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Turkey frees 2 VICE News reporters but third remains in custody

New York, September 3, 2015--A Turkish court early today ordered the release of VICE News' British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, according to their outlet. A third journalist, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, an Iraqi who is based in Turkey, is still in custody and is being questioned by Turkish authorities, according to news reports. The three were arrested on Thursday and have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization." Hanrahan and Pendlebury are allowed to leave the country, but the charges against the three have not been dropped, news reports said.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ condemns 7.5-year prison term for Khadija Ismayilova

New York, September 1, 2015--The Baku Court of Serious Crimes today convicted Khadija Ismayilova, one of Azerbaijan's most prominent investigative reporters, of illegal business, tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement, and sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison, according to local press reports. The court dropped the charge of incitement to suicide, the reports said. A state prosecutor had requested a nine-year sentence during a closed hearing. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and sentence and calls on Azerbaijan to scrap them on appeal.

Statements   |   Egypt

CPJ condemns conviction, sentence in Egypt's retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists

New York, August 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of three Al-Jazeera journalists in their retrial in Egypt today. A Cairo court sentenced Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste to three years in prison each for "aiding a terrorist organization," spreading false news, and working without a license, according to news reports. Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months in jail for possession of a spent bullet casing.

Statements   |   Mozambique

Journalist shot dead in Mozambique

New York, August 28, 2015--An unidentified gunman shot dead a Mozambican journalist who was out jogging in the capital city of Maputo early today, according to news reports. Paulo Machava was the publisher of the news website Diario de Noticias and had worked with Rádio Moçambique and the weekly Savana, according to reports.

Statements   |   USA

Two U.S. journalists killed during live broadcast in Virginia

New York, August 26, 2015--Two journalists affiliated with the Virginia TV station WDBJ7 were killed early today during a live broadcast, according to news reports. Alison Parker, a reporter for the station, and Adam Ward, a photographer, were interviewing a woman about a shopping plaza in Moneta, a small community near Roanoke city, when they were shot by an unidentified gunman, news reports said. Police are still seeking the perpetrator.

August 26, 2015 10:14 AM ET

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Statements   |   Sri Lanka

CPJ welcomes arrests in 2010 disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda

New York, August 24, 2015--At least four Sri Lankan army officers were arrested on Monday and accused of involvement in the January 2010 disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a political cartoonist and columnist, according to news reports. Another army officer and two civilians were arrested earlier this month, reports said. The arrests come following a pledge by President Maithripala Sirisena to reopen the investigation into Eknelygoda's case.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani prosecutor requests nine-year jail term for Khadija Ismayilova

New York, August 21, 2015--A state prosecutor today called for Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova to be sentenced to nine years in prison, according to pro-government news agency Trend. The request was made during a hearing in the Baku Court of Serious Crimes that was closed to independent journalists and rights activists, the regional press reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the trial and calls on Azerbaijan to drop all charges against Ismayilova.

Statements   |   China

Hong Kong must identify, prosecute the mastermind of 2014 attack on journalist Kevin Lau

New York, August 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Hong Kong to work quickly and efficiently to identify the mastermind of the February 2014 attack on newspaper editor Kevin Lau Chun-to and ensure there is full justice in the case. Two men identified as Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah were found guilty today of "causing grievous bodily harm and stealing a motorcycle" in the assault, but have refused to say who ordered the attack, reports said. They are expected to be sentenced on August 21.

Statements   |   USA

Two U.S. journalists charged months after being arrested in Ferguson

New York, August 11, 2015--Two U.S. journalists have been charged in Missouri with trespassing and interfering with a police officer nearly a year after they were detained by police in the city of Ferguson, according to news reports. Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post, and Ryan J. Reilly, a reporter for the Huffington Post, were briefly detained in August 2014 while working out of a McDonald's restaurant in Ferguson to cover protests following the fatal shooting by police of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, according to news reports. If convicted, the two face a possible fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail, according to the county's municipal code.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Baku court bars press and family from Khadija Ismayilova trial

New York, August 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Azerbaijani authorities to ensure due process in the trial against award-winning investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. When Ismayilova appeared at Baku Court on Grave Crimes for the first substantive hearing in her case today, journalists, international observers, and the reporter's family were barred from entering the courtroom, according to press reports.

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