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Bebe Santa-Wood
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Belarusian journalist Aliaksandr Ivulin sentenced to 2 years in prison for protest coverage

New York, January 19, 2022 – In response to the sentencing of Belarusian journalist Aliaksandr Ivulin to two years imprisonment on Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “Belarusian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Aliaksandr Ivulin and let all members of the press work freely and safely,” said…

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Report on press freedom finds mix of problems and progress under Biden administration

New York, January 13, 2022 – One year into office, President Joe Biden’s administration has emphasized the importance of global press freedom and improved daily relations with U.S. media – but has yet to turn many promises into action, according to a special report by Leonard Downie Jr. for the Committee to Protect Journalists. The…

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Committee to Protect Journalists names Jodie Ginsberg as its new president

New York, January 10, 2022 – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today named Jodie Ginsberg as its new President. Ginsberg will succeed Joel Simon, who stepped down at the end of 2021 after leading the organization for 15 years. A journalist by profession, Ginsberg, 44, has served since March 2020 as Chief Executive Officer…

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Two Haitian journalists killed while reporting on gang violence in Port-au-Prince

Miami, January 7, 2022 – Haitian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the brutal killings of journalists John Wesley Amady and Wilguens Louis-Saint, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, suspected gang members shot Amady and Louis-Saint while they were reporting on the lack of…

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CPJ to publish report on press freedom under the Biden administration

New York, January 5, 2022– The Committee to Protect Journalists will release “‘Night and day’: The Biden administration and the press,” a special report examining what the White House has done to support domestic and global press freedom in the 12 months since President Joe Biden’s inauguration. The report, written by former Washington Post Executive…

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Hong Kong police raid Stand News, arrest 6 for alleged sedition

New York, December 28, 2021 – In response to Hong Kong authorities’ raid on Stand News today and the arrests of six people affiliated with the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “The arrests of six people associated with Stand News amounts to an open assault on Hong Kong’s…

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Inter-American Court of Human Rights finds Ecuador responsible in El Universo libel case

New York, December 23, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a recent decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to hold Ecuador responsible for violating the right to free expression in a 2011 libel suit against the El Universo newspaper. “The Inter-American Court’s decision in the El Universo case offers long-overdue…

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Multi-year prison terms for Egyptian journalists Alaa Abdelfattah and Mohamed Oxygen ‘unacceptable’

New York, December 20, 2021 – In response to a Cairo court’s sentencing today of journalists Alaa Abdelfattah and Mohamed Oxygen to multi-year prison terms, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “Egypt’s sentencing of journalists Alaa Abdelfattah and Mohamed Oxygen to years in prison is unacceptable, and demonstrates the lengths…

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CPJ’s Steven Butler: China’s sentencing of Jimmy Lai over Tiananmen Square vigil is ‘despicable’

Taipei, December 13, 2021 — In response to a Hong Kong court’s decision today to sentence Jimmy Lai, founder of the Next Digital media company and the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, to 13 months imprisonment over his alleged connection to a 2020 vigil marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Committee to Protect…

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, pictured in a prison van in the U.K. on May 1, 2019. The U.S. has disclosed charges under the Espionage Act against Assange. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

UK ruling on extraditing Wikileaks’ Assange ‘seriously damages journalism’

New York, December 10, 2021–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed deep disappointment at a British court’s decision to uphold the United States Justice Department’s appeal to extradite Julian Assange, which allows the U.S. to continue pursuing the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder, according to news reports.  “On the same day the Nobel Peace Prize…

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