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2010

Alerts   |   Venezuela

Venezuelan columnist sentenced to prison for defamation

New York, June 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the nearly four-year prison term given to Venezuelan columnist Francisco “Pancho” Pérez on defamation charges, according to local news reports and CPJ’s interviews.

June 14, 2010 5:44 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Rwanda

Rwanda news Web site blocked after paper suspended

New York, June 11, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Rwandan authorities today to provide information as to why the Web site of newspaper Umuvugizi is inaccessible in the run-up to August presidential elections. The state-run Rwanda News Agency reported on June 3 that the Web site of Umuvugizi, a leading private paper known for its critical coverage of the government, could not be opened on the networks of the country’s only Internet service providers.

June 11, 2010 4:24 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

Peruvian radio host jailed on defamation charges

New York, June 10, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Wednesday’s sentencing of radio journalist Oswaldo Pereyra Moreno to one year in prison on criminal defamation charges in San Lorenzo, northern Peru, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews.

June 10, 2010 5:11 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gabon

In Gabon, journalist given suspended prison sentence

New York, June 10, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a suspended prison sentence handed to a journalist this week over an article raising questions about the unsolved murder of a government official.

June 10, 2010 4:43 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Turkey

CPJ calls for Turkey to overturn journalist's 15-month sentence

New York, June 9, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Istanbul's Yargıtay High Court to overturn on appeal a 15-month prison sentence given to Turkish journalist Irfan Aktan on Friday. Aktan was found guilty of "producing terrorist propaganda" in an article published in an issue of the biweekly Express in October 2009.

June 9, 2010 5:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

Iran press crackdown continues a year after disputed vote

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Reuters/Sajjad Safari)

New York, June 9, 2010—At least 37 journalists were behind bars in Iran as of June 1, with an additional 19 detainees free on short-term furloughs, according to CPJ’s monthly census of journalists jailed in Iran. Imprisonment figures have remained high in Iran since the government began its crackdown on critical journalism and dissent in the aftermath of the disputed June 2009 presidential election, CPJ research shows.

June 9, 2010 4:38 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

CPJ calls on Sudan to end newspaper censorship

New York, June 7, 2010The Sudanese government should halt ongoing newspaper censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after at least two papers failed to appear on newsstands over the weekend.

June 7, 2010 6:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zambia

In Zambia, Post Editor Fred M’membe sent to prison

New York, June 4, 2010—Veteran Zambian Editor Fred M’membe was sent to prison today following his sentencing for contempt of court sparked by an op-ed on the state’s prosecution of a journalist, according to local journalists and news reports.

Alerts   |   Zambia

Zambia should halt harassment of The Post, M’membe

M’membe, right, outside court. (The Post)

New York, June 3, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Zambian President Rupiah Bwezani Banda and his administration to halt the ongoing harassment of the nation’s leading independent newspaper The Post and its award-winning editor Fred M’membe. On Tuesday, a magistrate in the capital, Lusaka, convicted M'membe on a criminal charge of contempt of court and scheduled sentencing for Friday, defense lawyer Remmy Mainza told CPJ. M’membe, a 1995 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, could face up to six months in prison, said Mainza. He said the defense would likely appeal the verdict.

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

CPJ denounces Israel’s use of footage seized in flotilla raid

New York, June 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces Israel’s editing and distribution of footage confiscated from foreign journalists aboard the Gaza-bound flotilla that was raided on Monday.

June 3, 2010 5:18 PM ET

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