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Blog   |   Vietnam

In Vietnam, arrests dash hopes that crackdown on bloggers will end

Protesters in Hanoi hold up pictures of jailed bloggers and activists in May 2014. Hopes that authorities would end the repression of bloggers have faded with the arrest of three more writers. (Reuters/Nguyen Huu Vinh)

What one hand gives, the other takes in Vietnam. Last October's early release of jailed blogger Nguyen Van Hai, more commonly known as Dieu Cay, has proven to be an anomaly as authorities have subsequently ramped up their repression of other independent bloggers.

Impact

Impact: A year in review

The past year has been a traumatic one for the press, with the high number of journalists killed and imprisoned underscoring the perils of a profession that requires being on the front line of history. Amid growing animosity by governments, and the threats posed by organized crime and militant groups such as the Islamic State, 2014 has been a difficult year for journalists. But the Committee to Protect Journalists has worked to help those in trouble and advise others.

December 29, 2014 6:00 AM ET

Press Releases   |   CPJ

Four journalists honored for commitment to press freedom

New Initiatives Fund set up to help combat 'war on journalists'
International Press Freedom Awardees, from left, Mikhail Zygar, Ferial Haffajee, Aung Zaw, and Siamak Ghaderi. (Getty Images/Bryan Thomas)

New York, November 26, 2014--Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 24th annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of imprisonment, repression, and censorship.

November 26, 2014 1:12 PM ET

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese blogger 'Mother Mushroom' fears arrest for Facebook activity

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about the safety of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who has been repeatedly questioned by local police in Nha Trang about her activity on Facebook, and says that she fears arrest. Vietnam currently imprisons 17 journalists, most of them bloggers, according to CPJ research.

Media Advisories

Honoring courage and defying repression

CPJ's 2014 International Press Freedom Awards

New York, November 6, 2014 -- Four outstanding journalists who have endured and defied media repression in Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa will be honored with the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2014 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. All have faced recrimination for their work, including imprisonment, violence, and censorship. CPJ will present Jorge Ramos, co-anchor on Univision News since 1986, with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom. International Press Freedom Awardee Nguyen Van Hai, who was imprisoned when his award was presented in 2013, is now free and will attend this year to receive his award.

November 6, 2014 12:41 PM ET

Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2014

Turkish government makes commitments to CPJ

In an unprecedented meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other officials in early October, a joint delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Press Institute raised concerns about the climate for press freedom in Turkey, including the imprisonment of journalists and online restrictions. In the meetings, officials defended their country's press freedom record but agreed to take steps to improve conditions for journalists.

October 31, 2014 5:58 PM ET

Statements   |   Vietnam

CPJ welcomes release of Vietnamese prisoner Nguyen Van Hai

New York, October 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased by the release from prison of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who is also known by the name of his blog, "Dieu Cay," and who had been jailed since April 2008.

October 21, 2014 6:15 PM ET

Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, September 2014

Prominent support for #RightToReport in the Digital Age

More than 2,800 people including prominent journalists Christiane Amanpour, Glenn Greenwald, and Alan Rusbridger have already signed on to CPJ's new campaign Right to Report in the Digital Age.

September 30, 2014 3:18 PM ET

Press Freedom Awards

CPJ International Press Freedom Awards 2014

(Courtesy of ABC News)

Watch or read the remarks of dinner chairman Alberto Ibargüen as prepared for delivery.


(Irrawaddy)

Aung Zaw, Burma

Founder, editor-in-chief, The Irrawaddy

Fact: At least eight journalists are behind bars in Burma.

President Thein Sein: Release all jailed journalists in #Burma and stop the harassment of the media #IPFA
(Siamak Ghaderi)

Siamak Ghaderi, Iran

Freelance journalist, former editor at IRNA

Fact: With around 35 journalists in jail each, Iran and China are the world’s leading jailers of journalists.

.@HassanRouhani & @JZarif must end crackdown on press in #Iran. Free the dozens of imprisoned journalists #IPFA



(Dozhd TV)

Mikhail Zygar, Russia

Editor-in-chief, Dozhd

Fact: At least 32 journalists have been murdered with impunity in Russia since 1992.

President Putin, allow Dozhd TV to work freely in #Russia! #IPFA @tvrain @KremlinRussia_E

(Gallo Images Destiny Nick Boulton)

Ferial Haffajee, South Africa

Editor-in-chief, City Press

Fact: The Protection of State Information Bill, dubbed the "secrecy bill," was passed by Parliament in November 2013 and awaits President Jacob Zuma’s signature into law.

The #SecrecyBill has no place in a democratic & free #SouthAfrica. Send it for Constitutional Court review #IPFA


Burton Benjamin Memorial Award

Jorge Ramos

Anchor, Univision News

(Gio Alma)



Four journalists from Burma, Iran, Russia, and South Africa were honored on November 25, 2014 at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 24th annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of imprisonment, repression, and censorship.

The dinner, at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel, raised a record $1.9 million for CPJ's worldwide press freedom advocacy. To show support for this year's honorees and reporters across the globe who confront the war on journalists daily, Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and dinner chairman, also announced a commitment of an additional $858,000 from the New Initiatives Fund, a newly created network of several funders including Knight Foundation. A special appeal during the evening raised $235,635. Those funds were matched one-to-one by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The total amount raised for the event was more than $2.7 million.

Iranian freelance journalist Siamak Ghaderi, who was released in July after spending four years in prison, received his International Press Freedom Award from journalist Maziar Bahari, who was jailed in Iran in 2009. Ghaderi had previously been an editor and reporter for the Islamic Republic's official news agency IRNA. Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices Online, presented an award to Burmese journalist Aung Zaw, founder and editor-in-chief of The Irrawaddy, which was branded an "enemy of the state" by the former military regime and still comes under pressure from the current Burmese government. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, honored Mikhail Zygar, editor-in-chief for the Russian independent TV channel Dozhd, which provides a rare alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal stations. Clarence Page, a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist from the Chicago Tribune, presented Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press in South Africa, with her award. Haffajee has faced fierce criticism and threats of violence against herself and her staff for critical stories published under her leadership. Recently freed International Press Freedom Awardee Nguyen Van Hai, who was in prison when his award was presented in 2013, delivered a powerful speech calling for the release of journalists worldwide.

The newly announced New Initiatives Fund is supported by a network made up of the Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the New Venture Fund, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The fund will enable faster and better data and reports, and strengthen analysis and advocacy. CPJ will increase interventions and referrals on safety issues, particularly for reporters without institutional support, such as freelance or local journalists.

Read the announcement of the 2014 International Press Freedom Awardees in Arabic, English, Farsi, Russian and Spanish.

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September 30, 2014 11:00 AM ET

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