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Ukraine bans Russia's independent Dozhd TV station

CPJ honored Mikhail Zygar, then editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV station Dozhd, with its 2014 International Press Freedom Award. Here he speaks with The Associated Press in Moscow, January 30, 2014. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

New York, January 13, 2017--Ukrainian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning broadcasts of the independent Russian television channel Dozhd (Rain) in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 2:40 PM ET

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Statements   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu released from prison

An honor guard welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the Office of Government in Hanoi, January 13, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP/Pool)

Bangkok, January 13, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu and calls on Vietnamese authorities to free unconditionally all journalists held behind bars. Dieu was released late last night after more than five years in prison and flew immediately to France, according to news reports. He arrived in Paris early today, the news reports said.

January 13, 2017 11:47 AM ET

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Statements   |   USA

CPJ urges Sessions to commit to journalist protection if confirmed as attorney general

Senator Jeff Sessions at his attorney general confirmation hearing on January 10. Sessions was asked if he would commit to not jailing journalists. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty/AFP)

New York, January 11, 2016--In remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for attorney general yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions said he was unsure whether he would commit to following guidelines adopted by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2015 that make it harder, though not impossible, for the Department of Justice to subpoena journalists' records.

January 11, 2017 5:31 PM ET

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Statements   |   Montenegro

Journalist Jovo Martinović released in Montenegro pending trial

Independent journalist Jovo Martinović has been freed pending the outcome of his trial in Montenegro. (Family handout)

New York, January 5, 2017--A Montenegro court last night released independent journalist Jovo Martinović, pending the outcome of his trial, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. The court ordered Martinović, who spent more than 14 months in prison on charges of drug smuggling, to check in with police twice a month, and confiscated his passport, the journalist said. His next hearing is scheduled for January 19.

January 5, 2017 12:03 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian radio journalists convicted on terror charges

Darsema Sori, left, and Khalid Mohammed are convicted on terror charges in relation to their coverage of protests. (Bilal Communication)

Nairobi, December 21, 2016--Ethiopian radio journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori, who have been imprisoned since February 2015, were today convicted on terrorism charges by the High Court's 19th Criminal Bench, according to the independent Addis Standard newspaper.

Statements   |   Netherlands, Panama

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein due to be freed from Panama prison

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, pictured in a prison compound in Panama, is due to be freed by December 23. (CPJ/Jan-Albert Hootsen)

New York, December 20, 2016--Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is due to be released unconditionally from a Panamanian prison by December 23, his lawyer Manuel Succari told CPJ today. The journalist was named in a list published by the government today of people whose sentences were reduced as part of a presidential pardon. Ornstein was arrested November 15 over a criminal defamation conviction dating back to 2012, which carried a 20-month prison term, his lawyer said.

December 20, 2016 3:39 PM ET

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Statements   |   Syria

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria

New York, December 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Syrian government's decision to expel Swedish radio journalist Cecilia Uddén from the country today. According to her employer, Radio Sweden, Uddén's authorized reporting trip to Damascus and Aleppo was forcibly cut short when the government accused her of circulating "false information."

December 15, 2016 3:31 PM ET

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Statements   |   Egypt

Leaders of Egypt's Journalists Syndicate sentenced to 2 years in jail

New York, November 19, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the conviction of three leaders of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate today on charges of harboring a fugitive. A Cairo court sentenced Yehia Qallash, the chairman of the syndicate, and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim to two years in prison, according to news reports. The court set bail of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (US$628) each pending appeal.

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Journalist attacked at U.S. protest

New York, November 11, 2016--Four masked men attacked freelance photojournalist Kyle Ludowitz yesterday as he photographed protesters looting and vandalizing businesses in the U.S. city of Oakland, California, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Ludowitz was treated for a broken cheekbone following the incident, he said.

November 11, 2016 4:07 PM ET

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Statements   |   Canada

Montreal police spied on La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé

New York, October 31, 2016--Montreal police have been tracking an iPhone belonging to La Presse reporter Patrick Lagacé since the beginning of the year, the journalist's paper reported today. Canadian courts authorized 24 warrants to surveil Lagacé's phone, according to court documents obtained by the French-language Montreal daily. The warrants allowed police to access the journalist's call register and track him by activating a GPS monitor on his phone, according to reports.

October 31, 2016 6:24 PM ET

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