on human rights abuses in the closed Central Asian society, and scrap the fabricated charges against him on appeal....

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Spanish journalist missing in Syria

September 24, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, September 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas in Syria. The special correspondent for the Barcelona-based El Periódico was kidnapped by rebel jihadi fighters on September 4 near the city of Hama, the paper reported Monday, citing unnamed sources....

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Journalists attacked by masked assailants in Cambodia

September 24, 2013 12:17 PM ET

Bangkok, September 24, 2013--At least seven journalists were assaulted by a mob of masked men on Sunday while covering a land rights protest in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, according to journalists and local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls for an independent...

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Angolan police assault, detain journalists

September 20, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2013--At least three journalists were assaulted by police and briefly detained today while covering the release of seven individuals who were arrested during a protest on Thursday, according to the journalists and news accounts. Protesters had staged a demonstration against what they called the authoritarian regime...

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In Azerbaijan, journalist arrested, newsroom raided

September 19, 2013 3:52 PM ET

New York, September 19, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan must immediately release a journalist who was arrested on Tuesday on fabricated charges and ordered detained for two months, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The press in Azerbaijan must be allowed to freely cover the country's next presidential vote, scheduled for...

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Radio anchor murdered in Philippines

September 19, 2013 11:28 AM ET

Bangkok, September 19, 2013--A radio anchor was shot dead in the central region of Cebu City on Saturday, the latest death in a steady stream of killings of journalists in the Philippines. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Jesus "Jessie"...

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Another arrest in the murder of Nepal's Uma Singh

September 18, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's arrest of an individual suspected to have ordered the 2009 murder of journalist Uma Singh, and calls on authorities to ensure the case is brought to justice....

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Moroccan editor arrested for publishing link to video

September 18, 2013 3:21 PM ET

New York, September 18, 2013--Authorities in Morocco should release an editor who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an article published on his website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Prison places restrictions on jailed journalist Reeyot Alemu

September 16, 2013 5:24 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2013--The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot...

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Radio host gunned down in Colombia

September 16, 2013 4:15 PM ET

Bogotá, September 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to launch a full investigation into the murder of a radio host on Wednesday. Édison Alberto Molina, a lawyer and politician who hosted a radio program that he used to denounce government corruption, was shot and killed in...

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Press harassed amid heightened tension in Egypt

September 13, 2013 4:15 PM ET

New York, September 13, 2013--Egyptian authorities should halt their campaign of harassment on local and international journalists seeking to cover the ongoing political crisis in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The latest series of anti-press violations comes as the Egyptian government announced a two-month extension to...

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South African community radio station silenced by fire

September 10, 2013 2:33 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, September 10, 2013--An arson attack that destroyed a community radio station in South Africa is a disturbing sign of the vulnerability of freedom of expression at the local level, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "Community media are often closest to some of the...

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Indian TV reporter killed in clashes in Uttar Pradesh

September 10, 2013 11:26 AM ET

New York, September 10, 2013--An Indian journalist was killed late Saturday while covering clashes between Hindus and Muslims that erupted in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, according to news reports....

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Egypt detains journalist for publishing false information

September 6, 2013 4:23 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--Military authorities have detained an Egyptian journalist in the North Sinai governorate and accused him of publishing false information on military operations, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Ahmed Abu Deraa's detention and calls on authorities to release him immediately....

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Mexico drops charges in Blancornelas murder attempt

September 6, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the decision of a Mexican judge to dismiss charges against Marco Arturo Quiñones Sánchez, one of the gunmen implicated in the 1997 assassination attempt against J. Jesús Blancornelas, founder and former editor of the Tijuana-based weekly magazine Zeta....

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KTN reporter threatened for exposing hospital scandal

September 5, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, September 5, 2013--A TV journalist has received death threats twice this week following his coverage of wrongdoing at a hospital in the western Kenyan town of Bungoma, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately investigate the threats and...

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Egypt bans Al-Jazeera, detains journalists, raids outlets

August 30, 2013 3:38 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2013--Egyptian security forces continue to detain and harass journalists working for news outlets critical of the military-led government, particularly Al-Jazeera and its affiliates. Journalists also still face physical threats from protesters, as tensions persist between the government and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi....

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Radio commentator shot dead in Philippines

August 30, 2013 12:26 PM ET

Bangkok, August 30, 2013--A radio commentator was shot dead in Iligan City on Thursday, the fourth journalist to be murdered in the Philippines in the past month. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate the murder of Fernando "Nanding" Solijon and swiftly bring the perpetrators of the...

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Chinese journalist who raised corruption charges jailed

August 29, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 29, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a journalist who has been jailed since Friday, after he accused an official of wrongdoing with posts on his personal microblog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tunisian journalist jailed for filming attack on official

August 29, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2013--Tunisian authorities should release a journalist and drop charges against him for allegedly conspiring to commit violence against a government official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mourad Meherzi, a photographer for the local online TV channel Astrolabe, could face up to five years in...

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News outlets, Twitter targeted in alleged cyberattacks

August 28, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by cyber-attacks on several websites on Tuesday, including The New York Times, whose site was disabled for several hours. The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a group of hackers who support President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, took credit for the...

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India should investigate journalist murder in Uttar Pradesh

August 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2013--Indian authorities must investigate the motives behind the murder of a local journalist in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Critical Sri Lankan newspaper editor held at knifepoint

August 26, 2013 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2013--Five unidentified men entered the Colombo home of a Sunday Leader associate editor and writer early Saturday morning, held her at knifepoint, and searched her home, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Sri Lankan authorities to conduct a thorough and efficient...

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Liberian news outlet shut down, publisher jailed

August 23, 2013 3:39 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, August 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemns moves by Liberian authorities to shut down FrontPageAfrica and jail its publisher for not paying US$1.5 million in damages related to a libel conviction....

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Indian journalist raped while on assignment

August 23, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2013--Indian authorities must conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into the rape of a photographer in Mumbai on Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Missing Baluch journalist found dead in Karachi

August 22, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2013-- Authorities in Pakistan should immediately investigate the murder of a Baluch journalist whose body was found in Karachi on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Haji Abdul Razzaq Baloch had been missing since March, according to news reports....

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One journalist murdered, another attacked, in Guatemala

August 20, 2013 5:10 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Authorities in Guatemala should conduct a full investigation into the murder of a TV and radio journalist who was found on Monday after being reported missing for several hours, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Carlos Alberto Orellana Chávez was killed seven days after another...

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Journalist killed, Turkish outlet raided in Egypt

August 20, 2013 4:04 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Egyptian security forces killed a journalist and wounded another at a military checkpoint late Monday. Authorities also raided a Turkish news agency and arrested its bureau chief, the reports said....

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Magazine editor Narendra Dabholkar shot dead in India

August 20, 2013 1:59 PM ET

New York, August 20, 2013--Indian authorities should thoroughly investigate today's murder of an editor of a magazine and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Journalists detained, attacked amid unrest in Egypt

August 19, 2013 6:39 PM ET

New York, August 19, 2013--New York, August 19, 2013--Several journalists working for international media said they were assaulted or briefly detained over the weekend. The attacks and harassment came as Egyptian authorities publicly accused international journalists of distorting coverage of recent events....

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Veteran Somalia radio technician shot dead in Mogadishu

August 19, 2013 3:33 PM ET

Nairobi, August 19, 2013--Three assailants killed veteran radio technician Ahmed Sharif Hussein outside of his home in the Shibis neighborhood of Mogadishu on Saturday, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Al-Jazeera raided, journalists assaulted in Egypt

August 16, 2013 3:38 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2013--Security forces raided and shut down the Cairo offices of Al-Jazeera Arabic following violent clashes that have swept the country, according to news reports. Multiple local and international journalists have also reported being attacked by security forces and protesters....

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Gunmen open fire on office of media group in Pakistan

August 16, 2013 12:33 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the offices of Karachi's Express Media Group early today, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Egypt, two more journalists killed, several injured

August 15, 2013 5:54 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2013--At least two more journalists have been reported killed and several others injured in Wednesday's clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi....

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Journalists killed, attacked as clashes erupt in Egypt

August 14, 2013 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 14, 2013--At least two journalists on assignment were among the hundreds killed today in clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports. Multiple journalists have also reported being attacked, threatened, or detained....

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Journalists report being attacked, obstructed in Egypt

August 13, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2013--At least four journalists have been attacked, threatened, or obstructed while covering sit-ins held by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, according to news reports. The sit-ins began in the lead-up to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the reports said....

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Two Venezuelan dailies sanctioned for graphic photo

August 12, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling by a Venezuelan judge against two dailies last week that bans the publication of violent photographs and imposes hefty fines, according to news reports....

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Cable, TV outlets shut amid push for statehood in India

August 12, 2013 1:51 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2012--Authorities in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal have shut down cable TV service, including news channels, in the city of Darjeeling and surrounding districts amid ongoing protests in the region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls...

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Two Ethiopian journalists held for a week without charge

August 9, 2013 2:31 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest and week-long detention without charge of two journalists working for Radio Bilal, a station that has provided extensive coverage of ongoing anti-government protests staged by Ethiopian Muslims....

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Gunman sentenced in murder of Brazilian journalist

August 9, 2013 2:22 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Tuesday's conviction for the 2010 murder of Brazilian radio journalist and blogger Francisco Gomes de Medeiros. João Francisco dos Santos was sentenced to 27 years in prison on charges of shooting and killing the journalist in the northeastern city of...

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Hong Kong news outlets face litigation over sources

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Hong Kong, August 9, 2013--The government's anti-corruption agency has demanded two news outlets turn over notes and other material related to interviews they conducted with an oil executive who is under investigation. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Independent Commission Against Corruption to withdraw its requests....

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Thai journalist harassed over Facebook postings

August 9, 2013 12:00 PM ET

Bangkok, August 9, 2013--A Thai journalist has been harassed and questioned today in connection with comments he posted to his personal Facebook page in early August that speculated about a possible military coup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thai authorities to drop the criminal...

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Journalists sentenced in alleged Ergenekon plot

August 7, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Istanbul, August 7, 2013--A Turkish appellate court should overturn the convictions of numerous journalists who have been convicted in connection with Ergenekon, a broad anti-government conspiracy, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were convicted on flawed penal and anti-terror laws that conflate news coverage and commentary...

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Editor jailed on retaliatory charges in Azerbaijan

August 5, 2013 4:28 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should stop their practice of jailing journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in Baku on Friday ordered the imprisonment of Sardar Alibeili, chief editor of the independent newspaper P.S. Nota, for two...

