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Two newspaper offices firebombed in Istanbul

New York, February 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attacks on the Istanbul offices of the daily newspapers Yeni Akit and Yeni Şafak. The newspapers are generally supportive of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

February 11, 2016 11:12 AM ET

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Statements   |   Mexico

Mexican crime reporter abducted in Veracruz

New York, February 8, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Anabel Flores Salazar, a Mexican crime reporter who was abducted from her home in Orizaba, Veracruz state, at about 2 a.m. today by armed men who claimed to have an arrest warrant for her, according to reports. The general prosecutor for Veracruz released a statement saying it is investigating the disappearance.

Statements   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

CPJ concerned by rising pressure on journalists in Israel

New York, February 8, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports indicating rising pressure from the Israeli government on the foreign press. Last week, the head of the Government Press Office threatened to revoke the credentials of reporters for inaccurate headlines.

February 8, 2016 1:24 PM ET

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Statements   |   Egypt

Justice delayed for Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan

New York, February 5, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the prolonged trial of photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who has been in jail for more than 900 days. Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was due in court Saturday along with more than 700 defendants who are being tried on charges ranging from rioting to attempted murder. Today, Cairo Criminal Court postponed the hearing until March 26 because a cage large enough to accommodate all the defendants was not available, according to his lawyers and state media reports.

February 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

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Statements   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Constitutional Court Strikes Criminal Defamation Laws

New York, February 3, 2016--Today's ruling by Zimbabwe's Supreme Constitutional Court that the country's criminal defamation laws are unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

February 3, 2016 1:43 PM ET

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Statements   |   Equatorial Guinea

CPJ condemns Equatorial Guinea's decision to ban state media coverage of Gbagbo trial

New York, February 2, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the decision of the government in Equatorial Guinea to ban state television from covering the trial of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, which opened at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on January 28. "We've been forbidden from airing Laurent Gbagbo's trial due to his friendship with our president," a journalist with the state television channel Radio Télévision Guinée équatoriale told AFP.

Statements   |   Afghanistan

CPJ condemns attack on Tolo TV employees in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces examine the wreckage of a vehicle carrying Tolo TV employees in Kabul. A suicide attack on the minivan killed six staff and injured more than 25. (AFP/Shah Marai)

New York, January 20, 2016--A suicide bombing in Kabul today killed seven employees from the Afghan station Tolo TV, according to news reports and the station. The attack on staff returning from work at the privately owned station injured 27 others, including 26 staff, according to Tolo TV. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In October, CPJ documented how a Taliban website threatened journalists associated with Tolo TV and the Afghan broadcaster 1TV with "elimination."

January 20, 2016 12:48 PM ET

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Statements   |   Pakistan

CPJ condemns grenade attack on offices of Pakistani broadcaster

Press and police gather outside ARY News in Islamabad after a grenade attack on the privately owned Pakistani channel. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

New York, January 13, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a grenade attack on the Islamabad offices of Pakistani broadcaster ARY News today. A video editor, Umar Hayat, was wounded in the attack, and windows at the front of the building were damaged when two men on motorcycles threw a grenade at the offices, Ammad Yousaf, senior vice president of the privately owned station, told CPJ.

January 13, 2016 11:42 AM ET

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Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey releases VICE News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool on bail

Freelance journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool, pictured in 2014, is released on bail after 131 days in jail in Turkey. (AP/Elena Becatoros, File)

New York, January 5, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release on bail today of VICE News journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool, and calls on authorities in Turkey to drop the terrorism charges he faces. Rasool, who was arrested in August, is banned from leaving Turkey and must report to a local police station twice a week until the court announces a ruling in his case, according to a statement by VICE News.

Statements   |   Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where Mwemero also worked, told CPJ he fears Mwemero will be killed if he is sent back to Burundi. Burundian authorities this month requested the extradition of at least four other journalists who fled into exile, according to news reports.

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