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Nigerian journalist Kufre Carter detained for 1 month, charged with defamation and conspiracy

Abuja, May 28, 2020 — Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against journalist Kufre Carter and ensure that the press is not harassed by the country’s security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 27, in the southern city of Uyo, officers with Nigeria’s Department of State Services arrested Carter, a presenter…

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Authorities in India continue to investigate, detain journalists amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local authorities across India filed legal notices against, questioned, or detained at least eight journalists between March 29, 2020, and May 17, 2020, amid the country’s lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to CPJ interviews with the journalists and media reports. According to Om Sharma, a journalist with Hindi daily Divya Himachal in…

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Medical staff are seen in Yangon, Myanmar, on May 17, 2020. Myanmar authorities recently sentenced news editor Zaw Ye Htet to prison over his outlet's COVID-19 coverage. (AFP/Sai Aung Main)

Myanmar news editor sentenced to 2 years in jail over COVID-19 report

Bangkok, May 22, 2020 — Myanmar authorities should immediately release jailed news editor Zaw Ye Htet and stop using vague and abusive laws against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Nepalese police officer maintains distance as he detains a man defying the lockdown imposed by the government amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kathmandu on March 29, 2020. Several journalists have been detained or obstructed while reporting since the lockdown was imposed. (Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar)

Nepali reporters detained, threatened while reporting on COVID-19 pandemic

Police in districts around Nepal briefly detained at least four journalists in relation to coverage of the coronavirus pandemic since the government introduced containment measures on March 23, 2020, while at least six others reported being threatened or attacked by a range of actors seeking to suppress allegations of wrongdoing over the same period, according…

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Rwandan journalist, media worker detained since mid-April

Nairobi, May 21, 2020 — Rwandan authorities should unconditionally release journalist Dieudonné Niyonsenga and media worker Fidèle Komezusenge, and ensure the members of press can work without interference during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Palestinian police officers are seen in Hebron, in the West Bank, on April 7, 2020. Police recently attacked and arrested journalist Anas Hawari at a checkpoint. (Reuters/Mussa Qawasma)

Palestinian police assault and arrest journalist Anas Hawari

On May 15, 2020, Palestinian police officers manning a checkpoint in the West Bank town of Anabta pulled over, assaulted, and arrested Anas Hawari, a reporter for the Hamas-affiliated Quds News Network, according to a report by his employer, a Facebook post by his lawyer, Mohannad Karajeh, and a report by the Skeyes Center for…

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Police officers are seen in Wuhan, China, on May 6, 2020. Journalist Zhang Zhan recently went missing in Wuhan, and is now detained in Shanghai. (AFP)

Journalist Zhang Zhan arrested for covering COVID-19 in Wuhan

Taipei, May 18, 2020 — Chinese authorities must immediately release journalist Zhang Zhan, drop any charges against her, and ensure that the media can cover the coronavirus pandemic without fear of arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Freelance photographer and videographer Zmnako Ismael (left) is seen covering the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo via Ismael)

Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan tell CPJ of obstruction and opportunities covering COVID-19

On May 10, Saman Barzinji, the health minister of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government, announced that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer posed a threat to the region, and that the area would gradually reopen, according to news reports.

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Police officers are seen in the Ficksburg police station. Police recently beat and charged journalist Paul Nthoba after he photographed them enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown. (Photo: Paul Nthoba)

South African police assault, charge journalist Paul Nthoba after he photographs COVID-19 lockdown

New York, May 18, 2020 — Authorities in South Africa should conduct a swift investigation into the beating of journalist Paul Nthoba and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Swaziland News editor Zweli Martin Dlamini recently fled to South Africa after being arrested and abused by police, who now have a warrant out for his arrest on false news allegations. (Photo: Swaziland News)

Swazi editor flees to South Africa, wanted in false news investigation

In the early morning of February 25, 2020, police in the Manzini region of Swaziland raided the home of Zweli Martin Dlamini, the editor of the privately owned news website Swaziland News, and arrested him, according to media reports and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app.

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