Statements / 2013

CPJ condemns attack on Iraqi TV station

December 23, 2013 12:58 PM ET

New York, December 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on Salah al-Din TV station headquarters in Tikrit, Iraq, which left several journalists dead. The attack comes amid a wave of targeted killings of journalists in the past few months that has made the country among the deadliest...

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CPJ welcomes conviction in Igor Domnikov's murder

December 20, 2013 2:25 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's conviction by Moscow's Lyublinsky court of Russian businessman Pavel Sopot for inciting the 2000 murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Igor Domnikov. The court sentenced Sopot to a seven-year term in a high-security prison, and ordered him to pay the...

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Zuma should send secrecy bill for further review

November 14, 2013 12:11 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges South African President Jacob Zuma not to sign the revised Protection of State Information Bill and instead to send it to the Constitutional Court for review. The bill, which was sent back to parliament in September, was passed again by...

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CPJ hails elimination of criminal defamation in Jamaica

November 7, 2013 3:56 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the repeal of criminal libel provisions by the Jamaican Parliament on Tuesday as a step forward in the campaign to eliminate criminal defamation in the Americas....

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African media leaders must address Ethiopia's repression

November 5, 2013 5:55 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--As media leaders and officials of regional institutions gather in Addis Ababa this week for the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the participants to ensure that press freedom is squarely on the agenda....

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CPJ alarmed by parliamentary passage of Kenya media bill

November 1, 2013 2:46 PM ET

Nairobi, November 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the parliamentary passage of the Kenya Information and Communication Amendment Bill on October 31 that will severely curtail press freedom in Kenya....

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CPJ urges UK political parties to reconsider royal charter

October 28, 2013 3:35 PM ET

New York, October 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Britain's three main political parties to reconsider a royal charter that would establish a new press regulator in the United Kingdom. The Privy Council, the assembly that formally advises the Queen, is scheduled to review on Wednesday the...

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CPJ concerned about Cameron's Guardian comments

October 16, 2013 4:53 PM ET

New York, October 16, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron's statement today in which he urged members of parliament to investigate whether the Guardian had broken the law or damaged national security by publishing the NSA files....

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France confirms two journalists missing in Syria

October 9, 2013 11:59 AM ET

New York, October 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction of two French journalists in Syria and calls on all sides of the conflict to stop targeting the press. Nicolas Hénin, who regularly reports for French news magazine Le Point and Franco-German TV channel Arte, and Pierre Torres,...

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CPJ welcomes release of Liberian journalist Rodney Sieh

October 8, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, October 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's decision by Liberia's Ministry of Justice to grant Rodney Sieh--the publisher of FrontPageAfrica who has been jailed since August for not paying libel damages--"compassionate release" for 30 days. The conditions behind Sieh's release were not clear, but the...

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Sudan must restore Internet access immediately

September 25, 2013 2:24 PM ET

New York, September 25, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that Internet service in Sudan was shut down today in what seemed like an official attempt to stifle coverage of violent protests after the government lifted fuel subsidies on Monday....

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Release of Chinese journalist Shi Tao was long overdue

September 9, 2013 3:15 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the early release of journalist Shi Tao, who was first detained in 2004 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 on charges of "leaking state secrets abroad." Shi was released on August 23, according to an announcement on...

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Pakistan Prime Minister should address abuse of journalists

September 6, 2013 1:28 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Pakistani government to ensure that there is a full investigation into the abduction and beating of a journalist for The Friday Times. Ali Chishti, who writes on national security and counter-terrorism, told CPJ and local news outlets that...

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CPJ troubled by reports NSA spied on Al-Jazeera

September 2, 2013 12:22 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by a report by Der Spiegel saying the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) accessed Al Jazeera's internal communications. Citing documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA hacked into the...

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CPJ holds Liberia responsible for Rodney Sieh's well-being

August 28, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's hospitalization of leading Liberian independent journalist Rodney Sieh, who has been on hunger strike since his imprisonment on August 21....

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Manning sentence could chill reporting

August 21, 2013 3:40 PM ET

New York, August 21, 2013--The 35-year prison sentence handed down today to Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on charges of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the website WikiLeaks could chill the work of journalists covering national security issues....

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CPJ mourns killed journalist in Egypt, demands justice

August 14, 2013 10:33 AM ET

New York, August 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Sky News cameraman Mick Deane, who was shot as Egyptian security forces attempted to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrations in Cairo today....

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Belarus must lift all restrictions on Irina Khalip

July 17, 2013 4:19 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2013--As a court prepares to review the case of Belarusian journalist Irina Khalip on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on local authorities to end their persecution of Khalip and allow her return to a free life....

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CPJ dismayed by approval of media law in Ecuador

June 14, 2013 1:35 PM ET

New York, June 14, 2013--The new Communications Law approved today by the Ecuadoran National Assembly represents a severe blow to freedom of expression, said the Committee to Protect Journalists. The law establishes regulation of editorial content and gives authorities the power to impose arbitrary sanctions and censor the press....

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CPJ rejects Egyptian ruling against civil society

June 4, 2013 1:37 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is dismayed by today's conviction of 43 individuals affiliated with international nonprofit organizations on charges of working illegally in Egypt. CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour was sentenced to two years in prison based on the work...

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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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CPJ welcomes release of journalist in Syria

March 5, 2013 12:04 PM ET

New York, March 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of freelance journalist Billy Six, held by Syrian authorities for two and a half months. Syrian authorities handed Six over to Russian diplomats today who helped him leave the country. "We are relieved that Billy Six has been...

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Authorities must explain conviction of Cuban writer

February 28, 2013 2:58 PM ET

New York, February 28, 2013--Cuban writer and blogger Ángel Santiesteban Prats is expected to begin serving a five-year jail sentence today on assault and trespassing charges brought by his former wife, accusations he has insisted have been fabricated. ...

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CPJ alarmed by Iran's escalating anti-press actions

January 30, 2013 4:26 PM ET

New York, January 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of a another journalist as part of Iran's declared intent to expand a crackdown on the media....

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CPJ condemns journalist arrests in Iran

January 28, 2013 11:55 AM ET

New York, January 28, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests in Iran of at least 11 journalists in the largest crackdown on the media since 2009. "With this wave of arrests, the authorities appear to be attempting to pre-emptively silence independent news coverage ahead of the presidential election...

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