Special Reports

2009

Reports   |   Iran, Multimedia

Video Report: Imprisoned in Iran



In this video report, Greek freelance journalist Iason Athanasiadis recounts his 2009 imprisonment in Iran. Athanasiadis, who spent 20 days in custody, most of it in Tehran’s Evin Prison, describes his arrest during the government’s post-election crackdown and explains how international advocacy made a difference in gaining his freedom. (4:15)

Read more about Iran and view our database of journalists in prison.

December 29, 2009 1:54 PM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Venezuela

Philippines, Somalia fuel record death toll

CPJ survey finds at least 68 journalists killed in 2009

Family members of journalists killed in the Maguindanao massacre. (Reuters)

New York, December 17, 2009—At least 68 journalists worldwide were killed for their work in 2009, the highest yearly tally ever documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists, the organization said in its year-end analysis. The record toll was driven in large part by the election-related slaughter of more than 30 media workers in the Philippine province of Maguindanao, the deadliest event for the press in CPJ history.

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen

CPJ's 2009 prison census: Freelance journalists under fire

Demonstrators demand the release of documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, jailed in China after interviewing Tibetans. (AFP)

New York, December 8, 2009—Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In its annual census of imprisoned journalists, CPJ found a total of 136 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, an increase of 11 from the 2008 tally. (Read detailed accounts of each imprisoned journalist.) A massive crackdown in Iran, where 23 journalists are now in jail, fueled the worldwide increase.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Multimedia, Russia

Video Report: Portraits of the Fallen



In “Portraits of the Fallen,” a video introduction to CPJ’s database of killed journalists, María Salazar-Ferro examines the circumstances in which reporters, photographers, editors, and other journalists have died on duty. Because hundreds of journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work, CPJ is leading a Global Campaign Against Impunity. (4:11) 

Visit our database of journalists killed since 1992. Get involved in our Campaign Against Impunity.
October 26, 2009 9:42 AM ET

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Reports   |   Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen

Middle East Bloggers: The Street Leads Online

In the Middle East and North Africa, where political change occurs slowly, blogging has becomes a serious medium for social and political commentary as well as a target of government suppression. By Mohamed Abdel Dayem

                        

Reports   |   Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Multimedia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE

Audio Report: Middle East Bloggers





In our special report “Middle East Bloggers: The Street Leads Online,” CPJ’s Mohamed Abdel Dayem says blogging has become a crucial front in the region's struggle for freedom of expression. Here, Abdel Dayem describes how two regional trends--booming Internet audiences and repression of traditional media--have made blogging a vibrant news alternative. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:05)  
October 13, 2009 11:54 AM ET

Reports   |   Russia

Anatomy of Injustice: Preface by Kati Marton

It is a sad irony: While the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Russia itself is relapsing to some of its Soviet ways. In fact, for journalists, Russia is a more dangerous place now than it was during the Cold War.
 

Reports   |   Russia

Anatomy of Injustice: Video Report



In this video report, CPJ’s Nina Ognianova and Muzaffar Suleymanov discuss impunity in the murders of Russian journalists. (7:00)

Read the special report, "Anatomy of Injustice."
September 15, 2009 12:05 AM ET

Reports   |   Cuba

Special Report: Chronicling Cuba, bloggers offer fresh hope

A vibrant, independent blogging culture is emerging in Cuba, of all places. Numerous journalistic blogs are exploring important social and economic issues. Will the regime crack down, or is a new era dawning? By Carlos Lauría and María Salazar Ferro

September 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Cuba, Multimedia

Video Report: Cuban Bloggers



In this video report, CPJ’s Carlos Lauría and María Salazar Ferro join with Cuban blogger Laritza Diversant in explaining the roots of Cuban blogging and the major obstacles these journalists overcome. (5:32) 

Read the special report, “Chroncling Cuba, Bloggers Offer Fresh Hope.”
September 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Philippines

Philippines Special Report: Under Oath, Under Threat

In the Philippines, witnesses to journalist murders face extreme pressures and grave risk. The government’s protection program, while valuable, falls short of ensuring justice. By Shawn W. Crispin

