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Journalist Patricia Devlin on working in Northern Ireland: ‘I feel vulnerable and I feel threatened’

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Over the past two years, crime and paramilitary and sectarian attacks have risen in Northern Ireland, fueled by economic stagnation, a power vacuum in the regional government, and the fallout from Brexit, according to news reports. In this climate, journalists are also increasingly at risk: freelance reporter Lyra McKee was killed in April 2019, and…

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Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham assaults at least 12 Syrian journalists covering joint Russian-Turkish military patrol in Idlib

On June 10, 2020, several members of the militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an Al-Qaeda offshoot previously known as Al-Nusra Front, hit and kicked at least 12 Syrian journalists while they were covering a joint Turkish-Russian military patrol on the M4 Highway, which links Latakia and Aleppo, according to four of the journalists who…

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Adib al-Atrash

Adib al-Atrash, a stringer for Palestine Post, was arrested by Israeli security forces at dawn from his family home in the West Bank city of Hebron, his fiancée Shatha Zghayer told CPJ, confirming local media reports. Zghayer told CPJ she does not know why he was arrested. Al-Atrash is being held in administrative detention in…

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Patrice Booto

Security forces arrested Booto, publisher of the thrice-weekly Le Journal and its sister publication, Pool Malebo. Booto was detained at a police station in the capital, Kinshasa, according to the local press freedom organization Journaliste en Danger (JED). On November 10, Booto was transferred to the state security court, where he was charged the following…

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Patrick Mugumya

Ugandan police arrested Patrick Mugumya, a co-owner and director of the privately owned media company Pepper Publications on November 21, 2017, alongside seven of his colleagues. Mugumya also serves as chief procurement officer with the company. The five directors, including Mugumya, who also co-own the company, and three editors with the company’s Red Pepper and…

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Muftah al-Qatrani

Al-Qatrani was the director and owner of Al-Anwar, a privately owned media production company in the city of Benghazi. Friends of the 33-year-old journalist found his body in his office with gunshot wounds to the head, according to news reports and the local press freedom group the Libyan Center for Press Freedom. The Libyan Center…

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Ardiansyah Matra’is

A rescue team found the body of Matra’is near the Gudang Arang River, two days after his family reported him missing in Merauke, a small town on the southern tip of Papua province, according to news reports. Matra’is, a reporter for the local broadcaster Merauke TV, had been covering plans for a large agribusiness development…

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Patrick Kikuku Wilungula

Wilungula, 39, was gunned down near his home in Goma, North Kivu province, while returning home from a local conference on environmental protection, local journalists told CPJ. Wilungula was covering the conference as a freelance photojournalist. Eyewitnesses said the gunmen were wearing military uniforms and fled the scene with the journalist’s digital camera, leaving behind…

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Dilip Mohapatra

Mohapatra, editor of the Oriya-language newspaper Aji Kagoj, disappeared on November 8. His body was discovered the next day on the side of the NH-42 national highway near the village of Bhagirathipur in the eastern state of Odisha (which at the time was known as Orissa) with his hands and legs tied and with a…

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An AFP fact-checking team journalist works at Agence France-Presse Bureau in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2018. On February 11, 2020, Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faced online harassment campaign after allegations made during a congressional hearing on fake news. (AFP/Maruo Pimentel)

Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faces online harassment campaign

Rio de Janeiro, February 12, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the online harassment campaign against Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello.

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