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Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years after alleging official corruption

July 11, 2018 12:33 PM ET

New York, July 11, 2018--A Tajik court today found independent journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov guilty of embezzling and misusing state fund and false reporting to police and sentenced him to 12 years in a high-security prison, according to media reports and the journalist's friends with whom CPJ spoke. The Committee...

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Myanmar court charges Reuters reporters under official secrets act

July 9, 2018 7:27 AM ET

Bangkok, July 9, 2018 - A Myanmar court charged today two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, under the Official Secrets Act, the news agency reported. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned the criminal charges and called on authorities to drop the landmark case, which has...

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Republic of Congo releases Bemba after nearly 18 months without charge

July 3, 2018 4:24 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release after nearly 18 months in prison without charge of Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, in Brazzaville. CPJ urged authorities in the Republic of Congo not to pursue further legal action...

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At least five people killed at newsroom shooting in Maryland

June 28, 2018 6:48 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2018--At least five people were killed in a shooting in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, this afternoon. Police have a suspect in custody, but his identity and motive are unknown, the newspaper reported on its website....

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CPJ condemns attacks on outlets in the Netherlands

June 26, 2018 11:55 AM ET

New York, June 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an attack on De Telegraaf, one of the Netherlands' biggest national newspapers, which came five days after an anti-tank rocket was fired at the offices of the publisher of the weeklies Panorama and Nieuwe Revu, according to news...

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Ethiopia allows access to over 260 blocked websites

June 22, 2018 1:24 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the Ethiopian government's decision to allow access to 264 websites, including news outlets and blogs, that were blocked in the country. In a tweet today, Fitsum Arega, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff, said that the sites...

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Rising Kashmir editor Shujaat Bukhari killed in Srinagar

June 14, 2018 11:54 AM ET

New York, June 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the killing of the editor of the English-language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, in Srinagar, Kashmir. Unknown attackers shot Bukhari today at close range in the city's Press Colony, according to news reports....

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CPJ: Data seizure from New York Times reporter sets dangerous precedent

June 8, 2018 11:20 AM ET

New York, June 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the seizure of phone and email records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins by the United States Justice Department in the first known incident that federal prosecutors have gone after a journalist's data under President...

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Russian court sentences Ukrainian journalist to 12 years for espionage

June 4, 2018 12:58 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2018--Russian authorities should immediately release Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Moscow city court sentenced Sushchenko, a Paris-based correspondent for Ukraine's state news agency, Ukrinform, to 12 years in a high-security prison on espionage charges today, Russian and Ukrainian...

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UPDATE: Russian journalist Babchenko's assassination was staged

May 29, 2018 5:47 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2018-- Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital yesterday, has appeared alive at a televised news conference in Kiev. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said the agency faked Babchenko's death to catch those who...

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