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Syrians carry banners during an anti-government protest in the coastal town of Banias, Syria. (AP)

Syria holds at least five journalists in custody

New York, May 10, 2011–Syria is holding at least five local and foreign journalists as part of its ongoing repression of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also called on the Syrian government to make public the names of all journalists currently in detention and to release them without delay.  

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Newspaper headlines report that Bahrain has suspended opposition newspaper Al-Wasat. (Reuters)

Bahraini blogger dies in custody; journalists under attack

New York, April 12, 2011– The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bahraini authorities to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the death of a blogger while in state custody. Bahraini authorities, meanwhile, announced that they would file criminal charges against three senior editors at the Gulf kingdom’s premier independent daily, continuing a months-long…

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