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Svetlana Prokopyeva, Russia

CPJ is honored to present its 2020 International Press Freedom Award to Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva. Prokopyeva is a regional correspondent for the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Russia, known as Radio Svoboda. She has contributed to many local newspapers and has also worked as a BBC correspondent. In early 2019, armed…

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Amal Clooney

CPJ is honored to present its 2020 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, for extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom, to lawyer Amal Clooney. Clooney specializes in public international law, international criminal law, and human rights. She has represented clients before courts such as the International Criminal Court, the International Court of…

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Mohammad Mosaed, Iran

CPJ is honored to present its 2020 International Press Freedom Award to Iranian journalist Mohammad Mosaed. Mosaed is a freelance economic journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter for several reformist magazines and newspapers. While at Shargh Daily, he reported extensively on government corruption, embezzlement, economic sanctions, labor, and popular protests. In 2019, he…

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Shahidul Alam, Bangladesh

CPJ is honored to present its 2020 International Press Freedom Award to Bangladeshi journalist Shahidul Alam. Alam is a renowned photojournalist and commenter, and the founder of the Bangladeshi multimedia training organization the Pathshala Media Institute and the Drik Picture Library Ltd. He also co-founded the photo agency Majority World and the Chobi Mela Festival, a…

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A billboard for Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)

‘You cannot muzzle the media’: Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president–who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985–and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for voters to let…

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Nigerian police raid investigative news website’s office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017–Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website’s office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them…

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For two months, editors were blocked from posting Premium Times' links on the outlet's Facebook page. (Facebook)

Attacks on critical Nigerian website highlight vulnerability

Turkey’s prime minister made headlines last week by threatening to block Facebook in the country, but as recent events in Nigeria show, a more discreet intervention can be effective in disrupting the free flow of information. 

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Nigeria’s impunity ranking: The facts don’t lie

Nigeria’s press freedom record is on the decline. For the first time since 2008, when CPJ began publishing its annual Impunity Index, Nigeria has made the list of the “worst nations in the world for deadly, unpunished violence against the press.”

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Archived Documents, 1998

CPJ News Alerts, 1998 CPJ Welcomes Release of Eritrean Journalist Ruth Simon Killing of Mexican Journalist Condemned by CPJ Murray Seeger Named CPJ’s Washington Representative Indonesia: Ahmed Taufik Nadire Mater charged with insulting the Turkish military Journalists to Discuss Press in Indonesia, Panama,Peru, and Niger Africa Regional press release CPJ’s Press Freedom Awards Honor Journalists…

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Two Nigerian Journalists Released as Abacha Bends to International Pressure

Three weeks after exiled Nigerian journalist Dapo Olorunyomi spoke of his imprisoned wife’s plight at an April CPJ roundtable on Gen. Sani Abacha’s media crackdown, she was released. Nigerian authorities had held Ladi Olorunyomi, a journalist and women’s rights advocate affiliated with the Independent Journalism Center in Lagos, for 68 days without criminal charges. Within…

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