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Gulf countries order Qatar to close Al-Jazeera and other outlets

June 23, 2017 2:10 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--A group of Arab countries today issued Qatar a list of demands, including that the Gulf nation close media outlets that it funds, among them the broadcasters Al-Jazeera and Arabi 21, and the websites Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. The demands are a prerequisite...

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CPJ welcomes Michael De Dora as Washington Advocacy Manager

June 21, 2017 1:23 PM ET

New York,June 21, 2017 --The Committee to Protect Journalists has created the new position of Washington Advocacy Manager to lead efforts to advance press freedom around the world with the U.S. government and other policymakers in Washington, D.C. Michael De Dora will be the first to occupy the post....

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Turkey releases French photographer Mathias Depardon

June 9, 2017 2:54 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2017--Turkish authorities should allow French photographer Mathias Depardon to live and work freely in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Depardon's lawyer, Emine Şeker, told CPJ that the photographer was deported to France today....

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Myanmar officials pledge to reform law used to jail journalists

June 9, 2017 6:00 AM ET

မြန်မာဘာသာ Yangon, Myanmar, June 9, 2017--Legislation to remove criminal penalties from a law used to imprison journalists on defamation charges will soon be introduced in Myanmar's legislature, a senior official of the Ministry of Information told a visiting delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday....

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UAE threatens 15 years in prison for expressions of 'sympathy' with Qatar

June 7, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should clearly and immediately repudiate Emirati Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi's threats to imprison and fine anyone who criticizes the United Arab Emirates' stance toward Qatar or who expresses any "sympathy" for Qatar, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Saudi Arabia orders Al-Jazeera bureau closed

June 7, 2017 12:21 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--The Saudi Ministry of Media should immediately reverse its order to close the office of Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and allow the satellite channel and all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Saudi government on June 5 revoked the...

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Jordan revokes Al-Jazeera license amid Qatar tensions

June 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2017--Jordan's Ministry of Information today revoked the license for Qatar broadcaster Al-Jazeera and said it will close the broadcaster's Jordanian office. In an announcement reported by the state-run Petra News Agency, the ministry said its actions came after "reviewing the crisis" between Qatar and neighboring...

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The Committee to Protect Journalists launches new Fellowships Program

June 1, 2017 10:38 AM ET

New York, June 1, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced the launch of the Patti Birch Fellowships Program to honor the legacy of Patti Birch. The Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation made a generous bequest to CPJ in early 2017 to honor Birch's lifelong commitment to freedom of...

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Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Kathleen Carroll as chair of the board

May 26, 2017 1:04 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Kathleen Carroll has been elected chair of its board of directors. The board voted yesterday for Carroll, whose term will run from 2017 to 2020, to succeed Sandra Mims Rowe, who served two terms as chairman from 2011...

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Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

May 24, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--The Ethiopian Federal High Court's conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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