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Blog   |   Egypt

Egypt's state of emergency may act to further silence press

Egypt's President Sisi, pictured in Cairo in March 2017, has declared a state of emergency and said the press needs to be more responsible. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Hours after two bombs ripped through packed Palm Sunday services in Coptic Churches in Alexandria and Tanta on April 9, killing nearly 50 people, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a three-month state of emergency. The measure is in many ways an extension of what has already been in place in parts of the Sinai Peninsula since 2014, and a further sign of Sisi's determination to control the flow of information in the country.

Alerts   |   Belarus

Belarus police raid offices of TV station Belsat, detain cameraman

A Belarusian Interior Ministry official films journalists reporting on a police raid of one of Belsat TV's offices in Minsk, March 31, 2017. (AP/Sergei Grits)

New York, March 31, 2017--Belarusian authorities should cease harassing Belsat TV and all news media in an effort to censor coverage of opposition protests and should immediately release all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police today raided two of the channel's offices in the capital Minsk, confiscated the broadcaster's equipment, and detained cameraman Aleksandr Lyubenchuk, according to media reports and a Belsat journalist.

March 31, 2017 3:17 PM ET

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Case   |   Sudan

Sudanese authorities confiscate newspaper edition

Sudanese authorities confiscated all 20,000 copies of the March 15, 2016, edition of the daily newspaper Al-Sudani, according to press reports. Agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) appeared at the newspaper's printers in Khartoum on the evening of March 14 and seized all copies of the daily, which had just been printed and was being prepared for distribution. Security forces took the copies away in an armored vehicle.

March 21, 2016 12:10 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of March 20

Can Dündar, left, and Erdem Gül speak to reporters before standing trial in Istanbul, March 25, 2016. (AP)

Istanbul court rules trial for journalists facing life sentences to be closed to public
The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an Istanbul court's decision today to bar the public from the trial of Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, journalists for the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet. Representatives from CPJ and other free-speech groups attended the first session of the trial today.

Letters   |   Turkey

CPJ writes to Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoğlu to protest takeover of Feza media group

CPJ writes to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to protest the government's takeover of the Feza media group, which runs the newspapers Zaman and Today's Zaman and the Cihan news agency.

March 8, 2016 8:52 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Uganda

Uganda forces radio station off the air ahead of elections

A man listens to the news on the radio in Kampala, August 16, 2003 (Reuters).

New York, January 28, 2016 -- Ugandan regulators should immediately allow the privately owned radio station Endigyito FM to resume broadcasts, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 28, 2016 10:21 AM ET

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Letters   |   Nigeria

CPJ urges Nigerian president to prioritize press freedom

President Buhari: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Nigeria's presidential election. As Nigeria prepares to enter a new chapter in its history, we urge you and your administration to take steps to ensure that journalists are able to work freely and openly in the country without fear of reprisal of any form.

Alerts   |   Qatar

Qatar detains international journalists for the second time this year

New York, May 18, 2015--For the second time in two months, an international news crew was arrested and interrogated by Qatari security officials while they were reporting on the human rights situation in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention and calls on the Qatari government to allow local and international journalists to report freely in the country.

Letters   |   Russia, Ukraine

In Crimea, press freedom deteriorates at a rapid pace

Dear President Vladimir Putin: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, is writing to express its concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Crimea.

Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudan security agents confiscate print runs of 14 newspapers

New York, February 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the confiscation by Sudanese security agents of editions from at least 14 newspapers on Monday, in what the country's National Council for Press and Publications described as an "unprecedented" action.

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