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Unidentified men attack Russian RFE/RL correspondent Andrey Afanasyev

New York, June 10, 2021 – Russian authorities should thoroughly and swiftly investigate the recent attack on journalist Andrey Afanasyev, hold the perpetrators to account, and ensure that members of the press can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 10 p.m. yesterday, three unidentified men attacked Afanasyev, a contributor to…

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Turkish journalist Ahmet Atmaca beaten in Gaziantep

Istanbul, June 10, 2021 – Turkish authorities should conduct a swift and through investigation into the attack on journalist Ahmet Atmaca and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This morning, a group of people in the southeastern city of Gaziantep attacked Atmaca, a reporter for the pro-government Demirören News…

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CPJ calls on Israeli government to provide evidence relating to news outlet bombings

His Excellency Benjamin GantzMinister of Defense Lieutenant General Aviv KochaviChief of General Staff, Israel Defense Forces Ministry of Defense37 Kaplan StreetTel Aviv, Israel, 61909 June 10, 2021 Sent via email: pniot@mod.gov.il Dear Minister Ganz and Lieutenant General Kochavi, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent non-governmental organization that champions press freedom around…

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Unknown assailants shoot at the house and car of Arab Israeli journalist Hassan Shelan

New York, June 3, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the shooting attack on the home and car of Arab Israeli journalist Hassan Shelan and called on Israeli authorities to hold the perpetrators to account. At 2 a.m. today, two masked gunmen fired dozens of bullets at the house and car of…

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Ecuadorian journalist Calixto Zambrano survives shooting

Bogotá, June 3, 2021 – Ecuadorian authorities should thoroughly investigate the shooting of journalist Calixto Zambrano and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 7:30 p.m. on May 28, two unidentified men on a motorcycle approached Zambrano as he was returning to his home in the western town of…

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Mexican reporter Luis Aguilar survives knife attack in Pénjamo

Mexico City, June 3, 2021 – Mexican authorities must quickly and thoroughly investigate the recent attack on reporter Luis Raúl Aguilera Pérez and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 2:30 a.m. on May 21, an unidentified man attacked Aguilera with a knife as he returned to his home in…

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“The camera attracts violence”: Israeli right-wing groups attack local journalists

Israel’s May 15 bombing of The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera offices in Gaza made international headlines, as did the death of a Palestinian journalist in an air strike that may have been a deliberate attack on his home.  There were many other press freedom violations during the recent flare-up, which included unusual levels of street violence between Arabs and Jews in Israeli…

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Unidentified men attack, bind, and gag Pakistani journalist Asad Ali Toor at his home in Islamabad

Washington, D.C., May 26, 2021 — Pakistan authorities must launch a credible investigation into the assault of journalist Asad Ali Toor and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday evening, three unidentified men beat, bound, and gagged Toor inside his apartment in Islamabad, according to news reports and the…

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Israeli journalists assaulted and harassed by protesters and security forces

From April 21 to May 15, 2021, demonstrators and security forces assaulted and harassed journalists in cities throughout Israel, according to news reports, journalists’ social media posts, and data compiled by the Union of Journalists in Israel (ITONAIM), a local trade group. The incidents occurred following the outbreak of protests over the eviction of Palestinian…

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LISTEN: A year after unprecedented assaults on US media covering protests, what comes next?

Last May, VICE video journalist Dave Mayers went to Minneapolis to cover protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in police custody. A day later, he was arrested with his entire crew for violating a curfew order that specifically exempted reporters.  All over the United States, journalists like Mayers were impeded from doing their…

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