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People ride past a police van outside the No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ahead of Australian writer Yang Hengjun's espionage trial in Beijing, May 27, 2021. (Photo: AP/Andy Wong)

CPJ calls on China to reverse death sentence against Yang Hengjun

Taipei, February 5, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Chinese court’s decision to hand Australian blogger and writer Yang Hengjun a suspended death sentence, and urges the Chinese authorities to free him immediately and unconditionally. “The suspended death sentence for Yang is completely unacceptable, revealing the arbitrary nature of the Chinese legal system,” said…

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Bangladesh court sentences 5 to death, 1 to life in prison for murder of blogger Avijit Roy

New York, February 16, 2021 — In response to a Bangladesh court’s sentencing today of five people to death for their involvement in the 2015 murder of blogger Avijit Roy, and another to life in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We welcome the guilty verdicts against those involved in the…

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Tribesmen loyal to the Houthi rebel group raise their weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering aimed at mobilizing more fighters for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, on February 25, 2020. The Houthis sentenced four journalists in their custody to death on April 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

CPJ calls on Houthis to reverse death sentence against Yemeni journalists, release them from custody

New York, April 11, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm at a decision by the Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, to sentence Abdulkhaleq Amran, Akram al-Waleedi, Hareth Hameed, and Tawfiq al-Mansouri to death, and urged the Houthis to release them and all other journalists in their custody.

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Kabul is seen on March 13, 2019. Two unnamed individuals were recently sentenced to death for the 2018 killing of Kabul News journalist Abdul Manan Arghand. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

Two sentenced to death for 2018 killing of Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand

New York, April 17, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Afghan government to deliver justice through a fair and transparent process after two suspects were sentenced to death for the killing of Kabul News journalist Abdul Manan Arghand.

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Ethiopia: Life sentence for blogger, prison for journalists

New York, January 26, 2012–A U.S.-based journalist convicted on politicized terrorism charges in Ethiopia was sentenced to life in prison in absentia today, while two other Ethiopian journalists received heavy prison sentences in connection with their coverage of banned opposition groups, according to news reports.

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