Special Reports


October 17, 2001 8:17 PM ET

Dangerous Assignments   |   Russia, Tajikistan, Yugoslavia

As Kidnappings Mount, Chechen Government Puts New Restrictions On Journalists

Faced with a mounting toll of Russian journalists' abductions, the new Chechen government has heavily restricted reporters' movements. The May kidnapping of independent Russian NTV's prominent war reporter Yelena Masyuk and two crew members was the latest in a string of kidnappings, possibly related to the intention of some Chechen factions to derail the 1996 peace settlement with the Russian Federation. In March, the Chechen Interior Ministry announced that all journalists must register with the ministry, travel to the republic only by air, stay in the government compound at the airport, and accept armed government bodyguards--for which they must pay. As of May 12, CPJ had documented at least 14 media employees missing in Chechnya--more than anywhere else in the world. Those abducted in 1997 and still held are believed to be alive; seven who disappeared in 1995 and 1996 are feared dead.
March 1, 1997 8:17 PM ET

Dangerous Assignments   |   Algeria, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey

CPJ Names Ten Worst "Enemies of the Press" on World Press Freedom Day, May 3

NEW YORK --The leaders of China, Nigeria, and Turkey are among 10 world figures identified by the U.S. based Committee to Protect Journalists as "Enemies of the Press." All are responsible for brutal campaigns against journalists and press freedom, as documented by CPJ in its ongoing monitoring of press freedom violations worldwide. The Enemies of the Press list is released annually on May 3, World Press Freedom Day.
May 3, 1996 8:17 PM ET

Dangerous Assignments   |   Algeria, Bosnia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Myanmar, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Vietnam, Yugoslavia

More journalists jailed than ever

CPJ's 1995 report surveys 101 countries

The bullet-ridden wall pictured on the cover is a detail from a photograph taken in Somalia by American photojournalist Dan Eldon of Reuters. Eldon, Associated Press photojournalist Hansi Krauss, and Reuter colleagues Hosea Maina and Anthony Macharia were murdered in July 1993 by a Somali crowd angered by the death of 50 countrymen in an air raid on Gen. Mohamed Farah Aidid's command post. Reuters/Dan Eldon
May 3, 1996 8:17 PM ET


Dangerous Assignments   |   Colombia, Croatia, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkey

CPJ marks 15th anniversary

On April 3, 1981, three New York journalists filed incorporating papers for a new organization called The Committee to Protect Journalists, dedicated to the defense "of the human and professional rights of journalists around the world."
May 3, 1996 8:17 PM ET
May 3, 1996 8:17 PM ET


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