Statements / 2013

Justice consistently eludes slain Pakistani journalists

May 30, 2013 2:33 PM ET

May 30, 2013--On the second anniversary of the murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to continue investigating and find his killers. An official commission of inquiry concluded in January 2012 that the perpetrators in Shazahd's case were unknown, and there has been...

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CPJ condemns Pakistan's expulsion of Times reporter

May 10, 2013 5:18 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2013 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistan's interim government to reverse its decision to expel New York Times bureau chief Declan Walsh from the country. The order comes on the eve of national elections that will bring about the first successful change...

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In Eskinder case, politicized verdict undermines Ethiopia

May 2, 2013 11:31 AM ET

New York, May 2, 2013---In response to today's ruling by Ethiopia's Supreme Court to uphold an 18-year prison sentence imposed on award-winning journalist Eskinder Nega and reject his appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:  "This ruling trivializes the serious crime of terrorism, upholds a politically motivated...

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CPJ welcomes reversal of Thai documentary ban

April 26, 2013 11:49 AM ET

Bangkok, April 26, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by Thailand's Ministry of Culture to reverse its earlier imposed ban on the locally produced documentary Fah Tam Pan Din Soon (Boundary). "The ministry's reversal of its censorship order against director Nontawat Numbchapol's documentary is a step in the right direction,"...

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CPJ commends new Mexican legislation

April 25, 2013 1:41 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2013-The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the approval today of legislation that will implement a constitutional amendment that gives federal authorities in Mexico broader jurisdiction to prosecute crimes against freedom of expression. "This is a legislative milestone and a step forward in the fight against the impunity...

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CPJ alarmed by threats against Article 19 in Mexico

April 22, 2013 1:33 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a death threat sent to the Mexico office of the international freedom of expression organization Article 19. "Mexican authorities must launch an exhaustive investigation into this threat and bring those responsible to justice," said CPJ Senior Americas...

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CPJ cautiously welcomes Morsi's step to drop complaints

April 10, 2013 6:15 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's announcement that he will withdraw legal complaints against journalists who "spread wrong information." The announcement was posted on the presidency's Twitter account and confirmed by Presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy....

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CPJ welcomes release of Cuban journalist

April 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, a reporter with the independent news agency Centro de Información Hablemos Press, who had been imprisoned since September while reporting on an international medical donation to Cuba....

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Azerbaijan must release independent editor on appeal

March 12, 2013 1:30 PM ET

New York, March 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's nine-year prison sentence handed to Avaz Zeynally, chief editor of the independent Azerbaijani daily Khural, and calls for justice in the case. ...

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Venezuelan authorities must ensure safety of press

March 6, 2013 3:08 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on Carmen Andrea Rengifo, a correspondent for the Colombian TV station RCN, by crowds who had gathered in Caracas to mourn the death of President Hugo Chávez. CPJ calls on authorities to investigate the assault immediately....

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