Alerts / 2014

Three Orient News journalists killed in Syria

December 9, 2014 4:13 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2014--Three journalists from the Syrian opposition TV station Orient News were killed on Monday while headed to cover the aftermath of clashes in the village of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa Province, according to their station and other news reports. The station said it believed the journalists...

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Two Somali journalists killed and three injured in twin bombings

December 8, 2014 5:26 PM ET

Nairobi, December 8, 2014--Two journalists were killed and three were wounded in a twin bombing in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa on December 5, which targeted a restaurant where journalists and officials frequently congregate....

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Belarusian journalist held by the KGB on espionage charges

December 8, 2014 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of journalist Aleksandr Alesin, who according to news reports is being held by the Belarusian national security service, known as the KGB....

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Blogger detained in Vietnam amid clampdown on dissent

December 8, 2014 10:24 AM ET

Bangkok, December 8, 2014--Nguyen Quang Lap was detained on Saturday by police in Ho Chi Minh City, the second blogger to be arrested in as many weeks in Vietnam, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the mounting crackdown on dissent and calls for the immediate release...

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Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova jailed in Azerbaijan

December 5, 2014 1:19 PM ET

New York, December 5, 2014--An Azerbaijani court in Baku today ordered the imprisonment of award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova for two months pending trial after a local man accused her of urging him to commit suicide, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ruling and...

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CPJ calls for release of U.S. journalist held in Yemen

December 4, 2014 4:06 PM ET

New York, December 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of U.S. freelance journalist Luke Somers, who has been held hostage in Yemen for more than a year. Following a video released on Wednesday that showed the journalist pleading for his life, U.S. government officials issued...

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Vietnamese blogger detained on anti-state charges

December 2, 2014 10:53 AM ET

Bangkok, December 2, 2014--An independent blogger was detained in Vietnam on Saturday on anti-state charges for online postings deemed critical of the government, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest and calls on Vietnam's government to cease its campaign of persecution against journalists and bloggers....

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Journalist jailed on anti-royal charges in Thailand

November 25, 2014 11:36 AM ET

New York, November 25, 2014--The editor of an online news aggregator in Thailand was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison on charges of defaming the country's monarch, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentence and calls for an end to...

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Authorities order radio stations to be closed in the DRC

November 24, 2014 2:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop meddling with radio station broadcasts in the country. The Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende has called for the shutdown of several radio stations in recent weeks, and a few...

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Media massacre witness killed, another wounded, in the Philippines

November 20, 2014 12:34 PM ET

Bangkok, November 20, 2014--A state witness in the mass killing of 57 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, in the Philippines in 2009 was shot dead by assailants on Tuesday while traveling in a remote area of southern Maguindanao province, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists...

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