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Journalists attacked by counterprotesters in Hong Kong

July 22, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Taipei, July 22, 2019 -- A group of masked individuals beat journalists, demonstrators, and passersby with sticks and metal rods at Hong Kong's Yuen Long metro station after an anti-extradition bill protest concluded last night, according to news reports. At least 45 people were injured in the attacks, according...

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Pakistani broadcaster Geo News blocked amid prime minister's visit to Washington

July 21, 2019 10:55 AM ET

New York, July 21, 2019 -- Pakistan's most popular news channel, the privately owned Geo News broadcaster, has been forced off the air or had its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country, according to reports on social media and the broadcaster's managing director, Azhar Abbas,...

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Turkish court sentences documentary filmmakers to 4 and a half years

July 19, 2019 3:07 PM ET

Istanbul, July 19, 2019--Documentary filmmakers Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel, directors of the 2015 documentary movie "Bakur" ("North"), about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), were sentenced to four years and six months in prison yesterday for "making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization" by a court in the southeastern...

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In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

July 10, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Nairobi, July 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead....

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Venezuelan journalist Braulio Jatar conditionally released, barred from leaving country

July 8, 2019 5:45 PM ET

Miami, July 8, 2019--Venezuelan online and radio journalist Braulio Jatar was formally released from house arrest today after receiving official notification from a criminal court in his home state of Nueva Esparta, according to local media and a statement Jatar gave to media outlets, which was posted on the...

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Indian government drops advertisements from major newspaper groups in apparent retaliation for coverage

June 28, 2019 3:20 PM ET

New York, June 28, 2019 -- The Indian government has cut off advertisements to three major newspaper groups--The Times Group, ABP Group, and The Hindu--in apparent retaliation for their critical news coverage, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

June 27, 2019 4:40 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Nigerian authorities to release journalist Jones Abiri and drop cybercrime, anti-sabotage, and terrorism charges against him....

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US Supreme Court imposes new limits on government records requests

June 24, 2019 2:35 PM ET

New York, June 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a U.S. Supreme Court decision that restricts journalists' access to government records....

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CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendments

June 21, 2019 1:25 PM ET

Nairobi, June 21, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Tanzanian lawmakers to revise a set of proposed legislative amendments, some of which would pose undue restrictions on freedom of expression....

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Ukrainian journalist Vadym Komarov dies six weeks after assault

June 20, 2019 2:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2019 -Ukrainian investigative reporter Vadym Komarov died today as the result of an assault on May 4, local media reported. Unidentified men beat the Cherkasy-based journalist's head with a heavy object, one day after he posted on Facebook that he planned to publish news on...

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