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Veteran journalist detained, websites shut down in China

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2013--Chinese authorities should release a veteran journalist and government critic being held without charge and reverse their orders to shut down more than 100 websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gunman kills freelance photographer in Philippines

August 2, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Bangkok, August 2, 2013--A photographer was fatally shot in his home in southern General Santos City on Thursday, the third journalist to be killed in the Philippines in less than a week. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of Mario Sy, identify the...

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Journalist arrested, another believed to be held in Bahrain

August 1, 2013 5:37 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--A Bahraini blogger has been detained and a photographer is missing amid signs that Bahraini authorities are trying to crack down on critical voices ahead of protests planned for August 14, according to news reports....

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Egyptian journalist held without charge in UAE

August 1, 2013 4:59 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Egyptian journalist Anas Fouda, who has been held without charge by the United Arab Emirates authorities for almost a month....

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Two journalists shot dead in the Philippines

July 31, 2013 1:58 PM ET

Bangkok, July 31, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines must identify the motive behind the murders of two journalists on Tuesday and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Both reporters were columnists for the Aksyon Ngayon weekly tabloid newspaper....

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Manning case raises worries about chilling effect

July 30, 2013 5:23 PM ET

New York, July 30, 2013--Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose leak of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks sparked a military court-martial that raised alarms about the chilling effect on the press, was convicted today on six counts of violating the Espionage Act, along with theft and other charges, but...

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Zambia blocks another website, re-arrests reporter

July 30, 2013 1:30 PM ET

Cape Town, July 30, 2013--Zambian authorities should stop blocking access to critical news websites and halt their harassment of journalists accused of working with the websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after reports emerged of widening government obstruction....

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Another reporter attacked, hospitalized in eastern Ukraine

July 29, 2013 3:19 PM ET

New York, July 29, 2013--Federal authorities in Ukraine should take over the investigation into today's brutal attack on a TV journalist who had regularly reported on allegations of corruption in the regional police force, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sergei Ostapenko, a reporter for Irta, suffered a broken...

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Hamas closes two media offices in Gaza

July 26, 2013 3:04 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2013--The Hamas-led government in Gaza on Thursday shut down the local offices of Al-Arabiya and the Palestinian news agency Maan after accusing the outlets of publishing "false" news, according to news reports....

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Several journalists fired, forced to resign in Turkey

July 25, 2013 6:00 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that numerous Turkish journalists, including the leading columnist Yavuz Baydar, have been fired or forced to resign from news outlets in apparent retaliation for their independent coverage of anti-government demonstrations that swept the country....

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In Egypt, journalists report being attacked, harassed

July 25, 2013 5:18 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--Several journalists have reported being harassed, censored, or attacked over the past week in Egypt, according to news reports and local journalists. The incidents come as Egyptian authorities have announced their intentions to abolish prison terms for insult charges....

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Polish journalist abducted in Syria

July 25, 2013 3:58 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2013--A Polish freelance journalist was believed to have been abducted in northwest Syria on Wednesday, according to news reports citing local activists....

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Abdulelah Shaea freed after three years in Yemeni jail

July 24, 2013 12:40 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on Tuesday of Yemeni freelance journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea, who had been imprisoned for almost three years on anti-state charges. Shaea was released yesterday after President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi issued a pardon, which also stipulated that...

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Journalists report being attacked by Bangladeshi MP

July 23, 2013 3:52 PM ET

New York, July 23, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh should immediately investigate the role of a member of parliament in a physical altercation with two journalists on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Ukraine, journalist hospitalized after brutal assault

July 22, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2013--Two assailants on Sunday severely beat Oleg Bogdanov, a Ukrainian journalist who has been subjected to an escalating series of attacks in recent months that have included threats and an arson attack on his car, according to news reports....

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Decree targets online freedoms in Vietnam

July 22, 2013 11:18 AM ET

Bangkok, July 22, 2013--A new decree aimed at regulating Internet-related information and services in Vietnam represents a significant new danger to online journalists and bloggers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The decree was signed into law on July 15 and will be implemented on September 1, according to...

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Journalist and her husband kidnapped in Yemen

July 19, 2013 3:00 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2013--A Dutch journalist and her husband reported missing in Yemen in June have appeared in a video, pleading for their lives and asking for their captors' demands to be met. Judith Spiegel, a Yemen correspondent for Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and her husband, Boudewijn Berendsen, were...

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Press harassed, censored as Egypt's turmoil continues

July 18, 2013 5:04 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2013--A number of Egyptian journalists have been barred from covering public press conferences and several others have been detained in recent days amid the country's highly polarized political and news media atmosphere, according to news reports....

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Mexican crime reporter shot to death in Oaxaca

July 18, 2013 3:52 PM ET

Mexico City, July 18, 2013--Mexican authorities should conduct an open and thorough investigation into the murder of a crime reporter whose body was found on Wednesday in Oaxaca City, the capital of Oaxaca state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alberto López Bello had been badly beaten and shot,...

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Two Somali journalists shot in Kismayo

July 18, 2013 3:09 PM ET

Nairobi, July 18, 2013--Two Somali journalists were wounded, one critically, when they came under fire on Wednesday while covering the aftermath of a landmine explosion in the southern port city of Kismayo, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an immediate and thorough...

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CPJ calls for Aleksei Navalny's release in Russia

July 18, 2013 2:40 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2013--Russian authorities must free on appeal the anti-corruption blogger and opposition activist Aleksei Navalny, who was convicted on politicized charges of embezzlement today and sentenced to five years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Navalny was jailed immediately after the verdict was announced,...

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Sudan detains and threatens Bloomberg correspondent

July 17, 2013 3:00 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2013--A Bloomberg correspondent working in Sudan has reported being threatened and assaulted after being detained arbitrarily by authorities in late June. Michael Gunn told CPJ that he fled the country on July 2 fearing for his life....

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In Zambia, harassment of Watchdog site continues

July 17, 2013 12:29 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 17, 2013--Zambian authorities should stop their ongoing harassment of the Zambian Watchdog, a site that reports on alleged government corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested another journalist they accused of contributing to the site, and blocked domestic access to the site...

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Iran jails at least 10 journalists in two-week span

July 16, 2013 4:21 PM ET

New York, July 16, 2013--Iranian authorities have sentenced seven members of a religious minority news website to lengthy prison terms, and arrested at least three other journalists in an alarming trend that reflects a renewed crackdown on the local press....

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Police officer accused of threatening Chinese journalist

July 16, 2013 12:09 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 16, 2013--Chinese authorities must conduct an independent and thorough investigation into reports that a plainclothes police officer said to be involved in an auto accident in Kunming City, Yunnan, threatened a television journalist trying to cover the collision, and damaged the news crew's equipment, the Committee to...

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For journalist in Chhattisgarh, justice delayed, denied

July 12, 2013 2:38 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2013--Indian authorities' failure to proceed expeditiously in the prosecution of a freelance journalist is a miscarriage of justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, who has been held for almost two years without bail on anti-state charges, had exposed police wrongdoing in central...

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Four convicted in shooting, stabbing of Kazakh journalist

July 11, 2013 3:21 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2013--A court in western Kazakhstan has sentenced four men to terms ranging from 11 to 15 years for carrying out the brutal attack on Kazakh journalist Lukpan Akhmedyarov in April 2012, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes this conviction, but calls on...

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Kidnapped reporter found dead in Honduras

July 11, 2013 2:44 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2013--The body of Honduran radio journalist Aníbal Barrow was found on Tuesday on the riverbank of a lagoon near the city of San Pedro Sula, according to news reports. Barrow had been kidnapped from his car on June 24, the reports said."We are saddened by...

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Chinese journalist released but restrictions remain

July 11, 2013 1:25 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Chinese filmmaker and photographer Du Bin after 37 days of detention but calls on authorities to refrain from pursuing formal charges against him....

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Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

July 10, 2013 3:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an amendment to a media law adopted by the Gambian parliament that imposes lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines on individuals who use the Internet in any capacity to criticize government officials....

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Two journalists detained without charge in Zambia

July 9, 2013 4:49 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 9, 2013--Zambian authorities should release two journalists who have been detained since early Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkish journalists detained, another beaten in Egypt

July 9, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Four Turkish journalists in Egypt were briefly taken into military custody today, following an assault on another Turk on Sunday, according to news reports. Separately, an Egyptian journalist was severely beaten by Muslim Brotherhood supporters last week....

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Israeli forces arrest Palestinian freelance journalist

July 9, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Israeli authorities should immediately release a Palestinian freelance journalist who was arrested in a nighttime raid last week, and drop the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Critical reporter murdered in Russia's Dagestan

July 9, 2013 3:04 PM ET

New York, July 9, 2013--Today's murder of an editor in the volatile republic of Dagestan is a grim reminder that Russia is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, deputy editor of the independent news outlet Novoye...

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Radio station attacked with explosives in Peru

July 9, 2013 1:21 PM ET

Bogotá, July 9, 2013--Peruvian authorities should immediately investigate a bomb attack on the offices of Radio Tropicana in the town of Satipo on July 4, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. No one was hurt, but the station's offices were badly damaged, the station's manager told CPJ....

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Egyptian press under fire after Morsi's ouster

July 8, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, July 8, 2013--An Egyptian photographer working for a newspaper affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood was killed today while covering clashes in Cairo, according to news reports. Other local and international journalists have also reported being targeted in the aftermath of last week's ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi....

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Gunmen kill Somali broadcast journalist in Puntland

July 8, 2013 11:50 AM ET

Nairobi, July 8, 2013--Two unidentified gunmen killed TV reporter Liban Abdullahi on Sunday evening in Galkayo, a central town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Egyptian authorities step up censorship

July 5, 2013 3:17 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that Egypt's new military-run government is detaining journalists and censoring news outlets, including those affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, despite proclaiming an intention to be inclusive. ...

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Malaysia denies entry to critical journalist

July 5, 2013 1:39 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2013--Malaysian immigration authorities should reverse their decision to deny entry Wednesday to a journalist critical of the provincial Sarawak government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Clare Rewcastle Brown, who is based in the United Kingdom, flew to Kuching in southeast Malaysia but was served...

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Al-Jazeera station raided, 3 others shut in Egypt

July 3, 2013 6:34 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2013--Authorities in Egypt's new military-run government raided Al-Jazeera's Egyptian station today, disrupting its service, and shut down at least three stations supportive of Mohamed Morsi in a worrying series of moves that seemed designed to cut off coverage of pro-Morsi events, according to news accounts....

