Press Releases / 2013

Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists

December 30, 2013 12:01 AM ET

CPJ RELEASES ANNUAL REPORT ON KILLED JOURNALISTS New York, December 30, 2013--Syria remained the most deadly place for journalists on the job in 2013, while Iraq and Egypt each saw a spike in fatal violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a new report. At least 70 journalists...

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Turkey worst jailer of journalists for second year in a row

December 18, 2013 3:16 PM ET

CPJ RELEASES ANNUAL PRISON CENSUS New York, December 18, 2013-- For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China. Together, the three countries accounted for more than half of all journalists imprisoned around the world, the Committee to Protect...

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Four journalists honored for commitment to press freedom

November 27, 2013 1:21 PM ET

New York, November 27, 2013--Four journalists from Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 23rd annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of repression and censorship....

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Leak probes, surveillance constrict freedom of the press in U.S.

October 10, 2013 10:08 AM ET

Washington, October 10, 2013--The Obama administration's aggressive war on leaks and other efforts to control information are without precedent, according to 30 experienced Washington journalists interviewed for a new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report found that despite President Barack Obama's promise to head the...

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CPJ: Turkey Press Freedom Crisis Worsens Post-Gezi

September 16, 2013 10:00 PM ET

Ankara, September 17, 2013--Heated anti-press rhetoric, the firing of leading journalists, threats to restrict online speech, and a series of physical and legal assaults further damaged the press freedom environment in Turkey in the months following the Gezi Park protests that began last May. In a letter to Prime Minister...

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Olympics: Next IOC Leader Should Back Rights Reforms

August 23, 2013 12:05 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2013--The next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should ensure that future host countries comply with human rights in full accordance with the Olympic Charter, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said today. On August 2, 2013, Human Rights Watch and...

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:01 AM ET

New York, August 14, 2013--More than two years after the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, a deeply polarized Egyptian press has been battered by an array of repressive tactics, from the legal and physical intimidation of Mohamed Morsi's tenure to the wide censorship of the new military-backed government, the Committee...

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Press attacks, repression foster self-censorship in Tanzania

August 5, 2013 3:05 PM ET

Nairobi, August 6, 2013--A rise in anti-press attacks set against a backdrop of repressive laws, and the long-term censorship of one critical publication is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a new report released today. Despite Tanzania's reputation for transparency and...

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Violence, jail, threats force journalists into exile

June 19, 2013 12:01 AM ET

CPJ launches 2012-2013 Journalists in Exile special report New York, June 19, 2013--Fifty-five journalists from 21 countries fled their homes due to violence, imprisonment, and death threats in the past year, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.The annual survey, marking World Refugee Day on June 20,...

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Burma Falters, Backtracks on Press Freedoms

June 12, 2013 4:03 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--Burma's media continue to face threats and obstacles to free reporting despite recent reforms, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released today. A new draft publishing bill and the failure to reform existing restrictive laws jeopardize still limited freedoms of expression...

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