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Zhang Ruquan (Zhang Qianfu)

September 18, 2019 9:54 PM ET

Detained under suspicion of "inciting subversion of state authority," freelance writer Zhang Ruquan was later prosecuted on criminal defamation charges for writing an essay criticizing Chinese leadership since the death of Mao Zedong. Zhang Ruquan is better known by his...

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Faisal Hayyat

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Hayyat was arrested on October 9, 2016, after receiving a call to report to the interior ministry, according to Al-Wasat and a post on Hayyat's Twitter account. On the day of Hayyat's arrest, the state-run Bahrain News Agency reported that...

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Khadija Ismayilova

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative reporter and program host on Radio Azadlyg, the Azeri service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was arrested in Baku on December 5, 2014. Authorities charged Ismayilova with inciting a man to commit suicide...

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Rauf Mirkadyrov

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Azerbaijan's National Security Agency detained Mirkadyrov when he arrived in Baku from Ankara, according to regional and international press reports. Mirkadyrov, who worked as the Turkey correspondent for the independent Azerbaijani daily newspaper Zerkalo for three years, had been deported...

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Parviz Hashimli

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Agents with the National Security Agency arrested Hashimli, the editor of the independent news website Moderator and a reporter for the independent newspaper Bizim Yol, outside the offices of the Moderator in Baku. The same day agents claimed to have...

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Tofiq Yaqublu

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Police arrested Yaqublu, a columnist for the leading opposition daily Yeni Musavat, when he arrived in Ismayilli to interview residents about riots, according to news reports. On February 4, 2013, the Nasimi District Court in Baku ordered Yaqublu to be...

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Hilal Mamedov

September 18, 2019 9:45 PM ET

Baku police detained Mamedov, editor of Talyshi Sado (Voice of the Talysh), on June 21, 2012, on allegations that they had found about five grams of heroin in his pocket, the Azeri-language service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio...

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Why newsrooms need a solution to end online harassment of reporters

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Stef Schrader was on vacation in Germany last year when spam messages started to flood her inbox. Seeing random emails from Macy’s—and job alerts for the position of “Chief Idiot”—she realized someone had signed her work email up to...

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Iranian photojournalist Forough Alaei detained for 5 days over soccer stadium coverage

August 20, 2019 3:45 PM ET

On August 12, 2019, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested freelance photojournalist Forough Alaei and five women’s rights activists, accusing them of attempting to illegally enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, according to a report by the BBC’s...

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CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists

August 16, 2019 12:32 PM ET

CPJ writes to the executive secretary and heads of state of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit, urging them to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists in SADC.

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