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Statements   |   Iran

Iran says Jason Rezaian sentenced to prison, gives no detail

New York, November 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iranian authorities to release Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term, according to state media reports that provided no additional details. Last month, state media reported that Rezaian, a U.S. citizen who faces espionage and other charges, had been convicted, but did not say on which charges or whether he had been sentenced.

November 22, 2015 11:14 AM ET


Statements   |   Syria, Turkey

CPJ calls for investigation into murder of Syrian journalists in Turkey

New York, October 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Turkish authorities to investigate and bring to justice the murderers of two Syrian journalists found slain in an apartment in the city of Urfa in southeastern Turkey today. Ibrahim Abd al-Qader worked as the executive director and Fares Hamadi as head of the production department for Eye on the Homeland, a Syrian media collective, according to a statement on the group's Facebook page.

October 30, 2015 10:38 AM ET


Press Releases   |   Tunisia

We need a free press to succeed, Tunisia's leaders tell CPJ

Prime Minister vows to protect journalists

Tunis, October 28, 2015--Tunisia's senior leadership vowed in meetings with the Committee to Protect Journalists in Tunis on Wednesday to uphold press freedom as the country transitions to democracy, and to protect journalists assaulted by security forces or threatened by extremists.

October 28, 2015 3:51 PM ET

Press Releases

Security fears lead to press freedom decline in Tunisia

Threats of violence and government restrictions lead to self-censorship, CPJ report finds

New York, October 27, 2015--Tunisian press freedom is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism, CPJ finds in a report released today, "In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears." The report finds that while Islamic militants threaten journalists, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault members of the press.

"Despite the press freedom advances made in Tunisia since the 2011 Arab uprisings began there, new laws have been introduced that could be abused to silence the media," said Sherif Mansour, CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. "Journalists also face threats from extremist groups, with little government protection. These factors combine to form a chilling effect at some news outlets, with editors or media owners reluctant to publish or broadcast critical coverage."

The report, written by Tunis-based journalist Safa Ben Said, examines several troubling pieces of legislation, including a draft bill that would criminalize "denigration" of police or other security forces and anti-terror legislation approved in July that allows for prison sentences of up to five years for anyone found to have praised a terrorist act. The report also finds that Tunisian security forces have resorted to physical violence or threats of violence to obstruct or intimidate journalists.

Threats to journalists' safety also come from extremists. Being squeezed between terrorists and those who purport to fight terrorism is a common predicament for journalists globally, CPJ has found.

The new report includes CPJ's recommendations to the Tunisian government for improving the press freedom climate.


CPJ is an independent, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide.

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The report and CPJ's recommendations are available in Arabic, English, and French.

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October 26, 2015 5:43 PM ET

Media Advisories

CPJ to release report on press freedom in Tunisia

New York, October 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report, "In Tunisia, press freedom erodes amid security fears," on October 27, 2015, at a press conference in Tunis.

October 20, 2015 1:04 PM ET

Statements   |   Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism charges

Nairobi, October 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the acquittal by an Ethiopian court today of four Zone 9 bloggers charged with terrorism. Abel Wabella, Atnaf Berhane, and Natnail Feleke, jailed since April 2014, are scheduled to be released today, while exiled blogger Soleyana S. Gebremichael was acquitted in absentia, news reports said. A fifth Zone 9 blogger, Befekadu Hailu, was acquitted of terrorism charges but is being held on charges of inciting violence, the reports said. His bail hearing is set for Wednesday.

Statements   |   Kenya

Kenyan parliament passes repressive media bill

New York, October 15, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage late Wednesday by Kenya's national assembly of a bill that would impose a harsh fine or two years in jail, or both, for a journalist who is found guilty of defaming the Kenyan parliament or its members. The bill must be approved by the senate and the president before it can become law, according to news reports.

Statements   |   Turkey

CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Turkish editor

New York, October 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Bülent Keneş, editor-in-chief of the English-language daily Today's Zaman, who was arrested on Friday on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Twitter. The daily reported today that the İstanbul 7th Penal Court of Peace ordered Keneş to be released pending trial, but barred him from traveling abroad. Keneş will have to register every Sunday with the local police station.

Statements   |   Turkey

CPJ condemns Bülent Keneş's arrest in Turkey

New York, October 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces today's arrest in Istanbul of Bülent Keneş, the editor-in-chief of the English-language daily newspaper Today's Zaman. Keneş was taken from his office by police after İstanbul 5th Penal Judge of Peace Cevdet Özcan issued the warrant for his arrest on charges of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a series of tweets, according to local press reports.

October 9, 2015 6:13 PM ET


Press Releases

Bangladesh, South Sudan join CPJ's Global Impunity Index

Somalia tops list of countries where journalists are murdered and killers go free

New York, October 8, 2015- The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the two nations onto the Committee to Protect Journalists' Global Impunity Index of countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished.

According to the report released today, "Getting Away With Murder," the worst offender is Somalia, which edges Iraq out of that spot for the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008. One or more journalists have been murdered in Somalia every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate.

October 8, 2015 12:01 PM ET

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