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This week marks seven years since the disappearance of U.S. freelance photojournalist Austin Tice while reporting in Syria. Read more about his case here.
Meanwhile in southern Haiti, journalist Luckson Saint-Vil survived a shooting attack on August 6 while he was driving after leaving work. At least seven bullets struck the car–which had a large sticker identifying it as a vehicle belonging to his employer, news website Loop Haiti.
On August 8, CPJ and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit against the United States government seeking to obtain documents concerning steps taken by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to investigate leakers and to identify journalists’ sources.
Global press freedom updates
- American journalist Brandon Lee shot, critically wounded in Philippines
- CPJ sent a letter to Tanzanian President John Magufuli asking his government to drop charges against freelance journalist Erick Kabendera and provide a public accounting for missing journalist Azory Gwanda. Since Gwanda’s disappearance, CPJ has led a campaign demanding to know #WhereIsAzory?
- In Algeria, at least five independent news websites have been interrupted as protesters demand political reform for the fifth consecutive month
- CPJ last week called on Chinese authorities in Shenzhen to release labor journalists
- Hong Kong protesters assault journalist from China’s state-run Global Times
- In Yemen, gunmen abduct former journalist Abdel Hafiz al-Samadi
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