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MEDIA ADVISORY: People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists to Pronounce Judgment in Trio of Cases in the Hague

New York – On September 19, 2022, the People’s Tribunal on the Murder of Journalists will convene an independent panel of international judges to pronounce a verdict in a trio of cases highlighting impunity for murdered journalists. This judgment will be a culmination of a process that began in November 2021, and a response to…

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In 2022, journalist killings continue unabated in Mexico amid a climate of impunity

At least 13 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the first eight months of 2022, the highest number the Committee to Protect Journalists has ever documented in the country in a single year. In a country characterized by corruption and organized crime, it’s unclear how many were targeted directly because of their work. CPJ…

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Body of missing Mexican journalist Juan Arjón López found in San Luis Río Colorado

Mexico City, August 18, 2022–Mexican authorities must undertake a swift, credible, and exhaustive investigation into the killing of journalist Juan Arjón López, determine whether his killing was connected to his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Arjón, the founder and editor of Facebook-based news outlet A Qué…

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Afghanistan’s media faces crisis—and opportunity

Twelve months after the Taliban takeover, many Afghan journalists are out of work or on the run. Others try, very carefully, to challenge the powerful. The extreme distress that has gripped Afghanistan’s independent media since the Taliban seized power in Kabul on August 15 last year lands in my inbox—and the inboxes of many of…

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CPJ joins lawmakers and family of slain Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in renewed calls for a U.S. investigation into her killing

The Committee to Protect Journalists continues to call on the Biden Administration to uphold its previous commitments to press freedom and human rights Washington, D.C. — Three members of the Abu Akleh family––brother Anton, niece Lina, and nephew Victor –– joined members of Congress, the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) and the Institute for Middle…

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Protesters hold pictures of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as they gather outside the prime minister's office in Valletta, Malta, on November 20, 2019. (AFP/Matthew Mirabelli)

CPJ joins call urging Malta to implement recommendations of public inquiry report on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined eight other press freedom organizations in a joint statement on Friday, July 29, calling on the Maltese government to implement the recommendations put forward in the public inquiry report on investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder and ensure the effective protection of journalists.  On the one-year anniversary of the…

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President Biden must tackle press freedom during Middle East trip

New York, July 12, 2022 – As President Joe Biden departs for a visit to the Middle East from July 13 to 16, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges Biden to mount a robust defense of press freedom with the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where journalists’ ability to report freely and safely…

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CPJ urges Gambia authorities to prioritize legal reforms, accountability for crimes against the press

Abuja, June 29, 2022 – Gambian authorities should adopt the reforms recommended by the country’s Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC)—including ensuring journalists are not prosecuted for sedition—work to swiftly hold former President Yahya Jammeh and members of his “Junglers” death squad to account for their crimes against journalists, and end the culture of impunity…

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Russia internet protest

‘Disastrous for press freedom’: What Russia’s goal of an isolated internet means for journalists

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine presents a danger not only for reporters operating in the war zone. The campaign could also pose a broader threat to press freedoms and other civil liberties if it brings the Kremlin closer to its dream of creating a domestically controlled internet. Russia’s internet regulator, Rozkomnadzor, has long been able to…

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Mexican journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez found killed in Culiacán

Mexico City, May 10, 2022 – Mexican authorities should swiftly and thoroughly investigate the death of journalist Luis Enrique Ramírez, find those responsible, and bring them to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On the morning of May 5, Ramírez’s body was found near a dirt road in the northwestern city of Culiacán,…

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