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Colombian protection unit suspends risk assessments ‘indefinitely’ due to coronavirus

April 2, 2020 2:15 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2020 -- In response to the Colombian National Protection Unit’s announcement that it would be suspending the country’s Risk Assessment and Protection Measures Recommendation Committee, which grants protective measures to journalists, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following...

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Pakistan court overturns murder convictions in Daniel Pearl case

April 2, 2020 8:45 AM ET

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2020--In response to the decision of the Sindh High Court in Pakistan to overturn the murder convictions of four men accused in the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:...

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Egypt expels Guardian reporter Ruth Michaelson over COVID-19 coverage

March 26, 2020 12:05 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2020 -- In response to Egypt’s expulsion of Ruth Michaelson, a reporter for The Guardian, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement:...

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Turkey indicts 20 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi killing

March 25, 2020 12:30 PM ET

New York, March 25, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement that Turkish officials have indicted 20 Saudi nationals on charges of murder and incitement linked to the 2018 killing of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and issued the following statement:...

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Venezuelan journalist arrested by special forces following coronavirus coverage

March 22, 2020 4:21 PM ET

Miami, March 22, 2020 — Venezuelan authorities must immediately release journalist Darvinson Rojas and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus outbreak in the country without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South Africa enacts regulations criminalizing ‘disinformation’ on coronavirus outbreak

March 19, 2020 6:47 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over newly passed regulations in South Africa that criminalize disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and could potentially prompt other countries to adopt more repressive rules and censorship against the press....

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli released from prison in Azerbaijan

March 17, 2020 4:20 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed relief that Azerbaijani investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison, and called for Azerbaijan authorities to release all other journalists held for their work....

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China revokes press credentials of US reporters at three major outlets

March 17, 2020 2:35 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020 -- In response to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs notice that it will revoke the press credentials of U.S. citizens working as journalists for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post whose visas expire by the end of...

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CPJ demands Pakistan release Jang Media Group CEO Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

March 12, 2020 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 12, 2020 -- Pakistani authorities should immediately release Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the CEO, owner, and editor-in-chief of the Jang Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ demands Algeria release journalist and RSF correspondent Khaled Drareni

March 9, 2020 12:45 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 9, 2020 -- Algerian authorities should immediately release journalist and press freedom advocate Khaled Drareni, a correspondent for global press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) who has been in custody since March 7, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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