Al-Watan

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Amid Gulf tensions, press is used as a political pawn

June 8, 2017 5:38 PM ET

Today Bahrain became the latest Gulf nation to put pressure on news outlets amid political tension, when its Interior Ministry announced that anyone publishing support or sympathy for Qatar faces up to five years in prison. The announcement came...

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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain block Qatari news websites

May 25, 2017 5:17 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2017-- Authorities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain should cease blocking access to news websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities in the allied kingdoms yesterday blocked access to at...

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Journalists detained during Egypt's day of protests

November 14, 2016 3:42 PM ET

Four journalists were detained November 11 amid a heavy deployment of security forces in Egypt's cities in response to calls for nationwide protests over economic reforms. The protests were fewer and smaller than anticipated, but journalists were still harassed...

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In South Sudan, editor arrested as harassment of press increases

July 26, 2016 2:20 PM ET

Nairobi, July 26, 2016--South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, a journalist who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on July 23, and take action to stop the harassment of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Scores of journalists harassed, detained amid Egypt protests

April 25, 2016 4:51 PM ET

New York, April 25, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately cease detaining and harassing journalists, and allow them to do their jobs, including allowing them to cover street protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists injured, harassed covering protests in Egypt

April 15, 2016 4:10 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2016 -- Egyptian police should cease harassing journalists and ensure they can do their jobs safely, including at demonstrations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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With more journalist arrests, press freedom further declines in Egypt

July 6, 2015 3:47 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2015--Egyptian authorities arrested four journalists last week around the two-year anniversary of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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Treating the Internet as the enemy in the Middle East

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

The snow and freezing temperatures that struck Saudi Arabia unexpectedly in December 2013 were newsworthy in a desert kingdom better known for its extreme heat. But the fact that the ensuing power outages at a regional prison left prisoners...

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Kuwaiti court upholds government shutdown of Al-Watan newspaper

February 19, 2015 3:13 PM ET

Washington, February 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the official harassment of the Kuwaiti independent daily Al-Watan and calls on authorities to allow the paper to resume publishing its print edition. In the latest legal twist, a Kuwaiti court...

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Sudan security agents confiscate print runs of 14 newspapers

February 18, 2015 6:01 PM ET

New York, February 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the confiscation by Sudanese security agents of editions from at least 14 newspapers on Monday, in what the country's National Council for Press and Publications described as an "unprecedented" action....

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