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In less than eight days in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, two journalists, Edmond Agenor Joseph and Chery Dieu-Nalio of the Associated Press, were shot in separate incidents. Both were clearly identified as members of the press at the time of the shootings. Dieu-Nalio was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The incidents highlight the serious risks that journalists in Haiti face.
Since September 20 in Egypt, amid anti-government protests, at least six journalists have been arrested, including prominent blogger Alaa Abdelfattah. Abdelfattah previously served a five-year prison sentence on anti-state charges, and was released on March 29 with the requirement that he spend every night in police custody for the following five years. Read our reporting on Egypt.
Global Press Freedom Updates
- Algerian authorities arrest freelance journalist Sofiane Merakchi
- Spanish reporter Laila Jiménez assaulted by protesters during Catalonia independence march
- Russian internet regulator blocks independent Fergana news website
- Hong Kong police fire pepper spray, projectiles at journalists covering protests
- Police raid Mayan radio station Xyaab’ Tzuultaq’a in eastern Guatemala
- Lebanese newspaper Nida al-Watan sued over alleged presidential criticism
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