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Venezuela suspends CNN en Español broadcasts

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks to the press at a summit in January. The state-run regulator has suspended transmissions of CNN en Español days after the president criticized the broadcaster. (AP/Tatiana Fernandez)

New York, February 15, 2017--Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel today ordered transmissions of CNN en Español to be suspended in the country, according to reports. A statement from the regulator said that Conatel was initiating administrative proceedings against the Spanish-language channel of CNN, which it said distorted the truth and "attack[ed] the peace and democratic stability of the Venezuelan people."

February 15, 2017 5:59 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

Ukraine police see journalism as motive in Pavel Sheremet's murder

Flowers and a portrait of Pavel Sheremet mark the site of the journalist's murder in Kiev, July 20, 2016. (Sergei Chusavkov/AP)

New York, February 8, 2017--Ukrainian investigators' announcement today that they consider Pavel Sheremet's journalism as the most likely motive in his July 2016 murder is a welcome step toward bringing his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov told journalists in Kiev that police believe Sheremet, who wrote for the independent news website Ukrayinska Pravda, was killed in retaliation for his work.

February 8, 2017 12:48 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

A woman takes a photograph in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, April 7, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies.

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

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Statements   |   Kenya

Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

Lawyers confer on the floor of Kenya's High Court in Nairobi, next to a copy of the country's constitution, March 8, 2013. (Reuters/Steve Crisp)

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

British photographer wounded in eastern Ukraine

New York, February 3, 2017--British freelance photographer Christopher Nunn was injured last night while covering shelling in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdiivka, according to press reports. "I am alive," the photographer wrote on Twitter after the incident. His translator Vladimir Subotovsky told CPJ today that Nunn was in stable condition after undergoing eye surgery.

February 3, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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Statements   |   Somalia

Journalists among wounded in Mogadishu hotel attack

Somalis gather at the site of a Mogadishu hotel badly damaged in a lethal attack on January 25, 2017. (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Nairobi, January 25, 2017--At least four journalists were wounded in an attack on a hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu today, according to media reports and Somali journalists.

January 25, 2017 12:38 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ukraine

Ukraine bans Russia's independent Dozhd TV station

CPJ honored Mikhail Zygar, then editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV station Dozhd, with its 2014 International Press Freedom Award. Here he speaks with The Associated Press in Moscow, January 30, 2014. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

New York, January 13, 2017--Ukrainian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning broadcasts of the independent Russian television channel Dozhd (Rain) in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 2:40 PM ET

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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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Statements   |   USA

CPJ urges Sessions to commit to journalist protection if confirmed as attorney general

Senator Jeff Sessions at his attorney general confirmation hearing on January 10. Sessions was asked if he would commit to not jailing journalists. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty/AFP)

New York, January 11, 2016--In remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for attorney general yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions said he was unsure whether he would commit to following guidelines adopted by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2015 that make it harder, though not impossible, for the Department of Justice to subpoena journalists' records.

January 11, 2017 5:31 PM ET

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Statements   |   Montenegro

Journalist Jovo Martinović released in Montenegro pending trial

Independent journalist Jovo Martinović has been freed pending the outcome of his trial in Montenegro. (Family handout)

New York, January 5, 2017--A Montenegro court last night released independent journalist Jovo Martinović, pending the outcome of his trial, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. The court ordered Martinović, who spent more than 14 months in prison on charges of drug smuggling, to check in with police twice a month, and confiscated his passport, the journalist said. His next hearing is scheduled for January 19.

January 5, 2017 12:03 PM ET

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