Legal Action

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Tajikistan journalist Abdullo Ghurbati sentenced to 7.5 years in prison

New York, October 4, 2022 – In response to news reports that a court in Tajikistan on Tuesday sentenced Tajikistani journalist and documentary filmmaker Avazmad Ghurbatov, who works under the name Abdullo Ghurbati, to seven and a half years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement condemning the ruling: “We condemn today’s harsh and…

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‘He should never have been on trial’: CPJ on acquittal of Kyrgyzstan investigative reporter Bolot Temirov

New York, September 28, 2022 – In response to news reports that a court in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday acquitted investigative reporter Bolot Temirov on charges of drug possession and illegally crossing the state border, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We are relieved by today’s acquittal of Bolot Temirov, but he should…

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Myanmar sentences journalist Htet Htet Khine to second 3-year prison term

Bangkok, September 27, 2022 – Myanmar authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Htet Htet Khine and stop jailing journalists for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On September 27, Htet Htet Khine, a freelance BBC Media Action reporter, was sentenced to three years in prison with hard labor, according to a statement…

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CPJ supports Las Vegas Review-Journal’s efforts to protect slain reporter’s unpublished source material

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2022 — The Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday filed a motion to prevent law enforcement from accessing electronic devices and unreported source material obtained when they searched the home of slain reporter Jeff German as part of their murder investigation. “A murder investigation should not be used as a pretext to…

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Russia to block, fine news outlets for ‘false’ reports on military call-up

Paris, September 21, 2022 — In response to Wednesday’s announcement by Russian state media regulator Roskomnadzor that media outlets could be fined or blocked for spreading “false information” on President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization of military reservists, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Access to reliable and transparent information at this critical time is crucial,…

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South African journalist Karyn Maughan criminally charged over report on former President Zuma

Lusaka, September 20, 2022 – Former South African President Jacob Zuma and his legal team should immediately drop their private criminal prosecution against Karyn Maughan, a reporter with the privately owned News24 site, and allow the press to report on court proceedings without intimidation or fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday….

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‘An open-air prison’: Kashmiri journalists on how travel bans undermine press freedom

When Indian immigration officials stopped freelance Kashmiri journalist Aakash Hassan at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport on July 26, they held him for several hours and questioned him about his family, his professional background and his reason for traveling – and refused to allow him to board his Sri Lanka flight because, they said, he was listed…

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Vietnam sentences blogger Le Anh Hung to 5 years in prison

Bangkok, September 16, 2022 – Vietnamese authorities should immediately and unconditionally release imprisoned blogger Le Anh Hung and stop harassing journalists on spurious anti-state charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On August 30, the Hanoi People’s Court convicted and sentenced Hung to five years in prison under Article 331 of the penal code,  an anti-state…

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Russian authorities revoke Novaya Gazeta’s online media license

Paris, September 15, 2022 — In response to news reports that the Russian Supreme Court revoked the online license of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper only 10 days after a Moscow court revoked the outlet’s print license, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “By revoking Novaya Gazeta’s online license only days after…

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Russian Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union shuttered by Moscow court order

Paris, September 14, 2022 — In response to news reports that the Moscow city court on Wednesday closed the independent Russian Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union trade group at the request of Moscow’s prosecutor office, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for authorities to reverse their decision and to let the union work freely:…

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