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Bolivian radio journalist Franklin Guzmán Zambrana assaulted, robbed while covering protest

Bogotá, April 5, 2021 – Bolivian authorities must thoroughly investigate the attack on journalist Franklin Guzmán Zambrana and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 30, near the village of Santa Bárbara, about five miles northeast of the capital, La Paz, a group of truck drivers abducted, assaulted,…

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Journalist Adão Ramalho assaulted, escapes abduction attempt in Guinea-Bissau

Lisbon, March 30, 2021 — Authorities in Guinea-Bissau should investigate the assault and attempted abduction of journalist Adão Ramalho, and ensure that those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 12, in the capital, Bissau, five armed men in plain clothes attacked and tried to abduct Ramalho, a…

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Guinea-Bissau editor António Aly Silva abducted and beaten

Lisbon, March 16, 2021 — Authorities in Guinea-Bissau should thoroughly investigate the attack on journalist António Aly Silva and ensure those responsible are held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 2 p.m. on March 9, in Bissau, the capital, four men in plain clothes abducted Silva at gunpoint, drove him…

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Kurdish Syrian journalist Fanar Mahmoud Tami abducted

New York, January 29, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm over the abduction of Syrian journalist Fanar Mahmoud Tami, and called on all parties in northeast Syria to ensure his safety. In the evening of January 23, masked assailants driving a white jeep abducted Tami, a freelance journalist who publishes news…

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Geo News reporter Ali Imran Syed abducted for 22 hours in Pakistan

On the evening of October 23, 2020, in Karachi, Pakistan, Geo News reporter Ali Imran Syed disappeared while he walking from his home to a nearby bakery, and was not seen until he reappeared physically unharmed at his mother’s home 22 hours later, according to news reports. After he reappeared, the government formed a fact-finding…

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Journalist Sergey Plotnikov abducted, beaten, then released in Russia’s far east

New York, October 20, 2020 – Russian authorities should immediately and transparently investigate the kidnapping of journalist Sergey Plotnikov, and ensure that the press in Russia can work safely and freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 15, at about 8 p.m., seven unidentified masked men abducted Plotnikov on the street near…

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants abduct US journalist Bilal Abdul-Kareem and driver in Syria

New York, August 17, 2020 — The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham should immediately release reporter Bilal Abdul-Kareem and his driver and stop detaining journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 13, in the northern Syrian town of Atmeh, masked militants with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an Al-Qaeda offshoot formerly known as Al-Nusra…

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Journalist Matiullah Jan abducted in Pakistan 1 day before Supreme Court hearing

New York, July 21, 2020 – Pakistan authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of journalist Matiullah Jan and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This morning, several unidentified men intercepted Jan’s car in Islamabad’s G-6 Sector, forced him into another vehicle, and drove away, according to…

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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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