False News

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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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Iran harasses, intimidates journalists ahead of parliamentary elections

February 20, 2020 5:18 PM ET

Elections are always problematic for journalists in Iran, as the government attempts to threaten the press into silence. The parliamentary elections on February 21 are no exception....

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Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faces online harassment campaign

February 12, 2020 5:41 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, February 12, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the online harassment campaign against Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello....

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Iran finds 3 editors guilty of defamation and spreading false news

February 3, 2020 4:11 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2020 – Iranian authorities should immediately drop the false news and defamation charges against the editors of three news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Qatar changes penal code to include ‘false news’ law

January 21, 2020 3:09 PM ET

New York, January 21, 2020—Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani amended Article 136 of the country’s penal code to make the publication or sharing of “false news” punishable by up to five years in prison or a 100,000 Qatari...

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Somali authorities shut down radio station City FM, seek to question owner

December 23, 2019 5:08 PM ET

Nairobi, December 23, 2019 -- Somali authorities should immediately allow local broadcaster City FM to reopen and let its staffers work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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One Country, One Censor: How China undermines media freedom in Hong Kong and Taiwan

December 16, 2019 12:00 AM ET

Understanding how China tries to influence the media is a first step to preserve press freedom. Hong Kong and Taiwan are on the frontlines of this battle. In deeply polarized Hong Kong, journalists are under pressure as independent outlets...

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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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Algeria detains three journalists who covered protests, alleged corruption

October 17, 2019 1:26 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2019--Algerian authorities should immediately release journalists Said Boudour, Abdelmoundji Kheladi, and Adel Azeb Chikh from pretrial detention and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Egyptian journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah arrested on false news charges, allegedly tortured

October 15, 2019 12:55 PM ET

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2019 -- Egyptian authorities must immediately release imprisoned journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah, drop all charges against her, and investigate allegations that she was physically abused in state custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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