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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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South African court rules Malema, EFF violated Electoral Code of Conduct in Karima Brown doxxing incident

June 6, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Johannesburg, June 6, 2019--The Johannesburg High Court ruled today that opposition politician Julius Malema and his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, had breached the country's Electoral Code of Conduct by doxxing veteran journalist Karima Brown, according to a...

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Spyware vulnerability found in WhatsApp

May 14, 2019 2:03 PM ET

New York, May 14, 2019--A vulnerability that infects phones with spyware has been identified in the messaging app WhatsApp, according to reports. The attack targets users of Android and iPhone and involves calling users over WhatsApp. Those targeted report...

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Social media still blocked in Sri Lanka following terror attack

April 29, 2019 6:35 PM ET

Several social media sites remained blocked in Sri Lanka today, according to NetBlocks, an independent, international civil society group that monitors internet censorship. Sri Lankan authorities blocked the sites, along with several messaging apps, throughout the country on April...

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Indian court gags news outlets from reporting 'derogatory' information about candidate

April 11, 2019 8:40 AM ET

A Bengaluru court on March 30, 2019, issued a gag order to 44 Indian news outlets as well as Google, WhatsApp, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo, barring the outlets and platforms from publishing "defamatory and derogatory" content about Tejasvi Surya,...

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Maduro's internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

March 18, 2019 3:14 PM ET

One of the world's biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans...

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CPJ joins calls to end social media block in Chad

March 14, 2019 2:33 PM ET

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,...

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South African journalist doxxed by Economic Freedom Fighters leader, threatened

March 8, 2019 4:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran South African journalist Karima Brown--allegedly by supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)--after her phone number was published on Twitter...

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Sri Lanka's telecom authority blocks social media sites, messaging apps

March 7, 2018 11:44 AM ET

New Delhi, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sri Lankan authorities to restore access to social media and messaging applications. Citing Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senartne, Reuters reported that the government today asked service providers to...

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