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CPJ: India’s blocking of BBC documentary on PM Modi contradicts commitment to democracy

New Delhi, January 23, 2023 – In response to Indian authorities’ restricting access to the BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” on YouTube and Twitter, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for access to the documentary to be restored: “The Indian government’s order to social media platforms to block a BBC…

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Kyrgyzstan authorities seek to shutter local branch of RFE/RL

Stockholm, January 23, 2023 – In response to news reports that authorities in Kyrgyzstan have applied to a court to shut down Radio Azattyk, the local service of the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement condemning the move: “Radio Azattyk is one of Kyrgyzstan’s most…

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Radio Tokomi Wapi

DRC broadcaster Radio Tokomi Wapi suspended, police shutter station

On January 9, 2023, Congolese authorities ordered the suspension of the broadcaster Radio Tokomi Wapi, according to news reports, a copy of that order, which CPJ reviewed, and people familiar with the case who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Pascal Ernest Mulumba Kalende, the minister of communication and media for Lomami province, ordered Radio…

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CPJ calls for Twitter to restore accounts of suspended journalists, commit to media freedom

New York, December 16, 2022—Twitter should immediately reinstate the journalists whose accounts it suspended without notice and explicitly commit to practices that defend a free and independent media, Jodie Ginsberg, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement Friday. Responding to news reports that Twitter had suspended the accounts of at least…

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Belarusian authorities revoke registration of Belarusy y Rynok newspaper

Paris, December 14, 2022— Belarusian authorities should reverse a recent decision to cancel the registration of the independent business newspaper Belarusy y Rynok and cease all efforts to censor the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On December 1, the Belarusian Ministry of Information ordered Belarusy y Rynok’s registration to be annulled, according…

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Latvian regulator cancels broadcasting permit for exiled Russian broadcaster Dozhd TV

Paris, December 8, 2022 — Latvian authorities must reverse their decision to cancel the broadcasting permit of independent broadcaster Dozhd TV (TV Rain), the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Tuesday, December 6, the Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), the country’s media regulator, canceled the outlet’s broadcasting authorization “due to a threat…

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Indonesia adopts new criminal code that undermines press freedom

New York, December 6, 2022 – In response to news reports that Indonesian lawmakers passed a new criminal code with provisions that restrict press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement Tuesday calling for authorities to rescind the legislation: “President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian legislature must reverse course and revise the country’s new criminal…

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CPJ to release annual report of journalists imprisoned globally

New York, December 6, 2022—On December 14, 2022, the Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual census of journalists imprisoned worldwide. The census records journalists known to be in custody as of December 1, 2022, providing background information and demographic data on each case, as well as in-depth analysis of trends driving the sharp…

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Burkina Faso suspends French broadcaster RFI

New York, December 5, 2022 – In response to Burkina Faso authorities’ suspension of programming by French broadcaster Radio France Internationale (RFI), the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement Monday condemning the decision: “Burkina Faso authorities should reverse their suspension of RFI programming and ensure that journalists can work without fear of being…

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Taliban bans radio broadcasts of VOA and RFE/RL in Afghanistan

New York, December 1, 2022 – Taliban authorities must cease their intensifying crackdown on the media in Afghanistan and reinstate the radio transmissions of the U.S. Congress-funded broadcasters Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. The Taliban’s Ministry of Information and Culture issued the ban, which went…

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