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In Somaliland, Hubaal journalists sentenced to jail

July 3, 2013 2:19 PM ET

Nairobi, July 3, 2013--A court in the capital of the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland today convicted the manager and editor of the independent daily Hubaal of defamation and sentenced them to prison. Hubaal's editor, Hussein Hassan Abdullahi, received two years, while the paper's manager, Mohamed Ahmed Jama, was sentenced...

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Egypt's army must exercise restraint with state media

July 3, 2013 2:07 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Egyptian military to refrain from exercising editorial control over state-owned media as the country's political crisis deepens....

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Attacks on Hong Kong news outlets must be prosecuted

July 3, 2013 1:27 PM ET

Hong Kong, July 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Hong Kong authorities to expedite investigations into recent attacks against news outlets known for being critical of China. In the most recent attack targeting Next Media Limited on June 30, three masked men threatened distribution workers with knives,...

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Vietnam intensifies crackdown on bloggers

July 2, 2013 3:25 PM ET

New York, July 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the ongoing investigation into a critical Vietnamese blogger. Dinh Nhat Uy was the third blogger arrested in a month, signaling that the country's crackdown continues to intensify....

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Journalist dead, several attacked in Egypt

July 1, 2013 5:14 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the security of journalists covering ongoing mass protests in Egypt. One journalist was killed and six others were injured while covering demonstrations against President Mohamed Morsi over the weekend, according to news reports....

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Egypt warns of TV shutdowns; legal threats mount

June 28, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2013--Egypt's Ministry of Investment sent notice today to all satellite television channels warning they will be shut down if the government deems that their coverage of this weekend's political protests incites violence, insults individuals, or contradicts societal values, news reports said. Numerous journalists are also...

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Nigeria re-files charges against Leadership journalists

June 27, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 27, 2013--Nigerian authorities should stop the legal harassment of journalists in connection with a critical story about President Goodluck Jonathan's political plans, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A reporter and editor for the Nigerian daily Leadership, and a representative of the Leadership parent company,...

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Karimov should uphold media pledge by freeing journalists

June 27, 2013 4:23 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2013--Uzbek President Islam Karimov should follow through on his public commitment today to support his country's journalists by releasing the unjustly jailed reporter Salidzhon Abdurakhmanov immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. News accounts have reported that the health of Abdurakhmanov, who has been...

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Critical website blocked for four days in Zambia

June 27, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 27, 2013--A private website that documents alleged Zambian government corruption has been blocked in the country since Monday, its editor told CPJ. The Zambian Watchdog's Lloyd Himaambo has said that the website's staff believes the authorities are responsible for ordering the blocking. Internet and...

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In Russia, Internet censorship 'on a whim'

June 26, 2013 4:04 PM ET

New York, June 26, 2013--Prosecution and court authorities in the central Russian city of Ulyanovsk should act immediately to rescind an order that blocks public access to an independent news site, among several others, in a case notably lacking in evidence, legal basis, and fair play, the Committee to Protect...

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Unidentified gunmen kidnap Honduran TV journalist

June 25, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 25, 2013--Authorities must do everything in their power to ensure the safe release of Honduran television journalist Aníbal Barrow, who was abducted on Monday, and to bring the kidnappers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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At nonviolence rally in Cairo, attacks against the press

June 24, 2013 5:25 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2013--Several journalists were attacked and threatened in Cairo this weekend at a "Say No to Violence" rally organized by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to call on opposition groups to ensure nonviolence on June 30, the day of planned demonstrations and strikes across the country....

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Turkish mayor harasses BBC journalist on Twitter

June 24, 2013 2:38 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a spurious and inflammatory Twitter campaign begun Sunday by Ankara Mayor Melih Gökçek against a local BBC reporter. Gökçek labeled BBC reporter Selin Girit as a traitor and a spy in apparent disagreement with the BBC's coverage of anti-government protests...

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Journalists attacked, detained amid Brazil protests

June 21, 2013 3:11 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2013--At least 25 journalists have reported being attacked or detained amid protests that have swept Brazil over the past two weeks, growing from discontent in São Paulo over public transportation fare hikes to wider nationwide demonstrations against government policies....

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In crackdown on dissent, Turkey detains press, raids outlet

June 20, 2013 5:14 PM ET

Istanbul, June 20, 2013--Two journalists were detained and one newsroom raided this week as Turkish authorities continued a broad crackdown on dissent, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to halt its obstruction of journalists seeking to cover the protests that have swept...

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Journalists attacked, detained covering protests in Egypt

June 20, 2013 4:32 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2013--At least four journalists were attacked and two of them briefly detained while covering protests in Egypt on Tuesday, according to news reports that said a Muslim Brotherhood official and supporters were behind the assaults....

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Media ethics code could restrict free press in Sri Lanka

June 19, 2013 3:42 PM ET

New York, June 19, 2013--A draft media code introduced in the Sri Lankan parliament would impose harsh restrictions on journalists' ability to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The code, which is before a parliamentary advisory council for discussion, could be considered for adoption in September, according...

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Iraqi government detains two journalists without charge

June 18, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention of two Iraqi journalists who have been held for two weeks without formal charge or access to a lawyer in connection with the alleged theft of a senior official's notebook....

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Zimbabwean journalists targeted amid pre-election tension

June 18, 2013 3:19 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 18, 2013--All parties in Zimbabwe's government of national unity must respect the responsibility of journalists to document events and report the views of citizens, especially in the run-up to the country's elections in July, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In four different...

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In Sudan, journalist harassed for reporting on military

June 18, 2013 2:53 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the official harassment of Sudanese reporter Khalid Ahmed who was detained for three days this month and then interrogated three times since on broad allegations that he "harmed the morale of the armed forces" and denigrated its leaders....

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Journalists detained, beaten, obstructed in Istanbul

June 17, 2013 5:15 PM ET

Istanbul, June 17, 2013--Anti-press violence intensified in Istanbul on Sunday as police aggressively sought to obstruct reporters covering demonstrations against the government, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to halt their harassment of the press....

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Security officials arrest Burundian TV journalist

June 17, 2013 4:51 PM ET

Nairobi, June 17, 2013--Authorities in Burundi have been holding a journalist since Thursday on broad allegations of breaching national security, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention of Lucien Rukevya and calls on authorities to disclose its reasons for holding him....

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Award-winning reporter barred from leaving Azerbaijan

June 17, 2013 4:26 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2013--Authorities in Azerbaijan should lift the travel ban imposed against journalist Mehman Huseynov and allow him to travel freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Turkey fines TV stations for protest coverage

June 14, 2013 1:33 PM ET

Istanbul, June 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish state media regulator to reverse its decision to penalize four TV stations in connection with their coverage of the demonstrations that have occurred nationwide over the past two weeks....

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Prominent Vietnam blogger arrested in Hanoi

June 14, 2013 12:42 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2013--Vietnamese police in Hanoi arrested a blogger on Thursday on accusations of anti-state activity, according to news reports. Pham Viet Dao wrote blogs that were critical of government officials and policies, the reports said. Dao, 61, who also wrote about politically sensitive issues such as...

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Journalists threatened, obstructed in Cameroon

June 14, 2013 11:08 AM ET

New York, June 14, 2013---Authorities in Cameroon should investigate reports of journalists being threatened and obstructed from covering the site of an airplane crash on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today."We are alarmed by reports of obstruction and intimidation involving an officer of Cameroon's top elite security...

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Iranian authorities target Internet, media before elections

June 13, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Iranian authorities have intensified their crackdown on the Internet, including on media outlets and journalists, in the days leading up to Friday's presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several opposition websites have reported being briefly hacked, while Google issued a statement on Wednesday...

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Media executive gunned down in Brazil

June 13, 2013 5:02 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Brazilian authorities must identify the motive behind Tuesday's murder of a media executive, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Four masked men shot José Roberto Ornelas de Lemos at least 41 times while he was at a bakery in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro,...

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Brazilian journalists detained while covering protest

June 13, 2013 4:39 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--At least three Brazilian journalists were detained by military police while covering a protest on Tuesday, with one still in custody, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Brazilian authorities to allow journalists to be able to work freely without fear of...

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Chinese journalist held after publishing book on Tiananmen

June 13, 2013 3:32 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Chinese authorities must immediately release a journalist who has been detained since May 31 following the publication of his book on the Tiananmen massacre, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Du Bin's detention, which was reported by his family members, came a few days before...

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Journalist convicted on defamation charges in Cameroon

June 13, 2013 12:42 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--A Cameroonian appellate court should overturn on appeal a criminal defamation conviction and sentence handed to a journalist on June 5 in the commercial city of Douala, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent daily suspended indefinitely in Somaliland

June 12, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Nairobi, June 12, 2013--The acting attorney general in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland should withdraw his request to suspend the independent daily Hubaal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court ruled on Tuesday that the paper had been indefinitely suspended at the request of Aden Ahmed Mouse,...

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Indian cameramen attacked covering political clash

June 11, 2013 4:03 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2013--Indian authorities should bring to justice the perpetrators of an attack on three cameramen in Kolkata, capital of eastern West Bengal state, on Friday, in which one reporter was almost burned alive, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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News outlets targeted in Iran amid run-up to elections

June 10, 2013 5:26 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2013--The Iranian government is attempting to deprive Iranian citizens of meaningful news coverage by blocking several news websites in the run-up to the country's presidential elections on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two French journalists reported missing in Syria

June 7, 2013 3:27 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2013--Two French journalists covering the Syrian conflict have been reported missing by their employer, according to news reports. The news comes amid reports that two other international journalists missing in Syria since April are alive....

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Four newspapers suspended in Republic of Congo

June 7, 2013 11:07 AM ET

New York, June 7, 2013--Authorities in the Republic of Congo should lift the suspensions against four weekly newspapers in connection with their articles critical of government officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The suspensions were handed down by an official board whose 11 members are all hand-picked by...

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Several journalists targeted covering clashes in Turkey

June 6, 2013 4:55 PM ET

Istanbul, June 6, 2013--Turkish police have targeted journalists photographing law enforcement clashes with protesters in a series of attacks, detentions, and obstructions documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Sudan bans three papers amid vows to curtail censorship

June 6, 2013 12:05 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2013--Sudanese authorities have banned the publication of at least three newspapers in the past two weeks despite statements by government officials to curtail censorship practices, according to news reports....

