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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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