Belarusian opposition supporters block a street during a rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Belarus' authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko on Saturday visited a prison to talk to opposition activists, who have been jailed for challenging his re-election that was widely seen as manipulated and triggered two months of protests. (AP Photo)

Three years without justice for assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who reported on corruption and as part of the Panama Papers investigation. Impunity persists in Caruana Galizia’s murder, and CPJ continues to call on the Maltese government to carry out an independent inquiry and hold those responsible to account.

In Belarus, at least 49 journalists were detained while covering protests earlier this week; three remain in detention, bringing the total number of journalists in custody to eight, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists. Of the 46 journalists detained and released, 16 face trial on charges of either disobeying the lawful order of a police officer or participating in the unsanctioned protests, or both.

In Turkey, press freedom continues to deteriorate as judicial independence shrinks and the government’s grasp on the internet tightens. In a mission to the country, CPJ and partner organizations found that Turkey’s press freedom crisis is worsening amid growing state media capture, a lack of independence of regulatory institutions, and a new social media law.

Global press freedom updates

  • In Egypt, security forces detained Kamal el-Balshy, the brother of Darb editor Khaled el-Balshy. This is not the first time that Egyptian authorities have arrested a journalist’s relative in retaliation for their work
  • Journalists and media offices threatened and attacked in Kyrgyzstan as post-election unrest continues
  • Thailand issues emergency decree imposing nationwide press restrictions amid protests
  • Journalists covering record-breaking wildfires in the western United States spoke to CPJ about the additional risks they face amid COVID-19 and misinformation
  • Shelling injures two Russian journalists in Nagorno-Karabakh; Armenian government revokes journalist’s accreditation
  • Iraqi Kurdish police arrest journalist Sherwan Amin Sherwani
  • South African journalists attacked covering farmer protest
  • Australia’s Northern Territory denies news website NT Independent access to government events
  • CPJ condemns Montenegro High Court conviction of investigative journalist Jovo Martinović


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CPJ is looking forward to tuning in to the 2020 Aurora Prize Ceremony this coming Monday. The virtual event will be streamed 7 p.m. EDT and honor humanitarians around the globe doing critical work to create change. The inaugural Aurora Humanitarian Journalism Award will be presented to journalists Jane Ferguson and Nicholas Kristof. The award is inspired by the late journalist Gwen Ifill, and her PBS co-anchor Judy Woodruff, who was CPJ’s 2017 Gwen Ifill awardee. We are also honored to be the recipients of a generous grant from Aurora given in honor of the inaugural award.

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