July 2012

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Reporting truth a high-risk profession

CPJ Deputy Director, Rob Mahoney, testified before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington on worldwide attacks against press freedom this week.  His testimony, which highlighted press freedom violations in Honduras, Russia, and Turkey, also addressed the increasing number of local journalists targeted for their reporting.

The Epoch Times reports on Mahoney's testimony and the testimonies of other witnesses, including Michael Posner, U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 

July 27, 2012 11:26 AM ET

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Sri Lankan journalists protest against state media suppression

For many Sri Lanka journalists, threats delivered by phone, text, or word of mouth are frequent. The latest threat, CPJ found, came from Sri Lanka's defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa who threatened a journalist for inquiring on his alleged abuse of power.    

With a mention of CPJ's research on Sri Lanka, the Guardian reports on the incident and the country's protests against such media oppression. 
July 19, 2012 11:49 AM ET

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Editor responds to verbal attack by Ecuador President

In June, CPJ condemned verbal attacks made by Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa on an editor, Gustavo Cortez, of the country's daily El Universo.  During a visit to CPJ, Cortez spoke about the implications of Correa's remarks to his safety and to freedom expression in Ecuador.  

The Huffington Post recounts the visit in the World section of its site.   
July 11, 2012 10:48 AM ET

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Dangerous Journalism: Where is it most risky to report?

Applying strict journalistic standards, CPJ has been compiling data on journalist deaths since 1992.  The data provides the motive of deaths, beats covered by the victims, as well as narrative capsules of the journalists killed.  

National Geographic covers the risk journalists face and employs CPJ's statistical analyses in the piece.  

July 10, 2012 12:26 PM ET

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End the assault on female and local journalists

CPJ recently reported on the sexual assault of independent journalist, Natasha Smith, in Egypt's Tahrir Square.  In an opinion piece for Reuters, columnist David Rhodes, calls for an end to the sexual violence against female journalists, with reference to CPJ's research.  
He also writes on the high number of local and international journalists killed in Syria and quotes CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon, on the UN's role in protecting the right to information.  

July 2, 2012 4:28 PM ET

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Ethiopian blogger convicted of plotting with rebels

According to CPJ research, Ethiopia is the second leading jailer of journalists in Africa, currently holding seven journalists behind bars.  CPJ and the Africa Media Initiative met with Ethiopia's senior communications minister in an effort to advocate for the release of jailed journalists, including prominent blogger Eskinder Nega, under the country's anti-terrorism law.    

Found guilty on June 27, Reuters covered Eskinder Nega's verdict, along with CPJ's criticism of the conviction.  
July 2, 2012 2:38 PM ET

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