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Honduras court upholds journalist's 10-year prison sentence for defamation

January 15, 2019 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Honduran Supreme Court's decision to uphold a 2016 ruling sentencing journalist David Romero Ellner to 10 years in prison on criminal defamation charges....

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Conviction obtained in 2002 murder of Indian journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti

January 11, 2019 2:03 PM ET

Washington, D.C., January 11, 2019 - India's Central Bureau of Investigation obtained convictions today in the 2002 murder of journalist Ram Chandler Chaterpatti, editor of the Hindi-language newspaper Poora Sach, according to news reports. The CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana state, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, head of the...

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In Canada, police block media from covering break up of indigenous pipeline protest

January 8, 2019 5:27 PM ET

New York, January 8, 2019--The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) yesterday blocked reporters from covering a pipeline protest near Houston, British Columbia, where police were due to dismantle camps set up by indigenous activists, according to reports....

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Journalists, press freedom take center stage for Times Square New Year's Eve celebration

December 31, 2018 4:45 AM ET

New York, December 31, 2018--The 2019 Times Square New Year's Eve ball drop in New York City will ring in the year with a celebration of press freedom and the importance of journalism. Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the co-organizers of the iconic annual event, have chosen the Committee...

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In Zambia, journalist jailed for 18 months for contempt of court

December 21, 2018 1:47 PM ET

Nairobi, December 21, 2018--Zambia's Supreme Court yesterday sentenced Derrick Sinjela, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Rainbow Newspaper, to 18 months in prison for contempt of court. Sinjela was convicted in September in relation to articles that accused the Supreme Court of corruption and questioned its handling of a case...

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Sudan must stop trying to censor newspapers, websites

December 21, 2018 1:44 PM ET

Washington D.C, December 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to stop trying to stifle news coverage of this week's widespread anti-government protests. Internet service in Sudan, including access to social media websites, was disrupted today, according to Access Now and NetBlocks, two organizations that...

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Number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting nearly doubles

December 19, 2018 12:01 AM ET

Afghanistan deadliest country for journalists worldwide in 2018 New York, December 19, 2018--At least 53 journalists were killed on the job this year, 34 of whom were targeted for murder in reprisal for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual analysis. The numbers, which represent those...

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Committee to Protect Journalists and First Look Media's Press Freedom Defense Fund Announce Legal Support to Defend Fearless Journalism

December 18, 2018 10:00 AM ET

International Center for Journalists and Reporters Without Borders Join Fundraising Campaign with Leading Organizations Fighting for Global Press Freedom New York, December 18, 2018 --- The Committee to Protect Journalists and First Look Media's Press Freedom Defense Fund today announced they are partnering on a fundraising campaign to provide legal...

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Venezuela's biggest daily, El Nacional, latest casualty of newsprint restrictions

December 17, 2018 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2018--Venezuela's biggest independent daily, El Nacional, printed its last edition on December 14, its editor and owner Miguel Henrique Otero announced. In an interview published in the paper, Otero, who manages the paper from self-imposed exile in Madrid, said that El Nacional would be available...

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CPJ calls on Brazil to end its use of criminal defamation to persecute journalists

December 13, 2018 6:18 PM ET

New York, December 13, 2018--Brazilian authorities should cease prosecuting journalists for defamation and repeal the country's outdated criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police took Paulo Cezar de Andrade Prado, a blogger known as "Paulinho," into custody on November 9 to serve a prison sentence...

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