Statements / 2009

Critical TV station suspended in Ecuador

December 23, 2009 1:23 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after Ecuadoran authorities took critical private broadcaster Teleamazonas off the air for three days on Tuesday. In a story aired in May, Teleamazonas reported that natural gas exploitation on Puná Island could force the suspension of fishing for six months......

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CPJ condemns attack on Peshawar Press Club

December 22, 2009 10:19 AM ET

Responding to reports of an apparent suicide bombing at the Press Club building in Peshawar, located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, the we issued the following statement......

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Kazakh journalist and newspaper persecuted

December 15, 2009 12:47 PM ET

After receiving reports of at least three defamation lawsuits filed recently against Lukpan Akhmedyarov, a prominent journalist with the independent newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya in Western Kazakhstan, in retaliation for his critical reporting on a state construction company’s illegal work on a gas pipe project, er issued the following statement......

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CPJ dismayed by decision of Brazilian court

December 11, 2009 2:42 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Federal Tribunal, Brazil’s highest court, rejecting an appeal from the daily O Estado de São Paulo and its Web site Estadão in a case of censorship. In July, a regional court barred both outlets from publishing...

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CPJ calls for immediate release of sick journalist

December 3, 2009 4:01 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued this statement following reports about the deteriorating health of Bizim Yol newspaper reporter Mushfig Huseynov, who has been jailed in state custody since 2007 for allegedly taking a bribe. Huseynov, who suffers from an advanced stage of tuberculosis, is serving a five-year prison term....

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Pakistan's media environment deteriorating

December 1, 2009 1:37 PM ET

We released this statement after Dawn newspaper columnist Kamran Shafi said today that his house had been sprayed with machine gun fire on the night of November 27, in Rawalpindi......

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Kidnapped journalists are freed in Somalia

November 25, 2009 2:41 PM ET

We issued the following statement after confirming the release today of Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, both held in Somalia since August 2008......

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Large group of journalists killed in Mindanao

November 23, 2009 11:06 AM ET

In response to news reports that a large number of people — possibly more than 20 — including many journalists, were killed on the Philippine island of Mindanao today while accompanying a gubernatorial candidate to register his candidacy, we issued this statement......

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Iranian journalist receives harsh sentence

November 23, 2009 10:26 AM ET

We issued the following statement today in reaction to news that Iranian journalist Ahmad Zaid-Abadi was sentenced to six years in prison, five years in exile in Khorasan Province, and a lifetime ban on social and political activity, effectively barring him from writing......

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Criminal defamation eliminated in Argentina

November 19, 2009 12:03 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to Wednesday’s approval by the Argentine Senate of a government-sponsored bill that repeals criminal defamation provisions from the penal code......

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