Statements / 2014

CPJ hails approval of broadcast law in Uruguay

December 22, 2014 3:59 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the passage of a new broadcast law in Uruguay today, which has strong guarantees for freedom of expression and forbids censorship. The law, which was introduced in May 2013 by President José Mujica, is aimed at regulating radio and television...

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Freelancer Luke Somers killed in hostage rescue attempt in Yemen

December 6, 2014 9:25 AM ET

New York, December 6, 2014--Luke Somers, an American freelance journalist held hostage by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with fellow hostage Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher, during a failed rescue attempt by U.S. special forces on Saturday morning in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and news...

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African Court upholds appeal against criminal defamation

December 5, 2014 12:44 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in Addis Ababa that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. The court also upheld the...

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South African court rules that criminal defamation is in line with constitution

December 5, 2014 12:01 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to uphold journalist Cecil Motsepe's appeal against a conviction of criminal defamation, but disapproves of the court's ruling that the crime of defamation for journalists falls in line...

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CPJ welcomes release of Juliet Michelena Díaz in Cuba

November 7, 2014 4:46 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today in Cuba of Juliet Michelena Díaz, who had been imprisoned since April after photographing a police operation in Havana....

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CPJ welcomes Facebook move to enable access via Tor hidden service

November 3, 2014 4:52 PM ET

San Francisco, November 3, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Facebook's move to enable access via a Tor hidden service, which came into effect on Friday. The step protects journalists and other users who are at risk of surveillance, censorship, or online attack....

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Press in Burkina Faso must be protected amid anti-government protests

October 30, 2014 1:46 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, October 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President...

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Ethiopian court sentences journalist to three years in prison

October 27, 2014 12:56 PM ET

Nairobi, October 27, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's sentencing of Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn to three years' imprisonment on charges of defamation and incitement that date back to 2012. A court in Addis Ababa, the capital, convicted Temesgen on October 13 in connection with opinion pieces published in...

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Two French journalists convicted, sentenced in Indonesia

October 24, 2014 12:31 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's conviction and sentencing to prison of French documentary filmmakers Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat on charges of breaking immigration laws in Indonesia. The two were sentenced to two months and 15 days in prison and are expected to be...

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CPJ welcomes release of Vietnamese prisoner Nguyen Van Hai

October 21, 2014 6:15 PM ET

New York, October 21, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is pleased by the release from prison of Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Van Hai, who is also known by the name of his blog, "Dieu Cay," and who had been jailed since April 2008....

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