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Venezuela releases jailed US filmmaker, deports him

June 5, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2013--A U.S. filmmaker jailed in Venezuela since April on trumped-up charges of espionage has been freed and deported from the country, news accounts reported today. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Timothy Hallet Tracy, and calls on Venezuelan authorities to allow all journalists...

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In Turkey, threats to restrict Internet, journalists attacked

June 4, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Istanbul, June 5, 2013--Turkish authorities should not interfere with the free flow of information online or in any other media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a senior government official suggested Internet restrictions could be in the offing. ...

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Authorities block hundreds of websites in Jordan

June 3, 2013 4:29 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2013--The Jordanian government announced plans on Sunday to block more than 300 websites for failing to register under the Press and Publications Law, news sources reported. Access to several of the sites has already been blocked within the country, the reports said....

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Reports of anti-press attacks amid Turkey protests

June 3, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Istanbul, June 3, 2013--The press has come under fire from both government officials and protesters amid nationwide demonstrations in Turkey, with instances of attacks, obstruction, detention, and vandalism being reported, according to news accounts and local journalists....

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Journalists hurt as police disperse Istanbul protest

May 31, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Istanbul, May 31, 2013--At least two journalists were reported injured today as Turkish police trained water cannons and tear gas on peaceful protesters in the city's central Taksim Square, according to news accounts and CPJ interviews....

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Ethiopia holds reporter covering evictions in dam region

May 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2012--Ethiopian authorities have detained since Friday a reporter who sought to interview people evicted from their homes in a region where the government is building a contentious hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, according to a news report and the reporter's editor. The Committee to Protect...

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Gunmen in Kismayo attack Somali reporter

May 30, 2013 12:51 PM ET

Nairobi, May 30, 2013--Authorities in the Jubbaland region of Somalia must apprehend the gunmen who attacked freelance journalist Abdulkadir Abdirisak in the southern port town of Kismayo on Wednesday evening, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Vietnamese blogger detained on anti-state charges

May 30, 2013 10:35 AM ET

Bangkok, May 30, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Vietnamese blogger Truong Duy Nhat on anti-state charges and calls for his immediate release....

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Monitor, Red Pepper closures spark protests in Uganda

May 29, 2013 4:36 PM ET

Nairobi, May 29, 2013--Ugandan police on Tuesday assaulted and detained several journalists who were among a crowd of demonstrators protesting the government's closure of four independent news outlets, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that the police actions only highlight the...

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Singapore imposes licensing fees on news websites

May 29, 2013 12:17 PM ET

New York, May 29, 2013--Singapore's plan to impose licensing fees on news websites will further stifle the press in the city-state's already claustrophobic media atmosphere, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Syrian correspondent killed by sniper fire

May 28, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--A Syrian correspondent working for the pro-government TV channel Al-Ikhbariya died Monday after her crew's vehicle came under sniper fire, according to official Syrian news sources....

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CPJ condemns ransacking of radio station in Bolivia

May 28, 2013 3:00 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 28, 2013--An attack on a community radio station in central Bolivia constitutes a politically motivated attempt to censor its news coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today as it called on authorities to investigate and apprehend the attackers....

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Pakistan must determine motive behind killing of reporter

May 28, 2013 12:19 PM ET

New York, May 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should identify the motive behind the fatal shooting of a local crime reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Blogger sentenced to jail for insulting prophet

May 24, 2013 11:10 AM ET

Istanbul, May 24, 2013--Turkish authorities should reverse on appeal the jail term handed down this week to a Turkish Armenian author and blogger who was convicted of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Honduras should investigate attack on two journalists

May 23, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--Honduran authorities must conduct a full and thorough investigation into Monday's attack on two journalists in the northern town of La Ceiba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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DRC journalist found dead after missing for 12 days

May 23, 2013 12:34 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, May 23, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should identify the motive behind the murder of a radio presenter who was found on Friday after being missing for 12 days, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iraqi sheikh says he is not behind threats to journalist

May 23, 2013 12:32 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--A prominent Iraqi sheikh told CPJ Wednesday he has had nothing to do with threats against a journalist or the recent abduction of the reporter's brother....

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At least three journalists abducted in Yemen

May 22, 2013 11:10 AM ET

New York, May 22, 2013--At least three journalists have been held hostage by armed tribesmen for a week in Yemen, according to news reports....

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In Iran, news coverage stifled amid election controversy

May 21, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Internet access has slowed, critical websites have been blocked, and several journalists have been summoned back to prison in Iran as the country's Guardian Council made a key decision today barring two leading candidates from the presidential election. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the broad...

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CPJ alarmed by U.S. Justice scrutiny of Fox News reporter

May 21, 2013 1:10 PM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the newsgathering activities of a Fox News reporter, which come a week after revelations that the government seized phone records of The Associated Press....

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Police raid news outlets in media crackdown in Uganda

May 21, 2013 11:07 AM ET

Nairobi, May 21, 2013--Ugandan police surrounded the Kampala offices of two private newspapers for seven hours on Monday, barring access to the premises, disabling printing presses, and effectively halting publication indefinitely, according to news reports. The police said they had search warrants to find documents related to a letter...

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Iraqi journalist threatened for reporting on corruption

May 21, 2013 9:35 AM ET

New York, May 21, 2013--Iraqi authorities must launch an investigation into a May 14 episode in which a group of armed men raided the home of a journalist and briefly abducted his brother. The journalist, Azhar Shallal, had recently written about alleged corruption....

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Journalists attacked at Kiev rally; police fail to intervene

May 20, 2013 5:15 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2013--Several assailants beat two reporters covering an opposition protest outside Ukrainian Interior Ministry headquarters in Kiev on Saturday in view of police officers who failed to intervene, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the beating and the inaction...

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Three newspaper employees stabbed to death in India

May 20, 2013 1:55 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2013--Two unidentified assailants on Sunday stabbed to death three employees of a Bengali-language Indian daily in Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, according to news reports....

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In Pakistan, cases filed against Baluch outlets, journalists

May 17, 2013 3:06 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2013--Pakistani authorities should dismiss separate complaints filed against newspapers and journalists in Baluchistan for publishing statements made by banned militant groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Nepal, press faces litigation for critical coverage of courts

May 16, 2013 11:58 AM ET

New York, May 16, 2013--Judicial authorities in Nepal should stop targeting outlets of the Kathmandu-based Kantipur Publications and dismiss a case filed against the organization and one of its journalists that accuses them of contempt of court, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopian editor questioned over story on Meles' widow

May 15, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2013--Ethiopian police in Addis Ababa questioned an editor for several hours today in connection with a story published in October about the widow of the late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, according to news reports....

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Authorities discover plot to kill Colombian journalist

May 15, 2013 3:48 PM ET

Bogotá, May 15, 2013--Colombian authorities must bring to justice all those responsible for an alleged plot to assassinate a journalist and two political analysts who had been investigating links between local politicians and organized crime, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijan extends criminal defamation to Internet speech

May 14, 2013 3:50 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2013--Azerbaijani parliament's approval to extend criminal defamation laws to include Internet speech is a serious setback for press freedom in a country that severely curtails free expression already, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ calls on President Ilham Aliyev to veto the bill....

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CPJ alarmed by US seizure of AP phone records

May 14, 2013 3:36 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that the United States Justice Department seized two months of telephone records of journalists with The Associated Press....

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German freelance journalist reportedly in Syrian custody

May 13, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--Syrian authorities must immediately release and ensure the well-being of a German freelance journalist who has reportedly been detained for more than a week, according to the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel....

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Cameroon shuts down station over secessionist interview

May 13, 2013 4:13 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of an independent radio station on April 22 in retaliation for its broadcast of an interview that authorities said incited secessionism....

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Russia charges suspect in Igor Domnikov murder

May 8, 2013 5:11 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--Today's arrest in Moscow of a local businessman suspected of organizing a brutal attack that led to the death in 2000 of investigative reporter Igor Domnikov is a long-overdue step toward justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Russian authorities must now ensure that all...

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Gunman sentenced, masterminds free in Ortega slaying

May 8, 2013 4:49 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--A man who said he was paid the equivalent of US$250 to kill Philippine radio journalist Gerardo Ortega, left, has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder, according to news reports and the victim's family. The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined with Ortega...

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Land restitution coverage leads to threats in Colombia

May 8, 2013 2:46 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, May 8, 2013--A shadowy group that claims to oppose land restitution efforts in Colombia has told eight journalists who cover the issue to leave the northern city of Valledupar or be killed, according to CPJ interviews and news reports....

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Journalists caught in political turmoil in Bangladesh

May 8, 2013 2:33 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2013--The safety of journalists covering political turmoil in Bangladesh must be respected by all parties, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after at least 11 journalists were reported injured while covering demonstrations by Islamists earlier this week in Dhaka....

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Zimbabwe journalists charged after military-MDC story

May 8, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, May 8, 2013--Police in Harare have filed criminal charges against two Zimbabwean journalists on accusations they published "false statements prejudicial to the state" in a story about behind-the-scenes discussions between military leaders and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. ...

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More attacks, legal threats against Yemeni journalists

May 7, 2013 5:42 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2013 - Yemeni journalists are facing continued physical and legal jeopardy, with one journalist receiving death threats and two others facing politicized defamation charges....

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Malaysian sites report disruption of access near elections

May 3, 2013 12:54 PM ET

Bangkok, May 3, 2013--Malaysian online news sites say access to their websites is being disrupted in the run-up to the general elections scheduled for Sunday....

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Guatemalan outlet harassed after critical reporting

May 2, 2013 3:48 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Guatemalan news outlet elPeriódico has been targeted in a series of cyberattacks as it published stories alleging corruption in President Otto Pérez Molina's administration. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to investigate immediately and put an end to the harassment....

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Semana editor Calderón escapes shooting unharmed

May 2, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, May 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to fully investigate an attack against editor Ricardo Calderón, whose car was shot at by unidentified gunmen on Wednesday night in the town of Girardot. Calderón was unharmed....

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Somaliland official says media owner attacked by police

April 30, 2013 5:42 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2013--A senior administration official in Somaliland has said that police officers were the perpetrators of an April 24 attack on the owner of a media network, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic to conduct a...

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European outlets report journalists missing in Syria

April 30, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the well-being of two European journalists who went missing in western Syria three weeks ago. News reports identified the journalists as Domenico Quirico, a veteran reporter for the Italian daily La Stampa, and Pierre Piccinin da Prata,...

