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A police officer stands at a barricade in New Delhi, India, on March 23, 2020. Police in New Delhi and Hyderabad recently assaulted journalists for allegedly violating the cities' lockdowns. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Governments around the world crack down on journalists covering COVID-19

This week, journalists covering COVID-19 have been arrested in Venezuela and Niger, and assaulted by police in India. In Thailand, a state of emergency was declared on Thursday to contain the virus, which gives the government more control over the press. Last week, Hamas-controlled security forces assaulted a journalist covering a COVID-19 protest, and authorities…

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen in Beijing on December 13, 2019. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that U.S. journalists at three major outlets would have their press credentials cancelled. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

COVID-19 reporting curtailed as China revokes press credentials of US reporters at 3 outlets

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday that U.S. citizens working as journalists at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post whose press credentials expire in 2020 would be required to surrender those credentials within 10 days, effectively forcing them to leave the country. The decision will impact…

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Police officers and soldiers check passengers at Milan's main train station in the north of Italy on March 9, 2020. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

CPJ’s latest safety advice for covering the COVID-19 pandemic

CPJ Emergencies has updated its safety advisory for journalists covering the coronavirus pandemic. The advisory includes information on pre-assignment preparations, travel planning, avoiding infection, and post-assignment considerations. Sign up to receive further updates and safety advisories from CPJ Emergencies here. The report is also available in Español, فارسی, and العربية CPJ Digital Manger Ahmed Zidan…

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U.S. and Chinese flags are seen in Beijing, China, on May 28, 2019. The U.S. State Department recently announced a cap on visas for five Chinese state media outlets. (Reuters/Jason Lee)

U.S. imposes visa limits on 5 Chinese state media outlets

The U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Monday that it would limit the number of visas available for Chinese journalists working at five designated media organizations. The outlets — Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio, China Daily, and The People’s Daily — will be limited to 100 visas in total. The announcement follows China’s…

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Paramilitary troops are seen in New Delhi, India, after clashes erupted between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law on February 25, 2020. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

Indian journalists attacked on the ground and surveilled online

Demonstrators and police in India have attacked journalists covering protests across the country following the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act in December 2019. Some media workers have reported that they have been asked about their religious identity and others have been forced to delete pictures and videos from their phones. Journalists covering the protests…

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China expels 3 Wall Street Journal journalists

Chinese authorities on Wednesday revoked the press credentials of Wall Street Journal journalists Josh Chin, Chao Deng, and Philip Wen in retaliation for a headline in the paper’s opinion section, and ordered them to leave the country within five days. China’s expulsion of the journalists “makes the country appear less like a confident rising power…

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A security guard is seen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on January 31, 2020. Malaysian authorities recently filed criminal charges against journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias. (Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Malaysian reporter charged for commentary on Coronavirus

In Malaysia this week, the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court filed three charges against journalist Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias relating to posts on her public Facebook account about the coronavirus health emergency. Hayati was charged under Section 505(b) of the country’s penal code, a criminal provision banning statements intended to cause “fear or alarm to…

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CPJ urges Secretary Pompeo to respect press freedom

On Wednesday, CPJ sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to support press freedom following a January 24 incident in which Pompeo berated NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelley. Three days after the incident, the State Department barred another NPR reporter from traveling aboard Pompeo’s plane on a State Department…

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Hatice Cengiz, fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of Khashoggi's killing on October 2, 2019. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Saudi crown prince’s alleged hacking of Bezos raises serious press freedom concerns

On Thursday, CPJ joined U.N. human rights experts in calling for an investigation into the alleged Saudi hacking of Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post and CEO of Amazon. Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of expression, called the alleged hacking…

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The Capitol Building is seen from Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., in December 2017. Senate authorities have proposed rules on covering impeachment proceedings that would add security and limit reporters’ movement while covering the event. (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein)

Proposed impeachment press restrictions | Two Iraqi journalists killed in protest

CPJ on Wednesday urged Senate authorities to reconsider proposed restrictions on journalists covering President Trump’s impeachment trial and to consider feedback from the Standing Committee of Correspondents. CPJ argued that increased restrictions would make it more difficult for journalists to cover a major news event and limit the public’s insight into the impeachment proceedings. In…

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