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Alerts   |   Colombia

Colombian photojournalist escapes kidnappers

Bogotá, January 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the abduction of Colombian news photographer Johanny Vargas and calls on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. Vargas, who had documented environmental damage caused by housing construction in the southern city of Popayán, was kidnapped Tuesday but escaped from his captors Thursday morning and is in good health, according to Vargas and news reports.

January 23, 2015 4:40 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Singapore

Singapore blogger convicted of contempt of court

New York, January 23, 2015--A Singapore court on Thursday convicted a blogger on contempt of court charges in connection with an article he wrote that was critical of the judiciary, news reports said.

January 23, 2015 3:21 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Imprisoned Russian journalist sentenced to new three-year jail term

New York, January 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction and three-year sentence handed to critical reporter Sergei Reznik in Russia today and calls on authorities to overturn the verdict on appeal.

January 22, 2015 5:44 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC halts Internet access and cellphone services amid protests

New York, January 22, 2015--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday shut down Internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country after nationwide demonstrations led to deadly clashes with police, according to news reports.

January 22, 2015 2:09 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Japan, Syria

CPJ calls on Japan to explore all options for journalist held in Syria

New York, January 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by a video released on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group in which the group said it would kill Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and another Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, if it did not receive a US$200 million ransom within three days.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian journalist arrested, charged after not revealing source

Rugurika, director of Radio Publique Africaine, is taken to jail by police. (IWACU)

Nairobi, January 21, 2015--Burundian authorities imprisoned the director of the privately owned Radio Publique Africaine on Tuesday and charged him with complicity in murder, according to news reports. The arrest followed the station's broadcast of an interview in which an unidentified guest said he was involved in the September murder of three Italian nuns, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Cyber security bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

Bangkok, January 20, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military-appointed legislature to scrap proposed legislation that would allow for mass surveillance of online activities and platforms. The Cyber Security Bill was approved this month by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's Cabinet and is pending in the National Legislative Assembly.

January 20, 2015 11:58 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Russia

Russian journalist beaten in Saratov, second from same site in five months

New York, January 14, 2015--An independent journalist was attacked on Tuesday in the Russian city of Saratov, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault and calls on authorities to investigate and to consider journalism a motive in the crime.

Alerts   |   USA

CPJ welcomes Risen decision, calls on Holder to ensure journalists are not forced to reveal sources

James Risen outside court on January 5. The Department of Justice has withdrawn its subpoena of the New York Times reporter. (AP/Cliff Owen)

New York, January 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision on Monday by the United States Department of Justice to withdraw its subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen and calls on the Department of Justice to enact guarantees that journalists will not face similar legal action related to confidential sources in the future.

Alerts   |   Iran

With new round of journalist detentions, prosecutions, Iran continues to silence press

New York, January 9, 2015--A new wave of arrests and prosecutions has been carried out by Iranian authorities in the past month, cementing the country's status as one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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