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A demonstration calling for LGBT rights in Trinidad and Tobago on April 12. Journalists covering LGBTQ issues say they often face retaliation for their work. (Reuters/Andrea de Silva)

Covering LGBTQ issues brings risk of threats and retaliation for journalists and their sources

To mark the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, CPJ spoke with journalists and news outlets based in Argentina, Iran, Indonesia, the U.S., Uganda, and Russia, about the challenges they face reporting on LGBTQ issues.

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The center of Yekaterinburg, Russia in August 2017. Unknown assailants on April 12, 2018 attacked Dmitry Polyanin, editor-in-chief of the regional pro-government newspaper Oblastnaya Gazeta, according to reports. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Local editor beaten in Yekaterinburg, Russia

Unknown assailants on April 12, 2018 attacked Dmitry Polyanin, editor-in-chief of the regional pro-government newspaper Oblastnaya Gazeta, which had recently published articles about irregularities in the local housing market and related violence, according to the paper and media reports.

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An Indian rickshaw puller waits for commuters as another rickshaw transports goods in Kolkata, India on March 12, 2018. Biplab Mondal, a photojournalist with the Times of India Kolkata city bureau, and Manas Chattopadhyay, a reporter with the regional ETV Bharat television channel, were attacked while covering elections in West Bengal, India. (AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar)

Two journalists assaulted in West Bengal state, India

New Delhi, April 11, 2018–Authorities in West Bengal state must identify and bring to justice those who assaulted Biplab Mondal, a photojournalist with the Times of India Kolkata city bureau, and Manas Chattopadhyay, a reporter with the regional ETV Bharat television channel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mondal and Chattopadhyay were covering a…

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A Kenyan flag inside a car in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, October 29, 2017. According reports, police officers attacked reporters at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi while they were covering an opposition politician's return to the country. (Reuters/Siegfried Modola)

Kenyan journalists assaulted by police at Nairobi airport

Nairobi, March 27, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Kenya to immediately investigate the assault of journalists by police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday. According to media reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ, police officers attacked reporters covering an opposition politician’s return to the country, causing…

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Belarusian police beat, detain journalist

Four Belarussian police officers on February 18, 2018, attacked Andrus (Andrey) Kozel, a cameraperson for the independent TV station Belsat, while he was live streaming to Facebook from inside a polling station in central Minsk, media reported.

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A man walks through an alley between residential houses in Hebei province, China in December 2017. Picture taken December 7, 2017. A group of men assaulted and robbed two television journalists while they were reporting on allegations of industrial pollution in the province in late January 2018. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

Reporters beaten, robbed while investigating allegations of pollution

A group of men on January 25, 2018, assaulted and robbed two television journalists while they were reporting on allegations of industrial pollution in Hebei province’s Quzhou county, approximately 260 miles southwest of Beijing, according to news reports.

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Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui, who escaped a kidnapping attempt, waits to be taken to the hospital after he made a statement to police in Rawalpindi, Pakistan January 10, 2018. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui escapes kidnapping attempt

New York, January 10, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists urges Pakistani authorities to investigate today’s attempted abduction of journalist Taha Siddiqui, and prosecute the perpetrators.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, second right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, second left, meet during a bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool/AP)

Guards beat two journalists during South Korean president’s state visit to China

A group of Chinese security guards assaulted two South Korean journalists who were covering South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to a business fair in Beijing, on December 14, 2017, according to news reports.

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A street in Kaliningrad, Russia, July 31, 2017. The editor-in-chief and owner of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, Igor Rudnikov, was detained by Russia's security service, and faces criminal prosecution, according to media reports. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)

Russian editor arrested, allegedly injured in custody; newspaper raided

New York, November 3, 2017–The editor-in-chief and owner of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, Igor Rudnikov, was allegedly beaten while in custody of Russia’s security service (FSB) and faces criminal prosecution, according to media reports and a staff member who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity for safety concerns. On the night of…

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A policeman tries to enter through one of the gates in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple complex in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of the southern Indian state of Kerala, February 20, 2012. A local newspaper filed a complaint with the Thiruvananthapuram rural district police after policeman allegedly attacked one of its journalists. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui)

Indian police beat up local journalist after unflattering article

New Delhi, September 26, 2017–Authorities in India must thoroughly investigate and bring to justice the perpetrators behind an attack on journalist Sanjeev Gopalan in the southern Kerala state, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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