August 2012 Archives

CPJ has documented a stream of attacks against the press under Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi.  Islam Afifi, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Al-Dustour was charged with insulting the president.

Bloomberg reports on the story and quotes CPJ Deputy Director, Robert Mahoney, on this benchmark press freedom case under Morsi. 

Burma announced today that it would abolish pre-publication censorship, a step CPJ welcomes but considers a partial measure in addressing the country's restrictive practices. Burma came in seventh on CPJ's 2012 list of most censored countries released in May.  

The Associated Press interviewed CPJ Senior Southeast Asia representative, Shawn Crispin, on the significance of the ruling. 

Critical journalists often face attacks from governments, CPJ found.  A South Sudan minister recently accused a reporter of McClatchy newspaper "to be in pay" of Sudan, after the journalist detailed the country's support of Sudanese rebels. 

The Sudan Tribune reports on the story, with commentary from CPJ's East Africa Consultant, Tom Rhodes. 

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In July, CPJ condemned the 18-year sentence of Eskinder Nega, promiment Ethiopian blogger, who was convicted over critical articles he had written.

In reporting worldwide appeals for Eskinder's sentence, The Washington Post speaks to Eskinder's supporters and advocates, including CPJ's Africa Program Coordinator, Mohamed Keita.