Special Reports

2010

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Somalia, Thailand, Yemen

As bombings spread, Pakistan deadliest nation

At least 42 journalists are killed in 2010 as two trends emerge. Suicide attacks and violent street protests cause an unusually high proportion of deaths. And online journalists are increasingly prominent among the victims. A CPJ special report

A December suicide attack in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal district claimed the lives of two journalists. (Reuters/Umar Qayyum)

Reports   |   Multimedia, Sri Lanka

Video: Shining Light on a Dark Prison Cell



In this video companion to CPJ's 2010 census of imprisoned journalists, Sri Lankan columnist J.S. Tissainayagam describes his own time in prison and how international advocacy can make a difference in winning the freedom of jailed reporters, editors, photojournalists, and bloggers. (4:09)

Read the special report "Iran, China drive prison tally to 14-year high" and view our database of journalists in prison.

December 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Multimedia, Philippines

Video Report: In pursuit of justice


A year after the massacre in Maguindanao province, a faltering Philippine legal system struggles to bring justice. From the murder scene in Ampatuan to the presidential palace in Manila, a CPJ delegation travels the country to examine the shocking attack and the many obstacles to winning convictions. Family members, justice officials, and political leaders talk about the challenges in this video, which premiered at the 2010 CPJ International Press Freedom Awards.  

Read CPJ's special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines."

November 24, 2010 12:53 PM ET

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Reports   |   Philippines

Impunity on trial in the Philippines

The prosecution of dozens of defendants in the 2009 Maguindanao murders is testing a faltering judicial system in the Philippines. Bribes, intimidation, attacks, and flawed detective work already threaten to undermine the government’s case. Will this massacre go unpunished? A CPJ special report by Shawn W. Crispin

Reporter Aquiles Zonio at the site of the Maguindanao massacre. (CPJ/María Salazar-Ferro)

Reports   |   Philippines

From grief of Maguindanao, a woman finds meaning

Grace Morales lost her husband, her sister, and her sense of security. She didn't lose hope. By María Salazar-Ferro

Grace Morales, left, with her three children and niece. (CPJ/María Salazar-Ferro)
November 10, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Multimedia, Philippines

Audio report: Impunity on trial in the Philippines




In our special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines," CPJ examines the troubled prosecution of defendants in the 2009 massacre of more than 30 journalists and media support workers in Maguindanao province. Among other problems, CPJ found that local investigators mishandled forensic evidence and failed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:44)

Read CPJ's special report, "Impunity on trial in the Philippines."

November 10, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   China

In China, a debate on press rights

Chinese journalists are speaking out more often to protest attacks, harassment, and arrests. The discussion of press rights—and the central government’s stance—may foretell the future of broader reforms in China. A CPJ special report by Madeline Earp

Chinese journalists, seen here at a police roadblock, are contesting harassment more publicly. (AP)

Reports   |   Yemen

In Yemen, brutal repression cloaked in law

In the past two years, the Yemeni government has taken legislative and administrative steps to further restrict free expression. Coupled with longstanding tactics of violent repression, President’s Saleh administration is creating the worst press climate in two decades. A CPJ Special Report by Mohamed Abdel Dayem

President Saleh’s government is pairing violent repression with new legalistic tactics. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

Reports   |   Multimedia, Yemen

Audio report: Yemen repression cloaked in law




In our special report, “In Yemen, brutal repression cloaked in law,” CPJ discusses the Yemeni government's escalating censorship tactics. Here, CPJ's Mohamed Abdel Dayem highlights the violent closing of Al-Ayyam, an independent daily, and the charges leveled against its staff. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:04)

Read CPJ's special report, "In Yemen, brutal repression cloaked in law."

