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President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola speaks in Brussels, Belgium on February 1, 2024.

New EU media law must bolster press freedom, CPJ and partners say

Brussels, March 13, 2024— As the European Parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of the European Media Freedom Act, CPJ and 20 other groups representing journalists, as well as press freedom and civil society organizations, called for effective implementation of the new law to ensure greater media independence and pluralism within the European Union (EU)….

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A photograph taken on August 10, 2023 shows the logo of the Police Service of Northern Ireland at the entrance of the headquarters in Belfast.

CPJ, others renew support for journalists in UK surveillance investigation

Berlin, February 28, 2024—As a court hearing opened on Wednesday into complaints that two British journalists were targeted by UK authorities with covert surveillance, the Committee to Protect Journalists, together with four other press freedom groups, renewed their support for the investigation. The investigation stems from complaints filed by investigative journalists Trevor Birney and Barry…

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Unidentified people came to the apartment of Yuriy Nikolov, a co-founder and editor of Nashi Groshi, banged on his door, and shouted that he needed to join the army on January 14, 2023. Nikolov’s door was covered with papers with inscriptions calling him a “provocateur,” a “traitor,” and a (military service) “evader.”

Ukrainian investigative journalist Yuriy Nikolov threatened, journalists with Bihus.Info under alleged surveillance

New York, January 18, 2024—Ukrainian authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into threats made against journalist Yuriy Nikolov and alleged surveillance of journalists with investigative outlet Bihus.Info, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On January 14, a group of unidentified people came to the apartment of…

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A hooded man holds a laptop as blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. (Reuters/Kacper Pempel)

CPJ to EU: The time to act on spyware is now

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the European Union to include effective legal safeguards in its planned legislation to rein in the abusive use of spyware against journalists. Negotiations on the European Media Freedom Act (EMFA), a draft EU law seeking to strengthen media freedom and pluralism in EU member states, are likely to…

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the Internet Governance Forum in Paris, France, on November 12, 2018.

CPJ joins call for Saudi Arabia not to host 2024 Internet Governance Forum

The Committee to Protect Journalists and more than 70 digital and human rights organizations on Thursday called on United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to reverse the decision for Saudi Arabia to host the 2024 annual Internet Governance Forum as the physical and digital security risks would severely undermine civil society’s participation. The joint letter highlights…

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The word spyware and binary code are displayed in this illustration on May 4, 2022.

Journalists call on European Parliament to ban spyware

Some 500 journalists have called on members of the European Parliament since September 14 to introduce an absolute ban on surveillance of the press through spyware in the upcoming European Media Freedom Act. Spyware, which secretly takes over electronic devices without being detected, puts journalists around the world at risk of increased harassment and violence and…

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CPJ calls for transparency in UK investigation into journalist surveillance

New York, July 25, 2023 – British authorities should make public the findings of an investigation into allegations that Northern Ireland police surveilled journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in 2013 and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. “British authorities should ensure a thorough and transparent investigation into the…

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At least 5 members of the press covering Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict targeted by Pegasus spyware: report

Stockholm, May 25, 2023—In response to a report released Thursday by a group of rights organizations alleging that Pegasus spyware was used to surveil at least five Armenian members of the press who covered the country’s military conflict with Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Today’s report is yet another deeply…

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CPJ joins call for Indian government to withdraw latest amendment to Information Technology Rules

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday, May 3, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 16 press freedom and human rights organizations in a Tuesday statement calling on the Indian government to review and withdraw the overbroad provisions of the Information Technology Rules, 2021, and to withdraw the latest amendment to the rules, announced…

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Digital safety: Using online platforms safely as a journalist

Journalists use a wide range of online platforms to distribute their work and communicate with sources and audiences. Platforms that allow interaction with others, like social media, wikis that allow collaborative editing, or content hosting services like WordPress and Substack, can all present security issues for you and others in your networks. There are, however,…

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