Asia

2010

Alerts   |   Thailand

Emergency censorship deepens unrest in Thailand

Troops confront protesters in Bangkok. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)

New York, April 9, 2010—The Thai government should restore access to news outlets censored after a state of emergency was declared Wednesday in response to antigovernment protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists reporting on the unrest are increasingly vulnerable to physical assault as clashes between protesters and authorities escalate. 

April 9, 2010 3:37 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Pakistan

Documentary filmmaker missing in Pakistan

New York, April 8, 2010—Reports that freelance documentary filmmaker Asad Qureshi has gone missing on a reporting trip in a tribal area of Pakistan are deeply concerning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

April 8, 2010 1:43 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Fiji

Fiji’s draft media decree threatens long-term restrictions

New York, April 7, 2010—Fiji’s military regime should withdraw a draft decree that would regulate media ownership and news content, while authorizing the imposition of fines and prison terms for violations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

April 7, 2010 3:24 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China site under attack

New York, April 2, 2010—The denial of service attack on the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) Web site is contributing to an atmosphere in which journalists feel their communication is not secure and their reporting is under threat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

April 2, 2010 4:27 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Afghanistan, Japan

Japanese journalist reported kidnapped in Afghanistan

New York, April 2, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today after a Japanese official said freelance Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka had apparently been kidnapped in northern Afghanistan. 

April 2, 2010 4:09 PM ET

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Blog   |   China

China imposed strict controls on Google coverage

Our friends at China Digital Times have translated recent orders from China’s State Council Information Office to domestic news organizations and Web sites about how to handle the country’s ongoing dispute with Google. We’re posting an excerpt here, but please read the whole link. There’s a great discussion about government censors’ plans for monitoring social networking and microblogging sites.  

March 31, 2010 5:19 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Journalists report Yahoo e-mail accounts hacked in China

New York, March 31, 2010—News reports that the Yahoo e-mail accounts of reporters and others in China and Taiwan have been compromised are a reminder that journalists must be vigilant when communicating over the Internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ called on Internet companies to reassess their business practices in countries where users’ communications cannot be adequately protected.

March 31, 2010 3:51 PM ET

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Letters   |   Philippines

CPJ asks Philippines to investigate threats against journalist

Dear President Arroyo and Chief Justice Puno: We are greatly concerned by the apparent lack of an effective government response to threats made against Marites Danguilan Vitug, one of the Philippines’ senior and most eminent journalists. Vitug said she believes your intervention will serve as a deterrent to whoever is trying to intimidate her, and, hopefully, to those who try to intimidate other journalists in the future.

Blog   |   Philippines

Philippine high court spokesman: Death threats ‘funny’

Marquez (AP)Midas Marquez, spokesman for the Philippine Supreme Court, has told local reporters that he considers death threats sent anonymously by text message to journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug to be “funny” and “ridiculous.” Marquez was asked to comment in his official role because the threats began shortly after the release of Vitug’s new book, Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, which critiques the inner workings of the high court.

Alerts   |   Thailand

In Thailand, grenades hit two state television stations

New York, March 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns and calls for a thorough investigation into grenade attacks launched against two state-owned television news stations in Thailand. The attacks—one against army-run Channel 5, the other against the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT)—took place Saturday night in the capital, Bangkok

March 29, 2010 1:52 PM ET

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