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Journalists attacked, threatened amid Yemen protests

April 29, 2013 6:17 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Al-Jazeera journalists and threats against a Sky News Arabia news crew by anti-government protesters in Aden on Saturday--the latest in a wave of violence against the press in the country....

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Iraqi government bans 10 satellite channels

April 29, 2013 6:00 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iraqi government's decision on Sunday to suspend the licenses of 10 mostly pro-Sunni satellite channels accused of sectarian incitement....

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Provincial journalist killed in eastern India

April 29, 2013 4:00 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2013--Part-time reporter Jitendra Singh was killed Saturday in Khunti district, Jharkhand state, according to news reports. Members of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway Maoist faction, claimed responsibility, but the motive is unclear. Singh also ran a construction business....

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Venezuela must present evidence or release US filmmaker

April 26, 2013 6:10 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2013--Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday arrested a U.S. citizen working on a documentary film in the country and accused him of instigating unrest....

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Separate attacks injure 5 Yemeni journalists, relatives

April 26, 2013 5:28 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of serious assaults on the Yemeni press that have left at least five journalists or their family members injured....

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Libya must let journalist travel for medical care

April 26, 2013 3:48 PM ET

New York, April 26, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the health of editor Amara al-Khatabi and calls on Libyan authorities to allow him to travel in order to receive urgent medical assistance abroad. ...

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Full investigation needed in Mexican journalist's murder

April 25, 2013 5:03 PM ET

Mexico City, April 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins journalists with the Mexican daily Vanguardia in calling on authorities to launch an efficient and thorough investigation into the murder of photographer Daniel Martínez Balzaldúa....

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Turkish editor convicted of insulting the president

April 25, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Istanbul, April 25, 2013--An Istanbul court convicted a Turkish editor of "publicly insulting the president" and sentenced him to a conditional term of 14 months in prison, according to news reports. Ali Örnek would be jailed if he repeats the perceived offense sometime in the next five years under amendments...

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Censors ban political documentary in Thailand

April 25, 2013 12:48 PM ET

Bangkok, April 25, 2013--Thailand's Ministry of Culture has banned the locally produced documentary Fah Tam Pan Din Soon (Boundary) on grounds that it could "mislead and disrupt public order," according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the censorship order and calls on ministry officials to reverse the...

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Swaziland must overturn editor's 2-year sentence, fine

April 23, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Swaziland's appeals court to overturn last week's conviction of an editor for "contempt by scandalizing the court" in relation to two articles criticizing the country's chief justice....

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More journalists attacked in Cairo, Alexandria clashes

April 23, 2013 5:00 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2013--At least 13 journalists were attacked amid clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition Friday in Cairo and Alexandria. Demonstrators supporting the Muslim Brotherhood were calling for reform of Egypt's judiciary, while opposition groups were protesting the Brotherhood and the government it...

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Burundi Senate passes harsh amendments to press law

April 23, 2013 10:43 AM ET

New York, April 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage in the Senate of highly restrictive amendments to Burundi's Press Law and calls on President Pierre Nkurunziza to reject the bill when it comes to him for confirmation....

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Authorities must investigate murder of Somali journalist

April 22, 2013 4:34 PM ET

Nairobi, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Somali authorities to keep their promise to prosecute journalists' killers by investigating the murder of Mohamed Ibrahim Raage. Two unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed around 5:30 p.m. Sunday near his home in Mogadishu's Dharkenley district, according to local journalists....

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Journalist missing in Veracruz for 3 months

April 22, 2013 3:26 PM ET

Mexico City, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mexican authorities to fully investigate the disappearance of journalist Sergio Landa Rosado in the state of Veracruz. Landa, who covers the crime beat for the local daily Diario Cardel, has been missing since January, according to news reports....

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Radio journalist gunned down in the Philippines

April 22, 2013 1:49 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines should thoroughly investigate today's murder of a radio journalist, identify the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mario Vendiola Baylosis was killed by two unidentified gunmen in the town of Kabasalan in the southern...

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Ethiopia transfers editor Woubshet Taye to remote prison

April 22, 2013 1:04 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists protests Ethiopian authorities' transfer of independent newspaper editor Woubshet Taye to a remote prison several hours away from his family's home. Woubshet has been imprisoned since June 2011 on vague terrorism charges that CPJ has determined to be unsubstantiated....

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Three international journalists asked to leave Bahrain

April 19, 2013 3:56 PM ET

New York, April 19, 2013--The Bahraini government ordered three journalists from the British television network ITV to leave the country today, according to news reports citing an ITV spokesman. The journalists, who were also briefly detained on Thursday, are in the process of leaving the country....

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Two investigative journalists threatened in Kenya

April 19, 2013 3:31 PM ET

Nairobi, April 19, 2013--Two investigative journalists have reported receiving death threats in Kenya shortly after airing a story suggesting foul play in a government official's death, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Nigerian journalists could face life in jail on forgery charges

April 19, 2013 3:13 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 19, 2013--Two Nigerian journalists and their employer have been charged with forgery in connection with their publication of a memo reported to be from President Goodluck Jonathan, according to news reports. If convicted, the journalists could face life terms....

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CPJ urges Iranian authorities to release journalists

April 18, 2013 4:17 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2013--The cases of an Iranian blogger imprisoned for seven months without trial and a prominent freelance journalist whose health has deteriorated in prison illustrate the ongoing abuses being perpetrated by Iranian authorities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Yemen, journalists face threats from all directions

April 18, 2013 2:13 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2013--Yemeni authorities must investigate a series of assaults on the press in the past two weeks and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A bomb was discovered at a building that houses media outlets and three journalists received...

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Journalist threatened after reporting on Veracruz murder

April 17, 2013 6:20 PM ET

Mexico City, April 17, 2013--The national Mexican magazine Proceso reported Tuesday that it has learned of a plot by officials in the government of Veracruz to harm journalist Jorge Carrasco, who has reported extensively on the murder of the magazine's correspondent in that state.  The Committee to Protect Journalists calls...

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Nigeria bans film on oil corruption, warns director

April 17, 2013 2:34 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film on corruption in the state's management of oil wealth, "Fuelling Poverty."...

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Journalist killed, two injured in Pakistan suicide bombing

April 16, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2013--At least one journalist was killed and two were injured in a suicide bomb attack during a political rally today in Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, according to news reports....

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Bangladesh harasses staff, press affiliated with Amar Desh

April 16, 2013 3:47 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the official harassment of a pro-opposition daily in Dhaka and calls on all parties to ensure a free and vibrant press is allowed to function amid ongoing political turmoil....

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Another Vale do Aço journalist gunned down in Brazil

April 15, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2013--Brazilian authorities must bring to justice the assailants involved in the murder of a crime photographer on Sunday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Walgney Assis Carvalho was a freelance photographer who contributed to the daily Vale do Aço in the southeastern state of...

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Sri Lankan daily attacked again, twice in two weeks

April 15, 2013 1:49 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2013--Sri Lankan authorities must immediately investigate an attack on the offices of a Tamil-language newspaper and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The offices of Uthayan have been attacked twice in two weeks....

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Online journalist in Siberia faces defamation charges

April 15, 2013 1:05 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2013--Prosecutors in Abakan, capital of the Republic of Khakassia in southern Siberia, should drop the criminal defamation charges against an online journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. News accounts are reporting that after four months of investigation, Mikhail Afanasyev's case is moving to court,...

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Editor of pro-opposition daily arrested in Bangladesh

April 12, 2013 5:14 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2013--Amid growing political conflict that threatens even more violence in Bangladesh, an editor of a pro-opposition newspaper in Dhaka has been arrested on accusations of inciting religious tension, according to news reports. The editor faces earlier charges of sedition as well, the reports said....

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Nigeria police harass Leadership staff over memo

April 10, 2013 5:39 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 10, 2013--Nigerian police should stop harassing the staff of the leading independent daily Leadership over a story critical of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Monday, police in the capital Abuja summoned four Leadership journalists for questioning over an April 3...

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UAE may deport refugee Tamil journalist to Sri Lanka

April 10, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by news reports that a Tamil journalist in the United Arab Emirates may be deported to Sri Lanka this week despite her United Nations refugee status, and calls on authorities in the UAE to halt any such...

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Armed men shoot at TV journalist in Honduras

April 10, 2013 2:05 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--Unidentified gunmen apparently fired upon a Honduran TV journalist whose work had included coverage of a sensitive land conflict, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to conduct a thorough and effective investigation that leads to arrests in the attack against...

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Authorities backslide on free expression in Kuwait

April 9, 2013 5:53 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2013--Kuwaiti authorities are undermining freedom of expression with a series of arrests and prosecutions intended to stifle dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least six Kuwaiti journalists are facing legal action in reprisal for their work, according to news reports....

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Ferghana News appeals censorship order in Kyrgyzstan

April 9, 2013 5:29 PM ET

New York, April 9, 2013--Lawyers for Ferghana News, a website blocked in Kyrgyzstan for more than a year, have filed an appeal urging the courts to overturn the ban that they say violates fundamental civil rights. The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the court to find in favor of the...

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French photographer escapes captors in Afghanistan

April 8, 2013 4:25 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--Pierre Borghi, a French photographer who was abducted in Kabul more than four months ago, has escaped his captors, according to news reports citing the Afghan government. Borghi's disappearance had not been made public in 2012 at the request of the French authorities who were trying...

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Yemeni journalist given jail term for reporting on corruption

April 8, 2013 11:40 AM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--A Yemeni news editor who reported frequently on alleged misuse of a public reconstruction fund was sentenced to a three-month jail sentence in relation to one of his articles, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on an appellate court to overturn the...

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Equipment stolen, burned in raid on pro-Baluch paper

April 8, 2013 11:06 AM ET

New York, April 8, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately investigate an attack on the Karachi bureau of the Urdu-language Daily Tawar and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijani court sentences editor to eight years in prison

April 5, 2013 5:17 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2013--An Azerbaijani court has sentenced the editor of a religious news website to eight years in prison on charges related to his coverage of events involving the Muslim community. The Committee to Protect Journalists considers the charges to be fabricated and calls on the courts to...

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In Somalia, police claim questions in reported killing

April 5, 2013 11:24 AM ET

New York, April 5, 2013--Police in Somalia say they have been holding a woman in custody for much of this week after they say questions were raised about the veracity of reports that a journalist was fatally shot in Mogadishu on March 24....

