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In absence of fresh military conflict, journalist killings decline again

December 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET

At least 42 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2017, representing the second consecutive decline from record highs early this decade. Fewer journalists died covering Middle East conflicts and the number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting eased, except in Mexico. A CPJ special report...

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Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

December 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET

For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed to pressure the world’s worst jailers--Turkey, China, and Egypt--into improving the bleak climate for press freedom. A CPJ special report by Elana...

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Getting Away with Murder

October 31, 2017 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2017 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free...

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 2:30 PM ET

Video: Cameroon's journalists face suppression...

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Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017...

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

About This Report This report was written and researched by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJ’s Africa Research Associate contributed research....

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had...

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Journalists Not Terrorists

September 20, 2017 8:00 AM ET

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

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Justice Denied: Ukraine comes up empty in probe of Pavel Sheremet's murder

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

A year after prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, no one has been arrested or prosecuted, even though Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed a swift investigation. Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with...

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Justice denied:

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

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Justice denied:

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

Ukraine must prove its commitment to credibly investigating Sheremet’s murder Pavel Sheremet was a journalist of rare caliber, one whose reporting exemplified the best practices in the countries he covered: Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Despite threats and attacks during his career, Sheremet was not afraid to take on authorities....

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Justice denied:

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

Tough reporting earned Sheremet enemies in three countries KIEV — Olena Prytula was sleeping so deeply that her mind would not be fully alerted to the real-life nightmare unfolding outside her door until she came face to face with it....

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Justice denied:

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

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No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Despite authorities appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes against freedom of expression and establishing a protection mechanism for journalists, a lack of political will to...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

About This Report This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Covering corruption in Mexico means living with impunity By Adela Navarro Bello It is a feeling of frustration that stays with you. Current affairs in Mexico today are dominated by two prevalent issues: corruption and impunity. Every story, breaking news or media report originates from these two issues. And to...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Fighting impunity should be priority for Mexican government By Carlos Lauría Violence tied to drug trafficking and organized crime has made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press. Since 2010, CPJ has documented more than 50 cases of journalists and media workers killed or...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Moisés Sánchez: Justice blocked by delays, errors As he was dragged from his home and into a waiting car, José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo pleaded with his attackers, “Please don’t hurt my family.” His wife, who at the time was embracing her two young grandsons, could only gaze in horror as...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Marcos Hernández Bautista: the rebel reporter Marcos Hernández Bautista usually brushed off death threats. But in January 2016, the reporter who regularly covered government corruption in towns near the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico, received several menacing phone calls that seemed more serious and left him fearing...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz: A barbaric silencing Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz was not a journalist who went looking for danger. But living and working in a small town in Veracruz state—mired by gang warfare, human trafficking, and a lucrative trade in kidnap for ransom—meant he covered stories that...

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

Federal efforts to protect journalists fall short The Mexican government has responded to the crisis by creating a special federal prosecutor to investigate attacks against the press and a safety mechanism to help at-risk reporters. But journalists with whom CPJ spoke say the measures don’t go far enough....

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No Excuse

May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

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

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The Best Defense: Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward reliance on freelancers. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Only universal technical security will keep journalists safe By Tom Lowenthal, CPJ Staff Technologist Journalism is an information field — its practice is based on communication with sources, compiling and analyzing information and data, and then publishing and sharing the results. Like most members of modern society, journalists rely on...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

What is CPJ doing about the risks? This report shows how the world has become more dangerous for journalists. Given the proliferation of violent non-state actors; the shrinking rule of law in some places and resurgent authoritarianism in others; and reduced foreign news coverage by media in favor of reliance...

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The Best Defense

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

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

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