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Following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis on January 3, journalists reporting in Iraq face heightened risks. According to CPJ research, pro-Iran militias have previously targeted journalists for kidnapping. Journalists planning to cover events in Iraq can find safety advice in CPJ Emergencies’ latest advisory on reporting from the country.
This week also marked the anniversaries of two attacks against journalists. January 7 marked five years since the Charlie Hebdo attack, in which eight journalists and cartoonists were killed. January 8 was the 11-year anniversary of the killing of Lasantha Wickramatunga, editor-in-chief of The Sunday Leader weekly in Sri Lanka. He was featured last year in The Last Column, a book and digital campaign launched by CPJ.
Global press freedom updates:
- Venezuelan photojournalist Jesús Medina released after 16 months in prison
- Pakistani journalist sentenced to five years in prison under anti-terrorism laws
- Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists
- Montenegro journalist Anđela Đikanović charged with incitement over retracted report
- Thai court sentences journalist Suchanee Cloitre to two years in jail for defamation
- Bangladesh blocks Sweden-based news website Netra News
- Chadian journalist detained since December 26 over defamation complaint
- In India, freelance journalist Santosh Yadav acquitted of charges of helping Maoist militants
- Tanzania’s broadcasting regulator suspended Kwanza Online TV for six months and fined two other stations
- For journalists with health issues from covering 9/11, support is available
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