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Myanmar releases journalists Toru Kubota and Than Htike Aung, but dozens remain behind bars

Bangkok, November 18, 2022–In response to news reports that Myanmar on Thursday released Japanese documentary filmmaker Toru Kubota and editor Than Htike Aung of the local Mizzima news website as part of a wider amnesty of 5,774 prisoners, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for the release of all jailed journalists in the country:…

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Egyptian authorities arrest journalist Ahmed Fayez for reporting on Alaa Abdelfattah

New York, November 14, 2022 – Egyptian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Ahmed Fayez and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On November 10, state security forces arrested Fayez, editor-in-chief of state-run newspaper Akhbar El-Barlman, from his home in Cairo, according to news reports and a local…

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Authorities charge Senegalese journalist Pape Alé Niang with harming national defense over report on leaked document

Dakar, November 14, 2022 — Senegalese authorities should drop all charges against journalist Pape Alé Niang, release him, and reform the country’s laws to ensure journalism is not criminalized, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On November 6, police arrested Niang, director of the privately owned website Dakarmatin, in the capital, Dakar. On November…

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CPJ: Kyrgyzstan’s block of RFE/RL website ‘a flagrant act of censorship’

Stockholm, October 27, 2022 – Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports, and Youth Policy on Wednesday announced a two-month block of the website of Radio Azattyk, the local service of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, under the country’s false information law after the outlet refused to remove a video report on recent border…

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Voice of America reporter Sithu Aung Myint sentenced to three years in prison in Myanmar

Bangkok, October 11, 2022 – Myanmar’s military regime must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Sithu Aung Myint and stop using vague laws to harass and persecute members of the press for merely reporting the news, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On October 7, an Insein Prison court in Yangon convicted and sentenced Sithu…

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Myanmar sentences former BBC Media Action reporter to 3 years in prison

Bangkok, September 16, 2022 – Myanmar authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Htet Htet Khine and stop jailing members of the press for their journalistic activities, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Thursday, September 15, an Insein Prison court in Yangon sentenced Htet Htet Khine to three years in prison with hard…

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Kyrgyz authorities block news website Res Publica under controversial false news law

Stockholm, August 8, 2022 – Kyrgyzstan authorities should immediately restore access to independent news website Res Publica and repeal a recently enacted false information law that severely threatens press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On July 21, Res Publica editor-in-chief Zamira Sydykova announced on the outlet’s website and on her Facebook page…

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Understanding the laws relating to ‘fake news’ in Russia

A guide for journalists and newsrooms prepared by TrustLaw and the Committee to Protect Journalists Since the outset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, CPJ Emergencies has been responding to the needs of journalists in Russia as they sought to navigate—or in some cases escape—an increasingly hostile environment.  For journalists and media outlets operating in…

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Two Somali journalists sentenced to 16 months in jail for false news

New York, May 23, 2022 — In response to news reports and statements from local rights groups that the Hargeisa Regional Court in the breakaway region of Somaliland sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein to 16 months imprisonment for subversion and false news on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the…

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Siberian news outlets, management charged with disseminating ‘fakes’ about Russian army

Paris, April 14, 2022 — Russian authorities should immediately drop all charges against the management of Listok newspaper and Novy Fokus magazine’s chief editor Mikhail Afanasyev, and allow the press to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, April 13, law enforcement in Gorno-Altaysk, the capital of Altai republic in southern…

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