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Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists

December 30, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The conflict in Syria, a spike in Iraqi bloodshed, and political violence in Egypt accounted for the high number of journalists killed on the job in 2013. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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Second worst year on record for jailed journalists

December 18, 2013 12:01 AM ET

For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world’s leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China. The number of journalists in prison globally decreased from a year earlier but remains close to historical highs. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser...

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The Obama Administration and the Press

October 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise. Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press....

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CPJ's recommendations to the Obama administration

October 10, 2013 10:00 AM ET

CPJ is disturbed by the pattern of actions by the Obama administration that have chilled the flow of information on issues of great public interest, including matters of national security. The administration's war on leaks to the press through the use of secret subpoenas against news organizations, its assertion through...

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On the Divide

August 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt Hopes for press freedom were high after the 2011 revolution ousted Hosni Mubarak, led to an explosion of private media outlets, and set the country on a path to a landmark presidential election. But more than two years later, a deeply polarized Egyptian press...

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

1. Morsi’s Failures By Sherif Mansour In June 2012, three days before Mohamed Morsi was declared winner of the presidential election, Bassem Youssef, satirist and host of Egypt’s “Al-Bernameg,” defended the Muslim Brotherhood candidate during an appearance on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” He asked the U.S. audience to give...

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

The Killing of Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif By Sherif Mansour The fatal shooting of El-Fagr reporter Al-Hosseiny Abou Deif during clashes between anti-government protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside the presidential palace last December seemed, at first blush, to fit a sadly familiar pattern: a journalist killed covering a political demonstration,...

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:03 AM ET

2. Military Censorship By Sherif Mansour A swarm of police vehicles converged on Media Production City moments after Gen. Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi announced on July 3 that Mohamed Morsi had been ousted. The compound outside Cairo is home to nearly every TV station in Egypt, but the police were targeting five...

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:02 AM ET

NGO Case Criminalizes Human Rights Work By Jean-Paul Marthoz A criminal case that was launched under the previous transitional military government has cast a shadow over the current government, with its implications that international human rights and democracy workers are somehow foreign agents working against national security....

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On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

August 14, 2013 12:02 AM ET

3. CPJ's Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Egyptian authorities, political parties, and news media, and to the international community....

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The invisible plight of the Tanzanian press

August 6, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The Tanzanian government enjoys good international publicity for transparency, but news of public discontent is not being heard. A spike in anti-press attacks is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists. A CPJ special report by Tom Rhodes...

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Journalists in exile 2013

June 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET

Somalis, Syrians flee violence; Iran crackdown deepens Fifty-five journalists fled their homes in the past year with help from the Committee to Protect Journalists. The most common reason to go into exile was the threat of violence, such as in Somalia and Syria, two of the most deadly countries in...

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Audio: Exiled Somali journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur

June 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET

In our special report, "Journalists in Exile," CPJ examines the issues facing journalists who are forced to flee their countries due to intimidation, threats, or fear of imprisonment. Abdiaziz, 26, a Somali journalist exiled in Uganda, contributed to local and international media outlets before being arrested in January 2013....

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Audio: Exiled Afghan journalist Barat Ali Batoor

June 19, 2013 12:00 AM ET

In our special report, "Journalists in Exile," CPJ examines the issues facing journalists who are forced to flee their countries due to intimidation, threats, or fear of imprisonment. Batoor, 29, an Afghan photojournalist, began receiving threats soon after a photo essay he worked on, "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,"...

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Burma falters, backtracks on press freedom

June 13, 2013 12:03 AM ET

The media landscape in Burma is more open than ever, as President Thein Sein releases imprisoned journalists and abolishes the former censorship regime. But many threats and obstacles to truly unfettered reporting remain, including restrictive laws held over from the previous military regime. The wider government’s commitment to a...

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Online and in danger in Burma

June 13, 2013 12:02 AM ET

Early moves by Thein Sein to ease Internet censorship are viewed as a limited concession to press freedom, since Burma has one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in the world. Now, planned foreign investments in mobile infrastructure promise to expand access, but a draft telecommunications law would leave intact...

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An uneasy homecoming for Burma's exile media

June 13, 2013 12:01 AM ET

The return of exiled Burmese media groups is one of the clearest signs of the country’s improved reporting environment, but the outlets may struggle to compete as Western donors reduce funding. Furthermore, journalists are worried about losing the editorial independence they enjoyed in exile. By Shawn W. Crispin...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Pakistan's Endangered Press And the Perilous Web of Militancy, Security, and Politics More than 20 journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work in Pakistan over the past decade. Not one case has been solved, not a single conviction won. This perfect record of impunity has fostered an...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Introduction By Bob Dietz At least 42 journalists have been killed—23 of them murdered—in direct relation to their work in Pakistan in the past decade, CPJ research shows. Not one murder since 2003 has been solved, not a single conviction won. Despite repeated demands from Pakistani and international journalist...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

1. The Murder of Wali Khan Babar On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the airwaves: Popular and handsome, he was a Pashtun from Zhob...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: Verbatim: Threats, Promises, and Fears “No half-hearted police measures or words of consolation from the highest offices in the land will suffice in the aftermath of the brutal treatment meted out to journalist Umar Cheema of The News.” —Editorial in the newspaper Dawn condemning the September 2010 abduction and beating of...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

