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At least 18 media outlets bombed by Israeli forces

In less than a week, journalists in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory have experienced an alarming onslaught of attacks. Israel bombed the offices of at least 18 media outlets, including a tower housing The Associated Press and Al-Jazeera. Also, Palestinian journalist Yousef Abu Hussein was killed when an Israeli air strike hit his home. In…

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Israeli air strikes destroy buildings housing more than a dozen media outlets in Gaza

In Colombia, journalists covering mass protests have been robbed, harassed, and injured; nearly half of the violations against journalists were allegedly committed by the National Police and its Mobile Anti-Riot Squad, according to the Bogotá-based Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP). More information can be found in our safety advisory for journalists reporting on unrest in…

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Dozens of journalists behind bars in Myanmar

Myanmar’s military junta is holding at least 40 journalists behind bars as of April 28, according to CPJ’s preliminary investigations. Many of the detained journalists have been denied access to lawyers or family since their arrests, and at least two are foreign journalists. “Myanmar’s military regime has almost overnight become one of the worst jailers…

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From Syria to Spain: The story of Madrid’s first refugee-led news site

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, which came out of a conference attended by independent journalists and was supported by a dozen international organizations. Two years after that gathering in Namibia, the United Nations declared May 3 World Press Freedom Day. As UNESCO notes, “The ideas exchanged by African journalists and media…

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Two Spanish journalists killed in Burkina Faso while covering poaching

Burkina Faso was the site of tragedy this week as Spanish journalists David Beriain and Roberto Fraile were killed after being abducted Monday from a wildlife reserve. The pair were working on a documentary about poaching when unidentified gunmen ambushed the group they were traveling with. CPJ called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the killings…

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Police obstruct journalists covering U.S. protests against police violence

As protests against police violence in the U.S. persisted, CPJ urged law enforcement in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, and other cities to respect journalists’ rights and allow them to continue working and reporting the news. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, of which CPJ is a founding partner, documented at least 26 assaults, 24 arrests or detentions,…

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Some much-needed good news: Journalists released in Turkey and Egypt after years behind bars

Some long-overdue good news. After several painful years behind bars, three journalists imprisoned in Turkey and Egypt are finally free and reunited with their families. On Wednesday, it was announced that Egyptian journalists Solafa Magdy and Hossam el-Sayyad were released, after having been imprisoned since November 2019. Separately, in Turkey, prominent journalist Ahmet Altan was…

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Journalists describe ‘trench warfare’ for Polish press

Polish journalists paint a bleak picture, as they share with CPJ the increasing pressure they face from the government, and comparing ongoing protests to buck that pressure to “trench warfare.” Journalists said the government is purposely worsening the business environment in which Poland’s still-vibrant private media operates as a tactic to consolidate power ahead of…

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‘I tried to kill myself slowly through hunger strikes’ – Chinese journalist opens up about imprisonment, alleged torture

In a rare interview, Tianwang 64 journalist Wang Jing told CPJ about her alleged torture at the hands of Chinese authorities during her nearly five-year imprisonment for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” She is now seeking asylum in the United States. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists and authorities continue to harass journalists…

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Journalists released in Myanmar, Morocco, and Somalia

This week, CPJ called on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow journalists to access detention facilities and Border Patrol activities along the U.S.-Mexico border. D.H.S. and Border Patrol officials have recently barred the press from entering detention facilities, citing privacy and COVID-19 concerns. In Morocco, press freedom advocates and journalists’ families told CPJ…

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