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India state assembly elections 2021: Journalist safety guide

India is scheduled to hold legislative assembly elections in the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Puducherry in March, April, and May 2021. Media workers covering any of these elections should be aware of the potential risk of physical attack, intimidation, and harassment; online bullying; COVID-19 exposure; arrest and detention; and government…

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Translators and journalists released without charge in Ethiopia

Nairobi, March 3, 2021 — In response to Ethiopian authorities’ decision today to release two media workers and two reporters who had been detained in relation to their coverage of the conflict in the northern state of Tigray, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We welcome the release of the translators and…

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CPJ condemns sentencing of Belarus journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich to 6 months in jail

Vilnius, Lithuania, March 2, 2021 — In response to today’s sentencing of Belarusian journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich to six months in jail and a fine over her coverage of protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Today’s sentencing of journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich is yet another example of how the Belarusian authorities will…

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Myanmar police arrest at least 4 more journalists, injure Democratic Voice of Burma reporter during home raid

Bangkok, March 2, 2021 – Myanmar authorities must release all journalists arrested for covering anti-coup protests in the country, and drop any charges filed against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 10:30 p.m. yesterday, police in the southern city of Myeik raided the home of Kaung Myat Hlaing, a reporter with…

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Egyptian columnist Gamal al-Gamal arrested, charged with terrorism, false news

New York, March 1, 2021 – Egyptian authorities must immediately release journalist Gamal al-Gamal and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 22, authorities arrested al-Gamal, a freelance columnist who contributes to local and regional news websites, in Cairo International Airport upon his return from Turkey, where he…

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Ethiopian military detains BBC reporter, translators for AFP and FT

Nairobi, March 1, 2021 – In response to Ethiopian military forces’ arrests of at least four journalists and media workers covering the conflict in the northern state of Tigray, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The scarcity of independent reporting coming out of Tigray during this conflict was already deeply alarming. Now,…

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CPJ calls on Myanmar military to release all journalists detained amid crackdown

Bangkok, March 1, 2021 – Myanmar’s military junta must immediately release all journalists detained for their work, and allow reporters to cover protests without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since February 9, security forces arrested at least 18 journalists covering demonstrations throughout the country against the military government, which took…

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At least 10 media workers detained amid anti-coup protests in Myanmar, including AP journalist Thein Zaw

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2021 — In response to Myanmar security forces’ detentions of at least 10 members of the press, including Associated Press journalist Thein Zaw, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Myanmar authorities must immediately release all media workers who have been detained merely for covering the news, including journalist…

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CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour (center) speaks during a press conference outside the White House in Washington D.C. on February 7, 2019, demanding justice for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (CPJ)

CPJ condemns Egyptian authorities’ judicial harassment of Sherif Mansour, family

New York, February 25, 2021—The Committee to Protect Journalists today issued the following statement in solidarity with Sherif Mansour, the Washington-based head of CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program, his family, and all those defending human rights and press freedom in Egypt: “Egypt, an ally of the United States, portrays itself as a democracy,…

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Physical and Digital Safety: Arrest and detention

Covering certain stories–such as human rights abuses, corruption, or civil unrest–can place you at a higher risk of arrest and detention, particularly in countries with authoritarian regimes or with a heavy militarized and police presence. When confronted by the authorities it is generally prudent to comply with their commands, even if they are not lawful,…

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