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An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols during a security lockdown in Srinagar, on August 14. (AP/Dar Yasin/File)

Kashmiri media on the brink of extinction

On August 5, the Indian government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a strict communication blackout in Jammu and Kashmir after stripping the state of its limited autonomous status under the Indian constitution. As restrictions continue, CPJ’s India correspondent, Kunal Majumder, traveled to Srinagar, Kashmir’s largest city, to speak to local journalists and find…

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CPJ Senior Middle East and North Africa Researcher Justin Shilad speaks on Capitol Hill on September 26. (Margaux Ewen/James W. Foley Legacy Foundation)

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A newspaper vendor is seen in Karachi, Pakistan, on October 7, 2018. The country is currently considering establishing courts specifically for media-related issues. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

A concerning plan to establish media courts in Pakistan

Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved an initiative to establish specialized courts aimed at resolving media-related issues, the government announced on Tuesday. CPJ expressed serious concerns about this plan. On Monday, CPJ voiced apprehension over the appeal of Aleksei Pukach, who was convicted of murdering Ukrainian investigative journalist Georgy Gongadze in 2000. The appeal hearings began…

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CPJ, partners to mark anniversary of Khashoggi murder with vigil at Saudi embassy

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists will join with other press freedom and human rights groups for a candlelight vigil in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, October 2, to mark the one-year anniversary of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

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Reporters work during a panel for a television series in Beverly Hills, California, in August 2016. Female and gender non-conforming journalists in the U.S. and Canada say there is a need for greater training on dealing with harassment and threats. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

‘The threats follow us home’: Survey details risks for female journalists in U.S., Canada

Ask any female journalist about harassment or safety while on assignment and they’ll likely have a story to tell.

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A rebel fighter seen in Tripoli, Libya, on April 20, 2011. (Tim Hetherington/Magnum Photos)

CPJ Insider: April 2019 edition

Memorializing the fallen by showcasing their final works CPJ launched a multimedia initiative in March to memorialize journalists around the world who lost their lives to bring us the news. “The Last Column” presents 24 moving, hard-hitting, and sometimes chilling final works of fallen journalists, including Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times of London and…

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Maria Ressa--founder, CEO, and executive editor of the Rappler news website--giving her acceptance speech at CPJ's 2018 International Press Freedom Awards on November 20, 2018. (Getty Images/Dia Dipasupil)

Philippines’ Maria Ressa detained and released over ‘political’ charge

The Philippine government’s legal harassment of the news website Rappler and Maria Ressa, its founder and executive editor, took an alarming turn Wednesday when officers from the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Ressa at Rappler‘s bureau in Manila and held her overnight over a cyber libel case filed against her by the Justice Department. Ressa’s…

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News crews set up inside in the Air Force One Pavilion in 2016 to report of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Female journalists working for local broadcasters across the U.S. have spoken of the threats and unwanted attention they have to deal with. (Getty Images/AFP/David McNew)

For local female journalists in US, rape threats, stalkers, harassment can come with the beat

In 2016, the FBI told a local TV journalist that she wasn’t safe sleeping in her own home. Her TV station, which covers a major American city, hired an off-duty police officer to guard the parking lot when she arrived at work. Even for a journalist covering organized crime, such measures may seem extreme–but her…

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A resident lays an American flag at a memorial outside the Capital Gazette offices. (Reuters/Leah Millis)

CPJ Insider: August edition

Four journalists, one media worker killed in shooting in Annapolis On June 28, a gunman shot five people to death in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Police arrested Jarrod Ramos, an individual described as having a long-standing grudge against the paper, and charged him with five counts of first-degree murder. Days…

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