Fake News

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‘An attempt to gag the media’: Journalists on Nigeria’s proposed social media bill

April 1, 2020 1:30 PM ET

At a public hearing on Nigeria’s social media bill held in Abuja last month, the voice of Chris Isiguzo, president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), rang clearly across the room: “This bill…seeks to pigeonhole Nigerians from freely...

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Philippines COVID-19 state of emergency includes prison time for spreading ‘false news’

March 27, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Bangkok, March 27, 2020 -- The Philippine Congress should repeal a recently enacted regulation that imposes criminal penalties for spreading ‘false news’ about the coronavirus pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mohammed bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi show no signs of letting up on the critical media. A CPJ...

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Cameroonian journalist detained on criminal defamation and false news charges

June 20, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Abidjan, June 20, 2019 -- Cameroonian authorities should immediately release journalist Paul Chouta and drop criminal defamation and false news charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Q&A: Taiwan's digital minister on combatting disinformation without censorship

May 23, 2019 11:33 AM ET

Audrey Tang prefers precise language. During an interview, Taiwan's minister without portfolio - Tang's name card simply says "digital minister" - makes a swift correction when we mention the term "fake news." The preferred term is "disinformation" because, Tang...

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Singapore passes 'fake news' legislation that threatens press

May 9, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Bangkok, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Singapore parliament's passage of legislation that could be used to stifle reporting and the dissemination of news, and called for the punitive measure's immediate repeal....

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Journalist Casimir Kpedjo detained, facing false news accusations in Benin

April 30, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Goma, Congo, April 30, 2019 -- Beninese authorities should drop their investigation into Casimir Kpedjo, editor of the privately owned daily Nouvelle Economie, and allow him to report and publish news without fear of harassment or being jailed, the...

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Singapore 'fake news' legislation endangers press freedom

April 2, 2019 11:54 AM ET

Bangkok, April 2, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on the Singapore parliament to reject legislation that would force online platforms to take down or amend news or information authorities deem as false....

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Mauritania jails bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou on false news charges

March 28, 2019 2:37 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2019 -- Mauritanian authorities should immediately release bloggers Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou and stop detaining journalists on false news charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Russia advances legislation on 'fake news' and 'disrespecting authorities'

March 7, 2019 4:15 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalist today called on Russia to drop proposed legislation advanced in the country's parliament that would allow courts to jail and fine people who use the internet to spread "fake news"...

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