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2010

Alerts   |   Mauritania

Mauritanian editor gets second prison term on same charge

New York, February 8, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by a second prison sentence given to Hanevy Ould Dehah, editor of the online publication Taqadoumy, and calls on the Mauritanian judiciary to reverse the verdict on appeal. 

February 8, 2010 4:59 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Yemen

In Yemen, disappeared journalist claims he was tortured

New York, February 5, 2010—Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the opposition Yemeni Socialist Party’s news Web site Aleshteraki, who was detained in September has finally appeared in government custody. He is being held without charges, local news outlets reported, and alleges that he has been tortured.

February 5, 2010 2:26 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Kazakh court censors at request of president’s son-in-law

New York, February 4, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a court order issued on Monday that banned all Kazakh media and printing houses from publishing “any information that discredits the honor and dignity” of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s son-in-law, a high-ranking energy executive.

February 4, 2010 5:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian journalist sentenced to prison for defamation

New York, February 4, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Egyptian criminal court’s decision on Tuesday to sentence a journalist to one year in prison and a fine of 60,000 Egyptian pounds (US$10,500) on criminal charges filed by another journalist who is also a member of parliament.

February 4, 2010 4:12 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

New Iraq media rules reflect return to authoritarianism

New York, February 4, 2010An Iraqi government plan to impose restrictive rules on broadcast news media represents an alarming return to authoritarianism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ denounced the rules and called on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his government to abandon their repressive plan.

February 4, 2010 4:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tajikistan

Tajik judges seek millions from weeklies in civil libel case

A man peruses newspapers in Dushanbe. (Reuters)

New York, February 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on judges in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, to drop their defamation lawsuits against three popular independent weeklies for damage amounts that would bankrupt them.

Alerts   |   Iran, Saudi Arabia

Saudi operator Arabsat takes Iran’s Al-Alam network off air

An Al-Alam journalist reports from Saudi Arabia in 2008. (AP)

New York, February 3, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called for Saudi-run satellite operator Arabsat to return to air the Iranian-owned Arabic-language satellite channel Al-Alam, which stopped broadcasting January 27 without prior notice, according to international news reports.

In a statement published on its Web site, Al-Alam said that “Arabsat, in continuation of its censorship policies and as a move to confront the news networks which reflect the realities of the world, has today once again cut broadcasting of the Al-Alam network.” Al-Alam was previously taken off the air by both Arabsat and the Cairo-based satellite service provider Nilesat in November. Both cited a contractual breach without elaborating further. 

February 3, 2010 4:30 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uganda

Museveni accuses two Ugandan journalists of libel

Ugandan police take two Monitor journalists to court. (Isaac Kasamani/Monitor)
New York, February 3, 2010—An opinion column in Uganda’s leading independent newspaper suggesting parallels between President Yoweri Museveni and former Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos led to criminal libel charges against two journalists today, according to local media reports.

February 3, 2010 4:17 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

With 47 journalists in jail, Iran sets notorious records

Jailed reporter Shiva Nazar Ahari

New York, February 3, 2010Iranian authorities are now holding at least 47 journalists in prison, more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996, according to a new survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists. While many of the detainees were arrested in the aftermath of the disputed June presidential election, CPJ’s survey found that authorities are continuing to wage an aggressive campaign to round up independent and opposition journalists. At least 26 journalists have been jailed in the last two months alone, CPJ found.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican publisher shot to death in Guerrero

New York, February 1, 2010—Jorge Ochoa Martínez, a Mexican editor and publisher in Guerrero state, died late Friday after being shot in the face, according to local press reports. Mexican authorities must put an end to the cycle of impunity in attacks on the press by ensuring those responsible for Ochoa’s murder are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 1, 2010 5:03 PM ET

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