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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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Attacks on the Press: CPJ to release annual assessment of press freedom

New York, April 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines, its annual assessment of the state of press freedom worldwide, on April 27.

April 22, 2015 4:44 PM 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

Statements   |   Iran

CPJ condemns Iran's espionage charges against Jason Rezaian

New York, April 20, 2015--CPJ is alarmed by reports of official charges levied against Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian. The charges included espionage, "collaborating with hostile governments," "propaganda against the establishment," and allegations that he gathered information "about internal and foreign policy," the Post reported today. His case file presents no evidence to justify the charges, according to a statement from Rezaian's lawyer Leila Ahsan, the Post reported.

April 20, 2015 12:53 PM ET

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Statements   |   China

Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to seven years

New York, April 17, 2015--A Beijing court today convicted Chinese journalist Gao Yu of leaking state secrets and handed her a seven-year sentence, according to news reports. Gao, a freelance journalist, has written about Chinese politics, the economy, and social trends for Chinese media in Hong Kong and overseas. She was arrested in April 2014, a few months before the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

April 17, 2015 9:36 AM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

Pro-Russia journalist shot dead in Ukraine

New York, April 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ukrainian authorities to identify the motive in the murder of Oles Buzina, former editor of the independent news website Segodnya, in Kiev early today. Buzina was gunned down outside of his home by two masked men who fled the scene, according to news reports. Ukraine's interior ministry has launched an investigation into the murder, the agency said on its website.

April 16, 2015 12:46 PM ET

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CPJ to release list of 10 most censored countries

New York, April 14, 2015-The Committee to Protect Journalists' list of the 10 Most Censored Countries will be released on April 21, 2015. The updated ranking of where the news media is most restricted is based on CPJ research into the use of repressive government tactics such as imprisonment, draconian laws, harassment of journalists, and restrictions on Internet access. The report includes profiles of the countries and their varied means of censorship.

April 14, 2015 11:21 AM ET

Statements   |   France

French-language global TV network TV5Monde hacked

New York, April 9, 2015--The French-language global TV network TV5Monde was disrupted for three hours on Wednesday night by hackers claiming to belong to the militant group Islamic State, according to news reports. The hackers seized control of 11 channels as well as the network's website and social media accounts, the reports said. TV5Monde restored its signal by Thursday morning, but said TV broadcasts would take longer to return to normal.

April 9, 2015 10:55 AM ET

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Statements   |   China, Internet, Security, USA

UPDATE: Google, Mozilla revoke authority of CNNIC after breach of trust

San Francisco, April 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Google's plan to revoke the authority of root certificates belonging to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) following CNNIC's major breach of the trust placed in them to underpin global Internet security. Mozilla also said it will not trust any CNNIC certificates dated after April 1, and is considering further action.

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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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