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Statements   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu released from prison

An honor guard welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the Office of Government in Hanoi, January 13, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP/Pool)

Bangkok, January 13, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu and calls on Vietnamese authorities to free unconditionally all journalists held behind bars. Dieu was released late last night after more than five years in prison and flew immediately to France, according to news reports. He arrived in Paris early today, the news reports said.

January 13, 2017 11:47 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Philippines

Newspaper publisher shot and killed in Philippines

Bangkok, December 21, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Philippines to establish the motive behind the murder of newspaper publisher Larry Que and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysian authorities repeatedly arrest, harass award-winning cartoonist Zunar

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhauqe, better known as Zunar, poses in prison clothes with plastic handcuffs at a February 2, 2015, event launching a book in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (AP)

Bangkok, December 19, 2016--Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against editorial cartoonist Zulikiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, and stop harassing him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Zunar on December 17, the cartoonist said in a statement, the latest incident in authorities' relentless campaign of judicial and police harassment of the journalist.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Thai legislation threatens online freedoms

A website displays a message from the Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society reading, "This website contains content and information that is deemed inappropriate. It has been censored by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society," November 17, 2016. (AP)

Bangkok, December 16, 2016--Thailand's cabinet and king should scrap legislation that would give authorities sweeping new powers to censor the internet based on vague and broad criteria, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military-appointed National Legislative Assembly today passed amendments to the 2007 Computer Crime Act that would severely restrict Thais' rights to privacy and to freely impart and receive information.

Alerts   |   Myanmar

Crime reporter murdered in Myanmar

Bangkok, December 13, 2016--Authorities in Myanmar should consider journalism as a motive in the murder of muckraking newspaper reporter Soe Moe Tun and bring his killers to swift justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Soe Moe Tun, a reporter with the local Daily Eleven newspaper, was found dead today by the side of a road with bruises and injuries to his face and head.

December 13, 2016 11:37 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysia intensifies harassment of award-winning cartoonist

Bangkok, November 28, 2016―Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against award-winning cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, and cease harassing him for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Independent Malaysian news website faces threats, harassment

Members of the pro-government "red shirt" group, shown here in a September 16, 2015, file photo, protested outside news website Malaysiakini's office in Kuala Lumpur on November 5. The group's leader had threatened to "tear down" its office two days prior. (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

Bangkok, November 8, 2016 - Malaysia's government should cease harassing independent news site Malaysiakini, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police have opened a criminal investigation into the website, and a government-linked pressure group has threatened to "tear down" the website's office.

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Blogger detained amid escalating crackdown in Vietnam

Bangkok, November 4, 2016--Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Ho Van Hai, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Ho Chi Minh City's Thu Duc district arrested Hai, a medical doctor popularly known by his Facebook moniker 'Ho Hai', on November 2, according to news reports.

November 4, 2016 1:51 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Myanmar

Myanmar obstructs reporters from covering crisis in Rakhine State

Bangkok, November 3, 2016--Security officials in Myanmar should stop obstructing and harassing journalists attempting to report on the conflict in the country's northern Rakhine State, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The censorship comes amid widespread allegations of military abuses, including allegations of sexual violence, perpetrated as part of an intensified counterinsurgency campaign along the country's border with Bangladesh.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist banned from travel

Bangkok, October 18, 2016--Malaysian authorities should immediately lift all restrictions on cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque's freedom of movement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday prevented the cartoonist, better known as Zunar, from leaving the country, according to news reports.

October 18, 2016 11:47 AM ET

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