Statements   |   Egypt

CPJ welcomes Al-Jazeera pardons, calls for all other journalists in Egypt to be freed

New York, September 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the presidential pardon today of Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who have been in prison since they were sentenced in a retrial on charges including "aiding a terrorist organization." Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners today, on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Adha, as he prepares to travel to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Statements   |   Vietnam

CPJ welcomes release of Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan

New York, September 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan and calls on authorities to release all other journalists and bloggers imprisoned in the country. Tan was freed from prison and traveled to the United States, where she arrived late Saturday, according to local and international news reports. The journalist was released after serving three years of a 10-year prison term given to her in September 2012 on anti-state charges in connection with her blog, Cong Ly v Su That (Justice and Truth), which focused on human rights abuses and corruption among police and in the court system.

Statements   |   Ukraine

All journalists should be removed from Ukraine's list of banned individuals

New York, September 17, 2015--Ukrainian authorities today removed six international journalists from a list of at least 41 journalists and bloggers who have been banned from visiting the country for one year, according to news reports. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the decree on Wednesday which banned a total of 388 individuals who it said represented "an actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty, and the territorial integrity of Ukraine." Today, three BBC journalists, two Spanish journalists, and a German reporter were taken off the list.

September 17, 2015 1:22 PM ET


Statements   |   Ukraine

Ukraine bans 41 international journalists and bloggers

New York, September 16, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores a decree signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today which, according to a copy viewed by CPJ, bans at least 41 international journalists and bloggers from Ukraine for one year. The journalists and bloggers were among 388 people named as representing an "actual or potential threat to national interests, national security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," according to news reports.

September 16, 2015 6:24 PM ET


Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey deports Dutch reporter Frederike Geerdink

New York, September 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores today's decision by the Turkish authorities to deport freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink, who had been held in state custody since September 6, 2015 in Yüksekova, southeastern Turkey, according to reports. Geerdink's lawyer, Davut Uzunköprü, told CPJ he would be appealing the decision.

September 9, 2015 2:36 PM ET


Statements   |   Turkey

Turkey frees 2 VICE News reporters but third remains in custody

New York, September 3, 2015--A Turkish court early today ordered the release of VICE News' British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, according to their outlet. A third journalist, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, an Iraqi who is based in Turkey, is still in custody and is being questioned by Turkish authorities, according to news reports. The three were arrested on Thursday and have been charged with "aiding a terrorist organization." Hanrahan and Pendlebury are allowed to leave the country, but the charges against the three have not been dropped, news reports said.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ condemns 7.5-year prison term for Khadija Ismayilova

New York, September 1, 2015--The Baku Court of Serious Crimes today convicted Khadija Ismayilova, one of Azerbaijan's most prominent investigative reporters, of illegal business, tax evasion, abuse of power, and embezzlement, and sentenced her to seven and a half years in prison, according to local press reports. The court dropped the charge of incitement to suicide, the reports said. A state prosecutor had requested a nine-year sentence during a closed hearing. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the verdict and sentence and calls on Azerbaijan to scrap them on appeal.

Statements   |   Egypt

CPJ condemns conviction, sentence in Egypt's retrial of Al-Jazeera journalists

New York, August 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction of three Al-Jazeera journalists in their retrial in Egypt today. A Cairo court sentenced Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, and Peter Greste to three years in prison each for "aiding a terrorist organization," spreading false news, and working without a license, according to news reports. Baher Mohamed was sentenced to an additional six months in jail for possession of a spent bullet casing.

Statements   |   Mozambique

Journalist shot dead in Mozambique

New York, August 28, 2015--An unidentified gunman shot dead a Mozambican journalist who was out jogging in the capital city of Maputo early today, according to news reports. Paulo Machava was the publisher of the news website Diario de Noticias and had worked with Rádio Moçambique and the weekly Savana, according to reports.

Statements   |   USA

Two U.S. journalists killed during live broadcast in Virginia

New York, August 26, 2015--Two journalists affiliated with the Virginia TV station WDBJ7 were killed early today during a live broadcast, according to news reports. Alison Parker, a reporter for the station, and Adam Ward, a photographer, were interviewing a woman about a shopping plaza in Moneta, a small community near Roanoke city, when they were shot by an unidentified gunman, news reports said. Police are still seeking the perpetrator.

August 26, 2015 10:14 AM ET


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