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Russia advances legislation on 'fake news' and 'disrespecting authorities'

March 7, 2019 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalist today called on Russia to drop proposed legislation advanced in the country's parliament that would allow courts to jail and fine people who use the internet to spread "fake news" or disrespect government officials and state symbols, including President Vladimir...

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Journalist arrested, charged under cybercrime law in Nigeria

March 7, 2019 3:56 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Venezuelan counterintelligence agents detain U.S. freelancer, Venezuelan fixer

March 6, 2019 5:06 PM ET

Miami, March 6, 2019--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release a U.S. freelance journalist and a Venezuelan fixer who were detained after counterintelligence agents raided their homes this morning in Caracas, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzania imposes 7-day publication ban on The Citizen

March 1, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2019--Authorities in Tanzania should lift a seven-day publication ban on the privately owned newspaper The Citizen and allow journalists to report on matters of public interest freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Services Department, which oversees newspaper licenses, temporarily suspended the publication...

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Myanmar journalists held, assaulted by mining company over news coverage

February 28, 2019 10:31 AM ET

Bangkok, February 28, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harassment, detention, and assault of two journalists in Myanmar on February 26 and called on the country's authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and hold those responsible to account....

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Jammu and Kashmir government pulls advertisements from two major newspapers

February 26, 2019 1:34 PM ET

New Delhi, February 26, 2019--The state government of Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir should reinstate its advertisements in two major local newspapers or provide an acceptable explanation concerning its decision not to do so, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The administration of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who runs...

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Venezuelan authorities must return equipment to Jorge Ramos, Univision crew

February 26, 2019 1:20 PM ET

Miami, February 26, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the detention yesterday of a Univision news team at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas and its expulsion today, and called on Venezuelan authorities to immediately return confiscated equipment....

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Critical news websites blocked during Cuba referendum vote

February 25, 2019 5:01 PM ET

Miami, February 25, 2019-- Cuban authorities should immediately ensure citizens have access to news websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Several critical news sites were blocked in the country yesterday, as Cuba held a national referendum on proposed changes to its constitution, news sites reported....

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Ukrainian investigative journalists report being followed, monitored

February 25, 2019 3:26 PM ET

Kiev, February 25, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern for the safety of journalists working at Ukraine's Schemes and Bihus.Info investigative journalism outlets after both reported being followed and surveilled last week, and called on authorities to swiftly investigate the matter....

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Journalist detained for weeks in Iraqi Kurdistan, accused of anti-state acts

February 21, 2019 11:32 AM ET

Beirut, February 21, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prolonged detention without charge of freelance journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani by Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq and called for his immediate release....

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