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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, before he addresses Filipino Muslim leaders during a reception at the Presidential Palace to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan in June 2017. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told local media the government decided to ban Rappler from covering official presidential events because Duterte had

Philippines bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

Bangkok, February 21, 2018 – The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Philippine government’s decision to ban the news website Rappler from covering official presidential events, and calls for an immediate end to all government harassment of the independent online publication.

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A billboard featuring President Salva Kiir, left, and opposition leader Riek Machar, is displayed in Juba in 2016. South Sudan is due to resume peace talks under an agreement that includes calls for an end to harassment of the press. (AFP/Albert Gonzalez Farran, CDS)

As peace talks resume South Sudan continues its assault on press freedom

A ceasefire agreement signed on December 21 between the South Sudanese government and opposition forces has revived a 2015 peace process and brought hope that the conflict will not persist into its fifth year. The agreement includes obligations to “ensure protection of media” and “[c]ease all forms of harassment of the media.” Yet, ahead of…

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In this image made from video, Chinese President Xi Jinping, seventh from right on stage, introduces new members of the Politburo Standing Committee to the media at Beijing's Great Hall of the People on October 25, 2017. (APTN via AP)

China must allow all media outlets to cover events of public interest

Washington, D.C., October 25, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the decision by Chinese authorities to bar at least five prominent news organizations from attending today’s press conference introducing the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, as described by press reports and a statement on Twitter by the Foreign Correspondents Club of China.…

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In this 2001 file photo, Jordanian men read a newspaper in a cafe in Amman. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji)

Jordan refuses Egyptian journalist entry

New York, July 11, 2017–Jordanian authorities should lift any restrictions on Egyptian Journalist Wael Mamdouh’s ability to travel to the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Being a Target

A reporter learns how to dodge terrorist threats to get the story By Rukmini Callimachi The convoy of cars flying al-Qaeda’s black flag swept across northern Mali in 2012. Within weeks, it felt like a curtain had been drawn.

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Tourists photograph Hong Kong's skyline. A group of new websites has emerged in the city to counter the restrictive climate for the press. (Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Hong Kong journalists try range of models to battle press freedom challenges

A new Chinese-language website pledging to provide Hong Kong with “independent, accurate and fair” news is the latest journalism venture to open in the city, in an attempt to counter increasing Chinese control of the media. Citizen News was launched January 1 by a group of journalists, including Kevin Lau Chun-to and Daisy Li Yuet-wah,…

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