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Three journalists were killed in Mexico in less than a week. CPJ is investigating to determine if they were killed in retaliation for their work. Jorge Celestino Ruiz Vázquez, a reporter for the newspaper El Gráfico, was shot dead on August 2 in Veracruz state. On the same day in Guerrero state, Edgar Alberto Nava, of La Verdad de Zihuatanejo, was shot dead. On July 30, Rogelio Barragán Pérez, founder of the news website Guerrero Al Instante, was found murdered in Morelos state. Meanwhile in Chihuahua state, daily El Monitor de Parral suspended its print edition after Molotov cocktails were thrown at the paper’s offices in Parral on July 30.
An internet disruption that began on Sunday in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir turned into communication blackout one day later amid political tension in the region. CPJ called on the Indian government to ensure access to internet and communications services in the state. A short CPJ video explains events leading up to the blackout.
Separate protests in Moscow and Hong Kong over the weekend resulted in attacks on journalists. Read and share CPJ’s safety tips on covering civil disorder.
Global press freedom updates
- Turkish court orders service providers to block access to 136 web addresses
- Tanzania switches track, charges journalist Erik Kabendera with economic crimes
- Russian journalist Mikhail Romanov found guilty of ‘abuse of freedom of information’ and ‘false’ news
- Deyda Hydara’s daughter speaks with CPJ: ‘I am still crying’ for murdered Gambian journalist
- Israeli forces injure 3 journalists at West Bank and Gaza protests
- Sudan detains Sadiq al-Rizaigi, Al-Sayha editor-in-chief and journalists’ union head, for five days
- Militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham detains Syrian reporter Jumaa Haj Hamdou in Aleppo
- Assailants disrupt Ukrinform press conference, attack staff in Kiev
- CPJ joins call for U.N. Human Rights Council to extend mandate of Burundi Commission of Inquiry
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