Americas

2008

Letters   |   Cuba

CPJ petitioners urge Castro to free journalists

Dear President Castro: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to you on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution to renew its call for the immediate and unconditional release of all journalists jailed in your country. With 21 reporters and editors unjustly incarcerated, Cuba is one of the leading jailers of journalists in the world, second only to China.

December 31, 2008 9:28 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

For sixth straight year, Iraq deadliest nation for press

New York, December 18, 2008—For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history.

Statements   |   Uruguay

In Uruguay, Senate approves new press bill

In response to the approval yesterday by the Uruguayan Senate of a bill that repeals criminal defamation on issues of public interest involving officials, and eliminates a disrespect provision, we issued the following statement today...

December 17, 2008 12:10 PM ET

Alerts   |   Haiti

Journalist sentenced to prison for defamation

New York, December 12, 2008--A Port-au-Prince court sentenced journalist and press freedom advocate Guyler Delva to one month in prison on Wednesday for defaming a former senator. Delva said he has received death threats he believes are linked to the case. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the court's decision today, and urged Haitian authorities to investigate the threats against Delva.

December 12, 2008 2:48 PM ET

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Letters   |   Ecuador

CPJ to Correa: Release journalists jailed for defamation

Dear President Correa: We are writing to express alarm at the imprisonment of two Ecuadoran journalists and to call for their immediate and unconditional release. Furthermore, we urge you to use the authority of your office to reform Ecuador's archaic defamation laws, which are incompatible with international standards of freedom of expression and rulings by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

December 11, 2008 3:54 PM ET

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Impact   |   Afghanistan, Cuba, Malaysia, Russia, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe

CPJ Impact

December 2008
News from the Committee to Protect Journalists
December 10, 2008 3:05 PM ET

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Statements   |   Mexico

Mexico's special prosecutor urged to act

In response to a statement by the special prosecutor for crimes against the press Octavio Orellana Wiarco during a press conference in Mexico City yesterday in which he denied that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, we issued the following statement...

December 10, 2008 10:08 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Venezuela

Globovisión under investigation

New York, December 4, 2008--The investigation of critical private broadcaster Globovisión for alleged violations of Venezuelan regulations is another attempt by the government of President Hugo Chávez Frías to control the flow of information and restrict news coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

December 4, 2008 4:51 PM ET

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Reports   |   Burma, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, USA, Uzbekistan

CPJ's 2008 prison census: Online and in jail

Also: See capsule reports on journalists in jail as of December 1, 2008

New York, December 4, 2008--Reflecting the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, released today, the Committee to Protect Journalists found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Online journalists represent the largest professional category for the first time in CPJ's prison census.

Alerts   |   Afghanistan, CPJ, Cuba, Iraq, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Spotlighting imprisonments, CPJ honors six press leaders

New York, November 26, 2008 --The Committee to Protect Journalists honored five journalists with its 2008 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted journalists imprisoned worldwide. A Zimbabwean media lawyer who has successfully defended numerous journalists facing prison was honored for her lifetime achievements.

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