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Freelance Togolese journalist attacked in hit-and-run

April 4, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Togo to investigate an apparently deliberate hit-and-run attack Wednesday on freelance photojournalist and videographer Koffi Djidonou Frédéric Attipou. ...

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CPJ condemns effort to silence news coverage of Syria

April 4, 2013 3:46 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2013--A Kuwait-based Syrian businessman has announced a monetary reward for any individuals who capture and turn over to security forces journalists affiliated with the pan-Arab channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called the announcement a deplorable effort to silence...

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Four bloggers arrested amid crackdown in Bangladesh

April 4, 2013 3:23 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the recent arrests of four Bangladeshi bloggers in Dhaka in connection with their Internet posts that police said hurt the religious beliefs of people....

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Cameroon bans five broadcast programs, suspends hosts

April 3, 2013 6:20 PM ET

New York, April 3, 2013--In a wave of censorship, Cameroon has indefinitely banned two TV programs for what regulators considered violent content and another three radio programs on vague charges of ethics violations, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move, which also includes the...

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CPJ alarmed by investigation of its consultant in Egypt

April 2, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that its Middle East consultant, Shaimaa Abulkhair, would be investigated by national security prosecutors in Egypt for comments she made about the widely criticized criminal case against satirist Bassem Youssef....

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Chinese editor suspended for op-ed on North Korea ties

April 2, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--An editor for an influential Chinese Communist Party journal said Monday he was suspended after his column appeared in a British publication calling on China to re-evaluate its relations with North Korea, according to news reports....

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Uzbekistan should free editor to receive medical care

April 2, 2013 3:17 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ongoing imprisonment of independent Uzbek editor Muhammad Bekjanov, whose health has severely deteriorated in jail, and urges authorities to immediately release him so that he may receive medical care. Bekjanov and a colleague, both of whom were jailed in...

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Malian journalist Boukary Daou released on bail

April 2, 2013 2:44 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by a judge in Mali to grant bail to a journalist who was jailed for 27 days in connection with his paper's publication of a letter critical of a military leader. CPJ calls on the public prosecutor...

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Kenyan reporter, 27, found dead in his home

April 1, 2013 4:15 PM ET

Nairobi, April 1, 2013--A correspondent for The Star daily newspaper was found dead Sunday morning in his house in the coastal city of Mombasa, local journalists told CPJ. A housemate found reporter Bernard Wesonga with blood on his nose and mouth at around 11:30 a.m., Star Deputy Editor Charles...

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Cameroonian journalist jailed on defamation charge

March 28, 2013 5:02 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--An appellate court in Cameroon should overturn the defamation conviction and jail sentence handed to a newspaper editor on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Baluch journalist reported missing in Karachi

March 28, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--Pakistani authorities should determine the whereabouts of a Baluch journalist living in Karachi who was last seen on March 24, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Central African Republic, rebel forces ransack outlets

March 26, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--At least two news outlets were raided in the Central African Republic on Sunday when rebel groups ousted the president from power, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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BBC halts service in Sri Lanka after broadcasts disrupted

March 26, 2013 5:13 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--The BBC announced today that it has suspended all radio broadcasts in Sri Lanka following what it called "continued interruption and interference" by a national broadcaster in the country....

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Rwandan editor, jailed for opinion piece, fails in appeal

March 26, 2013 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2013--An appellate court judge in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of an editor who is serving a one-year prison sentence in connection with an opinion column, according to local journalists....

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CPJ condemns siege at Cairo's Media Production City

March 25, 2013 6:41 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the violent siege on Sunday of the Media Production City, a complex housing numerous private news outlets in Cairo, an episode that followed a series of inflammatory anti-press comments by President Mohamed Morsi and members of the...

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Visiting Somali journalist shot dead in Mogadishu

March 25, 2013 12:31 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Subsequent to the publication of this report, questions were raised about the veracity of the account given by the primary sources. CPJ has published two follow-up reports detailing those questions, which raise doubts as to whether a killing took place as described. CPJ continues to monitor the case.Nairobi,...

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Journalists threatened in sectarian violence in Burma

March 25, 2013 12:25 PM ET

Bangkok, March 25, 2013--Violent mobs have threatened journalists covering communal riots in central Burma and destroyed their reporting materials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to make the security of journalists working in the violence-hit area a top priority....

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Indian reporter who filmed attack on women free on bail

March 25, 2013 12:20 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail of Naveen Soorinje, a television reporter jailed for more than four months after documenting a large-scale assault on a group of young women in Karnataka state. CPJ considers the pending criminal charges to be baseless and...

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In Togo, court rejects repressive press law amendments

March 21, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Togo's Constitutional Court to reject repressive amendments to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship....

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Obama should press Israel to return Wattan TV property

March 19, 2013 6:01 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--During his trip to the region this week, U.S. President Barack Obama should call on Israeli authorities to return the equipment of an independent broadcaster that was seized more than a year ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mali charges editor jailed for publishing critical story

March 19, 2013 4:53 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 19, 2013--A journalist in Mali was charged on Monday with incitement to mutiny and publishing false information in connection with his publication of an article that was critical of a former coup leader, according to news reports.Boukary Daou, a top editor for the daily Le Républicain, has...

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Journalists attacked in Egypt over the weekend

March 19, 2013 4:16 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2013--At least 14 journalists were attacked by police and supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group outside the group's headquarters in Cairo on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Pakistan arrests suspect linked to murder of Daniel Pearl

March 18, 2013 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--Pakistani authorities announced today that they have apprehended a militant who was allegedly involved in the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi, according to news reports."As with every journalist murder, any and all perpetrators in the slaying of Daniel Pearl...

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Journalists given suspended prison terms in Azerbaijan

March 18, 2013 3:55 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--An appellate court in Azerbaijan should overturn the baseless convictions of two journalists charged with inciting mass disorder, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Togo, police attack journalists protesting media law

March 18, 2013 3:35 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 18, 2013--Togolese police on Thursday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse journalists protesting new censorship authority granted to the government media regulator, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Russian parliament member threatens journalist, editor

March 18, 2013 3:15 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2013--A member of Russia's parliament has used his public Twitter account to threaten two journalists with the independent daily Moskovsky Komsomolets, according to news reports....

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Puntland authorities ban three radio stations

March 18, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Nairobi, March 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a recent directive from authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region banning local broadcasters from airing content produced outside the region....

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Cambodia reduces jail term of journalist Sonando

March 14, 2013 4:31 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2013--Mam Sonando, a leading independent journalist in Cambodia, is scheduled to be released from prison later this week after an appeals court reduced his 2012 conviction on inciting rebellion to a lesser charge and cut his initial 20-year jail term....

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Amid protests, Egyptian journalists, newspaper attacked

March 14, 2013 3:30 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2013--Journalists have come under attack in three separate episodes amid protests in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, in at least two of which police were said to be assailants. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks and calls on authorities to hold all those...

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Pro-Kurdish reporter sentenced to jail in Turkey

March 13, 2013 5:05 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the jail sentence handed to a journalist in Turkey and calls on authorities to overturn the ruling on appeal....

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In Bangladesh, press attacked with explosives

March 13, 2013 3:31 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate attacks on a journalist's car and a local press club that occurred within a day of each other, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attacks took place amid massive politicized strikes and demonstrations that have swept the country....

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Journalist, family, attacked with acid in India

March 13, 2013 3:14 PM ET

New York, March 13, 2013--A journalist and his family were attacked with acid Tuesday in India's western state of Maharashtra, allegedly in connection with his reporting on illegal tobacco sales, according to local media....

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Newspaper director gets jail for defamation in Ecuador

March 12, 2013 4:27 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prison sentence issued Friday to Yaco Martínez, director of the daily La Nación in the province of Carchi. Martínez was convicted of defaming a former governor with an article published in his newspaper, according to news reports....

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Police beat journalists attending court case in Mogadishu

March 12, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, March 12, 2013--Somali police attacked and obstructed more than a half-dozen journalists who were seeking to cover a rape trial in Mogadishu on Saturday, as authorities continue to struggle in meeting law enforcement and free expression demands in sexual assault cases. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks...

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In Mali, a journalist stabbed for his critical reporting

March 11, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 11, 2013--Authorities in Mali must investigate an attack on a critical radio journalist that came two weeks after he received threats warning him to resign from the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kidnapped Ukrainian journalist reported free in Syria

March 11, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--A Ukrainian journalist reportedly held by rebel forces in Syria since October is free, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and news reports citing the journalist's relatives. Most news reports characterized Anhar Kochneva as having fled her captors, but few details were reported about the circumstances....

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Letter bomb sent to home of Colombian journalist

March 11, 2013 4:06 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to investigate an attack on a journalist who had denounced political corruption and the activities of leftist guerrilla groups in the region. Juan David Betancur received a letter bomb in the mail on Thursday that failed to...

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Gunmen attack freelance reporter in the Philippines

March 11, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 11, 2013--Authorities in the Philippines should bring to justice the perpetrators responsible for a March 6 attack on a freelance journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong journalists beaten in Beijing

March 11, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Hong Kong, March 11, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Friday's attack in Beijing on two Hong Kong journalists outside the home of Liu Xia, the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo....

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Gunmen attack Libyan TV station, abduct journalists

March 8, 2013 4:49 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2013--Gunmen stormed the offices of a television station in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Thursday amid a protest outside the station's studios, according to news reports. The gunmen abducted at least five journalists and media workers, the reports said, although all were released within...

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Journalist shot dead in Brazil, second in two weeks

March 8, 2013 4:32 PM ET

New York, March 8, 2013--Brazilian authorities must immediately investigate today's murder of a journalist and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran targets reformist press in the run-up to elections

March 7, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2013--Iranian authorities have banned three reformist news outlets and arrested four journalists in the past two days, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Iranian government's continuing attempts to stifle the press in the run-up to the presidential elections in June and...

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Journalist beaten by unknown assailants in Tanzania

March 7, 2013 5:01 PM ET

Nairobi, March 7, 2013--Authorities in Tanzania must immediately investigate a vicious attack on a veteran journalist in Dar es Salaam, the capital, on Tuesday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist detained by security agents in Mali

March 6, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--State security agents in Mali detained an editor today in connection with his newspaper's publication of an open letter criticizing a financial package awarded to a former coup leader, according to news reports and local journalists. Six agents of State Security, Mali's intelligence agency, arrested...