August 18, 2009 9:11 PM ET

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Reports   |   Multimedia, Philippines

Philippines Audio Report: Under Oath, Under Threat





In our special report “Under Oath, Under Threat,” CPJ’s Shawn Crispin examines the culture of impunity in the killings of journalists in the Philippines. Here, Crispin describes how intimidation and fear have stopped witnesses from coming forward to help put the murderers behind bars. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:14)  
August 18, 2009 8:01 PM ET

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Reports   |   Nicaragua

Nicaragua Special Report: Daniel Ortega's Media War

Nicaragua’s president ignores the news media, except to harass his critics. By Carlos Lauría and Joel Simon

July 1, 2009 11:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Multimedia, Nicaragua

Video Report: Daniel Ortega's Media War

 


In this video report, “Daniel Ortega’s Media War,” CPJ’s Carlos Lauría and Joel Simon examine the Nicaraguan government’s aggressive tactics toward independent media, including legal harassment and smear campaigns. (4:48) 

Read the special report, “Daniel Ortega’s Media War.”
July 1, 2009 10:58 AM ET

Reports   |   Mexico

Special Report: Reporting, and Surviving, in Ciudad Juárez

In one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities, reporting the news requires extreme caution. Self-censorship and manipulation of the news are constants. By Mike O’Connor

June 24, 2009 6:08 AM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico, Multimedia

Audio Report: Reporting, and Surviving, in Ciudad Juárez





In our special report, “Reporting, and Surviving, in Ciudad Juárez,” CPJ’s Mike O’Connor examines journalism in one of Mexico’s most dangerous places. Here, O’Connor describes how violence is creating pervasive self-censorship in the press. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:49)  
June 24, 2009 6:00 AM ET

Reports   |   Iraq, Journalist Assistance, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka

Special Report: Journalists in Exile 2009

Sri Lankan journalists flee under severe pressure in the past year. Iraq and Somalia, two deadly countries for the press, also rank high in numbers of journalists forced into exile. Hundreds of journalists have been driven into exile this decade. By Karen Phillips

Sri Lankan journalists protest violence against the press. (Reuters)

Reports   |   Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam

10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger

CPJ names the worst online oppressors. Booming online cultures in many Asian and Middle Eastern nations have led to aggressive government repression. Burma leads the dishonor roll.

Reports   |   Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Multimedia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam

Audio Report: Worst Countries to be a Blogger




In our special report, “10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger,” CPJ names the world’s leading online oppressors. Here, Deputy Director Robert Mahoney explains why CPJ undertook this report and how it arrived at its conclusions. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (5:34)  
April 30, 2009 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo Special Report: From a Fatal Fire, Many Questions

Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, a Franco-Congolese journalist known for outspoken coverage of government corruption in the Republic of Congo, dies after a mysterious fire burns down his house. By Mohamed Keita with reporting by Sarah Turbeaux

April 23, 2009 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka

Getting Away With Murder 2009

CPJ’s Impunity Index spotlights countries
where journalists are slain and killers go free

New York, March 23, 2009 -- The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions.

Reports   |   Multimedia

Impunity Index 2009 Map

Click on countries for rankings. Read the full report, Getting Away With Murder.
March 17, 2009 4:25 PM ET
March 9, 2009 1:20 PM ET

Reports   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Special Report: Failure to Investigate

As the Sri Lankan government steps up its war with the LTTE, assaults on journalists are on the rise. So are suspicions that the government is complicit in these attacks.
February 10, 2009 11:57 AM ET

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Multimedia, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia

Video: Slain and in combat, dozens die in 2008

CPJ’s Joel Simon, Robert Mahoney, and Nina Ognianova pay tribute to journalists who died in 2008. The toll was highest in Iraq, but conflicts in South Asia and the Caucasus were deadly as well. Impunity in journalist murders in Russia, Philippines, and Mexico were top issues.

January 2, 2009 9:26 AM ET

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