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Minnesota law enforcement must stop obstructing journalists covering protests

Washington, D.C., April 19, 2021— Minnesota authorities must respect journalists’ rights and refrain from charging members of the press for doing their jobs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the evening of April 16, law enforcement in Brooklyn Center corralled dozens of journalists along with people demonstrating against the police killing of Duante…

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Police in Kazakhstan attack, harass 2 journalists covering fire

New York, March 8, 2021 – Kazakh authorities should investigate police officers’ assault and harassment of journalists Bakhrambek Talibzhanov and Bakhrom Abdullaev, and ensure that members of the press can work freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  In the early hours of March 2, in the southern city of Shymkent, police…

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Authorities harass, obstruct journalists covering Kazakhstan parliamentary elections

On January 10, 2021, Kazakh law enforcement officers and electoral officials harassed and interfered with the work of at least seven journalists who were covering parliamentary elections in the country, according to news reports and journalists who spoke to CPJ. In Nur-Sultan, the capital, a police officer grabbed the phone of Saniya Toiken, a correspondent…

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Report: Rio de Janeiro mayor’s office paid employees to harass journalists covering pandemic

New York, September 1, 2020 – Brazilian national TV channel Globo yesterday aired an investigative report that found that the office of Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella used public funds to pay groups of municipal employees to monitor and obstruct journalists at local hospitals and block news crews from covering the COVID-19 pandemic. “It…

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Maxence Melo leaves court in Dar es Salaam yesterday after being convicted of obstructing police investgiations. (Jamii Forums)

Tanzanian court convicts Maxence Melo of obstructing investigation, levies fine

Nairobi, April 9, 2020— In response to a Tanzanian court’s conviction yesterday of Maxence Melo, founder of the online discussion and whistleblowing platform Jamii Forums, on charges of obstructing police investigations, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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Supporters of the Wet’suwet’en Nation indigenous group, who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, protest outside the provincial headquarters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 2020. In early February, the RCMP prevented journalists from covering the takeover of an indigenous protest camp. (Reuters/Jesse Winter)

CPJ calls on Canadian police to let journalists work freely at indigenous protest sites

New York, February 7, 2020—In response to news reports that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) yesterday obstructed journalists trying to cover police operations at indigenous protest camps in British Columbia, the Committee to Protect Journalists today issued the following statement:

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The European Parliament prepares for a debate on press freedom in Strasbourg in March, following the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. The Council of Europe's platform on journalist safety finds the media increasingly faces hostility. (AFP/Frederick Florin)

Council of Europe report finds journalists face obstruction, violence

The Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists today published its annual report, “Democracy at Risk.”

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Nigeria police block journalists from covering court proceedings

Armed police officers on August 12, 2015, barred several journalists from entering a courthouse in Lagos state, according to news reports.

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Philippine citizens light candles in memory of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. No one has been convicted in the case, and one of the alleged masterminds died of a heart attack earlier this month. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Justice delayed is justice denied in Philippines’ Maguindanao massacre

During his final State of the Nation Address this week, President Benigno Aquino III made only a passing mention of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 people, including 32 journalists and media workers. He did not detail any plans for action on the case, despite his vow to deliver justice before his term ends…

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Myanmar detains, obstructs journalists from reporting

On May 31, 2015, Myanmar’s navy questioned and briefly detained several journalists. The journalists, who were in small boats, were attempting to reach a remote island off Myanmar’s southwestern coast where a ship carrying hundreds of migrants had drifted, according to news reports.

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