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Violence hits journalists covering Nigeria protests

In Nigeria, local media say journalists are experiencing violence during demonstrations against police brutality. CPJ calls on Nigerian authorities to ensure that the press is able to do its work freely and safely. In 2019 and 2020, at least two Nigerian journalists–Precious Owolabi and Alex Ogbu–were killed during protests, according to CPJ research. The press…

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Three years without justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who reported on corruption and as part of the Panama Papers investigation. Impunity persists in Caruana Galizia’s murder, and CPJ continues to call on the Maltese government to carry out an independent inquiry and hold those responsible to account. In…

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Islamic State militants extradited to US to face charges for murders of journalists Foley and Sotloff

This is the 100th edition of The Torch. We would like to thank our readers for their support the past two years. Send us an email if you have feedback for us, and if you are interested in receiving additional press freedom updates for a specific region, sign up here. This week, two Islamic State…

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Ahead of Khashoggi anniversary, the fight for justice continues

Friday marks the second anniversary of the gruesome murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. CPJ continues our fight for justice in Khashoggi’s case, sending a message to the world that those responsible cannot get away with such a crime. In an op-ed for World Politics…

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Head of US Agency for Global Media ignores request to testify

Michael Pack, head of the United States Agency for Global Media, which oversees Voice of America and several other outlets, has decided to ignore a bipartisan request to testify in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the dangers journalists face under his leadership. CPJ spoke with former VOA staffer Al Pessin about how…

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Police militarization (and wildfires) put U.S. journalists at risk

An increasingly militarized police presence at protests across the United States creates a dangerous reporting environment, journalists told CPJ. Those covering unrest in the U.S. are encouraged to consult CPJ’s new legal guide, which explains the rights of journalists when confronted by law enforcement while covering a protest or political event. Female journalists in Pakistan…

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International journalists face expulsion, detention in China

Australian journalists Bill Birtles and Mike Smith fled China for Australia after China lifted a travel ban that barred both journalists from leaving the country. Separately, Chinese authorities imposed new restrictions targeting journalists at U.S. news organizations in China. In Belarus, police continued to arrest and obstruct journalists covering protests. Since protests began in August,…

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Slovak tycoon acquitted in murder case of Slovak journalist Kuciak and his fiancée

Read and subscribe to The Torch newsletter: CPJ disappointed by verdict in trial for murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak; In Iran, 2020 press freedom awardee sentenced to more than 4 years in jail; Journalist Chin’ono released on bail in Zimbabwe

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TikTok ban in India and US could set a risky precedent

India recently banned the social media app TikTok, and President Donald Trump has issued an order saying the U.S. will follow suit should the app remain Chinese-owned. CPJ’s consultant technology editor, Madeline Earp, analyzed how the move could have implications for press freedom, particularly by normalizing bans with far more direct consequences for the news…

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Hospitalized Belarusian journalist tells of brutality in detention

Belarusian journalist Alena Scharbinskaya spoke to CPJ from the hospital about her traumatic experience being arrested during protests in the country, and the severe beatings she endured in a Minsk detention center. She was among dozens of journalists detained and beaten by security forces since protests broke out throughout the country. “I am not frightened…

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