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#MahsaAmini: Iranian security forces step up arrests of journalists as anti-state protests spread

In Iran, at least 11 journalists were taken into custody this week as clashes between security forces and protesters have left many dead, CPJ has learned from reliable sources inside Iran. Details of those arrested are sparse amid a near-total internet blackout and reports of major disruptions to phone networks and social media networks. The…

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Tunisia Mission

Journalists tell CPJ how Tunisia’s tough new constitution curbs their access to information

On a recent CPJ mission to Tunisia, local journalists spoke to CPJ about the erosion of press freedom alongside other human rights in the country over the last 14 months. In July 2021, Tunisia President Kais Saied fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament, granting himself sole executive power. A year later, a heavily…

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Police charge local official with murder of Las Vegas investigative journalist Jeff German

On the morning of Saturday, September 3, Jeff German, a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper who covered organized crime and political corruption, was found dead outside his home in Las Vegas with multiple stab wounds. On Wednesday, September 7, police arrested Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles on suspicion of murder and later charged him with…

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Deadliest country for journalists in Western Hemisphere: Killings continue unabated in Mexico amid a climate of impunity

At least 13 journalists were killed in Mexico in the first eight months of 2022, the highest number CPJ has ever documented in the country in a single year. In a country characterized by corruption and organized crime, it’s unclear how many were targeted directly because of their work. “That is a crisis of press freedom that…

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Six months into the Russia-Ukraine war, 12 journalists killed

For six months, CPJ has covered how Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has affected press freedom in the region. At least 12 journalists have been killed covering the war and CPJ is investigating whether the deaths of three others were related to their work. Russia’s independent media has been gutted as scores of journalists have…

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#JusticeForShireen: 100 days since the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

To mark 100 days since the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, CPJ participated in a vigil on Thursday outside the Washington, D.C., offices of Al-Jazeera English. The veteran journalist was fatally shot while covering an Israeli army operation in the West Bank town of Jenin on May 11. CPJ continues to call…

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One year after the Taliban takeover, Afghanistan’s media faces crisis—and opportunity

One year after the Taliban’s return to power, Afghan media is in crisis. Between censorship, arrests, assaults, restrictions on women journalists, the flight of many Afghan journalists, and the country’s declining economy, Afghan media outlets are struggling to survive. CPJ special report “Afghanistan’s media crisis” finds a deterioration in press freedom over the last year….

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Journalists face growing hostility as Ethiopia’s civil war persists

Ethiopia’s 21-month-old civil war is accelerating the deterioration of press freedom in the Horn of Africa nation. The conflict between the federal government and the rebel forces led by the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front (TPLF) has prompted a media crackdown that extinguished the glimmer of hope sparked by the initial reforms of Prime Minister Abiy…

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Shireen Abu Akleh’s family, CPJ, U.S. lawmakers call on Biden administration to investigate journalist’s killing

On Thursday, CPJ joined the family of slain Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and U.S. lawmakers for a press conference to call for an independent, U.S.-led investigation into her killing. Also this week, CPJ called on U.S. officials to act after Blinken met with Abu Akleh’s family. “Today, we remind President Biden of his…

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One year after Pegasus Project revelations, journalists work in fear of surveillance

One year after news broke about a list of over 50,000 phone numbers allegedly selected for surveillance with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, journalists around the world continue to live and work with the fear that their phones can be used to track their conversations and penetrate all the personal and professional data stored on their…

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