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CPJ, others request update on Egyptian journalist Alaa Abdelfattah from UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 26 press freedom and human rights organizations in an April 17 letter to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) seeking updates regarding the urgent appeal filed on November 14, 2023, about the case of jailed Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdelfattah. The appeal was submitted by 34 organizations, including…

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The camera that belonged to Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah, who was killed by Israeli strikes in southern Lebanon on October 13, is displayed at a press conference by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch as they released findings from their investigations into his death in Beirut, Lebanon, on December 7, 2023.

CPJ, partners urge UN leaders to release full report on journalist Issam Abdallah’s murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined its international partners on Friday in signing a letter urging the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) to publish its investigation into the murder of Reuters video journalist Issam Abdallah, who was killed by Israeli forces in south Lebanon on October 13, 2023. Four journalists injured in the…

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People take part in a rally calling for media freedom and the release of journalist Bolot Temirov, who was detained the night before, in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, on January 23, 2022.

CPJ calls on Kyrgyzstan parliament to reject Russian-style ‘foreign agents’ bill

Stockholm, October 25, 2023—Kyrgyzstan’s parliament should reject Russian-inspired legislation that would classify externally-funded media rights groups and nonprofits that run news outlets as “foreign representatives” and could force many nonprofits to close, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Wednesday, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament passed in a first reading a bill requiring nonprofits that receive foreign…

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CPJ joins call for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Israel-Gaza war

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday joined over 200 organizations in urging the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Secretary General, and all world leaders to ensure an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to prevent further harm to civilians. At least 19 journalists, who are civilians under international law, have been…

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CPJ calls on Sri Lanka to reconsider bills likely to undermine press freedom

New York, October 18, 2023—Sri Lankan authorities should withdraw the proposed Online Safety Bill and Anti-Terrorism Bill or significantly amend them in line with international human rights standards, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. In parliament on October 3, Public Security Minister Tiran Alles tabled the Online Safety Bill, which would empower a five-member…

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CPJ joins statement urging United Nations to mobilize to address crisis in Sudan

The heads of over 50 human rights and humanitarian organizations come together to sound the alarm about Sudan, where a disaster is unfolding before our eyes.

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NGOs call for protection of journalists in Cameroon

A joint submission by the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Freedom House for the 44th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group, November 2023.

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Mahoney: UN can help journalists beyond World Press Freedom Day

New York, May 1, 2023–Evan Gershkovich and Jimmy Lai are about to spend World Press Freedom Day behind bars. Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal Moscow correspondent, and Lai, a pro-democracy Hong Kong media magnate, are among record numbers of journalists in prison as the United Nations marks the 30th anniversary of its special day for…

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‘Living in fear’: Exiled Afghan journalists face arrest, hunger in Pakistan

Stuck with no income for more than a year after fleeing Afghanistan for Pakistan, Samiullah Jahesh was ready to sell his kidney to put food on the table for his family. “I had no other option, I had no money or food at home,” Jahesh, a former journalist with Afghanistan’s independent Ariana News TV channel,…

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CPJ joins calls to establish independent investigative mechanism for accountability in human rights violations in Belarus

CPJ joined 27 human rights and press freedom organizations in a letter on Monday, February 13, 2023, calling for the U.N. Human Rights Council to establish an independent investigative mechanism in Belarus. The letter, led by the Oslo-based Human Rights House Foundation, asked the council to create such a mechanism at its next session to…

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