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Kashmir new media policy is “nail in the coffin” for free press

One year after the Indian government revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s limited governing autonomy, Kashmiri journalists told CPJ Senior Asia Researcher Aliya Iftikhar about new tactics authorities are using to censor the media. Press freedom has deteriorated drastically, with a rise in harassment, ongoing communication restrictions, increased surveillance, and a proposed new media policy that would be a “nail in the coffin” for media in Kashmir….

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At least 2 journalists die after contracting COVID-19 in prison

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which CPJ is a co-founding member, has received more than 600 reports of aggressions against the press during the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests. Last week, CPJ called on all U.S. law enforcement to stop using aggressive tactics against journalists covering protests, including in Portland, where U.S. federal law…

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CPJ, Christiane Amanpour testify to US Congress, call for greater press freedom protections

On Thursday, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch, CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour, and David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, testified about threats to press freedom in the United States at the Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, better…

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Ghana police officials receive technology

US, UK, Interpol give Ghana phone hacking tools, CPJ investigation finds

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is investigating nearly 500 press freedom violations reported during protests in the U.S. since late May. Incidents include arrests, assaults, attacks with rubber bullets, pepper spray, and teargas, among others. The majority of the abuses were at the hands of police. A new investigation by CPJ’s senior Africa researcher, Jonathan…

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CPJ appeals ruling to find out whether US government failed to warn Khashoggi

In a brief submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, CPJ argued that the U.S. intelligence community should confirm or deny the existence of documents that may provide information on its awareness of threats to the life of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Watch yesterday’s Q&A with CPJ’s Washington Advocacy…

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Russian journalists attacked while covering vote that would keep Putin in power

Since June 21, Russian authorities have attacked, arrested, or harassed at least five journalists in the lead-up to Wednesday’s plebiscite on amendments to the country’s constitution. If the referendum passes, President Vladimir Putin would be able to stay in power through 2036. Early voting on the measure began on June 25. Separately, in neighboring Belarus,…

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U.S. continues tit-for-tat media visa war with China

Following the U.S. State Department’s decision to classify four more Chinese media organizations as “foreign missions” on Monday, CPJ called on the two countries to resolve their differences in negotiations. The organizations join five other Chinese state-funded news agencies that were reclassified as “foreign missions” by the U.S. government in February, a designation typically used…

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The last journalists in Syria: Taking reporters to safety in Spain

On Monday, a Philippine court convicted Maria Ressa, founder and editor of the news website Rappler, and Reynaldo Santos, a former researcher at the outlet, on charges of cyber libel. The conviction is the latest episode in a longstanding campaign by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to silence Ressa and the critical news outlet. CPJ called…

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At least 400 press freedom violations reported in U.S. over 15 days of protests

Since protests against police brutality erupted across the U.S. on May 26–sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black civilian, in Minneapolis police custody–there have been over 400 U.S. incidents of press freedom violations reported to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which CPJ is a founding partner. In a new Op-Ed, CPJ Advocacy…

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At least 280 press freedom violations reported during U.S. protests

The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which CPJ is a founding partner, is investigating reports of at least 280 press freedom violations nationwide. The incidents, tracked since May 26, took place as journalists covered protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.  The reported violations include 45 arrests or…

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