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EU's reputation as global leader in press freedom at risk, CPJ report finds

Surveillance, restrictive media laws, and weak responses to threats restrict press and challenge EU ideals.

Brussels, September 29, 2015- Press freedom in Europe is in peril and the European Union has a moral imperative to defend this right and hold its member states accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in Balancing Act: Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values, a report on the EU's press freedom record, launched today in Brussels.

September 29, 2015 2:47 PM ET

Press Releases   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia

As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Press Releases   |   Peru

Journalist murder haunts career of Peruvian presidential aspirant

Daniel Urresti charged in the 1988 killing of reporter Hugo Bustíos

New York, September 17, 2015--Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, Daniel Urresti Elera--a presidential candidate for the ruling Nationalist Party--has been charged with his murder and is currently on trial. A new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists, titled "Peru's Urresti has eyes on presidency despite being charged in 1988 journalist murder," traces the circumstances of the emblematic case and the implications of the ongoing trial in the fight against impunity in journalist murders.

September 17, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, Syria

CPJ Announces 2015 International Press Freedom Awards

Awardees from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria

New York, September 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria with the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have endured death threats, physical attacks, legal action, imprisonment, or exile in the course of their work.

September 15, 2015 9:37 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Syria

Rory Peck Trust and Committee to Protect Journalists release Syria Media Safety Resource

London, August 5, 2015-A new safety resource for Syrian journalists seeks to help those working in or near the country to better protect themselves amid unprecedented threats and a lack of security information in Arabic. The Rory Peck Trust, in collaboration with the Committee to Protect Journalists and a coalition of international journalist assistance organisations, today launched the Syria Media Safety Resource for local journalists working in the country or on its borders.

August 4, 2015 6:57 PM ET

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Violence and censorship are weakening Latin America democracies

CPJ's Carlos Lauría testifies at congressional hearing on press freedom in the Americas

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015--Deadly violence against the press in the Americas has caused censorship to reach one of its highest points in recent decades, the Committee to Protect Journalists' senior program coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauría, said today in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.

July 29, 2015 2:31 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Iran

CPJ board urges Iran's leaders to intervene in case of jailed Washington Post reporter

Letter marks one year behind bars for Jason Rezaian

New York, July 20, 2015--Thirty-four members of the Committee to Protect Journalists' board of directors today sent a letter urging the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, to intervene in the case of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. The letter comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Rezaian's arrest on July 22, 2014.

July 20, 2015 5:27 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Kenya

Kenya falls short on promises for press freedom

New CPJ report finds worsening climate for journalists in traditionally open Kenya

New York, July 15, 2015--A combination of legal and physical harassment, as well as concentration in media ownership, makes it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely in Kenya, according to "Broken promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press," a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

July 15, 2015 5:23 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Egypt

Record number of journalists in Egyptian jails

Most accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood; more than half worked online

New York, June 25, 2015--The number of journalists in Egyptian jails is the highest since the Committee to Protect Journalists began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990, according to a new census of imprisoned journalists in Egypt released today. Of the 18 journalists behind bars as of June 1, more than one-third are sentenced to life in prison.

June 25, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Syria

Syria tops survey of journalists fleeing into exile

CPJ releases annual report on exiled journalists to commemorate World Refugee Day

New York, June 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists has helped more journalists fleeing into exile from Syria than any other country in the past five years, according to a report released today. Over that period, Syria and Ethiopia surpassed Iran as the leading country from which journalists flee, according to a survey of 452 journalists assisted by CPJ. Eritrea and Somalia, which have both received global attention for their high number of emigrants, also sent dozens of journalists into exile.

June 17, 2015 12:01 AM ET
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