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People holding pictures of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a symbolic funeral prayer held in Istanbul, Turkey on November 16, 2018. (REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir)

US, UN must probe Saudi crown prince role in “extrajudicial killing” of Jamal Khashoggi, report says

Paris, June 19, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a United Nations report calling on both the head of the U.N. and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to open criminal probes into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Chad's president, Idriss Deby, arrives at the N'Djamena international airport on December 22, 2018. CPJ joined a call to end a nearly one-year social media block in Chad. (AFP/Ludovic Marin)

CPJ joins calls to end social media block in Chad

The Committee to Protect Journalists this week joined at least 79 rights organizations to urge African Union and United Nations experts to take action to end the government of Chad’s nearly year-long block on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The letters, addressed respectively to the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of…

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The path(s) to justice in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

In an emotional address to Turkey’s parliament today, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a savage and premeditated act and demanded that Saudi officials be brought to Turkey to stand trial. Most of the information about the investigation that has emerged has come through leaks to the Turkish…

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Turkey must seek UN inquiry on Khashoggi

Saudi, Turkish cooperation essential to credibility New York, October 18, 2018 – Turkey should urgently ask UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to establish a United Nations investigation into the possible extrajudicial execution of the prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders said today.

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers a speech at the World Health Assembly, an annual meeting with health representatives, on May 21, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization blocked Taiwanese media outlets from attending the assembly. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

World Health Organization blocks Taiwanese outlets from attending annual assembly

Taipei, May 25, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by the World Health Organization’s decision to deny Taiwanese media outlets press accreditation to its annual decision-making function, the World Health Assembly, which started on May 21.

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President Rouhani, pictured in Tehran on November 6. The U.N. is due to vote next week on a resolution to promote human rights in Iran. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

CPJ calls on UN to support resolution on human rights in Iran

CPJ, along with over 30 Iranian and international human rights organizations, has called on the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a proposed resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran next week.

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CPJ Advocacy and Communications Manager Kerry Paterson, third from left, joins a side panel on journalist safety and impunity at the UN in New York. (Article 19)

CPJ joins UN discussion on journalist safety and impunity

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other rights groups, including Article 19, today took part in a side panel at the U.N. in New York, on journalist safety and impunity.

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Right Is Might

We have the laws and institutions to fight attempts at information control By David Kaye Yevgeny Zamyatin’s strikingly original 1920s Russian novel We gets read far less than its canonical English-language descendants, Brave New World and 1984. Yet George Orwell knew of and clearly drew from Zamyatin’s book in creating 1984. The homage-paying is obvious:…

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From Fledgling to Failed

Even as the country collapses, South Sudan’s government will brook no criticism By Jacey Fortin JUBA, South Sudan – The shooting began around 5:15 on a Friday afternoon. Dozens of journalists had gathered in the pressroom at the Presidential Palace–a walled compound also known as “J1”–in the capital city. Following a few days of rising…

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President François Hollande speaks at the opening of the Open Government Partnership summit in Paris in December, where press freedom was added to the agenda. (Jacky Naegelen/Pool/AFP)

Press freedom on OGP agenda as authoritarianism rises

There was poignancy to the Paris summit of the Open Government Partnership, as leaders from government and civil society took the stage to defend a political ideology under siege: liberal democracy. French President François Hollande, who amid weak public support announced he will not seek re-election in 2017, called democracy “so fragile and so precious.”…

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