Hostage

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Security forces are seen in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan, on March 14. 2020. Unidentified individuals recently tortured and robbed journalist Adnan Rashidi in Iraqi Kurdistan. (Reuters/Ako Rasheed)

Journalist Adnan Rashidi tortured, robbed in Iraqi Kurdistan

New York, March 26, 2020 — Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the torture and robbery of journalist Adnan Rashidi and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Syrian militant group is threatening to execute journalist and media activist Amjed al-Maleh. (Zaman al-Wasl)

Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatens to execute Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh

Beirut, December 11, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about the fate of Syrian journalist Amjed al-Maleh. According to news reports, Syrian militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham threatened to execute al-Maleh, a Syrian freelance journalist and media activist from the southwestern Syrian city of Madaya whom the group had been holding captive…

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A Houthi fighter stands on a truck outside the house of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh after Saleh was killed, in Sanaa, Yemen December 4, 2017. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

Yemeni TV guards injured, others taken hostage by Houthi forces

New York, December 4, 2017 — Gunmen from the Ansar Allah movement, commonly known as the Houthis, on December 2 stormed the Sanaa headquarters of the television channel Yemen Today and detained the channel’s employees, according to news reports. Mohammed Ghobari, a Reuters correspondent in Sanaa, told CPJ that at least three building guards were…

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Hostage video shows Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing in Syria

A freelance Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria in June 2015 appeared in a video on March 16, 2016, which was posted to the Facebook account of a Syrian named Tarik Abdul Hak. Jumpei Yasuda, who speaks in English in the video, says that no one in Japan cares about his captivity, and that…

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CPJ welcomes U.S. government’s new hostage policy

New York, June 24, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the new U.S. policy announced today which states that families of American hostages seeking to negotiate with or pay ransom to the abductors will not be threatened with criminal prosecution. The White House will also create an office to work with the families of the…

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