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In Amsterdam, an unidentified attacker fired five shots at independent investigative journalist Peter R. de Vries. The shooter fled the scene, and the journalist is hospitalized in critical condition. De Vries has covered numerous high-profile criminal investigations, and received death threats in 2019. Dutch authorities arrested two suspects in the case: a 35-year-old Polish national and a 21-year-old Dutch national. Watch what happened here.
In Myanmar, American journalist Nathan Maung spent more than three months behind bars, where he says he was interrogated, abused, and beaten, before being released and deported to the United States. His colleague, Hanthar Nyein, arrested at the same time, remains in detention.
Global press freedom updates
- Haitian journalist Diego Charles shot and killed in Port-au-Prince
- Ethiopian authorities arrest at least 15 employees of two media outlets
- Journalists attacked by anti-LGBT demonstrators in Georgia
- Iceland fishing company goes ‘guerilla’ on journalists who uncovered alleged corruption
- Sudanese authorities block news websites, briefly detain reporter covering protests
- Imprisoned Belarusian journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau charged with treason
- Kashmir police threaten investigations into The Wire news website
- Indian authorities pursue multiple investigations into Newsclick
- Pakistan journalist Nadeem Malik summoned over political reporting
- CPJ joins letter urging Eswatini King Mswati III to guarantee journalists’ safety
Despite the growing accessibility of COVID-19 vaccines in some countries, in much of the world the virus remains a threat, and authoritarian leaders continue to use it as an excuse to crack down on the media.
Last week, the One Free Press Coalition, a collaborative project led by CPJ, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and Forbes, highlighted urgent cases of journalists under threat in relation to COVID-19, ranging from journalists who contracted the disease while behind bars to others targeted for reporting on the pandemic. Learn more about the brave journalists featured this month here.
What we are reading
- Study: Sexual Harassment In The Media, Africa Report — WAN-IFRA Women in News
- Death threats and sleepless nights: The emotional toll of reporting Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict — Lucy Kassa, The New Humanitarian
- Opinion: Press freedoms are crumbling across Asia. It’s likely to get worse. — Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post
- ‘So, So Angry’: Reporters Who Survived the Capitol Riot Are Still Struggling — Cameron Joseph, VICE
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