Statements / 2010

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CPJ condemns attack on Kommersant reporter

November 6, 2010 3:20 PM ET

New York, November 6, 2010--The Russian government must act immediately to arrest the assailants responsible for a brutal attack today on a reporter for the Moscow daily Kommersant. The brazen assault, which left Oleg Kashin, left, so badly injured he was placed in an induced coma, is a product in...

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Editor of censored Rwandan newspaper is slain

June 25, 2010 12:23 PM ET

In response to international media reports that Jean-Léonard Rugambage, the deputy editor of  the suspended independent newspaper Umuvugizi, was shot dead late Thursday in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement:...

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Andijan police release independent journalist

June 18, 2010 4:44 PM ET

New York, June 18, 2010—We issued the following statement after police in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan released independent Uzbek reporter Aleksei Volosevich after holding him without charge for three days; Volosevich was filming refugees from the unrest in Kyrgyzstan. Police confiscated his phone, footage, and audio recorder, Volosevich...

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Andijan police continue to hold independent journalist

June 15, 2010 5:12 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2010—We issued the following statement after confirming that police in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan continue to hold independent Uzbek reporter Aleksei Volosevich for a third consecutive day. Volosevich had travelled to the border with Kyrgyzstan to report on the conditions for refugees, fleeing the...

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Venezuelan arrest warrant troubles CPJ

June 13, 2010 11:11 AM ET

We made the following statement today after the Venezuelan government issued an arrest warrant for Guillermo Zuloaga, president of Globovisión, on usury and conspiracy charges....

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Italian journalist killed in Bangkok unrest

May 19, 2010 12:41 PM ET

Following news that Italian freelance photojournalist Fabio Polenghi was fatally shot, and at least two other international journalists wounded today as security forces stormed a makeshift camp of “Red Shirt” protesters in Bangkok, we issued this statement:...

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CPJ welcomes Armenian vote to decriminalize defamation

May 19, 2010 12:16 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after the National Assembly of Armenia approved on a second reading the decriminalization of defamation, including libel and insult. If signed into law, the amendments to Armenia’s penal and administrative code will remove imprisonment from the list of penalties for defamation; individuals found guilty...

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CPJ condemns farcical Azerbaijan trial

May 14, 2010 2:09 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after the Azerbaijani independent agency Turan reported on the testimony of two inmates who allegedly saw imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev take drugs. Fatullayev was charged with drug usage shortly before the European Court of Human Rights acquitted him of all earlier trumped-up charges and...

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In Moldova, CPJ calls for Ernest Vardanian’s release

May 12, 2010 2:01 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after authorities in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic released an alleged confession by independent journalist Ernest Vardanian, who has been imprisoned since April 7 on trumped-up treason charges ......

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CPJ welcomes Tissainayagam pardon

May 3, 2010 10:52 AM ET

In response to news reports today that Sri Lanka will offer a full pardon to journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, we issued this statement....

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Cameroon responsible for Ngota's death

April 22, 2010 12:49 PM ET

We issued the following statement after weekly Cameroon Express Editor Bibi Ngota died of hypertension Wednesday night while in prison in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde. Ngota was arrested with two other journalists in February for reporting on an alleged corruption case implicating a presidential advisor....

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Gag order lifted in Israeli military leaks case

April 8, 2010 4:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement after learning that a months-long gag order was lifted today. The gag order prevented Israeli media from reporting on the case of a soldier charged with “harming national security” who is under house arrest for leaking documents that allegedly show that...

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Journalists among the dead in leaked Iraq video

April 5, 2010 6:10 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today after reviewing a classified U.S. military video showing the killing of an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and camera assistant Saeed Chmagh, outside Baghdad. The footage was shot in July 2007 and the video was posted...

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Belarusian authorities strip Sheremet of citizenship

March 31, 2010 10:16 AM ET

We issued the following statement after learning that Belarusian authorities have stripped Pavel Sheremet, a prominent journalist living in Russia, of his Belarusian citizenship. In an interview today for the independent news Web site Belarussky Partizan, Sheremet said he received a notice about this from the Belarusian embassy in Moscow. Sheremet...

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Two journalists gunned down in Honduras

March 26, 2010 4:20 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to the murder of Honduran journalists Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, who were shot by unidentified gunmen aboard a vehicle, in the department of Olancho in eastern Honduras, according to local press reports......

