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People commute on a street filled with election campaign banners and posters in Lahore, Pakistan, on February 5, 2024.

Pakistan restricts internet in Balochistan ahead of polls, blocks news website

New York, February 6, 2024—Pakistani authorities must allow journalists to work freely and safely in the run-up to elections on February 8, allow nationwide access to the internet, and unblock the investigative news website FactFocus, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Internet services will be temporarily restricted in “sensitive” polling booths across Pakistan’s southwestern…

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CPJ joins call for Azerbaijan to maintain unfettered internet access during upcoming elections

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday joined #KeepItOn Coalition partners in calling on Azerbaijan authorities and the country’s telecommunications companies and internet service providers to maintain free, open, and secure internet access and avoid shutdowns throughout presidential elections scheduled for February 7, 2024. The letter highlights how Azerbaijani authorities have implemented internet restrictions on…

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Gabon authorities suspend 3 French broadcasters, block internet during elections

Dakar, August 28, 2023—Gabonese authorities must reverse their suspension of French broadcasters France 24, Radio France Internationale, and TV5 Monde and refrain from further disrupting public access to the internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. Amid elections on Saturday, August 26, Gabonese authorities implemented a curfew and blocked internet access to prevent the…

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Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, U.S., on September 21, 2022.

Cameroonian journalist Sainclair Mezing expelled from Gabon ahead of elections

Dakar, August 25, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the expulsion of Cameroonian reporter Sainclair Mezing from Gabon and urges authorities to allow journalists to freely report on the country’s elections scheduled for Saturday, August 26. “Gabonese authorities must allow all journalists who wish to cover this weekend’s elections to do so without obstruction or…

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Police assault at least 9 Bangladeshi journalists covering Supreme Court Bar Association elections

New York, March 29, 2023 – Bangladeshi authorities must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the police attacks on at least nine journalists covering recent elections held by the Supreme Court Bar Association and hold the perpetrators accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On March 15, police assaulted at least nine journalists…

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At least 28 journalists harassed, beaten, denied access while covering Nigerian state elections

Abuja, March 21, 2023 – Nigerian authorities should thoroughly investigate incidents involving at least 28 journalists and media workers being harassed and attacked while covering state elections and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday.  At least 28 members of the press were obstructed, harassed, or attacked while covering gubernatorial…

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Maldives parliament considers amendment restricting journalists’ coverage of elections

New York, March 15, 2023—Maldives legislators should reject or revise a recently proposed legislative amendment restricting journalists’ ability to cover elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Monday, March 13, the Maldives parliament opened debate regarding an amendment to the country’s General Elections Act proposed in mid-February by a lawmaker with the ruling…

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Nigerian publisher Haruna Mohammed Salisu released on bail

Accra, March 2, 2023—In response to Nigerian authorities’ release of WikkiTimes publisher Haruna Mohammed Salisu on bail Thursday, following his arrest while covering national elections on February 25, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for all charges against him to be dropped: “The release of Nigerian journalist Haruna Mohammed Salisu on…

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Ahead of elections, Nigerian journalist Jonathan Ugbal attacked, others denied access

Abuja, February 24, 2023–Nigerian authorities should hold accountable those responsible for beating journalist Jonathan Ugbal, publicly advise political supporters to not attack the press, and not unduly hinder access to election-related sites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Wednesday, February 22, about 20 supporters of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hit and kicked…

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to maintain internet, social media access during 2023 elections

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined an open letter by the KeepItOn coalition of press freedom and human rights groups on February 16, 2023, calling on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other officials to “ensure that the internet, social media platforms, and all other communication channels remain free, open, secure, inclusive, and accessible” during the…

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