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2010

Alerts   |   Tunisia

Prison term completed, Tunisian still behind bars

New York, January 20, 2010—An appeals court in the city of Nabeul refused today to release Tunisian Zuhair Makhlouf despite his completion of a three-month prison term imposed in October. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the court’s decision and demands authorities release Makhlouf immediately.

January 20, 2010 3:21 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

In meeting, delegation presses for Fatullayev’s freedom

Washington, January 20, 2010—A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met today with Azerbaijani Charge d'Affaires Khazar Ibrahim at the Azerbaijani Embassy to deliver a letter carrying the names of more than 500 international journalists petitioning for the immediate release of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award. The petitioners signed the call for Fatullayev’s release during a November ceremony honoring the editor for his courageous journalism.

Alerts   |   China

In China, new Gmail attacks are latest in a long series

New York, January 19, 2010—Foreign correspondents in Beijing told the Committee to Protect Journalists that they are aware of recent hacker attacks on colleagues’ Gmail accounts, and said they have long assumed that their e-mail is monitored and vulnerable to attack. 

January 19, 2010 4:31 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemeni court gives journalist 3 months in jail

New York, January 19, 2010—A journalist at a Yemeni weekly was sentenced on Saturday, in absentia, to three months in jail and was banned from writing for a year. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Sana’a court’s decision and calls on the Yemeni judiciary to reverse the sentence on appeal.

January 19, 2010 4:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Missing reporter found dead in Mexico

(Línea Directa Radio)

New York, January 19, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Mexican authorities today to thoroughly investigate the killing of José Luis Romero, a Mexican crime reporter who had been abducted on December 30. Romero, at left, was found dead on Saturday near the city of Los Mochis, in the state of Sinaloa, according to local news reports.

January 19, 2010 2:22 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uzbekistan

Harassment of independent Uzbek journalists heats up

New York, January 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Uzbek authorities today to immediately cease their campaign of intimidation against the handful of independent journalists remaining in the Central Asian country. 

Alerts   |   Tunisia

In Tunisia, a journalist is sentenced to four years in prison

New York, January 15, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the Tunisian judiciary to reverse on appeal the Wednesday decision of a Tunisian court in the southern town of Gafsa to sentence Fahem Boukadous, correspondent for the satellite television station Al-Hiwar Al-Tunisi, to a four-year prison term. 

January 15, 2010 1:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Namibia

Journalist assaulted for his work in Namibia

John Grobler

New York, January 14, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Namibian authorities to thoroughly investigate an alleged attack by four assailants against freelance journalist John Grobler on January 8. Grobler told CPJ that four men attacked him at a bar Friday evening in the capital, Windhoek, cutting his face with a broken glass and kicking him repeatedly in the head. Grobler was taken to MediCity Emergency Clinic, where he was treated and released.

January 14, 2010 4:36 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

Newspaper editor jailed for defamation in Peru

(José Flores)

New York, January 14, 2010—The editor of a Peruvian weekly newspaper in the Amazonian city of Bagua, Utcubamba province, was sentenced on Tuesday to one year in jail on defamation charges, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for his immediate release.

Alejandro Carrascal Carrasco, at right, editor of the Bagua-based weekly Nor Oriente, was convicted of charges that stemmed from a series of articles he wrote in 2005 alleging corruption in a local public educational institute, the journalist’s lawyer, Juan José Quispe, told CPJ. Victor Feria, former director of the institution, filed the defamation lawsuit, the local press said.

January 14, 2010 3:59 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Editor-in-chief facing deportation in Israel

New York, January 14, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release in Israel of Jared Malsin, editor-in-chief of the English-language section of the independent Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency. A deportation hearing has been scheduled for Sunday.

January 14, 2010 2:55 PM ET

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