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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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Cartoonists are vulnerable worldwide, CPJ report finds

CPJ releases global assessment of threats faced by cartoonists

New York, May 19, 2015--The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the cartoons themselves, according to a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. In one case examined in the report, political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as "Zunar," faces more than 40 years in prison if found guilty of sedition during a trial that is due to begin in Malaysia on May 20.

May 19, 2015 11:49 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Olympic Officials Should Insist on Prisoner Releases

As European Games Near, EOC Leaders Should End Silence

(Brussels, May 14, 2015) - The leadership of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) should insist that the government of Azerbaijan release journalists and activists ahead of the European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Azerbaijan will host the games, a multi-sport event for over 6,000 athletes, in Baku from June 12-28, 2015.

May 14, 2015 10:05 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: Journalists caught between terrorists and governments

CPJ releases annual assessment of press freedom worldwide

New York, April 27, 2015--Terrorist groups and the governments who purport to fight them have made recent years the most dangerous period to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual global assessment of press freedom, Attacks on the Press, released today. Some journalists are kidnapped or killed by militant groups while others are surveiled, censored, or imprisoned by governments seeking to respond to that threat, real or perceived.

April 27, 2015 11:00 AM ET

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Eritrea most censored country in the world

CPJ highlights controls on Internet, independent media as top censorship tools

New York, April 21, 2015--With journalists often facing a choice of life in exile or prison, and with even reporters for state-run outlets in fear of arrest, Eritrea secures its place as the most censored country in the world, with secretive North Korea coming in close second, according to a list of the 10 Most Censored countries released by the Committee to Protect Journalists today.

April 21, 2015 3:37 PM ET

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Susan Chira of New York Times and David Remnick of New Yorker join CPJ's board of directors

New York, March 30, 2015--New York Times Deputy Executive Editor Susan Chira and David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine, joined the Committee to Protect Journalists' board of directors, the organization said today.

March 30, 2015 4:32 PM ET

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Press Uncuffed: Free the Press Campaign

Collaboration with University of Maryland students highlights journalists jailed worldwide

New York, March 26, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched the Press Uncuffed: Free the Press campaign at the Newseum in Washington to raise awareness about journalists imprisoned around the world in connection with their coverage of news in the public interest. The campaign, conducted in partnership with students at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, highlights nine emblematic cases of imprisoned journalists and calls for their release. At least 221 journalists were behind bars when CPJ conducted its most recent prison census.

March 26, 2015 9:00 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Security

New standards aim to protect freelancers at risk

Press freedom groups, journalists, and news organizations codify global guidelines

New York, February 12, 2015--A global network of freelance journalists, news media companies, advocacy organizations, and journalist safety groups today released a set of guidelines for freelance journalists working dangerous assignments and news organizations making such assignments. The guidelines represent unprecedented collaboration aimed at protecting freelancers in one of the most dangerous times on record for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists was part of this task force.

February 12, 2015 5:30 PM ET

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China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

CPJ RELEASES ANNUAL PRISON CENSUS

New York, December 17, 2014--In the wake of a broad crackdown on free expression since President Xi Jinping took office, China is the world's worst jailer of journalists, with 44 behind bars, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual report on imprisoned journalists released today.

December 17, 2014 12:57 PM ET
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