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Alerts   |   Libya

Libyan authorities in Tobruk knock radio station off the air

A boy celebrates the sixth anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi on February 17, 2017. Libya is divided between two rival governments. (Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

New York, March 6, 2017--Libyan authorities in Tobruk should immediately allow privately-owned Al-Wasat radio to resume broadcasting and should allow all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 6, 2017 6:08 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan military intelligence officers suspected in journalist's murder

Media rights activists light candles in front of the portrait of slain Sri Lankan newspaper editor Lasantha Wickramatunga during a silent vigil to condemn his killing in Colombo, January 15, 2009. (Reuters/Buddhika Weerasinghe)

New York, February 23, 2017--Sri Lankan authorities should fully investigate the 2009 murder of an editor and bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five military intelligence officers were arrested this week in connection with the murder of Lasantha Wickramatunga, the editor-in-chief of the weekly Sunday Leader and a fierce critic of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to news reports.

February 23, 2017 4:04 PM ET

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Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

The Best Defense

Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased exponentially, but the dangers persist.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of February 5

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan chairs a meeting of the National Security Council in Ankara, January 31, 2017. (Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP)

German court upholds partial ban on poem satirizing Erdoğan
A court in the German city of Hamburg today upheld a previous court's ban on comedian Jan Böhmermann's reciting 18 of 24 verses of a poem satirizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the comedian recited on television last year, according to press reports. Erdoğan pressed insult charges against the comedian.

[February 10, 2017]

Alerts   |   South Africa, Syria

CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 15

A phone showing a Twitter error message in 2014. A member of Turkey's opposition party claims police are monitoring social media users as part of a planned crackdown. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

Newspaper distributor says security officers abducted, beat him
Barış Boyraz, a former distributor for the shuttered Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, told the daily newspaper Evrensel that men he believes to be plainclothes police on December 17, 2016, abducted him from the streets of Ankara and beat him.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks in Istanbul, December 20, 2016. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Erdoğan praises Trump for 'beating down' CNN reporter
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for "beating down" ("benzetmek") CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Costa in a January 11 press conference, according to media reports and video widely distributed on the internet. Trump refused to take a question from CNN at the press conference, calling the broadcaster "fake news."

Statements   |   Syria

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria

New York, December 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Syrian government's decision to expel Swedish radio journalist Cecilia Uddén from the country today. According to her employer, Radio Sweden, Uddén's authorized reporting trip to Damascus and Aleppo was forcibly cut short when the government accused her of circulating "false information."

December 15, 2016 3:31 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria

CPJ calls on Syrian government to protect journalists in Aleppo

Damaged buildings are seen in the government-held Aleppo neighborhood of Al-Shaath during a media tour, December 13, 2016. (Reuters/Omar Sanadiki)

New York, December 13, 2016--The Syrian government and its allies should ensure the safety of journalists in Aleppo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pro-government forces have in recent days made major advances on rebel-held territory in the city, threatening journalists and other civilians caught in the siege.

December 13, 2016 3:09 PM ET

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South Sudan, Unconfirmed

Isaac Vuni

The body of Isaac Vuni, a freelance journalist who was a correspondent for The Sudan Tribune and the Juba Monitor, was found dumped on a farm not far from the village where he lived on September 26, 2016.

December 9, 2016 5:24 PM ET

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