Sami al-Haj

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In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies

July 31, 2015 3:24 PM ET

The Pentagon has produced its first Department of Defense-wide Law of War Manual and the results are not encouraging for journalists who, the documents state, may be treated as "unprivileged belligerents." But the manual's justification for categorizing journalists this...

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Sami al-Haj: From Gitmo Detainee Back to Al Jazeera as Liberties/Human Rights Advocate

January 10, 2012 4:30 PM ET

Sami al-Haj has now returned to Al Jazeera, an organization he previously worked for a decade ago as a cameraman covering the then nascent war in Afghanistan. While on assignment in December 2001 he was delayed by a passport problem during a...

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Meeting Sami al-Haj

June 5, 2009 4:16 PM ET

In conjunction with the International Freedom of Expression Exchange general meeting, the Norwegian government hosted a Global Forum on Freedom of Expression featuring three days of discussions, seminars, and lectures from leading experts. For me, a highlight was finally meeting...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Introduction

February 10, 2009 12:59 AM ET

By Joel Simon In 2008, the numbers of journalists killed and jailed both dropped for the first time since the war on terror was launched in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. This is welcome news, but it is...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Sudan

February 10, 2009 12:11 AM ET

Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which formally ended a decades-long civil war between north and south, officially protects press freedom. However, Sudanese officials ignored these guarantees in practice. In February, the government reinstated formal censorship of the print news media, instructing...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: United States

February 10, 2009 12:06 AM ET

U.S. government actions against journalists abroad continued to sully the nation’s image. Authorities finally freed two long-detained journalists, one in Iraq and the other at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, without ever charging them with a crime or producing any evidence to...

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CPJ urges Obama to assert U.S. leadership on press freedom

January 12, 2009 10:18 AM ET

Dear President-elect Obama: I am writing as chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists to seek your leadership in reaffirming America's role as a staunch defender of press freedom throughout the world. Journalists in many countries who risk their lives and liberty upholding the values of free expression look to the United States for support.

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U.S. military frees Afghan journalist from Bagram

September 22, 2008 9:25 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the U.S. military's release of imprisoned journalist Jawed Ahmad from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Sunday, 11 months after he was first detained. But CPJ calls again on the...

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After six years, Al-Jazeera cameraman freed from Guantanamo

May 1, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 1, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today of an Al-Jazeera cameraman who was held for six years without charge or trial at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Al-Jazeera reported late this...

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CPJ Impact

May 1, 2008 2:00 AM ET

May 2008 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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