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Egyptian journalist Mohamed Monir dies after contracting COVID-19 in pretrial detention

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2020 — In response to the death of Egyptian journalist Mohamed Monir after contracting COVID-19 in pretrial detention, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We are extremely disturbed by journalist Mohamed Monir’s death today after he spent more than two weeks unnecessarily held in pretrial detention at Cairo’s…

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Iranian youth checks currency rates

Majid Motalebzadeh arrested, charged with cybercrimes for economic reporting

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020 – Iranian authorities should immediately drop charges against Majid Motalebzadeh, editor and reporter at the state-run Sedaye Eslahat newspaper, and release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 20, Motalebzadeh appeared before the Cyber Crimes Court in Tehran after being summoned by the country’s Cyber Police Unit,…

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At least 5 journalists sentenced to jail in Iran since early June

Since the beginning of June, Iranian authorities have sentenced at least five journalists to prison sentences for their work, according to news reports and social media posts by the journalists. On June 1, Branch 46 of Tehran’s Court of Appeals sentenced Majid Motalebzadeh, editor of the state-run Sedaye Eslahat newspaper, and Hadi Kasaeizadeh, the former…

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Family of imprisoned journalist Alaa Abdelfattah assaulted in Egypt

New York, June 22, 2020—In response to news reports that unidentified women assaulted the family of imprisoned journalist Alaa Abdelfattah outside Tora prison in Cairo today, as prison authorities watched, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Egyptian authorities must hold accountable those who beat, robbed, and forcibly removed Alaa Abdelfattah’s family from…

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Burundi court rejects imprisoned Iwacu journalists’ appeal

Nairobi, June 5, 2020 — In response to a Burundi court’s decision today to reject the appeal of four Iwacu media group journalists who are serving 2.5-year prison terms, as reported by their employer, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Burundian authorities should never have arrested the four detained Iwacu journalists; rejecting…

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Map: Attacks on press freedom during the COVID-19 pandemic

CPJ has documented numerous press freedom violations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from legislation threatening to censor free speech to arrests of journalists providing the public with vital news about the virus. This map plots violations, verified by CPJ staff, across nearly every region of the world from early February through the end…

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Egyptian security forces detain 2 freelance journalists

New York, May 28, 2020 — Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalists Sameh Haneen and Shimaa Samy, and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 16, state security officers in Cairo arrested Haneen, a freelance journalist and documentary producer, at his home, according to news reports. Later that…

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Medical staff are seen in Yangon, Myanmar, on May 17, 2020. Myanmar authorities recently sentenced news editor Zaw Ye Htet to prison over his outlet's COVID-19 coverage. (AFP/Sai Aung Main)

Myanmar news editor sentenced to 2 years in jail over COVID-19 report

Bangkok, May 22, 2020 — Myanmar authorities should immediately release jailed news editor Zaw Ye Htet and stop using vague and abusive laws against journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Security officers are seen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 4, 2019. Ethiopian police have ignored several court orders to release staffers of the Oromia News Network. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

Ethiopian police ignore court orders to free journalists held since March

Nairobi, May 22, 2020 — Ethiopian police should immediately and unconditionally free journalists Dessu Dulla and Wako Nole and media worker Ismael Abdulrzaq, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Rwandan journalist, media worker detained since mid-April

Nairobi, May 21, 2020 — Rwandan authorities should unconditionally release journalist Dieudonné Niyonsenga and media worker Fidèle Komezusenge, and ensure the members of press can work without interference during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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