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Map: Attacks on press freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic

CPJ has documented numerous press freedom violations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from legislation threatening to censor free speech to arrests of journalists providing the public with vital news about the virus. This map plots violations, verified by CPJ staff, across nearly every region of the world from early February through the end…

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Police escort journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a court in Khulna, Bangladesh, on May 3, 2020. (Dhaka Tribune)

Missing Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol arrested after being found near Indian border

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2020–Police in Jessore, Bangladesh, should immediately release journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol from custody and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People protest Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa outside his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on February 11, 2020, demanding investigations into disappearances during the civil war. Journalists are wary of the Rajapaksa brothers' return to power. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan journalists turn to self-censorship under Rajapaksas as hope for justice fades

Nadesapillai Vithyatharan is a rare survivor, one of the few journalists abducted during Sri Lanka’s civil war who lives to tell the story.

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President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi is seen in Maputo, Mozambique, on January 15, 2020. CPJ recently joined a letter to Nyusi expressing concern about the disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco. (Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg)

CPJ joins letter to Mozambican president about enforced disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 16 other civil society groups today in sending a letter to Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi expressing concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in northern Cabo Delgado province, including the enforced disappearance of radio journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco.

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Police are seen in Beijing, China, on April 27, 2020. Police recently arrested two media workers in Beijing, and a third is missing. (AFP/Greg Baker)

Chinese police detain 2 volunteers who collect and share censored news, 1 more missing

Taipei, April 27, 2020 — Chinese authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against the two media workers arrested for sharing censored news articles, and disclose if a third is in government custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Soldiers are seen in Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique, on March 7, 2018. Journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco recently went missing in Mozambique. (AFP/Adrien Barbier)

Radio journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco missing in Mozambique

New York, April 17, 2020 — Authorities in Mozambique must conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the whereabouts of journalist Ibraimo Abú Mbaruco and hold those responsible for his disappearance to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Wuhan, China, on April 4, 2020. Freelance journalist Li Zehua has been missing in Wuhan since late February. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese journalist Li Zehua missing in Wuhan since late February

Chinese freelance journalist Li Zehua went missing on February 26, 2020, after live-streaming security agents entering his temporary apartment in the city of Wuhan, according to news reports.

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Police are seen outside Stockholm, Sweden, on October 5, 2019. Exiled Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch recently went missing in Sweden. (Reuters/Anna Ringstrom)

Exiled Pakistani journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch goes missing in Sweden

Washington, D.C., March 30, 2020 — Swedish authorities should make every effort to locate missing journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police are seen in Lima, Peru, on October 1, 2019. Journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán recently went missing in Peru. (AFP/Cris Bournoncle)

Journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán missing in Peru

Bogotá, February 28, 2020 — Peruvian authorities must do everything possible to locate journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán and conduct a full and transparent investigation into her disappearance, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Workers wearing protective equipment are seen in Wuhan, China, on February 1, 2020. Journalist Chen Qiushi was reporting in Wuhan and has not been seen since February 6. (AP/Arek Rataj)

Chinese video journalist Chen Qiushi, who covered coronavirus, missing in Wuhan

Taipei, February 10, 2020 — Chinese authorities must immediately account for the whereabouts of journalist Chen Qiushi, and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan without fear of retribution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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