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Gulf countries order Qatar to close Al-Jazeera and other outlets

June 23, 2017 2:10 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2017--A group of Arab countries today issued Qatar a list of demands, including that the Gulf nation close media outlets that it funds, among them the broadcasters Al-Jazeera and Arabi 21, and the websites Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye. The demands are a prerequisite...

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Turkey releases French photographer Mathias Depardon

June 9, 2017 2:54 PM ET

New York, June 9, 2017--Turkish authorities should allow French photographer Mathias Depardon to live and work freely in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Depardon's lawyer, Emine Şeker, told CPJ that the photographer was deported to France today....

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UAE threatens 15 years in prison for expressions of 'sympathy' with Qatar

June 7, 2017 3:28 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--Authorities in the United Arab Emirates should clearly and immediately repudiate Emirati Attorney General Hamad Saif al-Shamsi's threats to imprison and fine anyone who criticizes the United Arab Emirates' stance toward Qatar or who expresses any "sympathy" for Qatar, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Saudi Arabia orders Al-Jazeera bureau closed

June 7, 2017 12:21 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2017--The Saudi Ministry of Media should immediately reverse its order to close the office of Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and allow the satellite channel and all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Saudi government on June 5 revoked the...

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Jordan revokes Al-Jazeera license amid Qatar tensions

June 6, 2017 6:04 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2017--Jordan's Ministry of Information today revoked the license for Qatar broadcaster Al-Jazeera and said it will close the broadcaster's Jordanian office. In an announcement reported by the state-run Petra News Agency, the ministry said its actions came after "reviewing the crisis" between Qatar and neighboring...

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Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

May 24, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--The Ethiopian Federal High Court's conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder

May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports....

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At least six killed in attack on Afghanistan television station

May 17, 2017 1:01 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns today's attack on a state television station in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The four-hour attack on the Jalalabad office of National Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA) killed at least six people and injured at least 18 others, according to media reports....

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Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

May 15, 2017 4:31 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2017--The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce,...

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In Egypt retrial, 2 journalists acquitted, 3 others' sentences reduced

May 8, 2017 2:20 PM ET

New York, May 8, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the verdict by the Giza Criminal Court acquitting Egyptian journalists Hany Salah-el-Deen and Mosad Al-Barbary, and called on authorities to immediately free Abdullah al-Fakharany, Samhi Mustafa, and Mohamed al-Adly, whose sentences were reduced to five years from 25 years....

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