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Journalists honored for courageous reporting

International Press Freedom Awards go to Ethiopian bloggers, Malaysian cartoonist, Paraguayan crime reporter, Syrian citizen journalists

New York, November 25, 2015--Journalists from Ethiopia, Malaysia, Paraguay, and Syria were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 25th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as physical attack, imprisonment, exile, and murder.

"These awardees go forward with their work in the face of threats from repressive governments, drug cartels, Islamic State, and other terrorists and thugs determined to stifle the truth," said Joel Simon, CPJ's executive director. "In recognizing these fearless journalists, we send a message of support to journalists everywhere--and a message to authoritarian actors that we are watching."

November 25, 2015 11:55 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Tunisia

We need a free press to succeed, Tunisia's leaders tell CPJ

Prime Minister vows to protect journalists

Tunis, October 28, 2015--Tunisia's senior leadership vowed in meetings with the Committee to Protect Journalists in Tunis on Wednesday to uphold press freedom as the country transitions to democracy, and to protect journalists assaulted by security forces or threatened by extremists.

October 28, 2015 3:51 PM ET

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Security fears lead to press freedom decline in Tunisia

Threats of violence and government restrictions lead to self-censorship, CPJ report finds

New York, October 27, 2015--Tunisian press freedom is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism, CPJ finds in a report released today, "In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears." The report finds that while Islamic militants threaten journalists, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault members of the press.

"Despite the press freedom advances made in Tunisia since the 2011 Arab uprisings began there, new laws have been introduced that could be abused to silence the media," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "Journalists also face threats from extremist groups, with little government protection. These factors combine to form a chilling effect at some news outlets, with editors or media owners reluctant to publish or broadcast critical coverage."

The report, written by Tunis-based journalist Safa Ben Said, examines several troubling pieces of legislation, including a draft bill that would criminalize "denigration" of police or other security forces and anti-terror legislation approved in July that allows for prison sentences of up to five years for anyone found to have praised a terrorist act. The report also finds that Tunisian security forces have resorted to physical violence or threats of violence to obstruct or intimidate journalists.

Threats to journalists' safety also come from extremists. Being squeezed between terrorists and those who purport to fight terrorism is a common predicament for journalists globally, CPJ has found.

The new report includes CPJ's recommendations to the Tunisian government for improving the press freedom climate.


CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.

Note to Editors:

The report and CPJ's recommendations are available in Arabic, English, and French.

Media contacts:

Samantha Libby

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Ashley Parent

Communications Associate

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October 26, 2015 5:43 PM ET

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Bangladesh, South Sudan join CPJ's Global Impunity Index

Somalia tops list of countries where journalists are murdered and killers go free

New York, October 8, 2015- The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished.

According to the report released today, "Getting Away With Murder," the worst offender is Somalia, which edges Iraq out of that spot for the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008. One or more journalists have been murdered in Somalia every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate.

October 8, 2015 12:01 PM ET

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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
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