Press Law

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Mission Journal: Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code

July 29, 2016 1:20 PM ET

In the small, polished Moroccan capital of Rabat, pictures of King Mohamed VI, who took the throne in 1999, hang in many shops, offices, and hotels. In most of these, he is clean-shaven, smiling, and wearing a suit: a...

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Tanzania's press wait to see if new president will reform troubling media laws

December 15, 2015 12:48 PM ET

Elections in Tanzania passed smoothly in October, but several local journalists and a media lawyer told me the spectre of anti-press laws is casting a pall over critical reporting in the country and that hopes for legal reform under...

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How Argentine broadcast law rewards friendly outlets and discriminates against critics

November 6, 2015 11:33 AM ET

The moment polls closed for Argentina's presidential election on October 25, the C5N cable news station breathlessly reported that ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had triumphed and would succeed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is banned by the...

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Ivory Coast publisher charged with defamation, insult

August 5, 2015 3:04 PM ET

Abidjan, August 5, 2015--A journalist who was imprisoned for almost a week by authorities in the Ivory Coast has been charged with defamation, among other crimes, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls...

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Media restrictions in Papua underscore Indonesia's wider problems

March 31, 2015 1:30 PM ET

With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia's military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement. Under Indonesia's seven successive post-independence governments--the early...

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Press law debate and journalist's release signal hope for Burundi's media

March 10, 2015 2:43 PM ET

Burundi journalists may have more space to report freely ahead of the country's controversial elections this year after the legislative assembly pushed for amendments to a draconian press law and a radio director was released on bail....

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Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary

February 5, 2015 5:31 PM ET

The Sudanese government has boasted that its freedom of information law, passed by parliament at the end of January, will increase transparency by giving citizens the right to access and publish public information. But with a long history of...

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Turkey imposes ban on media coverage of Iraq hostage crisis

June 18, 2014 1:55 PM ET

Istanbul, June 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a Turkish court's decision on Monday to censor media coverage of a hostage crisis in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Last week, insurgents led by the Al-Qaeda splinter group...

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Would-Be Repressors Brandish 'Ethics' as Justification

February 12, 2014 2:23 AM ET

Calls for journalists to exercise a sense of responsibility are very often code for censorship. Yet unethical journalism can also imperil the press. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Lebanon should overturn conviction of journalist

December 12, 2013 11:27 AM ET

New York, December 12, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Lebanese Court of Cassation to overturn the conviction of Rami Aysha, a Lebanese-Palestinian freelance journalist charged with purchasing firearms while he was investigating arms trafficking from Lebanon to...

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