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Iraqi Kurdish court upholds 6-year jail terms for journalists Sherwan Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari

New York, May 6, 2021 — In response to the Erbil Court of Cassation’s recent decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of Iraqi Kurdish journalists Sherwan Amin Sherwani and Guhdar Zebari, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “With the Erbil Court of Cassation’s decision to uphold the six-year jail sentences of…

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CPJ expresses concern over French journalist Olivier Dubois, missing in Mali

New York, May 5, 2021 — In response to news reports that French journalist Olivier Dubois has been kidnapped while reporting in central Mali, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of journalist Olivier Dubois and urge Malian and French authorities to thoroughly investigate his disappearance,”…

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CPJ calls on Colombian security forces to ensure safety of journalists covering demonstrations

New York, May 5, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Colombian security forces to ensure that journalists can freely and safely cover demonstrations across the country. “We are deeply concerned by widespread reports of human rights abuses by Colombian security forces responding to protests, including dozens of reported press freedom violations,”…

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Spanish journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile killed in Burkina Faso

David Beriain and Roberto Fraile are killed after being abducted from a wildlife reserve in eastern Burkina Faso, where they were working on a documentary film, the Spanish government confirms. CPJ calls on the authorities to conduct a swift and thorough investigation. (Photo: AP/Sophie Garcia)

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Hong Kong court convicts, fines journalist Choy Yuk-ling over documentary research

Taipei, April 22, 2021 — In response to a Hong Kong court’s conviction today of video producer Choy Yuk-ling, also known as Bao Choy, on charges of giving false statements, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The unjust conviction of video producer Choy Yuk-ling marks the latest assault on press freedom in…

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Jailed Indian journalist Siddique Kappan hospitalized after contracting COVID-19

New Delhi, April 21, 2021 – Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state should immediately release journalist Siddique Kappan from custody and allow him to freely seek medical treatment for COVID-19, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kappan collapsed in the Mathura Jail yesterday, where he is held pending trial, and today he tested positive…

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CPJ calls on local law enforcement in US to ensure journalist safety amid protests

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on law enforcement in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and around the United States to ensure that journalists can freely and safely cover demonstrations against police violence. “We are deeply concerned by reports about law enforcement detaining members of the media covering protests in…

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Hong Kong media owner Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months in prison over 2019 protests

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2021 – In response to a Hong Kong court’s sentencing today of media owner Jimmy Lai to 14 months in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Forcing a prominent pro-democracy media entrepreneur like Jimmy Lai to spend more than a year in prison and hitting him with…

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CPJ welcomes release of Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan

Istanbul, April 14, 2021 — Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals today overturned the convictions of journalists Ahmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak, who were found guilty of “aiding a terrorist organization” and sentenced to 10 and a half years and eight years and nine months, respectively, in a 2019 retrial, according to reports and CPJ research. Both journalists had been freed…

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Veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz shot and killed in Greece

New York, April 9, 2021 — In response to today’s killing of journalist Giorgos Karaivaz near his home in Athens, Greece, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We strongly condemn this fatal shooting of veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz, express our deep condolences to his family and colleagues, and call on Greek…

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