Middle East & North Africa: 2013

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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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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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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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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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