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Police officers are seen in Veracruz, Mexico, on August 29, 2019. Gunmen recently attacked journalist Fernanda de Luna Ferral in Veracruz. (AFP/Victoria Razo)

Gunmen attack daughter of murdered Mexican reporter Maria Elena Ferral in Veracruz

Mexico City, May 26, 2020 – Mexican authorities must immediately investigate an attack by gunmen on journalist Fernanda de Luna Ferral, bring those responsible to justice, and re-evaluate protective measures provided to her by the government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Protesters are seen in front of the Department of Justice in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 29, 2019. The department recently subpoenaed Facebook for information from student news outlets on the island. (Angel Valentin/Getty Images via AFP)

Puerto Rico authorities subpoena Facebook for information from student media outlets

On September 27, 2019, Denis Márquez, a member of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, told the staff of Pulso Estudiantil, a student-run newspaper based at the University of Puerto Rico, that the island’s Justice Department had acquired information from the paper’s Facebook account, as well as from Diálogo UPR and the Center for Student Communication,…

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The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone screen photographed on a COVID-19 illustration graphic background on March 25, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. CPJ and partners called on social media and content sharing platforms to preserve data amid the pandemic. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)

CPJ, partners call on social media and content sharing platforms to preserve data

The World Health Organization has called the novel coronavirus an “infodemic” and the topic of disinformation and “fake news” has remained at the forefront of this century’s worst pandemic, with social media and tech platforms playing a central role. COVID-19 has forced many companies to move to remote work, and tech platforms and social media…

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Police are seen in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 6, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi over his Facebook posts. (AFP/Carielle Doe)

Liberian journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi arrested over Facebook posts

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2020 — Liberian authorities should drop the police investigation into journalist Kolubah Bobo Akoi’s work and allow him to cover the news freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An internet cafe manager works on his computer in Tehran, Iran on July 25, 2019. Iranian journalists say monitored connections and technology companies' concerns about U.S. government sanctions are making it harder for them to bypass censorship. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

To cement internet control, Iran helps journalists get online

In early 2020, a journalist in Iran received a form from Iran’s National E-commerce Union, a nominally independent group that is close to the government, requesting their name, the news website they work for, and their IP address. “With all due respect,” it read, “provide the following information to prevent any potential problem during future…

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Israeli soldiers are seen at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on January 11, 2018. Israeli forces at the Za’tara checkpoint south of Nablus recently arrested Palestinian journalist Mujahed Muflih. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Israeli police arrest Palestinian journalist Mujahed Muflih at checkpoint

Beirut, February 28, 2020 — Israeli authorities should release Palestinian journalist Mujahed Muflih and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Vietnamese blogger Tran Thi Nga is adjusting to life in the U.S. after authorities ordered her into forced exile as a condition of her early release from prison. Nga served three years of a nine-year sentence over her reporting. (Family photo)

Freedom at a high cost for Vietnamese blogger Tran Thi Nga

When Vietnamese blogger Tran Thi Nga was arrested by authorities on January 21, 2017, she did not know at the time it would likely be the last time she would ever be in her home in northern Ha Nam province.

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An AFP fact-checking team journalist works at Agence France-Presse Bureau in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2018. On February 11, 2020, Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faced online harassment campaign after allegations made during a congressional hearing on fake news. (AFP/Maruo Pimentel)

Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faces online harassment campaign

Rio de Janeiro, February 12, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the online harassment campaign against Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello.

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Patrice Talon, the president of Benin, during a conference co-organized by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on sustainable development and debt in Diamniadio, Senegal, on December 2, 2019. Authorities in Benin on December 20 arrested journalist Ignace Sossou on a defamation complaint filed by a government minister. (AFP/Seyllou)

Benin authorities arrest journalist Ignace Sossou, question him about Facebook posts

Vancouver, Canada, December 23, 2019 — Authorities in Benin should immediately release and halt efforts to intimidate journalist Ignace Sossou and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. NSO Group has been accused of facilitating surveillance of journalists through sales of its Pegasus spyware. (AFP/Jack Guez)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources.

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