2. A Death in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa On the evening of January 17, 2012, a year and four days after Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was gunned down on a busy street in Karachi, Mukarram Khan Aatif, a senior journalist in the tribal region of Pakistan, was offering evening...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: For VOA Reporters, a Difficult Balance The Taliban’s claim that they murdered Voice of America reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif because he failed to present their perspective in his stories was deeply troubling—if not terrifying—to the local reporters of the U.S. government-funded news agency....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

3. Intimidation, Manipulation, and Retribution A couple of years ago, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Umar Cheema, and other prominent figures in the news media began going public with the threats they were receiving from intelligence agencies. It was a risky calculation, but the silence, they reasoned, encouraged intimidation and...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: ‘In case something happens to me’ Seven months before his murder, Asia Times Online reporter Saleem Shahzad was summoned to a meeting with Rear Adm. Adnan Nazir, director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s media wing. During the October 17, 2010, meeting, Shahzad said, he was pressured to retract a...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Conclusion The murder of Saleem Shahzad in May 2011 galvanized journalists across Pakistan in a way that few other events have. For a short time their power as a “union” was felt. They secured a commission of inquiry. They named ISI officers who had threatened Shahzad and many other...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Pakistani authorities, the Pakistani news media, and the international community....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Appendix Journalists Killed 2003-2012: Motive Confirmed CPJ research has determined that 42 journalists were killed in Pakistan in direct relation to their work from January 1, 2003, through December 31, 2012. An additional 12 journalists were killed in unclear circumstances during the time period. Capsule reports on each death...

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Video: Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:00 AM ET

The unsolved murders of three Pakistani journalists reflect a government that is not guaranteeing the rule of law or fundamental human rights. CPJ's Bob Dietz narrates. Animation by Dave Mayers and production by Dana Chivvis Read our accompanying special report, "Roots of Impunity," which examines the culture of anti-press...

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As election nears, Iran's journalists are in chains

May 8, 2013 4:55 PM ET

Iran continues to jail dozens of journalists, stifling critical news coverage and commentary. Crucial links to the international community have been cut off as the June presidential vote approaches. A CPJ special report by Sherif Mansour ...

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Video: Iran's journalists in chains

May 8, 2013 4:51 PM ET

Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died from abuse suffered in Evin Prison. In this video, produced by IranWire in cooperation with CPJ, Beheshti's mother describes the anguish she has endured and asks for support for all the other journalists and political prisoners being held in Iran. In all, 40 journalists...

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Getting Away With Murder

May 2, 2013 12:01 AM ET

CPJ’s 2013 Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 6:00 PM ET

The shifting dynamics of censorship and control As Xi Jinping takes office as president of China, the citizenry he governs is more sophisticated and interconnected than any before, largely because of the Internet. A complex digital censorship system--combined with a more traditional approach to media control, such as jailing journalists--keeps...

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Video: A Chinese journalist's inside view of censorship

March 11, 2013 5:59 PM ET

Journalist Liu Jianfeng worked in China’s state-controlled media for nearly two decades. Eventually, frustration with the system and pressure from his colleagues prompted him to quit. He continues to report on public issues such as land grabs, and hopes to find a new model for investigative journalism in China....

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:58 PM ET

Preface By David Schlesinger There is nothing like reading a report on China and the media to highlight the mass of contradictions that is the country today....

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:57 PM ET

1. Beyond censors' reach, free expression thrives, to a point By Sophie Beach On March 24, 2012, investigative journalist Yang Haipeng posted on his Sina Weibo microblog a story he had heard that alleged a link between Neil Heywood, an English businessman who had been found dead in a Chongqing...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:56 PM ET

2. Although not explicit, legal threats to journalists persist By Madeline Earp Even as China’s virtual landscape buzzes with criticism of social injustices, government policy, and propaganda directives, independent journalism and expression are still perceived by the Communist Party as explicit political threats. Authorities also exploit vague legal language to...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:55 PM ET

3. Made in China: Models for media and censorship By Danny O’Brien and Madeline Earp As the founding editor, in 2005, of the Liberian online investigative news site FrontPage Africa, Rodney Sieh has fought off lawsuits, imprisonment, and death threats. In the face of such pressures, he has still managed...

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Challenged in China

March 11, 2013 5:54 PM ET

4. CPJ's Recommendations CPJ offers the following recommendations to Chinese authorities and the international community....

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Internet usage in China

March 11, 2013 5:53 PM ET

Over the past 10 years, China’s media environment has been transformed by the explosion of the Internet and, since 2010, the phenomenon of weibo, or microblogs, which now have more than 309 million users. Click through the slideshow to see how Internet use has evolved....

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Journalists Imprisoned in China

March 11, 2013 5:52 PM ET

China consistently imprisons dozens of journalists, usually under anti-state laws. The makeup of the prisoners has evolved with the rise of the Internet and as ethnic minorities are increasingly targeted amid unrest in prominently Tibetan and Uighur regions. Below, click on years and categories to see the journalists jailed...

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Bo Xilai Scandal: How news breaks in China

March 11, 2013 5:51 PM ET

Chinese censors worked overtime to squelch reports of the downfall of former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai and the arrest of his wife on murder charges. But savvy journalists and Internet users stayed with the story and soon it commanded international headlines. Click through the timeline to see how...

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