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Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

December 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel...

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by...

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Getting Away With Murder

October 27, 2016 8:00 AM ET

CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant Published October 27, 2016. Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ...

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Connecting Cuba: More space for criticism but restrictions slow press freedom progress

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Cuba’s press, emboldened by President Raúl Castro’s call for reforms in 2010, are finding more space for critical comment, but harassment and intimidation from authorities, a legal limbo caused by outdated and restrictive press laws, and limited and expensive access to the internet is slowing the island nation’s progress toward...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Foreword: Contemplating a free press in Cuba By Ernesto Londoño A free press, at its best, is the conscience of a nation, an indispensable arbiter of truth and righteousness. When it is doing its job well, a free press unearths unpleasant truths, holds people in power accountable and champions marginalized...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Executive Summary: Cuba’s media vitally transformed but cautious approach is slowing progress By Carlos Lauría A lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary, and an innovative breed of independent reporters who are critical of, yet still support socialist ideas have vitally transformed Cuba’s...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Cuba’s evolving news agenda At the Argos Theatre in Havana, Yenys Laura Prieto Velazco purchased a ticket for Diez Millones, a popular play about a Cuban family torn apart by the ideological fanaticism of the Cuban revolution and by the father’s departure to the U.S. during the 1980 Mariel boatlift....

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Staying connected in an offline world By Alexandra Ellerbeck For Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, founder of Periodismo de Barrio, internet access in poorly connected Cuba comes at a premium. “Our reporters have less than 10 hours a month of internet access,” she told CPJ during the Latin American Studies Association conference...

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Connecting Cuba

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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Dangerous pursuit: In India, journalists who cover corruption may pay with their lives

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

In the 27 cases of journalists murdered for their work in India since CPJ began keeping records in 1992, there have been no convictions. More than half of those killed reported regularly on corruption. The cases of Jagendra Singh, Umesh Rajput, and Akshay Singh, who died between 2011 and 2015,...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Foreword: Journalism as well as journalists in danger from failure to stand up for India’s press P. Sainath This report by the Committee to Protect Journalists does more than tell us that reporting in India can be a dangerous business. Rural and small-town journalists are at greater risk of being...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Impunity and lack of solidarity expose India’s journalists to attack By Sumit Galhotra Corruption scandals make for attention-grabbing headlines, but when journalists who expose wrongdoing are killed, their murder is often the end of the story. For eight years India has been a fixture on the Committee to Protect Journalists’...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Jagendra Singh: discredited after death By Sumit Galhotra and Raksha Kumar Covered in burns and writhing in pain, Jagendra Singh cries out, “They could have arrested me. Why did they have to beat me and set me on fire?” In the video, filmed at a hospital in Lucknow where Jagendra...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

In search of justice for Umesh Rajput By Sumit Galhotra and Raksha Kumar Parmeshwar Rajput walked exhausted into his lawyer’s office in Bilaspur, weighed down by a black bag filled with court documents, police records, and newspaper clippings about his brother’s death, after the six-hour train and motorbike journey he...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

The mysterious death of Akshay Singh By Sumit Galhotra “After his death, I am left alone with the responsibility of taking care of my family,” Pakshi Singh said during a phone call. Nearly a year after losing her brother, the investigative journalist Akshay Singh, she was still unable to speak....

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Pursuit of truth comes at heavy price for India’s Right to Information activists By Aayush Soni Ever since India’s Right to Information Act was passed in 2005, it has empowered citizens to challenge the opaqueness of state and federal government decision-making. Activists across India have used the act to expose...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:...

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Dangerous Pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Appendix: Journalists murdered in India Cases of journalists murdered in direct retaliation for their work between 1992 and July 2016. A full list of journalists killed in relation to their work, alongside cases that CPJ is investigating, can be found here. Details of CPJ's methodology for killed cases can be...

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Dangerous pursuit

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

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Critics Are Not Criminals: Comparative Study of Criminal Defamation Laws in the Americas

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

Criminal defamation prosecutions are still widespread throughout the Americas. In a new special report, prepared by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, CPJ finds a total of 32 out of 33 countries in the hemisphere maintain criminal penalties for defamation....

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Critics Not Criminals: Acknowledgements

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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Critics Not Criminals: Foreword

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

Despite a growing consensus that criminal defamation laws should be abolished, there has been an alarming resurgence of their use in the Americas. From North America to South America, over two-thirds of the governments in the region routinely use these laws to silence dissent and to deprive citizens of information...

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Critics Not Criminals: Introduction

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

After three decades of democratization, the current state of freedom of expression in Latin America is undoubtedly more open than in the period of military rule. But the legislative and judicial reforms necessary to institutionalize freedom of expression are still widely lacking....

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Critics Not Criminals: Regional Jurisprudence

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

Below is a summary of the key Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“IACtHR”) decisions rendered on issues of criminal defamation since 2001. Although holdings from the IACtHR are not controlling in all jurisdictions in the Americas, they provide useful guidance on this type of case and set important precedents for...

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Criminal Defamation Laws in North America

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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Critics Not Criminals: Executive Summary

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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Criminal Defamation Laws in Central America

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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Criminal Defamation Laws in The Caribbean

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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Criminal Defamation Laws in South America

March 2, 2016 11:00 AM ET

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