Slain Libyan photojournalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa in Tripoli, Libya, on June 5, 2018. (Hiba Shalabi)
Slain Libyan photojournalist Mohamed Ben Khalifa in Tripoli, Libya, on June 5, 2018. (Hiba Shalabi)

Journalists killed in Libya and Mexico; crackdown on press escalates in Sudan; prominent journalist flees Nicaragua

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Freelancer Mohamed Ben Khalifa was killed during clashes south of Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday. Mexican reporter Rafael Murúa Manríquez was found killed in Baja California Sur on Sunday despite being enrolled in a federal protection program for human rights defenders and journalists. On Monday, Sudanese authorities revoked the credentials of at least six journalists working for international news outlets.

Global press freedom updates

  • Blog: For local female journalists in U.S., rape threats, stalkers, harassment can come with the beat
  • The South Sudanese media regulator barred a newspaper from covering the ongoing protests in its northern neighbor
  • Digital Safety: Using security keys to secure accounts against phishing
  • Journalists assaulted by far-right demonstrators in Greece
  • Egyptian TV presenter sentenced to prison for interview with gay man
  • Prominent journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro flees Nicaragua after threats, newsroom raid
  • Four Kashmiri photojournalists hit by pellet-gun fire from Indian security forces
  • CPJ joined more than 30 regional and international rights organizations expressing concern about a proposed law in Venezuela that would expand the powers of the government to control and monitor internet use without institutional checks
  • Palestinian security forces arrest journalist Yousef al-Faqeeh
  • Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ’s weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country


(Columbia Global Reports)
(Columbia Global Reports)

(Columbia Global Reports)

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