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On Wednesday, Pakistani immigration authorities denied entry to CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, citing a blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior.
On Sunday, a Turkish air strike hit a civilian convoy in northern Syria, killing two Syrian Kurdish journalists. Saad Ahmed, a reporter for the local news agency Hawar News, died shortly after the strike, and Mohammed Hussein Rasho, a reporter and cameraman for Cira TV, was injured in the blast and died the following day.
In Ecuador, unidentified groups attacked news outlets amid protests. A group threw rocks and smashed windows at the offices of TV broadcaster Teleamazonas and burned a bus and a van parked at the office. A group also threw rocks at the offices of daily newspaper El Comercio and burned tires at the office’s entrance. Neither outlet reported any injuries in the attacks.
Global press freedom updates
- In Egypt, journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah was arrested on false news charges and allegedly tortured. Abdel Fattah is one of at least seven journalists arrested in Egypt since anti-government protests began on September 19
- Independent journalists in Bolivia spoke with CPJ’s Andes correspondent, John Otis, about how a government campaign to control the news media has forced them from their jobs
- Unidentified gunmen detain Iraqi blogger Shojaa al-Khafaji
- Radio Panic FM journalist Néhémie Joseph was found dead in Haiti after receiving threats
- On the second anniversary of her murder, CPJ joins a call to end impunity in the killing of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
- Iranian journalist in exile arrested, gives a televised conference in Iran
- Algeria detains three journalists who covered protests, alleged corruption
- CPJ releases safety recommendations for journalists reporting on war
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