False News

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Burkina Faso parliament passes legal revisions criminalizing false news, reporting on terrorism

July 3, 2019 10:30 AM ET

New York, July 3, 2019 -- Burkina Faso authorities should prevent the enactment of revisions of the penal code that criminalize false news and reporting on terrorism or security operations, and ensure laws do not permit jail time for...

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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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Azerbaijani journalist to appeal 5.5 year suspended prison sentence

May 29, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019 -- Azerbaijani authorities should drop the charges against journalist Anar Mammadov and allow him to work freely, 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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Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without charge

May 17, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Nairobi, May 17, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub, and investigate the police officer who fired a shot that injured the journalist during his...

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Egypt tests new censorship law with handling of al-Mashhad website block

May 7, 2019 2:44 PM ET

Magdy Shandi, editor-in-chief of the Cairo-based independent newspaper al-Mashhad, planned to send 30 journalists to report from polling stations while votes were being cast in Egypt's constitutional referendum between April 20 and April 22. He ended up ordering them...

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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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Tanzania imposes 7-day publication ban on The Citizen

March 1, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2019--Authorities in Tanzania should lift a seven-day publication ban on the privately owned newspaper The Citizen and allow journalists to report on matters of public interest freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information...

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Journalist arrested, others beaten during Bangladesh elections

January 2, 2019 5:15 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Hedait Hossain Molla, a reporter who was arrested in Khulna yesterday in relation to his election coverage, according to news reports....

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