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Burundi journalist Ruvakuki freed from jail

March 6, 2013 3:46 PM ET

Nairobi, March 6, 2013--Burundian authorities today released Hassan Ruvakuki, a reporter who has been imprisoned for 16 months on charges related to his interview with a rebel leader. The circumstances of the release were not immediately clear, and the Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to vacate Ruvakuki's...

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In Ukraine, editor brutally assaulted by unknown assailants

March 6, 2013 3:44 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--Ukrainian authorities must apprehend the assailants who brutally attacked an independent editor on Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Sri Lanka seeks to ID sources for Channel 4 film

March 5, 2013 5:09 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Sri Lankan Defense Ministry says it wants to identify sources who provided information to the UK-based broadcaster Channel 4 for a new documentary alleging that government forces committed war crimes during the country's long civil conflict, The Divaina, a Sinhala-language daily, reported today. In response,...

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CPJ condemns attack on pregnant Indonesian reporter

March 5, 2013 2:59 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on Saturday against a pregnant journalist covering a land dispute in East Kalimantan province, Indonesia. CPJ calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation that leads to the apprehension of all those who participated in the brutal...

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News website editor shot to death in Mexico

March 5, 2013 12:37 PM ET

Mexico City, March 5, 2013--Mexican authorities must identify the motive in the weekend murder of a news website editor in Chihuahua state and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran arrests another journalist in campaign against the press

March 4, 2013 5:32 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--Iranian authorities arrested another journalist this weekend as part of a broad crackdown aimed at intimidating the press before Iran's presidential election in June. Mohammad Javad Rouh, editor for the reformist monthly magazine Mehrnameh, was arrested in his home in Tehran on Sunday, according to news...

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German TV crew attacked while filming in China

March 4, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Chinese authorities to bring criminal charges against assailants who attacked a German TV crew in the city of Sanhe, approximately 30 miles east of Beijing....

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Somali appellate court upholds journalist's conviction

March 4, 2013 3:40 PM ET

Nairobi, March 4, 2013--Sunday's decision by an appellate court in Mogadishu to uphold the conviction of a freelance Somali journalist in connection with his interview of a reported rape victim prolongs a miscarriage of justice and is a direct assault on press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Nigerian broadcast regulator closes down radio station

March 4, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Nigeria's media regulatory body to shut down a radio station in connection with a broadcast that questioned the local government's motives in an anti-polio vaccination program....

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Zimbabwe police raid station studios, detain journalist

March 1, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2013--Authorities in Zimbabwe have stepped up their crackdown on independent news coverage in the country by raiding the production studios of a radio station and confiscating radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Veteran Pakistani journalist gunned down in Baluchistan

March 1, 2013 2:36 PM ET

March 1, 2013, New York--Pakistani authorities should investigate today's murder of a journalist in the country's restive Baluchistan province, determine the motive, and apprehend the perpetrators immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Draft media law a step backward for Burma

March 1, 2013 1:04 PM ET

Bangkok, March 1, 2013--Draft legislation designed to govern the media in Burma threatens to reverse fragile press freedom gains recently achieved under President Thein Sein's democratic reform program, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Zimbabwean police seize radios in run-up to elections

February 28, 2013 11:08 AM ET

Nairobi, February 28, 2013--Zimbabwean authorities' seizure of hand-cranked and solar-powered radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations prevents local citizens from accessing diverse sources of information in the run-up to the country's general elections in July, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistani reporter gunned down in tribal area

February 27, 2013 1:15 PM ET

New York, February 27, 2013--Pakistani authorities should immediately launch an investigation into the targeted murder of a veteran journalist who was shot dead today in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Malik Mumtaz had worked for several mainstream news outlets and had recently been...

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Egypt should apprehend abductors of journalist

February 26, 2013 5:17 PM ET

New York, February 26, 2013--Egyptian authorities must bring to justice the kidnappers of Mohamed el-Sawi, an online journalist who was found yesterday on a desert road outside the city of Alexandria, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. El-Sawi's colleagues had reported him missing on February 21, two days after...

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Maldives journalists assaulted in political violence

February 25, 2013 5:50 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent string of attacks against journalists in the Maldives and calls on all sides in the political conflict to halt violence against the media....

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Tajik weekly ordered to pay damages for defamation

February 25, 2013 5:45 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by today's defamation ruling against independent Tajik weekly Imruz News in closed court proceedings, the organization said....

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Online journalist reported missing in Egypt

February 25, 2013 5:28 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--Egyptian authorities must do their utmost to determine the whereabouts and ensure the safety of Mohamed el-Sawi, an online journalist who was reported missing on February 21, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also calls on Egypt to stop using the law to intimidate...

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French photographer killed in Syria's Idlib province

February 25, 2013 3:18 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--A French freelance photographer died in a Turkish hospital on Sunday from shrapnel wounds he received while covering the unrest in Syria's Idlib province three days earlier, according to news reports. Olivier Voisin, 38, had contributed work to several local and international publications, including Le...

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Unidentified gunman kills Peruvian photographer in Lima

February 25, 2013 1:01 PM ET

Bogota, Colombia, February 25, 2013--Authorities in Peru should immediately determine the motive behind the murder of a journalist on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Local radio journalist shot dead in Brazil

February 25, 2013 12:20 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2013--A local radio reporter who often denounced crime on his show was shot dead on Friday in northern Brazil, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder and calls on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to...

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With another arrest, Iran continues crackdown on press

February 22, 2013 5:24 PM ET

New York, February, 22, 2013--Yet another journalist has been arrested in Iran as part of the broad crackdown aimed at silencing dissent before Iran's presidential elections in June, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to halt their pattern of imprisoning journalists and instead...

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Israel extends detention of Palestinian cartoonist

February 21, 2013 4:01 PM ET

New York, February 21, 2013--An Israeli court yesterday extended the detention of Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba'aneh, who has been held since Saturday without charge or access to his lawyer, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately release the political cartoonist and allow him...

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Belarusian authorities push Khalip to go into exile

February 19, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2013--Belarusian authorities must stop harassing Irina Khalip and trying to force the prominent Novaya Gazeta reporter into exile, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement today.On Monday, Aleksandr Kupchenya, head of the corrections department of the Minsk City Police Directorate, told Khalip that...

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Journalist held for 23 days under vague Iraqi law

February 19, 2013 2:04 PM ET

New York, February 19, 2013--International journalist Nadir Dendoune was released on February 14 after being detained in Iraqi prison for almost a month, according to news reports. Dendoune was arrested for photographing a location officials described as being restricted and was later accused of failing to register under the country's...

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DRC journalist jailed after story on Chinese-run hospital

February 15, 2013 4:43 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should release pending appeal a journalist who was sentenced to six months in prison in December on defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist was taken into custody on Tuesday. Police arrested Joachim Diana...

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Nigeria harasses, intimidates journalist for critical weekly

February 15, 2013 4:02 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 15, 2013--Authorities should halt their harassment of a Nigerian journalist whose paper published allegations of extrajudicial detentions being carried out by the country's special army unit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Armed officers of Nigeria's Joint Task Force and members of the State Secret Service...

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Nigerian journalists charged for criticizing polio campaign

February 13, 2013 5:17 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 13, 2013--Authorities in Nigeria's northern state of Kano should drop the criminal charges filed on Tuesday against two radio journalists who have been detained since Sunday in connection with their criticism of local officials' handling of a polio vaccination campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Bomb explodes on roof of independent Kurdish TV station

February 13, 2013 4:42 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2013--Authorities in Kurdistan should immediately investigate and apprehend the perpetrators responsible for an explosion on the roof of the independent Nalia Radio and Television in Sulaymaniyah on Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attack occurred the day after the station aired a caller's...

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Azerbaijani prosecutor requests harsh jail term for editor

February 13, 2013 4:07 PM ET

New York, February 13, 2013--A state prosecutor in Baku, the capital, asked a court today to convict imprisoned journalist Avaz Zeynally on charges of extortion and bribery and sentence him to 11 years in jail, according to news reports. Zeynally, editor of the independent daily Khural, has been held in...

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Kurdish journalists, media workers released in Turkey

February 11, 2013 4:22 PM ET

Istanbul, February 11, 2013--The release of at least seven journalists and media workers from pretrial detention is a positive step toward restoring the press freedom climate in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Crackdown continues against the Iranian press

February 11, 2013 1:59 PM ET

New York, February, 11, 2013--At least two more journalists have been arrested by Iranian authorities, bringing to 17 the number of journalists caught in the newest crackdown against the Iranian press, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately halt their campaign against critical...

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In India, newspaper employee attacked, editions torched

February 8, 2013 4:02 PM ET

February 8, 2013, New York--Individuals alleged to be part of a right-wing Hindu group attacked an employee of the Mangalore-based Karavali Ale daily on Wednesday, confiscated and torched copies of the paper's editions on Thursday, and threatened news vendors, according to news reports and the head of the media group...

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Charges renewed against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen

February 8, 2013 2:30 PM ET

Nairobi, February 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the revival of criminal charges against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn today in what appears to be a politicized court hearing designed to censor one of the few critical voices left in the country....

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Embattled Respublika journalists targeted in Kazakhstan

February 6, 2013 5:59 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2013--Authorities in Kazakhstan should cease harassing the staff of embattled independent newspaper Respublika, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijani reporter jailed on mass disorder charges

February 6, 2013 5:44 PM ET

New York, February 6, 2013--Azerbaijani authorities should drop charges of organizing mass disorder against Tofiq Yaqublu, a columnist for leading opposition daily Yeni Musavat, and immediately release him from jail, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Peruvian journalist shot after reporting on corruption

February 6, 2013 5:10 PM ET

Bogota, Colombia, February 6, 2013--A provincial radio journalist in southern Peru who has reported on local government corruption was shot in the leg while riding his motorcycle to work today, according to local press reports and the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS).  ...

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Lebanon must release journalist accused of arms trafficking

February 5, 2013 2:25 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2013--Authorities in Beirut should drop criminal charges against Rami Aysha, a Lebanese-Palestinian freelance journalist who was arrested by Hezbollah forces last August as he was investigating arms trafficking, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somali court hands journalist one-year jail term

February 5, 2013 1:19 PM ET

Nairobi, February 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction and prison sentence handed down today against a Somali freelance journalist charged with insulting the government by interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government forces. CPJ calls for the sentence to be overturned and for...