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Muhammad al-Maqaleh released in Yemen

March 25, 2010 4:31 PM ET

We issued the following statement in response to local and international press reports that Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the Yemeni Socialist Party news Web site Aleshteraki, has been released for what the reports described as “health and humanitarian reasons.” Al-Maqaleh was kidnapped in September 2009 but appeared in government custody...

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CPJ welcomes editor's release in Yemen

March 24, 2010 4:54 PM ET

We issued the following statement after learning that Hisham Bashraheel, editor of the daily Al-Ayyam, who has been in custody since January 6, was released today for what colleagues described as “health reasons.” The release comes one week after CPJ called on President Saleh of Yemen to release a number...

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CPJ welcomes Google stand on censorship

March 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after Google announced it had stopped censoring its search engine in China:...

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Bloggers’ conviction upheld in Azerbaijan

March 10, 2010 12:48 PM ET

We released this statement today after a Baku court upheld the convictions of Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli, the two video bloggers imprisoned on a fabricated “hooliganism” charge......

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Eight journalists abducted in Mexico

March 8, 2010 3:13 PM ET

We issued the following statement in response to a report published today in the Dallas Morning News about the alleged abduction of eight Mexican journalists in the border area of Reynosa, near McAllen, Texas. One reporter died after a severe beating, two were released, and the rest are missing, according...

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CPJ welcomes release of journalists in Iran

March 2, 2010 12:45 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today in response to Iranian and international press reports that at least four journalists have been released from Iranian prison on bail, including Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, journalist and spokesman for the Iranian Committee for the Defense of Freedom of the Press. Shamsolvaezin...

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Fatullayev isolation prolonged in Azerbaijan

March 1, 2010 3:05 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today in response to Azerbaijani press reports that the isolated detention of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, on a new trumped-up charge of drug possession, has been prolonged by...

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Journalists injured in Pakistan bombings

February 5, 2010 10:05 AM ET

Following reports today of a double-bombing in Karachi targeting Shiite worshipers in a bus riding to a religious festival and later at a hospital, we issued this statement......

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In Russia, Novaya Gazeta server disabled

February 1, 2010 12:37 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to sustained distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the server hosting the Web version of the independent Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta; the Web site has been disabled since January 26 according to newspaper staff who spoke with CPJ......

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Conviction welcomed in 2005 murder case

January 29, 2010 2:49 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after a Philippine court sentenced Muhammad Maulana to life in prison for the murder of journalist Edgar Amoro. Amoro witnessed the killing of his fellow Pagadian City-based broadcaster, Edgar Damalerio, in May 2002. In December 2005, a police officer, Guillermo Wapile, was sentenced to...

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Harsh jail term for Burmese journalist

January 29, 2010 1:52 PM ET

We issued this statement today, after a special court in Burma handed down a 13-year sentence to journalist Ngwe Soe Lin, also known as Tun Kyaw, who reported for the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma Wednesday. He had been held since June 2009......

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Sri Lankan Web sites blocked amid election

January 26, 2010 12:26 PM ET

We issued this statement today after journalists in Sri Lanka told CPJ that access to several independent Web sites had been blocked as the country finished voting in presidential elections......

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U.S. editor barred from re-entering Israel

January 13, 2010 3:53 PM ET

We issued the following statement today after learning that Israeli authorities have detained Jared Malsin, a U.S. citizen and editor-in-chief of the English-language section of the independent Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, at the Tel Aviv airport. Malsin was due to be expelled without a hearing on Thursday morning. Protests by...

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Kazakhstan must stop trial of press defenders

January 11, 2010 12:36 PM ET

We issued the following statement after receiving reports today that a trial of three press freedom activists, who organized a protest on Wednesday against the jailing of journalists in Kazakhstan, has started in Almaty; the three are charged with violating a law on holding rallies......

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Abducted Mexican reporter found dead

January 8, 2010 11:30 AM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to the killing of Mexican reporter Valentín Valdés Espinosa of the Saltillo-based daily Zócalo in the state of Coahuila. Espinosa was abducted by unidentified assailants Thursday and found dead early today, according to press reports......

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Harsh sentence for Iranian journalist Amouee

January 5, 2010 11:52 AM ET

We issued the following statement today after Iranian authorities sentenced journalist and economist Bahman Ahmadi Amouee to seven years and four months’ imprisonment and 34 lashes for anti-state activities. Amouee was detained on June 19, 2009, with his wife, Zhila Bani-Yaghoub, editor-in-chief of the Iranian Women's Club......

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