Press Law

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The Slovak Parliament is seen on October 11, 2011. CPJ calls on the country not to pass an amendment to its press law that would require publications to feature replies to their coverage by politicians and public officials. (Petr Josek/Reuters)

CPJ calls on Slovakia not to adopt press law amendment

Berlin, March 25, 2019 — Slovak lawmakers should not pass an amendment to the country’s press law that would expand its right of reply mandate to include politicians and public officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A man walks in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, on April 23, 2017. Guinea authorities arrested journalist Saliou Diallo on June 19, 2018, on defamation charges, according to reports. (AFP/Cellou Binani)

Guinean journalist detained on defamation charges

Guinean authorities arrested journalist Saliou Diallo in the country’s capital, Conakry, on June 19, 2018, and detained him in the city’s central prison on defamation charges, according to his lawyer, Moussa Diallo, who is unrelated to the journalist.

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A sunset over Amman in 2012. Two Jordanian journalists are facing charges in the city over their reporting. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Jordan arrests two journalists over report on finance minister

Beirut, January 17, 2018–Authorities should immediately release two journalists from the independent news website Jfranews who have been charged under Jordan’s Press and Publication Law and Cybercrime Law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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King Mohammed VI waves a Moroccan flag as he inaugurates a solar plant in Ouarzazate, central Morocco, on February 4, 2016. The king and national symbols like the flag are sensitive subjects for the media. (AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Mission Journal: Morocco’s new press law undermined by draft penal code

In the small, polished Moroccan capital of Rabat, pictures of King Mohamed VI, who took the throne in 1999, hang in many shops, offices, and hotels. In most of these, he is clean-shaven, smiling, and wearing a suit: a modern monarch. His image is part of the official narrative of the country as a place…

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Tanzania's new president, John Pombe Magufuli, right, and outgoing president, Jakaya Kikwete. Several of the country's journalists say they hope Magufuli will reform repressive press laws. (Reuters/Emmanuel Herman)

Tanzania’s press wait to see if new president will reform troubling media laws

Elections in Tanzania passed smoothly in October, but several local journalists and a media lawyer told me the spectre of anti-press laws is casting a pall over critical reporting in the country and that hopes for legal reform under the newly elected President John Pombe Magufuli remain muted.

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Presidential candidate Daniel Scioli is surrounded by press on election day. A pro-government TV station erroneously declared him the winner despite the vote going to a runoff in late November. (AP/Enric Marti)

How Argentine broadcast law rewards friendly outlets and discriminates against critics

The moment polls closed for Argentina’s presidential election on October 25, the C5N cable news station breathlessly reported that ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli had triumphed and would succeed President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who is banned by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term.

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Joseph Titi spent almost a week in prison before being released and charged with defamation, insult, and publishing false news. (CPJ)

Ivory Coast publisher charged with defamation, insult

Abidjan, August 5, 2015–A journalist who was imprisoned for almost a week by authorities in the Ivory Coast has been charged with defamation, among other crimes, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Ivory Coast to drop the charges against Joseph Titi immediately. A judge…

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A rally in Jakarta for the Free Papua Movement. Restricted media access to the Indonesian region has left the ongoing fight for secession under reported. (Reuters/Pius Erlangga)

Media restrictions in Papua underscore Indonesia’s wider problems

With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia’s military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement. Under Indonesia’s seven successive post-independence governments–the early ones led by autocratic strongmen, the recent ones more or less democratically elected–the world has been…

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Supporters of Radio Publique Africaine director Bob Rugurika crowd around the station's offices to celebrate his release on bail last month. Rugurika's release comes as Burundi debates an easing of press laws. (AFP/Esdras Ndikumana)

Press law debate and journalist’s release signal hope for Burundi’s media

Burundi journalists may have more space to report freely ahead of the country’s controversial elections this year after the legislative assembly pushed for amendments to a draconian press law and a radio director was released on bail.

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A newspaper kiosk in Khartoum. Journalists in Sudan are cautious about the freedom of information law recently passed in parliament. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

Sudan passes freedom of information law but journalists remain wary

The Sudanese government has boasted that its freedom of information law, passed by parliament at the end of January, will increase transparency by giving citizens the right to access and publish public information. But with a long history of censorship and harassment from authorities, journalists suspect the law will be used as another way to…

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