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Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Morocco, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

Reports   |   Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen

Middle East Bloggers: The Street Leads Online

In the Middle East and North Africa, where political change occurs slowly, blogging has becomes a serious medium for social and political commentary as well as a target of government suppression. By Mohamed Abdel Dayem


Reports   |   Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia report: Princes, Clerics, and Censors

Saudi Arabia loosens press shackles, but religion and politics are still perilous topics.
By Joel Campagna
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM ET

Reports   |   France, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain

Permission to Fire?

CPJ Investigates the Attack on the Palestine Hotel
May 27, 2003 12:00 AM ET


Reports   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen

Between Two Worlds

Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite channel faces conflicting expectations
October 15, 2001 8:17 PM ET

Reports   |   Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Dubai, Kuwait, Russia


Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Caucasian republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have declared their desire to model themselves after Western European societies, with free - market economies and democratic government. But their passage from communism to a new social order has been rife with contradictions. In the current transition period, leaders of both countries display authoritarian tendencies, resulting in an ambiguous and sometimes surreal climate for the media:
March 2, 1998 8:17 PM ET


Reports   |   Armenia, Azerbaijan, Dubai, Kuwait, Russia

Oil Flows More Freely than Ideas in Azerbaijan

The smell of oil, profits, and risk hang heavily over Baku. To the Western visitor, this port city looks like a boom town. Azerbaijan has discovered new oil reserves in the Caspian Sea which may be nearly as great as those of Kuwait. And outsiders are rushing to town to pump oil and get rich quick, or to service ³the oilies² who are doing the pumping. Because of oil, Baku is now the most prosperous city in the Caucasus.
March 2, 1998 8:17 PM ET


Dangerous Assignments   |   Iraq, Kuwait

Kuwait Releases Journalists From Prison

Six Jordanian journalists were among 405 prisoners released from Kuwaiti prisons on Feb. 25 as part of a pardon by Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah marking the sixth anniversary of the country's liberation from Iraqi occupation.
May 1, 1997 8:17 PM ET

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