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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


Alerts   |   Malaysia

Pro-government group harasses journalists in Malaysia

Members of Malaysia's "red shirt" group demonstrate in support of the government on the country's national day, in Kuala Lumpur, September 16, 2015 (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

Bangkok, October 17, 2016 - Malaysian authorities should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for harassing three journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of a pro-government group threatened journalists covering a confrontation between a group associated with the ruling party and a rival group on October 15, according to press reports.

October 17, 2016 12:06 PM ET


Alerts   |   Vietnam

Prominent blogger 'Mother Mushroom' detained in Vietnam

Bangkok, October 11, 2016--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against prominent independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Quynh, popularly known by her pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), was arrested yesterday while trying to visit an imprisoned political activist in the central coastal town of Nha Trang, news reports said.

October 11, 2016 11:59 AM ET


Alerts   |   Vietnam

Blogger's prison sentence reduced, news site shuttered in Vietnam

Bangkok, October 5, 2016 - A Vietnamese appeals court yesterday reduced from four to three years a prison sentence given earlier this year to independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Gia on anti-state charges related to his critical journalism, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Indonesia

Soldiers assault Indonesian journalist

Bangkok, October 4, 2016 - Indonesian military officials should take swift disciplinary action against soldiers responsible for assaulting a television journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Soldiers assaulted and threatened Indonesian TV reporter Sony Misdananto while he covered a religious celebration, according to news reports.

October 4, 2016 12:04 PM ET


Alerts   |   Vietnam

Appeals court upholds anti-state prison sentences for Vietnamese bloggers

Nguyen Huu Vinh and his editorial assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy at an appeal hearing in Hanoi on September 22. The court upheld the bloggers' anti-state convictions. (AFP/STR/Vietnam News Agency)

Bangkok, September 23, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned a Vietnamese appellate court ruling yesterday to uphold the convictions on anti-state charges of two independent bloggers.

September 23, 2016 11:25 AM ET


Alerts   |   Thailand

Draft regulatory bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

In this September 30, 2014, file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha waves after a Bangkok handover ceremony for the new chief of the Royal Thai Army. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

Bangkok, September 15, 2016 - Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Steering Assembly should scrap proposed legislation that would create a new national media regulator, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft bill, the latest in a raft of military-imposed measures that restrict press freedom, is now being considered by a government sub-panel tasked with implementing media reforms.

September 15, 2016 11:44 AM ET


Alerts   |   Maldives

Police raid newspaper after critical documentary airs in Maldives

Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom (left) arrives in Sri Lanka in this January 12, 2014, file photo. Police raided the office of the Maldives Independent on September 7 after its editor was interviewed in an Al-Jazeera documentary alleging corruption and abuse of power under Gayoom's government, allegations his government has denied.

Bangkok, September 9, 2016 - Authorities in the Maldives should cease harassing the Maldives Independent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the daily newspaper's office hours after the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera aired a documentary produced by the paper's former editor alleging high-level corruption in the Maldives.

Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Journalist detained over criminal defamation complaint in Bangladesh

Bangkok, September 6, 2016--Bangladeshi journalist Siddiqur Rahman Khan has been detained since September 1 after a criminal defamation complaint was filed against him under Article 57 of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Khan's immediate release and an end to the use of criminal charges to harass and stifle online media in Bangladesh.

Impact   |   Egypt, India, Iraq, Peru, Saudi Arabia

CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

September edition

IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation

In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments that host the Olympic Games accountable for press freedom abuses.

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

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