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A portrait of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seen in London on March 5, 2002. Pearl's family recently filed to uphold the convictions in the journalist's 2002 murder. (Reuters/Ian Waldie)

Family of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl files to uphold convictions in 2002 murder

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2020 — The parents of murdered Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl today filed an appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court to reverse the April 2 decision of the Sindh High Court that overturned convictions of four men in Pearl’s 2002 kidnapping and murder case, according to copies of court documents…

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A portrait of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl stands at the altar of St. Bride's Church prior to a memorial service in London on March 5, 2002. A Pakistani court overturned the convictions of four men in Pearl's murder on April 2, 2020. (Reuters/Ian Waldie)

Pakistan court overturns murder convictions in Daniel Pearl case

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2020–In response to the decision of the Sindh High Court in Pakistan to overturn the murder convictions of four men accused in the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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Iraqi protesters lift a banner n Tahrir Square in the capital Baghdad on February 25, 2020, amid renewed anti-government demonstrations. An Iraqi journalist was kidnapped in Baghdad on March 9. (AFP/Sabah Arar)

Unknown gunmen abduct Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi in Baghdad

New York, March 17, 2020–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the abduction of Iraqi journalist Tawfiq al-Tamimi and urged Iraqi authorities to ensure his safety and to immediately open a transparent investigation and hold those responsible to account.

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Iraqis gather in Basra, Iraq, during a funeral procession on January 7, 2020, for militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed by a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad airport. (Reuters/Essam al-Sudani)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Iraq Safety Advisory

In wake of the January 3, 2020, U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, pro-Iranian militias have warned that “all retaliation options are on the table,” as reported by The Independent. According to CPJ research, pro-Iran militias, including those known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have…

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Demonstrators are seen in Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 6, 2019. One journalist was killed and another went missing after covering protests on December 6. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

One journalist killed, another missing amid protests in Iraq

Beirut, December 9, 2019 — Iraqi authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the abduction of journalist Zaid Mohammed al-Khafaji, secure his release, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An Iraqi federal police officer is seen in Baghdad on October 7, 2019. Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji was recently detained by unidentified men. (Reuters/Wissm al-Okili)

Unidentified gunmen detain Iraqi blogger Shojaa al-Khafaji

Beirut, October 17, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iraqi authorities to disclose whether they have custody of Iraqi blogger Shojaa Fares al-Khafaji and if not, to immediately open an investigation after unidentified armed men took him from his home.

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Fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham are seen on the border between Hama and Idlib provinces, in Syria, on July 11, 2019. Militants from the group recently abducted journalist Ahmed Rahal in Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

Syrian reporter Ahmed Rahal abducted by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Idlib

Beirut, September 12, 2019 — The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham should immediately release Syrian reporter Ahmed Rahal and stop detaining journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Houthi fighters ride on trucks mounted with weapons during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the rebel movement in Sanaa, Yemen, on August 1, 2019. (AP/Hani Mohammed)

In Yemen, gunmen abduct former journalist Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi

Gunmen in civilian clothing abducted Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi from his house in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on July 27, 2019, according to a statement from the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate and the Saudi network Al-Arabiya.

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants are seen in outside the villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, Syria, on July 18, 2018. Militants from the group recently detained journalist Jumaa Haj Hamdou. (RT/Khalil Ashawi)

Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detains Syrian reporter Jumaa Haj Hamdou in Aleppo

In the afternoon of July 24, 2019, at least 10 members of the Al-Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detained Jumaa Haj Hamdou, a reporter for the Syrian pro-civil rights opposition news website Zaman al-Wasl, at his home in Abian, a village in western Aleppo governorate under control of the militant group, according to the France-based…

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Members of the Asayish are seen in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on September 8, 2018. Asayish forces recently detained journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir near Qamishli. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Kurdish security forces detain reporter Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir in northern Syria

New York, June 6, 2019 — Kurdish security forces in the northern Syrian city of al-Hasakah should immediately release journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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