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At least 4 Egyptian journalists remain in detention since arrests in March and April

As of June 29, 2020, at least four Egyptian journalists who covered the COVID-19 pandemic remain in prison following their arrests in March and April, according to news reports and local journalists and lawyers who spoke to CPJ. On March 15, state security officers arrested Atef Hassaballah el-Sayed, editor-in-chief of local newspaper al-Qarar al-Dawly, at…

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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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Algerian journalist Ali Djamel Toubal sentenced to 2 years in prison over Facebook posts

New York, June 22, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed dismay at the one-day trial and sentencing of Algerian journalist Ali Djamel Toubal and called for his immediate release. On June 17, a state prosecutor summoned Toubal, a reporter for the independent daily newspaper Ennahar, to the Mohammadia Court in the city…

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A police officer is seen in Cotonou, Benin, on March 9, 2018. A court recently shortened journalist Ignace Sossou’s jail term, but did not free him. (AFP/Yanick Folly)

Benin appeals court shortens journalist Ignace Sossou’s jail term

New York, May 19, 2020 — In response to today’s decision by a Beninese appeals court to shorten journalist Ignace Sossou’s sentence to six months’ imprisonment and a six-month suspended sentence, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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Security forces are seen in San Juan, the Philippines, on March 2, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio on firearms charges. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippine journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio detained since February on firearms charges

Philippine journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio has been held in detention since February 7, 2020, on “illegal firearms possession” charges, according to news reports and a statement by the National Union of the Journalists of the Philippines, a local press freedom group.

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Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli is seen at a court in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 31, 2017. He was released from prison today. (Reuters/Aziz Karimov)

Journalist Afgan Mukhtarli released from prison in Azerbaijan

New York, March 17, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed relief that Azerbaijani investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli was released from prison, and called for Azerbaijan authorities to release all other journalists held for their work.

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Blogger Truong Duy Nhat is seen at a local People's Court in Da Nang, Vietnam, on March 4, 2014. In a separate case today, Nhat was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his writing. (AFP/Vietnam News Agency)

Vietnamese blogger who was abducted in Thailand sentenced to 10 years in prison

Bangkok, March 9, 2020 — Vietnamese authorities should not contest the appeal of journalist Truong Duy Nhat and should release him immediately from prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A police officer is seen in Cameroon's Far North Region on September 29, 2018. Journalist Adalbert Hiol has been jailed in Cameroon since November 2019. (AFP/Alexis Huguet)

Journalist Adalbert Hiol jailed since November in Cameroon

New York, March 5, 2020 — Authorities in Cameroon should not contest journalist Adalbert Hiol’s appeal of a false news and defamation conviction and should let his newspaper publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Migrants and refugees are seen in Edirne, Turkey, on March 1, 2020. Several journalists have been detained while covering the refugees' movements in Turkey. (Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir)

Journalists covering refugee movements in Turkey detained, jailed

Istanbul, March 2, 2020 — Turkish authorities should allow journalists to cover refugee movements and other important events of public interest without fear that they will be detained or imprisoned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Buea, Cameroon, on October 3, 2018. Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo has been jailed since January. (AFP/Marco Longari)

Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo jailed since January on defamation charges

New York, February 18, 2020 — Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release journalist Martinez Zogo, drop all charges against him, and reform the country’s penal code to decriminalize defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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