Licensing

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Philippine Congress denies ABS-CBN news broadcaster’s franchise renewal

Bangkok, July 10, 2020 – In response to a vote by a Philippine House of Representatives committee today to reject the renewal of the broadcasting franchise of ABS-CBN, the nation’s largest news organization, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Today’s congressional decision to reject ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal is an affront to Philippine…

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Pakistan media regulator suspends 24NewsHD broadcaster indefinitely

Washington, D.C., July 6, 2020 — The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority should immediately lift the suspension of independent news channel 24NewsHD, and allow it to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 3, the regulator ordered the station off the air indefinitely for the alleged “illegal transmission of news and…

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Tanzanian government revokes license of Tanzania Daima newspaper

Nairobi, June 26, 2020 – Tanzanian authorities should immediately restore Tanzania Daima’s license and allow all newspapers to publish freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In a June 23 statement, Tanzania’s Information Services Department, which registers print media, announced it would revoke Tanzania Daima’s distribution and publication license as of June 24, according…

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The ABS-CBN network headquarters, where candles are lit following government orders to cease its operations, is seen in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, on May 5, 2020. (AP/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippines orders ABS-CBN news network off the air

Bangkok, May 5, 2020 — Philippine authorities should allow the ABS-CBN network to resume broadcasting and should not let political considerations affect administrative decisions regarding media outlets’ licenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in the streets of Lusaka, Zambia, on January 15, 2018. Zambia recently cancelled the license of the Prime TV broadcaster and police shuttered its office. (AFP/Dawood Salim)

Zambia cancels broadcaster Prime TV’s license, police shutter office

New York, April 13, 2020 — Zambian authorities should restore Prime TVs broadcast license and cease harassing the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police vehicles are seen in Quito, Ecuador, on October 13, 2019. Ecuador's broadcast regulator recently revoked radio station Pichincha Universal’s broadcast license. (AP/Fernando Vergara)

Ecuadorean broadcast regulator revokes Pichincha Universal’s radio license

Miami, January 24, 2020 — Ecuadorean authorities should restore radio station Pichincha Universal’s broadcast license and should not penalize news outlets for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is seen in Brasilia on October 8, 2019. Bolsonaro recently insulted and threatened the Globo media company. (AP/Eraldo Peres)

Brazilian President Bolsonaro threatens to revoke Globo’s broadcasting license

New York, October 30, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to refrain from insulting and threatening media outlets.

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Pakistani journalists protest layoffs outside a press club in Karachi on December 17, 2018. Pakistan's military and security agencies exert pressure on local media, while the government slashes its advertising budget, squeezing a key source of revenue for private newspapers and TV stations. (AP/Fareed Khan)

Proposed media regulator provokes strong criticism in Pakistan

Pakistani journalists are a fractious lot. The unions have split into competing factions. TV networks snap at each other on air. So it takes something really threatening to prompt journalists to come to a common point of view. That’s happened as the government’s latest plan to create a new media regulatory body has provoked a…

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A radio station is seen in Bujumbura, Burundi, on March 19, 2015. Burundi authorities recently banned the BBC and suspended VOA from broadcasting within the country. (Carl de Souza/AFP)

Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

Nairobi, April 2, 2019 — Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, and allow journalists in the country to contribute to the two organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Mozambican people celebrate the 40th anniversary of their country's independence from Portugal on June 25, 2015, in Maputo. The Mozambican government imposed high fees on independent media on July 23, 2018. (AFP/Adrien Barbier)

Mozambican government imposes crippling fees on independent media

New York, August 15, 2018–Authorities in Mozambique should immediately reverse plans to impose prohibitively high financial charges that unduly target independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A July 23, 2018, government decree outlined massive hikes in registration fees to be paid to the government-run Gabinete de Informação, a bureaucratic body that facilitates…

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