WhatsApp

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After WhatsApp spyware allegations, Indian journalists demand government transparency

February 24, 2020 9:06 AM ET

In the summer of 2019, Saroj Giri was preparing a lecture on the panopticon—an 18th century system to surveil an entire prison from a single viewpoint—when a message lit up his phone. It was from WhatsApp, warning Giri that...

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Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello faces online harassment campaign

February 12, 2020 5:41 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, February 12, 2020 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the online harassment campaign against Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Journalist targets of Pegasus spyware

November 6, 2019 11:30 AM ET

Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their...

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Indian journalists reported among targets of alleged NSO Group WhatsApp hack

October 31, 2019 2:29 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2019—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that several journalists in India have been notified that they were among the targets of suspicious WhatsApp contact that may have been used to install...

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Sierra Leone journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo charged with criminal defamation

October 25, 2019 4:23 PM ET

Mahmud Tim Kargbo, a freelance reporter in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained twice in September 2019 after Miatta Samba, an appeals court judge, lodged a complaint with the police against him for a report published September 9, 2019,...

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Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

September 16, 2019 1:06 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Tanzania’s use of false news and journalist accreditation laws to arrest Sebastian Atilio....

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Brazilian journalist Adecio Piran threatened after reporting on fires in Amazon

August 30, 2019 5:33 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, August 30, 2019--Brazilian authorities must thoroughly investigate threats against reporter Adecio Piran, hold those responsible to account, and ensure the reporter’s safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on India to ensure access to internet and communications services in Kashmir

August 5, 2019 3:15 PM ET

New York, August 5, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at reports of a communication blackout and the arrest of a journalist in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir state amid an escalating political crisis....

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Moroccan independent journalists describe climate of pervasive surveillance, harassment

July 1, 2019 12:00 PM ET

In March 2015, Hicham Mansouri emailed an anti-malware company, suspicious of possible signs that someone was able to access his device remotely, without permission. He remembers exchanging a few messages with the software company, but the correspondence was interrupted...

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CPJ calls on Liberian authorities to ensure access to internet and social media services

June 7, 2019 5:27 PM ET

Abidjan, June 7, 2019--Starting this morning, social media services including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp were disrupted throughout Liberia, according to data from the internet advocacy group NetBlocks and local journalists who spoke with the Committee to Protect...

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