September 29, 2010 12:03 AM ET

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Reports   |   Kazakhstan

Disdaining press freedom, Kazakhstan undermines OSCE

President Nazarbayev’s government promised reforms in exchange for gaining chairmanship of the OSCE. But the reforms never materialized and now, as a summit approaches in Astana, the OSCE is risking damage to its own reputation. A CPJ special report by Nina Ognianova

A performer in traditional Kazakh clothing at a recent OSCE ministerial meeting. (Reuters/Pavel Mikheev)

Reports   |   Kazakhstan, Multimedia

Audio report: Kazakhstan undermines OSCE




In our special report, “Disdaining press freedom, Kazakhstan undermines OSCE,” CPJ details Astana’s broken promises to reform its repressive policies. Here, CPJ's Nina Ognianova tells the story of one man, imprisoned newspaper editor Ramazan Yesergepov, whose conviction symbolizes the government’s press freedom failures. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:39)

Read CPJ's special report, "Kazakhstan undermines OSCE."

Reports   |   Mexico

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press

Crime, Violence, and Corruption
Are Destroying the Country's Journalism



The drug traffickers, violent criminals, and corrupt officials who threaten Mexico’s future have killed, terrorized, and co-opted journalists, knowing that controlling the flow of information will further their needs. They have been increasingly successful, and the results have been devastating. A CPJ special report by Carlos Lauría and Mike O'Connor

September 8, 2010 12:20 AM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press

Preface by Joel Simon

Plomo o plata. Lead or silver. It’s a well-worn phrase in Mexico, one that’s all too familiar to the country’s journalists. It means, simply, we own you. Take our plata (slang for money) and publish what we tell you. Or we kill you.


September 8, 2010 12:18 AM ET

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Reports   |   Mexico, Multimedia

Silence or Death in Mexico's Press

Video Report


In “Silencio o muerte," Mexican crime reporter Luis Horacio Nájera recounts his work in embattled Ciudad Juárez, and the threats that forced him to move his family north. 

Read our accompanying special report, “Silence or Death in Mexico's Press.” See more about journalists in danger around the world, and CPJ's efforts to help.

September 8, 2010 12:03 AM ET

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Reports   |   Thailand

In Thailand unrest, journalists under fire

Two journalists died and several others were injured during the country’s political unrest. A CPJ investigation has found that both security forces and protesters engaged in reckless behavior—and in the aftermath, the government has done little to bring anyone to account. A CPJ special report by Shawn W. Crispin

A still image taken from video shot by Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto shortly before he was killed. (Reuters)

July 29, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Thailand

Hiro Muramoto's last footage



Reuters produced this video shortly after its cameraman Hiro Muramoto was killed while covering unrest in Bangkok on April 10. The video includes Muramoto's last footage, taken just before he was shot.

Read CPJ's special report on the death of Muramoto and other press casualties, "In Thailand unrest, journalists under fire."

July 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Honduras

Journalist murders spotlight Honduran government failures

Seven journalists are murdered in a matter of weeks. After minimizing the crimes, Honduran authorities are slow and negligent in pursuing the killers. The government is fostering a climate of lawlessness that is allowing criminals to kill journalists with impunity. A CPJ Special Report by Mike O’Connor

President Porfirio Lobo during a televised press conference in January. (AP/Esteban Felix)

Reports   |   Ethiopia, Iran, Journalist Assistance, Mexico, Somalia

Journalists in Exile 2010

An exodus from Iran, East Africa

At least 85 journalists fled their home countries in the past year in the face of attacks, threats, and possible imprisonment. High exile rates are seen in Iran and in the East African nations of Somalia and Ethiopia. A CPJ Special Report by María Salazar-Ferro

Iranian photographer Mohammad Kheirkhan, left, documents protests in Tehran. Kheirkhan was forced into exile. (Payam Borazjani)

Reports   |   Journalist Assistance, Multimedia, Somalia

Video Report: From Captivity to Exile



In “From Captivity to Exile," Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout talks about the plight of Somali cameraman Mohamed Abdifatah Elmi. The two were abducted along with three others in 2008. Freed after many months, Elmi remains at risk and is now in exile. (3:59)

Read our accompanying special report, “Journalists in Exile 2010.” Please visit our Journalist Assistance program and see how you can help.

