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Two Somali journalists sentenced to 16 months in jail for false news

New York, May 23, 2022 — In response to news reports and statements from local rights groups that the Hargeisa Regional Court in the breakaway region of Somaliland sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdi Ilig and Abdijabar Mohamed Hussein to 16 months imprisonment for subversion and false news on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the…

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Russian court sentences 4 student journalists to 2 years of correctional labor

New York, April 12, 2022 – In response to a Russian court’s sentencing of four journalists from the student-run online magazine DOXA to two years each of correctional labor, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “Russian authorities’ sentencing of four student journalists to two years each of correctional labor is…

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Vietnamese journalist Phan Bui Bao Thy sentenced to ‘re-education’ over social media posts

Bangkok, April 11, 2022 – Vietnamese authorities should drop all requirements that journalist Phan Bui Bao Thy attend mandatory “re-education” classes, let him work freely, and stop using arbitrary anti-state laws to harass and detain journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On April 7, the People’s Court of Quang Tri sentenced Thy to…

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Vietnamese journalist Nguyen Hoai Nam sentenced to 3.5 years in prison

Bangkok, April 8, 2022 – Vietnamese authorities should release journalist Nguyen Hoai Nam immediately and unconditionally, and stop imprisoning members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Tuesday, April 5, the People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City sentenced Nam to three years, six months in prison under Article 331 of…

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Myanmar sentences journalists Hanthar Nyein and Than Htike Aung to 2 years in prison

Bangkok, March 24, 2022 – Myanmar authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalists Hanthar Nyein and Than Htike Aung, and stop sentencing members of the press to prison for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Monday, March 21, a military court in Yangon’s Insein Prison convicted Hanthar, co-founder of the local…

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Belarus court sentences journalist Yahor Martsinovich to 2.5 years in prison

Stockholm, March 15, 2022 – In response to Tuesday’s decision by the Zavodski District Court in Minsk, Belarus, to sentence journalist Yahor Martsinovich to two years and six months in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “Today’s sentence against Yahor Martsinovich demonstrates once again how Belarus authorities will resort…

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Russian court sentences Crimean journalist Remzi Bekirov to 19 years in prison

New York, March 11, 2022 – In response to Russia’s recent sentencing of Crimean journalist Remzi Bekirov to 19 years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement of condemnation: “Russian authorities should immediately release Remzi Bekirov and all other Crimean journalists who became hostages of an occupying force in their homeland,”…

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Turkish court sentences 4 former Taraf journalists to prison for exposing state secrets

Istanbul, March 7, 2022 – Turkish authorities should drop all charges against former staff members of the shuttered liberal daily Taraf and should free journalist Mehmet Baransu immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On Friday, March 4, the 13th Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes convicted four former Taraf employees on national security charges,…

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CPJ condemns ‘harsh’ 9-year sentence for Nicaraguan journalist Miguel Mendoza

New York, February 17, 2021 – Nicaraguan authorities should release journalist Miguel Mendoza Urbina from prison immediately, and should ensure that members of the press do not face criminal penalties for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, February 16, in a closed door hearing in the Ninth Criminal District Court…

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Russian court in Crimea sentences RFE/RL journalist Vladislav Yesypenko to 6 years in prison

New York, February 17, 2022 – Russian authorities in Crimea should not contest journalist Vladislav Yesypenko’s appeal and should release him immediately and cease prosecuting members of the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On Wednesday, February 16, a court in Simferopol, the capital of Russian-occupied Crimea, convicted Yesypenko, a…

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