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Colombian journalists flee homes after receiving threats

February 1, 2013 3:36 PM ET

Bogotá, February 1, 2013--Authorities in Colombia should ensure the safety of two journalists who have fled the northern city of Montería after being threatened for their reporting on criminal groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopian journalist arrested for covering Muslim protests

February 1, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, February 1, 2013--Ethiopian security forces have detained for two weeks without charge the editor of a newsmagazine and accused him of incitement to terrorism, according to local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to release Solomon Kebede immediately and halt their harassment of journalists affiliated...

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Vietnam detains blogger who covered corruption

February 1, 2013 11:26 AM ET

Bangkok, February 1, 2013--In a widening crackdown on online expression, Vietnamese security officials have arrested critical independent blogger Le Anh Hung and are holding him against his will in a psychiatric institution, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on authorities to immediately...

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Brazilian journalist ordered to pay damages in libel case

January 31, 2013 3:54 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2013--Appellate courts in Brazil should overturn a decision ordering journalist Lúcio Flavio Pinto to pay more than $200,000 in damages in connection with a libel suit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, who was initially found liable in late 2012, lost an...

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International journalist detained in Iraq for a week

January 30, 2013 3:18 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2013--Iraqi authorities should immediately release an international journalist who has been held without charge for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nadir Dendoune, a French-Australian journalist of Algerian descent, was arrested on January 23 in Baghdad, according to local press freedom organizations and...

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In Gongadze case, a milestone toward justice

January 29, 2013 3:07 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2013--The conviction today of a former high-ranking Ukrainian police official in the murder of journalist Georgy Gongadze is a long-overdue step, but justice will not be fully served until all of the perpetrators are held responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gongadze, founder and...

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Iran arrests journalists in largest crackdown since 2009

January 28, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--At least 14 journalists affiliated with reformist news outlets were arrested in Iran on Saturday and Sunday in the largest crackdown on the press since 2009, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to immediately release all journalists in custody...

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Numerous Nepali journalists flee after receiving threats

January 28, 2013 4:45 PM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--Authorities in Nepal should ensure the safety of more than 20 journalists who fled the western district of Dailekh on Thursday after receiving death threats from individuals they said were supporters of the ruling Maoist party, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least five...

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Benin TV director convicted for offending president

January 24, 2013 5:40 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 24, 2013--An appellate court in Benin should overturn the conviction and toss out a prison sentence handed to the director of a private television station last week in connection with a broadcast of a press conference in September in which a former presidential adviser criticized President Boni...

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Nepalese journalists threatened during Bhattarai visit

January 24, 2013 3:57 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the threats and acts of intimidation against journalists in Nepal during Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai's visit on Wednesday to the western district of Dailekh....

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Thai editor Somyot sentenced to 11 years in prison

January 24, 2013 2:46 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2013--A Thai court sentenced news editor and political activist Somyot Prueksakakasemsuk to 11 years in prison on Wednesday for two articles the court ruled had insulted the Thai monarch, a criminal offense under the country's strict lѐse majesté law. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the...

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Several journalists jailed in new Turkish crackdown

January 22, 2013 5:14 PM ET

January 22, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey--Turkish authorities should halt their practice of jailing journalists on vague anti-terror charges and allow the local press to report freely without fear of imprisonment or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan journalists attacked while covering Kibera clashes

January 22, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Nairobi, January 22, 2013--Kenyan authorities must hold to account soldiers with the General Service Unit, Kenya's paramilitary force, in connection with their reported assault of two journalists on Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Syria, Al-Jazeera reporter killed in Daraa

January 18, 2013 4:36 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An Al-Jazeera reporter was killed by a sniper in the city of Daraa today, the station reported, the second journalist fatality in Syria in as many days....

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Military correspondent Yves Debay killed in Aleppo

January 18, 2013 2:18 PM ET

New York, January 18, 2013--An international journalist was killed by a sniper while covering fighting in Aleppo in Syria on Thursday, according to local and international press reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting journalists and allow them to report...

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Shabelle journalist gunned down in Somalia

January 18, 2013 12:03 PM ET

Nairobi, January 18, 2013--A veteran producer for the Shabelle Media Network was gunned down today in Mogadishu, the fifth Shabelle journalist killed in 13 months. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this murder and calls on Somali authorities to not only investigate, but to follow up on the investigative...

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Authorities block news websites, Facebook in Tajikistan

January 17, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2013--Tajik authorities must lift their order blocking domestic access to at least three news websites that have reported critically about issues such as energy shortages, rising unemployment, and human rights abuses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The order, which also applied to Facebook, is...

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Israeli soldiers obstruct journalists during eviction

January 15, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Israeli soldiers prevented journalists from covering the eviction of a Palestinian campsite in the West Bank on Sunday, according to news reports and local press freedom organizations. The journalists worked for international news outlets including The Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, CNN, and Al-Jazeera, as...

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Editor charged with defamation in Morocco

January 15, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Authorities should drop the criminal defamation charges against an editor in Morocco who reported that a government official had ordered champagne to his hotel room while on a taxpayer-funded trip outside the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The official has disputed the account....

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Unidentified assailants shoot dead a Nigerian editor

January 15, 2013 4:50 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 15, 2013--Nigerian authorities should determine the motive behind the murder of an editor on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bangladeshi blogger hospitalized after being stabbed

January 15, 2013 2:14 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2013--Authorities in Bangladesh must immediately investigate Monday's stabbing of a blogger in Dhaka, determine the motive, and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Togo protests, journalists report being targeted by police

January 14, 2013 2:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 14, 2013--At least four journalists were reported injured by police while covering an anti-government protest in Togo's capital, Lomé, on Thursday, according to news reports. Several of the journalists, along with local press freedom group SOS Journalistes en Danger, said police had targeted a group of...

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Egyptian prosecutions continue despite free-speech pledges

January 11, 2013 5:43 PM ET

New York January 11, 2013--Egyptian authorities are continuing a stream of criminal prosecutions against journalists, despite President Mohamed Morsi's recent pledge to allow free speech. At least three more criminal cases proceeded this week, on top of four that CPJ documented earlier this month....

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Journalist arrested for interviewing reported rape victim

January 11, 2013 2:26 PM ET

Nairobi, January 11, 2013--Somali authorities should immediately release a freelance journalist who has been in custody in Mogadishu since Thursday for interviewing a woman who claimed she was raped by government soldiers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Hong Kong must ensure press can access business data

January 11, 2013 2:13 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2013--Hong Kong's government should withdraw a proposed regulation that would limit journalists' access to information about business leaders, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Globovisión probed over Chávez inauguration reports

January 10, 2013 5:12 PM ET

Bogotá, January 10, 2013--Venezuelan authorities announced late Wednesday that they had launched an investigation against a private TV station that had aired reports questioning the legality of postponing the inauguration of President Hugo Chávez. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the government to immediately drop this politicized investigation and...

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At least two journalists killed in Quetta blasts

January 10, 2013 4:51 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2013--At least two journalists were killed and two others seriously injured when a bomb went off near a billiards hall in Quetta, capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province, as the journalists were reporting on an explosion that was set off there just minutes earlier, according...

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Bloggers imprisoned in mass sentencing in Vietnam

January 9, 2013 6:01 PM ET

Bangkok, January 9, 2013--At least five independent bloggers were sentenced today to harsh jail terms in Vietnam, according to local and international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this move and calls on Vietnamese authorities to reverse the charges on appeal and release the bloggers....

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Kuwaiti blogger sentenced for insulting ruler on Twitter

January 9, 2013 5:33 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--A Kuwaiti court sentenced an online journalist to prison on Monday for insulting the ruling family on social media, according to news reports. Ayyad al-Harbi was ordered to begin serving the two-year jail sentence immediately, news reports said....

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Tanzanian journalist found murdered in forest

January 9, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 9, 2013--A journalist was found murdered in northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, according to local journalists and local reports....

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DRC soldiers attack Radio Tujenge Kabambare

January 9, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should bring to account soldiers involved in a raid on a radio station in the eastern town of Kabambare, and the arbitrary detention and beating of two of the station's journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Bahrain arrests photographer who documented dissent

January 9, 2013 4:52 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--Bahraini authorities should drop charges they have filed against a photojournalist in connection with his coverage of anti-government protests in April, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambia's NIA harasses, detains journalist without charge

January 9, 2013 3:45 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 9, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Abdoulie John, a journalist who has been detained without charge in Banjul since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. John has been harassed by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency since early December, news reports said. John, editor of...

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Nepal PM criticizes arrests in Thapa murder

January 8, 2013 4:52 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2013--Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai today publicly criticized the arrest of five of his party members who stand accused of the 2004 murder of radio journalist Dekendra Raj Thapa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests and calls on the prime...

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Burundian court reduces journalist's jail term

January 8, 2013 3:51 PM ET

Nairobi, January 8, 2013--An appeals court in Burundi today dropped terrorism charges against jailed journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and reduced his sentence from life to three years in prison, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Malawian journalist assaulted during radio interview

January 7, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 7, 2013--Malawian authorities must immediately investigate the reported assault of a radio journalist who said he was punched by a business leader angered by an interview question....

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U.S. daily harassed after publishing map of gun owners

January 7, 2013 4:14 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns continued harassment and threats against staff of The Journal News after the New York state-based daily published an interactive map that identified local gun permit holders. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the matter thoroughly and take all appropriate law...

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Indian police to charge broadcaster for rape interview

January 4, 2013 5:35 PM ET

New York January 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in India to refrain from pressing charges against a media group that televised an interview with the companion of the Delhi rape victim who died last week. The December 16 case has garnered global attention....

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In South Sudan, two journalists detained in Wau

January 4, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Nairobi, January 4, 2013--Authorities in South Sudan have been holding two state broadcast journalists without charge since Tuesday, according to local journalists and media reports. The journalists were picked up in a sweep of arrests following protests and ethnic clashes last month in the northwestern town of Wau in Western...

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Egypt steps up campaign against critical media

January 3, 2013 5:38 PM ET

New York January 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a series of investigations into independent Egyptian newspapers on accusations of insulting the president or reporting false news. Some newspapers and media professionals face formal charges in connection to their critical reporting, according to news reports....

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Nigerian journalists freed, but equipment still held

January 2, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) to return laptops and cell phones confiscated from two journalists who were illegally detained for more than a week without charge....

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Family of seized U.S. reporter seeks his release in Syria

January 2, 2013 2:36 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The family of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley today publicized the reporter's abduction in Syria on November 22. The family, which had previously asked that the kidnapping not be disclosed, launched a public campaign to seek his release. ...

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