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Statements   |   Mexico

Journalist gunned down outside radio station in Mexico

New York, July 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's murder of Mexican journalist Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento in Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz, a municipality in the southern state of Oaxaca. Sánchez was shot at about 9:30 a.m. outside the offices of radio station La Favorita 103.3FM La Voz de la Sierra Sur, where he hosted a news program, according to news reports. The journalist had also written for local newspapers, according to reports. Sánchez had received threatening phone calls, reports said, without providing further details.

Statements   |   Swaziland

Swaziland releases Bheki Makhubu after 15 months in jail

New York, June 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by the Swaziland Supreme Court to release from prison Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation, who has been in jail since March 2014 along with human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, after the crown prosecution said it would not defend an appeal against their conviction, according to news reports.

Press Releases   |   Egypt

Record number of journalists in Egyptian jails

Most accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood; more than half worked online

New York, June 25, 2015--The number of journalists in Egyptian jails is the highest since the Committee to Protect Journalists began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990, according to a new census of imprisoned journalists in Egypt released today. Of the 18 journalists behind bars as of June 1, more than one-third are sentenced to life in prison.

June 25, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Statements   |   USA

CPJ welcomes U.S. government's new hostage policy

New York, June 24, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the new U.S. policy announced today which states that families of American hostages seeking to negotiate with or pay ransom to the abductors will not be threatened with criminal prosecution. The White House will also create an office to work with the families of the hostages, according to news reports. U.S. President Barack Obama ordered a review of the policy following the murders in 2014 of kidnapped U.S. freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, news reports said.

Statements   |   Egypt, Germany

Al-Jazeera journalist detained while headed to Qatar

New York, June 21, 2015--An Al-Jazeera journalist was detained on Saturday in Berlin while headed to Qatar, according to news reports. Ahmad Mansour, a British-Egyptian TV host for the Qatar-based broadcaster, was detained in connection with an Egyptian arrest warrant dating back to a 2014 conviction in Egypt on politically motivated charges, news reports said. Mansour, who was convicted in absentia, denied the allegations. Mansour's arrest comes just months after the release of three Al-Jazeera journalists who were imprisoned in Egypt for more than a year.

June 21, 2015 12:33 PM ET

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Media Advisories   |   Egypt

CPJ to release census of journalists jailed in Egypt

New York, June 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a census of journalists imprisoned in Egypt on June 25, 2015.

June 17, 2015 6:01 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Syria

Syria tops survey of journalists fleeing into exile

CPJ releases annual report on exiled journalists to commemorate World Refugee Day

New York, June 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists has helped more journalists fleeing into exile from Syria than any other country in the past five years, according to a report released today. Over that period, Syria and Ethiopia surpassed Iran as the leading country from which journalists flee, according to a survey of 452 journalists assisted by CPJ. Eritrea and Somalia, which have both received global attention for their high number of emigrants, also sent dozens of journalists into exile.

June 17, 2015 12:01 AM ET

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Media freedom advocate Emin Huseynov flees Azerbaijan as Baku hosts European Games

New York, June 13, 2015-Azerbaijani journalist Emin Huseynov was flown into exile in Switzerland on June 12, a few hours after the opening ceremony of the European Games in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, according to reports. Fearing imminent arrest during the country's crackdown on rights groups and the press, Huseynov, the director of media freedom group Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, went into hiding in the Swiss embassy in Baku in August, according to reports.

Statements   |   Canada, Somalia

CPJ welcomes arrest of suspect behind Somali kidnapping

New York, June 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest in Canada on Thursday of Ali Omar Ader, a Somali allegedly involved in the 2008 kidnapping of journalists Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan, and Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, a Somali fixer and photojournalist. Ali, who appeared briefly in court in Ottawa today, is alleged to be the main negotiator of the kidnappers and faces hostage-taking charges, according to a statement by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Media Advisories   |   Syria

Exiled: When the most dangerous place for journalists is your country

CPJ to release report on exiled journalists to commemorate World Refugee Day

New York, June 11, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report on journalists forced into exile on June 17, 2015, to mark World Refugee Day on June 20.

The report, headlined "Exiled: When the most dangerous place for journalists is your country," follows the journeys of four Syrian journalists who were harassed, threatened, detained or attacked by the Assad regime or militant groups such as Islamic State--or both--before deciding to flee. The report includes global data on exiled journalists over the past five years, including the top countries from which they fled, the top host countries, and the reasons for fleeing.

June 12, 2015 12:11 PM ET

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