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Kosuke Tsuneoka speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo on January 22, 2015. He was recently blocked from leaving Japan to report in Yemen. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Japan prevents freelance journalist from traveling to report in Yemen

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Japanese government to allow freelance journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka to leave the country to conduct reporting. Tsuneoka was stopped by immigration officials at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport while trying to leave Japan for a reporting trip to Yemen on February 2 and, in a…

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Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lo Chih Cheng poses with copies of Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po newspapers after a news conference, in Taipei, Taiwan, on January 18, 2019. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Taiwan accuses Beijing-sponsored Hong Kong newspapers of disseminating misinformation, opens immigration investigation into journalists

On January 17, 2019, Taiwan’s presidential office issued a statement on Facebook accusing Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper funded by Beijing, of fabricating a story alleging that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen secretly sent an envoy to advise three Hong Kong independence activists. The Taiwan government is currently investigating whether the journalists violated immigration…

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Venezuela's Maiquetia airport as seen on July 27, 2017. A Dutch freelance reporter was recently detained and interrogated there, and was sent back to the United States.

Venezuela denies entry to Danish freelance reporter

On January 9, 2019, Venezuelan security agents detained Danish freelance reporter Kristoffer Toft when he tried to enter the country on a tourist visa at Maiquetía airport in La Guaira, in northern Venezuela, the reporter told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Officials interrogated Toft and conducted a Google search of his name before denying him…

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An ICE agent monitors a protest outside the department's office in San Francisco in June over President Trump's immigration policy. Journalists who fled threats in their home countries are being held in prolonged ICE detention while authorities review their asylum requests. (Getty Images North America/AFP/Justin Sullivan)

Journalists fleeing threats at home trapped in ICE detention over US asylum seeker policy

When Cuban police escorted Serafín Morán Santiago on to a plane to Guyana in 2016, they warned the journalist he could be jailed for 15 years if he tried to return. Authorities there had already detained and tortured him for his reporting. But when he was attacked in Guyana and then threatened in Mexico, Morán…

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This screenshot from the Memphis Noticias Facebook page shows Manuel Duran conducting an interview about alleged cooperation between Memphis police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Reporter arrested covering Memphis protest held in US immigration detention

Manuel Duran, the founder of Spanish-language news site Memphis Noticias, was arrested on April 3, 2018, while reporting on a protest against immigration detention in Memphis, Tennessee. Although the charges against Duran were dropped, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) transferred the reporter to a facility in Louisiana two days after his arrest.

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In this 2001 file photo, Jordanian men read a newspaper in a cafe in Amman. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji)

Jordan refuses Egyptian journalist entry

New York, July 11, 2017–Jordanian authorities should lift any restrictions on Egyptian Journalist Wael Mamdouh’s ability to travel to the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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BBC journalist questioned by US border agents, devices searched

New York, February 1, 2017–Customs and Border Protection officers should respect the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when subjecting international reporters to screening on their arrival to the U.S., the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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In the wake of US pullout, Afghan journalists need protection

In the aftermath of this week’s foreign policy speech by President Barack Obama and discussions on the imminent pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, we need to think once again of the implications this retreat will have for the thousands of Afghans who for more than a decade have worked not only with the military,…

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