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UPDATE: In Turkey, authorities rule to free journalists, then reverse decision

New York, March 31, 2017– Istanbul’s 25th Court for Serious Crimes ordered the release pending trial of at least 19 journalists jailed in the aftermath of the July 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, but the decision was reversed after an appeal by the chief prosecutor, and none of the journalists were freed, according to…

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Ethiopian journalist released from prison

New York, March 13, 2017–Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia’s state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri.

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An honor guard welcomes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to the Office of Government in Hanoi, January 13, 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP/Pool)

Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu released from prison

Bangkok, January 13, 2016 – The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release from prison of Vietnamese journalist Dang Xuan Dieu and calls on Vietnamese authorities to free unconditionally all journalists held behind bars. Dieu was released late last night after more than five years in prison and flew immediately to France, according to news…

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Ethiopian journalist Yusuf Getachew released from jail

New York, September 10, 2016–Ethiopian authorities today released Yusuf Getachew, editor-in-chief of Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), who has been imprisoned since his arrest in July 2012, a relative of the journalist told CPJ. Yusuf was freed on the day that several prisoners were released as part of a presidential pardon for Ethiopia’s new year…

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Four journalists, human rights lawyer pardoned in Azerbaijan

New York, March 17, 2016 – The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Azerbaijan’s decision to release four independent reporters and a human rights lawyer, urges authorities to ensure they will not have criminal records, and calls on authorities to free all journalists who remain behind bars.

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Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu released early on medical parole

Gao Yu, a veteran Chinese journalist and contributor to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was released on medical parole on November 26, 2015, after being imprisoned for more than 580 days, according to news reports.

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Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is free, Iran news outlet says

EDITOR’S NOTE: This alert was updated at 01:23 p.m. Saturday to reflect U.S. officials confirming Jason Rezaian has been freed. New York, January 16, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who spent 544 days in prison in Iran. Rezaian was freed as part of a prisoner…

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Swaziland releases Bheki Makhubu after 15 months in jail

New York, June 30, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s decision by the Swaziland Supreme Court to release from prison Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation, who has been in jail since March 2014 along with human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, after the crown prosecution said it would not defend an appeal against…

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