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CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

Nairobi, January 23, 2015--Six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana have been released from jail, according to Eritrean journalists in exile who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The journalists--Basilos Zemo, Bereket Misguina, Ghirmai Abraham, Meles Nguse, Petros Teferi, and Yirgalem Fesseha--were among the Radio Bana staff arrested in a February 2009 raid on the station.

Statements   |   Pakistan

AFP photographer shot while covering anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Pakistan

New York, January 16, 2015--Agence France-Presse photographer Asif Hassan was shot and wounded today while covering clashes in Karachi between police and supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami religious party who were demonstrating against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, according to news reports. It is unclear from where the firing originated or whether he was targeted. Hassan underwent surgery to his chest, according to reports citing his doctor. A police officer and a local cameraman who was not identified in reports also suffered minor injuries.

January 16, 2015 1:45 PM ET

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Statements   |   France

CPJ condemns murderous attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo

New York, January 7, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. French media reported that hooded gunmen stormed the magazine's offices, killing at least 12 people and critically wounding at least five. Journalists and police officers were believed to be among the casualties. The gunmen fled.

January 7, 2015 7:36 AM ET

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Statements   |   Uruguay

CPJ hails approval of broadcast law in Uruguay

New York, December 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the passage of a new broadcast law in Uruguay today, which has strong guarantees for freedom of expression and forbids censorship. The law, which was introduced in May 2013 by President José Mujica, is aimed at regulating radio and television with the goal of creating a diverse and competitive broadcast system, according to news reports. The law awaits Mujica's signature before he leaves office on March 1, 2015.

December 22, 2014 3:59 PM ET

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Statements   |   Yemen

Freelancer Luke Somers killed in hostage rescue attempt in Yemen

New York, December 6, 2014--Luke Somers, an American freelance journalist held hostage by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with fellow hostage Pierre Korkie, a South African teacher, during a failed rescue attempt by U.S. special forces on Saturday morning in Yemen, according to U.S. officials and news reports.

December 6, 2014 9:25 AM ET

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Statements   |   Burkina Faso

African Court upholds appeal against criminal defamation

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in Addis Ababa that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. The court also upheld the appeal of Issa Lohé Konaté, editor of the Burkina Faso-based weekly L'Ouragan, who in October 2012 was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a fine for criminal defamation in connection with two articles he wrote questioning abuse of power by the state prosecutor's office.

Statements   |   South Africa

South African court rules that criminal defamation is in line with constitution

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to uphold journalist Cecil Motsepe's appeal against a conviction of criminal defamation, but disapproves of the court's ruling that the crime of defamation for journalists falls in line with South Africa's constitution. Motsepe, a reporter for the daily newspaper Sowetan, was convicted in June 2013 and sentenced to a fine or a suspended 10-month prison term in connection with a 2009 story.

Statements   |   Cuba

CPJ welcomes release of Juliet Michelena Díaz in Cuba

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today in Cuba of Juliet Michelena Díaz, who had been imprisoned since April after photographing a police operation in Havana.

November 7, 2014 4:46 PM ET

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Statements   |   Internet, Security

CPJ welcomes Facebook move to enable access via Tor hidden service

San Francisco, November 3, 2014 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Facebook's move to enable access via a Tor hidden service, which came into effect on Friday. The step protects journalists and other users who are at risk of surveillance, censorship, or online attack.

November 3, 2014 4:52 PM ET

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Statements   |   Burkina Faso

Press in Burkina Faso must be protected amid anti-government protests

Protesters demonstrate against a proposed amendment to Burkina Faso's constitution that would allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his term. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

Lagos, Nigeria, October 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President Blaise Compaore to seek re-election next year, according to reports.

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