A demonstrator stands next to padlocks left by prisoners in Istanbul's Metris Prison during a protest against the arrest of journalists and press freedom advocates, June 24, 2016. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Turkey arrests at least nine journalists

New York, August 11, 2017–Turkish authorities should immediately free nine journalists police arrested yesterday on terrorism charges, and should release the dozens of journalists it has for months jailed on bogus similar charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained the nine after the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued warrants for the…

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CPJ requests meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States

CPJ requests a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to the United States to discuss the Israeli government’s threats to close Al-Jazeera’s bureau and other threats to press freedom in the country.

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Narendra Modi, then prime ministerial candidate for India's Bharatiya Janata Party, shares a moment with guru Baba Ramdev (left) in New Delhi, March 23, 2014. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Indian court issues injunction against publishing book about guru

New Delhi, August 11, 2017–An Indian court’s preliminary injunction preventing the publication and sale of a biography of a spiritual guru while it considers whether the book defames the guru is a blow to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A protester sits under an umbrella as he attends an October 1, 2014 demonstration in Hong Kong. Reporter Mak Ying-sheung faces contempt of court charges after she was arrested while reporting on a November 2014 protest. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Hong Kong charges reporter with contempt for covering 2014 protest

New York, August 10, 2017–Authorities in Hong Kong should immediately drop all charges against reporter Mak Ying-sheung, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Palestinian man hurls stones at Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal, near Ramallah, August 10, 2017. Israeli and Palestinian security forces have increased repression of the media as political tensions have increased in recent weeks. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Palestinian security forces arrest five journalists in West Bank

Beirut, August 10, 2017–Palestinian security forces should immediately release five journalists arrested in the West Bank yesterday and should cease arresting journalists on spurious charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Congolese men listen to the radio in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, December 11, 2011. (AFP/Simon Maina)

Police raid Congolese radio station for report on new tax

New York, August 10, 2017–Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should thoroughly and credibly investigate an August 5 police raid on Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), return all seized equipment, ensure the protection of journalist José Mbuyi, and hold all those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the…

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Prisoners stand behind bars in Garowe, Puntland, December 14, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Journalist detained without charge in Puntland

Nairobi, August 9, 2017–Authorities in Puntland should unconditionally and immediately release journalist Omar Saeed Mohammed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Omar, who works for the news website Horseed Media and the privately owned Somali Cable TV channel, on August 6, 2017, in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region…

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Police patrol Barcelona-El Prat airport on June 13, 2017. (Reuters/Albert Gea)

Spain should release journalist arrested on Turkish warrant

New York, August 9, 2017–Spanish authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Hamza Yalçın, a writer for the monthly, leftist, Turkish magazine Odak Dergisi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Yalçın, a citizen of Turkey and Sweden, at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on August 3 and now detain him pending an extradition hearing…

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CPJ urges Chinese President Xi Jinping to release jailed journalist Huang Qi

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to Chinese President Xi Jinping to express deep concern about the deteriorating health condition of journalist Huang Qi, who is imprisoned in Mianyang City, Sichuan, and to urge his release.

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Egyptian journalists protest the jailing of their colleagues at the Journalists' Syndicate in Cairo, May 3, 2016. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Egypt censors Al-Mesryoon newspaper, harasses editors

New York, August 8, 2017–Egyptian authorities should stop censoring Al-Mesryoon newspaper and harassing its journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities banned this week’s edition of the newspaper and summoned Al-Mesryoon Editor-in-Chief Gamal Sultan and Managing Editor Mahmoud Sultan for interrogation, according to Gamal Sultan and news reports.

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