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Statements   |   Gambia

Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder

Deyda Hydara and his wife Maria circa 1989. Arrest warrants are issued for two suspects in the journalist's killing. (Hydara family)

New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports.

May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET

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Statements   |   Afghanistan

At least six killed in attack on Afghanistan television station

New York, May 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns today's attack on a state television station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The four-hour attack on the Jalalabad office of National Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA) killed at least six people and injured at least 18 others, according to media reports.

May 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

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Statements   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, pictured at a book launch in November 2016. The Mexican journalist was killed in Sinaloa state May 15. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

New York, May 15, 2017--The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in 2003 in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, according to reports.

May 15, 2017 4:31 PM ET

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Statements   |   Egypt

In Egypt retrial, 2 journalists acquitted, 3 others' sentences reduced

New York, May 8, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the verdict by the Giza Criminal Court acquitting Egyptian journalists Hany Salah-el-Deen and Mosad Al-Barbary, and called on authorities to immediately free Abdullah al-Fakharany, Samhi Mustafa, and Mohamed al-Adly, whose sentences were reduced to five years from 25 years. The rulings came in a retrial of what has become known as the "Raba'a Operations Room" case, relating to coverage of the violent dispersal of a protest at Raba'a Al-Adawiya in Cairo on August 14, 2013, which left hundreds dead.

Statements   |   Internet, Security, UK

Expanded surveillance powers could threaten work of journalists in UK

Journalists from The Northern Echo newspaper in Darlington, England, are among scores of reporters who have been spied on by British police. New draft regulations would further undermine protection of sources. (AP/Raphael Satter)

Brussels, May 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that the U.K. government wants to push telecommunication companies to introduce real-time surveillance and the removal of encryption. On Thursday, The Register published leaked draft regulations detailing how telecommunications operators would be required to grant real-time access to individuals under warrant within 24 hours and hand over "secondary data."

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Mexico's press caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity

Justice for journalists should be priority for government

May 2, 2017 11:37 AM ET

Statements   |   Zambia

Zambian journalist released from prison

Johannesburg, April 25, 2017--The unconditional release of Zambian journalist Chanda Chimba is a welcome end to the injustice he has suffered, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chimba, who has advanced prostate cancer, was released on April 21 following a pardon on humanitarian grounds from Zambian President Edgar Lungu, Zambian media reported and Chimba's lawyer, Charles Lisita, told CPJ today.

April 25, 2017 3:07 PM ET

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Statements   |   Cameroon

In Cameroon, Ahmed Abba sentenced to 10 years in jail

Ahmed Abba is serving a 10-year jail sentence. (RFI)

New York, April 24, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to make a payment of 55 million Central African francs (US$91,133) Abba's lawyer Clément Nakong, told CPJ. Abba, who has been held in pretrial detention for 635 days, was convicted of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts," last week. Nakong said that he will appeal Abba's sentence within the 10 days set by the court.

April 24, 2017 6:23 PM ET

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Media Advisories

CPJ to release report on journalist murders and impunity in Mexico

New York, April 27, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its report, No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders, on May 2.

April 24, 2017 12:03 PM ET

Statements   |   Cameroon

Cameroonian military court convicts journalist Ahmed Abba of terrorism charges

Ahmed Abba. (RFI)

New York, April 20, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts," according to his lawyer and RFI. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cameroonian authorities not to contest the journalist's appeal and to release him without delay.

April 20, 2017 3:57 PM ET

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