Islamic State

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Afghan journalist and media worker killed in bomb attack

New York, June 2, 2020 — Afghan authorities should conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the killing of journalist Mir Wahed Shah and media worker Shafiq Amiri, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the evening of May 30, a bomb exploded in Kabul, killing Shah, an…

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on May 15, 2019. In the wake of a deadly terror attack in Christchurch, tech regulation in the EU and Australia risks restricting journalism. (Yoan Valat/Pool Photo via AP)

In wake of Christchurch, tech regulation in EU and Australia risks restricting journalism

Terrorism has gone viral. The livestreaming on Facebook of the March attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that news reports said left more than 50 people dead was the latest in a string of terrorist attacks designed for the digital age. More than a dozen world leaders met in Paris last month to…

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An Afghan police officer inspects vehicles at a checkpoint in Kabul on August 6, 2017. An Afghan journalist was recently killed when he was shot by two unidentified men in Khost. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Afghan journalist killed; Islamic State affiliate claims responsibility

New York, March 18, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the killing of Afghan journalist Sultan Mahmoud Khairkhwah and calls on authorities to investigate his killing and improve the safety of journalists in the country.

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A Fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces stands guard in the front line village of Baghouz on February 2, 2019. An Italian photojournalist was recently injured by Islamic State rebels while covering the conflict in Baghuz. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)

Italian photojournalist severely injured covering clashes in eastern Syria

Gabriele Micalizzi, an Italian freelance photojournalist, was severely injured by shrapnel while covering clashes between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz on February 11, 2019, according to news reports, the pro-opposition Rojava Information Center, and CNN photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Chaim, who was…

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Turkish aircraft fly over a parade in the Turkish Cypriot northern part of the divided city of Nicosia, Cyprus on July 20, 2018. The parade marked the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. (Reuters/Yiannis Kourtoglou)

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of July 30, 2018

Journalist threatened Hale Gönültaş, a reporter for the news website Gazete Duvar, received a death threat on July 30, three days after the publication of her feature on the Islamic State militant group selling Yezidi women as slaves, her employer reported. Gönültaş’s report stated that at least one Yezidi woman was sold in Ankara, Turkey’s…

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Relatives, colleagues, and friends carry the coffin at a ceremony for AFP driver Mohammad Akhtar in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 23, 2018, one day after he was killed in a suicide attack in the Afghan capital. (AFP/Noorullah Shirzada)

Afghan AFP driver killed in suicide attack while traveling to work

New York, July 23, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday’s suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in which at least one media worker was killed.

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Journalists mourn for their colleagues who were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul on April 30, 2018 that killed at least nine members of the press. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

In Afghanistan, at least 10 journalists killed in one day in bombings and shooting

New York, April 30, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned multiple attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least 10 journalists in one of the deadliest days CPJ has recorded for the country’s press.

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A beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 04, 2018. Brazilian authorities indicted reporter Felipe de Oliveira Araújo Rodrigues on anti-state charges after he reported on Islamic State militant groups, according to reports. (AFP/ Mauro Pimentel)

Brazilian reporter charged with ‘promoting terrorism’ after reporting on the militant group Islamic State

São Paulo, April 27, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian authorities to drop anti-state charges against Felipe de Oliveira Araújo Rodrigues, a Rio de Janeiro-based journalist who infiltrated a Brazilian group of supporters of the Islamic State militant group in 2016 to report on their activities.

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Members of the Popular Mobilisation Units pose with the Iraqi flag in Tal Afar. Authorities in Iraq and Syria who relied on militias to help fight Islamic State must now decide what to do with the groups. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Islamic State recedes but threats to journalists in Iraq and Syria remain

After three years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, the militant group Islamic State has been forced out of large swathes of territory. But local journalists and press freedom groups with whom CPJ spoke said that the defeat of Islamic State doesn’t necessarily mean that journalists will be any safer.

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Security personnel evacuate employees of the Shamshad TV building after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (AP/Massoud Hossaini)

Gunmen, suicide bombers attack Kabul TV station

New York, November 7, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attack on a television station today in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen and suicide bombers this morning attacked Shamshad TV, a leading Pashto-language station, killing one security guard and injuring at least 20 people including television staffers, Shamshad TV’s CEO and broadcast director, Nasim Pakhtoon,…

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