Sanctions

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The U.S. Capitol Building is seen on April 28, 2020, in Washington. CPJ recently joined several letters urging senators to increase Global Magnitsky Act funding. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

CPJ joins letters calling on US Senate to increase Magnitsky Act funding

The Committee to Protect Journalists recently joined 50 democracy, human rights, and anti-corruption organizations and experts in three letters urging U.S. Congressional leaders to retain and increase funding and capacity for the enforcement of the Global Magnitsky Act.

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Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, British then-Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and Canadian then-Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland address a news conference on media freedom in Dinard, France on April 5, 2019. A panel of legal experts led by Clooney recommend more sanctions targeted at press freedom violators. (Reuters/Stephane Mahe)

CPJ welcomes call for targeted sanctions to protect journalists

When the U.K. launched an initiative to support media freedom in the waning days of Jeremy Hunt’s tenure as foreign minister, CPJ was skeptical that this government-led effort would be more than a feel-good campaign. However, we chose to engage, given the current vacuum of leadership on press freedom globally. As the U.S. pulls back…

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The Houses of Parliament in London, pictured in January 2018. The U.K. has passed a bill into law that allows sanctions to be imposed on people suspected of human rights abuses. (AFP/Daniel Leal-Olivas)

CPJ welcomes introduction of UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

May 24, 2018, London–The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the U.K.’s decision to pass into law legislation that addresses human rights abuses. The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which yesterday received Royal Assent to be passed into law, includes a “Magnitsky amendment” that empowers the U.K. to apply sanctions against individuals suspected of human…

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