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Arrests of Palestinian journalists since start of Israel-Gaza war

Since the start of the Israel-Gaza war, an unprecedented number of journalists and media workers have been arrested — often without charge — in what they and their attorneys say is retaliation for their journalism and commentary. As of June 22, CPJ has documented a total of 46 arrests of journalists in the Palestinian territories…

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A Belarusian border guard patrols in the Brest region at the border with Ukraine in February 2023. On June 3, 2024, a court in the city of Brest convicted and sentenced journalist Alena Tsimashchuk to five years in prison but the grounds for her charges have not been disclosed. (Photo: AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Belarus jails journalist Alena Tsimashchuk for 5 years; reason for charges undisclosed

New York, June 20, 2024—Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose the reasons behind charges against journalist Alena Tsimashchuk, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment, and ensure that no members of the press are jailed for their work. On June 3, a court in the southwestern city of Brest convicted Tsimashchuk of discrediting Belarus, “incitement to…

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Fleeing prolonged media crackdown, Ethiopian journalists struggle in exile

When Belete Kassa’s friend and news show co-host Belaye Manaye was arrested in November 2023 and taken to the remote Awash Arba military camp known as the “Guantanamo of the desert,” Belete feared that he might be next. The two men co-founded the YouTube-based channel Ethio News in 2020, which had reported extensively on a conflict that…

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Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha was arrested May 14 for an article alleging that Jordan allows regional companies to ship goods to Israel. (Screenshot: Alordanalyoom/YouTube)

Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha sentenced to one year in prison

Istanbul, June 14, 2024 — Jordanian authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Hiba Abu Taha, release her, and allow all journalists to cover issues related to the Israel-Gaza war without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On June 11, the Soloh Court in Amman sentenced Abu…

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Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin

CPJ calls for immediate release of Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin

Taipei, June 14, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Chinese court’s decision on Friday to sentence journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin to five years in prison on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power.” The Intermediate People’s Court in the southern city of Guangzhou handed down the sentence to Huang, who is well known…

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Iranian journalist Hassan Shanbehzadeh, others imprisoned ahead of presidential election

Washington, D.C., June 11, 2024—Iranian authorities must immediately release blogger and book editor Hassan Shanbehzadeh and drop the espionage charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Officers with the Iranian Cyber Police arrested Shanbehzadeh on espionage charges in the northwestern city of Ardabil, in Ardabil province, on Thursday, June 6. His social…

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Headshot of Htet Aung

Myanmar adds terrorism charge against detained Rakhine State reporter Htet Aung

Bangkok, May 16, 2024—Myanmar must drop all pending charges against detained Rakhine State reporter Htet Aung and stop using false allegations of terrorism to intimidate and jail reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Military authorities filed a terrorism charge against Htet Aung in January, in addition to an existing defamation charge, but his…

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Indian journalists Aasit Sultan (left), Gautam Navlakha (top right), and Prabir Purkayastha.

CPJ urges India to ensure freedom for 3 journalists granted bail in security cases

New Delhi, May 15, 2023—The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday welcomed Indian court decisions to grant bail to journalists Aasif Sultan, Gautam Navlakha, and Prabir Purkayastha, who are being held under anti-terror laws, and called on the authorities to release all three men and immediately drop charges against them. “The Indian courts’ decisions to…

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Police escort journalist José Rubén Zamora to court in Guatemala City on June 14, 2023.

CPJ urges Guatemalan authorities to release José Rubén Zamora, allow fair trial

Update: A Guatemalan court ordered on May 15 that José Rubén Zamora be released to house arrest to await trial in the first of three cases against him. He was not immediately released as decisions remained pending in the other two cases.  Mexico City, May 14, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls upon Guatemalan authorities…

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Economic journalist Shirin Saeedi, who was sentenced to five years in prison on May 1, has appealed the sentence and is waiting for the court to set a date for an appeals trial. (Screenshot: Human Rights Activists News Agency/

Iranian economic reporter begins 5-year prison sentence after lengthy pre-trial detention

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2024—Iranian authorities should immediately release economic journalist Shirin Saeedi from prison, drop all charges against her, and cease jailing members of the press for doing their jobs, said the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday. Saeedi entered pre-trial detention on December 23, 2023, on charges of “colluding and assembling against the national…

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