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Remembering Daphne

International civil society coalition marks fourth anniversary of the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia with renewed call for justice 16 October 2021 Today marks four years since the brutal murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack in Malta that shook the world. Our thoughts are with Caruana Galizia’s family, friends,…

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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)

Statement of the joint press freedom mission to Malta

October 15, 2021 On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, our five organizations have undertaken a joint press freedom mission to Malta, in follow-up to our initial joint mission at the one-year mark in 2018. We have come together once again to mark the occasion and remember…

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CPJ disappointed by U.S. appeals court ruling in Jamal Khashoggi lawsuit

Washington, D.C., August 27, 2021–In response to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in the Committee to Protect Journalists’ lawsuit asking the U.S. intelligence community to confirm or deny the existence of documents providing information on its duty to warn Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi of threats to…

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CPJ renews call to end impunity in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder as Malta unveils public inquiry report

New York, July 30, 2021 – Maltese authorities “created an atmosphere of impunity, generated by the highest echelons” ahead of the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the results of a Maltese public inquiry into the journalist’s October 2017 killing found yesterday, according to news reports. Caruana Galizia, who reported on alleged government corruption…

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Radio journalist Renante ‘Rey’ Cortes shot and killed in the Philippines

Bangkok, July 23, 2021 – Philippine authorities should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the killing of radio journalist Renante “Rey” Cortes and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 9 a.m. yesterday, unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle shot and killed Cortes while he was standing outside…

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Journalist Azimjon Askarov is seen at a court in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on October 11, 2016. On Tuesday, the country’s Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of Askarov’s final appeal until April 7. (AP/Vladimir Voronin)

CPJ joins statement calling on Kyrgyz authorities to investigate death of journalist Azimjon Askarov

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined four other human rights and free expression organizations in a joint statement calling on Kyrgyzstan authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the death in prison of journalist Azimjon Askarov. The statement notes that authorities have failed to thoroughly and credibly investigate the circumstances of Askarov’s July 25,…

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Former Mexican mayor convicted for role in murder of reporter Miroslava Breach

Mexico City, June 16, 2021 – In response to yesterday’s sentencing of Hugo Amed Schultz Alcaraz to eight years in prison for his role in the 2017 murder of Mexican reporter Miroslava Breach Velducea, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “After several recent sentences in the Javier Valdez Cardenas and Miroslava Breach…

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Pakistan: Press freedom organizations demand re-investigation of the murder of journalist Zubair Mujahid

Amsterdam, 16 June 2021 – A new report on the murder of Pakistani journalist Zubair Mujahid finds significant errors in the official police investigation. Leading press freedom organizations now call for an independent re-investigation of the case to bring the killers to justice. The report “Breaking the Silence: An Investigation into the Murder of Zubair…

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CPJ welcomes 2nd conviction in case of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

Mexico City, June 9, 2021 – In response to yesterday’s conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta, known as “El Quillo,” for his role in the murder of Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The conviction of Juan Francisco Picos Barrueta is an important step toward ending impunity…

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CPJ welcomes sentencing and new indictments in killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

New York, February 25, 2021 – In response to the sentencing of one of the suspects in Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s 2017 murder, as well as new indictments for additional suspects, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We welcome the first sentencing in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s case as a long-awaited…

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