Middle East & North Africa

2010

Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisia blocks journalists from press conferences

New York, March 25, 2010—Tunisian authorities banned journalists from attending two press conferences for the launch of local and international human rights reports this week, and is stepping up harassment of journalists overall, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   Yemen

Muhammad al-Maqaleh released in Yemen

We issued the following statement in response to local and international press reports that Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the Yemeni Socialist Party news Web site Aleshteraki, has been released for what the reports described as “health and humanitarian reasons.” Al-Maqaleh was kidnapped in September 2009 but appeared in government custody in February and alleged that he had been tortured. The release comes one week after CPJ called on President Saleh of Yemen to release a number of journalists who are in custody. At least two other journalists remain in custody...

March 25, 2010 4:31 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Journalist Syndicate chief escapes assassination attempt

Muaid al-Lami at a Baghdad hospital following an attack that wounded his driver. (Reuters)

New York, March 25, 2010Iraqi authorities must urgently investigate an assassination attempt Sunday against Muaid al-Lami, head of the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

March 25, 2010 2:45 PM ET

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Statements   |   Yemen

CPJ welcomes editor's release in Yemen

We issued the following statement after learning that Hisham Bashraheel, editor of the daily Al-Ayyam, who has been in custody since January 6, was released today for what colleagues described as “health reasons.” The release comes one week after CPJ called on President Saleh of Yemen to release a number of journalists who are in custody but have not been charged with a crime. At least three other journalists remain in government custody...

March 24, 2010 4:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisia must end harassment of independent journalists

New York, March 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tunisian authorities to end the persecution and imprisonment of a critical journalist and to overturn a four-year jail sentence of another.

Alerts   |   Turkey

Turkish court should overturn publisher’s convictions

New York, March 19, 2010A Turkish appellate court should overturn the unjust convictions of publisher and editor Haci Bogatekin, who faces several years in prison on various “insult” charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 19, 2010 5:37 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese editors questioned for 'insulting' al-Bashir

Al-Bashir (AP)

New York, March 18, 2010Sudan’s official press regulator, the National Press Council, should drop its investigation of two editors accused of insulting President Omar al-Bashir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Yass Omar al-Imam, editor-in-chief of the pro-opposition daily Rai al-Shaab, and Fayez al-Silaik, acting editor-in-chief of the independent daily Ajras al-Hurriya, were questioned Monday by officials with the National Press Council according to news reports. 

March 18, 2010 2:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Israeli, reporting on border crossings, detained in Egypt

New York, March 17, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest of an Israeli journalist on assignment in Egypt. Yotam Feldman was arrested Sunday near the Egyptian-Israeli border while reporting on African immigrants illegally crossing into Israel, according to news accounts

March 17, 2010 4:13 PM ET

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Letters   |   Yemen

CPJ urges President Saleh to free ailing editors

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the health of imprisoned journalists Hisham Bashraheel and Muhammad al-Maqaleh and calls for their immediate release.

March 17, 2010 11:18 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Jordan

Jordan's security court bans coverage of corruption case

New York, March 15, 2010—The Jordanian State Security Court should reconsider its decision last week to ban news media from covering corruption allegations involving the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company and several leading national figures, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 15, 2010 3:54 PM ET

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