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Lord Justice Brian Leveson unveils his report in London in 2012, following his far-reaching inquiry into the ethics of British newspapers.

CPJ, others urge UK to repeal harsh media law passed after phone hacking scandal

The Committee to Protect Journalists and nine other organizations representing news media titles, journalists, and campaign groups, urged U.K. authorities on Tuesday to urgently repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which could force publishers to pay the costs of people who sue them — even if the outlet wins. Section 40,…

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CPJ welcomes ICC warrant applications for Hamas and Israeli leaders

New York, May 20, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the International Criminal Court’s announcement on Monday that it was seeking arrest warrants for Hamas and Israeli leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. “The ICC’s application for arrest warrants for crimes against humanity in Israel and Palestine recognizes atrocities committed against civilians,”…

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Tunisia police arrest journalist Houssem Hajlaoui over social media posts amid crackdown

New York, May 20, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tunisian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Houssem Hajlaoui, co-founder and publisher of local independent news website Inkyfada, who was arrested over social media posts from 2020-2023. “CPJ is deeply concerned after Tunisian police arrested journalist Houssem Hajlaoui over old social media…

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Lawyers, officials, and others attend a hearing at Bishkek City Court to consider Kloop’s appeal against liquidation on May 17.

Kyrgyzstan court rejects investigative outlet Kloop’s appeal against liquidation

Stockholm, May 20, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday called on Kyrgyzstan to allow the country’s leading investigative news site Kloop to resume work and stop using the courts to silence critical media, following the rejection by a city court of Kloop’s appeal against a liquidation order. “The court’s rejection of Kloop’s appeal against…

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Supporters of Julian Assange celebrate the verdict, outside of the Royal Court of Justice, on the day of an extradition hearing of the WikiLeaks founder, in London, Britain, May 20.

CPJ welcomes UK High Court decision to hear Julian Assange appeal

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the U.K. High Court’s Monday decision to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appeal his extradition case. “We are heartened that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be allowed to appeal his extradition to the United States,” said CPJ CEO Jodie Ginsberg, in New York. “Assange’s…

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On May 10, a Turkish court sentenced seven people involved in the April 8, 2022 raid on Deniz Postası’s broadcast studio, during which attackers beat journalist Azim Deniz and his guest. (Screenshot: Deniz Postasi Tv/YouTube)

CPJ welcomes Turkish court’s sentencing of people involved in the attack on TV studio Deniz Postası

Istanbul, May 17, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Turkish court’s sentencing of seven people involved in the April 8, 2022 raid on Deniz Postası’s broadcast studio in the central Province of Kayseri, during which attackers beat journalist Azim Deniz and his guest, local businessman and politician Sedat Kılınç.  At least 50 people raided the studio,…

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Sudanese Armed Forces arrest journalist Siddiq Dalay

New York, May 16, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Sudanese Armed Forces to immediately and unconditionally release freelance journalist Siddiq Dalay, who was arrested over his social media posting on Monday, May 13. “The Sudanese Armed Forces must release Siddiq Dalay and allow journalists to work freely to cover and…

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Indian journalists Aasit Sultan (left), Gautam Navlakha (top right), and Prabir Purkayastha.

CPJ urges India to ensure freedom for 3 journalists granted bail in security cases

New Delhi, May 15, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday welcomed Indian court decisions to grant bail to journalists Aasif Sultan, Gautam Navlakha, and Prabir Purkayastha, who are being held under anti-terror laws, and called on the authorities to release all three men and immediately drop charges against them. “The Indian courts’ decisions to…

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Demonstrators protest a bill on "foreign agents" near the Georgian Parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia, on May 13, 2024. (Photo: Reuters/Irakli Gedenidze)

Georgian parliament passes ‘foreign agent’ law despite widespread opposition

Stockholm, May 14, 2024 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled that as thousands of protesters waited for the results amid a heavy police presence equipped with water cannons and riot gear, the Georgian parliament voted Tuesday to adopt the controversial Russian-style “foreign agents” law that would target foreign-funded media. Georgian President Salome…

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Police escort journalist José Rubén Zamora to court in Guatemala City on June 14, 2023.

CPJ urges Guatemalan authorities to release José Rubén Zamora, allow fair trial

Update: A Guatemalan court ordered on May 15 that José Rubén Zamora be released to house arrest to await trial in the first of three cases against him. He was not immediately released as decisions remained pending in the other two cases.  Mexico City, May 14, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls upon Guatemalan authorities…

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