Reports   |   Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, no peace dividend for press

The end of Sri Lanka’s war with Tamil rebels has not eased repression of independent media. Journalists still face violence, harassment, and detention. Will President Rajapaksa use his victories on the battlefield and in the polling booth to reunite the nation and restore free expression? A CPJ Special Report by Bob Dietz and Robert Mahoney

President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the swearing-in ceremony for his cabinet. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

Reports   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Jaffna editors navigate minefield

By Robert Mahoney

 

A bullet hole, right, is a reminder that M.V. Kaanamylnathan and his newspaper have faced grave threats. (CPJ/Robert Mahoney) JAFFNA, Sri Lanka
M.V. Kaanamylnathan hasn’t left his office for four years. Sri Lanka’s civil war is over but the editor-in-chief of the Tamil daily Uthayan still thinks it’s unsafe to venture out. He’s become famous among the island’s media community for his self-imposed house arrest. The colonial-era compound housing the editorial offices and printing press are guarded, but not especially tightly, reflecting an easing of tension since the defeat of Tamil secessionists in May 2009. 

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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Reports   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: A year later, still failing to fight media attacks

By Bob Dietz

No prosecutions have been brought in the Lasantha Wickramatunga murder. (Reuters/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds)

CPJ’s March 2009 special report, “Failure to Investigate,” addressed three severe attacks on the media in January of that year. CPJ also found a broad pattern in which “top journalists had been killed, attacked, threatened, and harassed since the government began to pursue an all-out military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in late 2006.”

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka

Ten Journalist Murder Cases to Solve

CPJ challenges authorities in 10 nations
to bring justice and reverse culture of impunity

Protesters in Manila seek justice in the Maguindanao massacre. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) New York, April 29, 2010—In the Philippines, political clan members slaughter more than 30 news media workers and dump their bodies in mass graves. In Sri Lanka, a prominent editor who has criticized authorities is so sure of retaliation that he predicts his own murder. In Pakistan, a reporter who embarrassed the government is abducted and slain. In these and hundreds of other journalist killings worldwide, no one has been convicted.

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Multimedia, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka

Audio Report: Ten Murder Cases to Solve




In our special report, “Ten Journalist Murder Cases to Solve,” CPJ challenges authorities to solve these news media slayings and reverse the culture of impunity. Here, CPJ's Robert Mahoney explains why each of these cases can be solved if governments demonstrate political will. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:59)

Read “Getting Away With Murder.”
April 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET

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

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2010 Impunity Index spotlights countries
where journalists are slain and killers go free



New York, April 20, 2010—Deadly, unpunished violence against the press has soared in the Philippines and Somalia, 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. Impunity in journalist murders also rose significantly in Russia and Mexico, two countries with long records of entrenched, anti-press violence.

Reports   |   Brazil, Colombia, Multimedia, Philippines, Russia

Audio Report: Getting Away With Murder




In our special report, “Getting Away With Murder” CPJ names and shames countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments are unable or unwilling to solve the crimes. Here, María Salazar-Ferro explains CPJ's Impunity Index, detailing what nations are failing and which ones are showing improvement. Listen to the mp3 on the player above, or right click here to download. (2:27) 

April 20, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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Reports   |   Journalist Assistance, Somalia, Uganda

Special Report: A Somali Journalist in Exile

Radio journalist Ahmed Omar Hashi is a survivor, but he has paid dearly. He's been threatened and targeted for death. He's seen his colleagues and friends killed. Now, like other Somali journalists, Hashi struggles in exile and hopes one day he can resume his work. By Karen Phillips

Reports   |   Journalist Assistance, Multimedia, Somalia

Video Report: A Somali Journalist in Exile



In “A Somali Journalist in Exile,” CPJ talks with Ahmed Omar Hashi, a former editor for the independent Mogadishu station Radio Shabelle. After three attempts were made on Hashi’s life, CPJ and local partners helped him relocate to Uganda. Hashi talks about the many challenges in his new life in exile and his hopes to resume his work. (5:00)

Read our accompanying special report, “A Somali Journalist in Exile.” Please visit our Journalist Assistance program and see how you can help.
April 13, 2010 12:01 AM ET

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