False News

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Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

September 16, 2019 1:06 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Tanzania’s use of false news and journalist accreditation laws to arrest Sebastian Atilio....

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10 Most Censored Countries

September 10, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Why going solo is a risk for female reporters in the US and Canada

September 4, 2019 9:00 AM ET

In June 2016, an attacker was terrorizing women on a jogging path in Edmonton, Canada. A video journalist at a large Canadian broadcaster was assigned to cover the story on the night shift. Multiple sexual assaults had been reported...

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Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in Benin

August 23, 2019 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2019--The government of Benin should act to decriminalize press offenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after journalist Ignace Sossou was convicted of false news for reporting on corporate finances....

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Russian journalist Mikhail Romanov found guilty of ‘abuse of freedom of information’ and ‘false’ news

August 2, 2019 4:22 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 2, 2019--Journalist Mikhail Romanov, a correspondent with the weekly Yakutsk Vecherniy, was found guilty on July 25 by the city court of Yakutsk, in eastern Russia, on charges of “abuse of freedom of information by publishing...

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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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