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2010


Statements   |   Russia

CPJ condemns attack on Kommersant reporter

APNew York, November 6, 2010--The Russian government must act immediately to arrest the assailants responsible for a brutal attack today on a reporter for the Moscow daily Kommersant. The brazen assault, which left Oleg Kashin, left, so badly injured he was placed in an induced coma, is a product in part of the government's failure to combat anti-press crimes, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. Simon's statement follows: 

November 6, 2010 3:20 PM ET

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Statements   |   Uzbekistan

Andijan police continue to hold independent journalist

New York, June 15, 2010—We issued the following statement after confirming that police in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan continue to hold independent Uzbek reporter Aleksei Volosevich for a third consecutive day. Volosevich had travelled to the border with Kyrgyzstan to report on the conditions for refugees, fleeing the bloody ethnic clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan’s south, when he was arrested for unknown reasons on Sunday. His personal documents were not on him at the time, and his mobile phone is turned off.

June 15, 2010 5:12 PM ET

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Statements   |   Armenia

CPJ welcomes Armenian vote to decriminalize defamation

We issued the following statement today after the National Assembly of Armenia approved on a second reading the decriminalization of defamation, including libel and insult. If signed into law, the amendments to Armenia’s penal and administrative code will remove imprisonment from the list of penalties for defamation; individuals found guilty of the offense would face a monetary fine as maximum punishment. 

May 19, 2010 12:16 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan

CPJ condemns farcical Azerbaijan trial

We issued the following statement today after the Azerbaijani independent agency Turan reported on the testimony of two inmates who allegedly saw imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev take drugs. Fatullayev was charged with drug usage shortly before the European Court of Human Rights acquitted him of all earlier trumped-up charges and ordered his immediate release.

Statements   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Gag order lifted in Israeli military leaks case

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement after learning that a months-long gag order was lifted today. The gag order prevented Israeli media from reporting on the case of a soldier charged with “harming national security” who is under house arrest for leaking documents that allegedly show that the military violated an Israeli Supreme Court decision to cease a policy of assassinations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

April 8, 2010 4:10 PM ET

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Statements   |   Belarus

Belarusian authorities strip Sheremet of citizenship

We issued the following statement after learning that Belarusian authorities have stripped Pavel Sheremet, a prominent journalist living in Russia, of his Belarusian citizenship. In an interview today for the independent news Web site Belarussky Partizan, Sheremet said he received a notice about this from the Belarusian embassy in Moscow. Sheremet said the notice did not specify the reason.

March 31, 2010 10:16 AM ET

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Statements   |   Honduras

Two journalists gunned down in Honduras

We issued the following statement today in response to the murder of Honduran journalists Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, who were shot by unidentified gunmen aboard a vehicle, in the department of Olancho in eastern Honduras, according to local press reports...

March 26, 2010 4:20 PM ET

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Statements   |   Yemen

Muhammad al-Maqaleh released in Yemen

We issued the following statement in response to local and international press reports that Muhammad al-Maqaleh, editor of the Yemeni Socialist Party news Web site Aleshteraki, has been released for what the reports described as “health and humanitarian reasons.” Al-Maqaleh was kidnapped in September 2009 but appeared in government custody in February and alleged that he had been tortured. The release comes one week after CPJ called on President Saleh of Yemen to release a number of journalists who are in custody. At least two other journalists remain in custody...

March 25, 2010 4:31 PM ET

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Statements   |   Yemen

CPJ welcomes editor's release in Yemen

We issued the following statement after learning that Hisham Bashraheel, editor of the daily Al-Ayyam, who has been in custody since January 6, was released today for what colleagues described as “health reasons.” The release comes one week after CPJ called on President Saleh of Yemen to release a number of journalists who are in custody but have not been charged with a crime. At least three other journalists remain in government custody...

March 24, 2010 4:54 PM ET

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Statements   |   Iran

CPJ welcomes release of journalists in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today in response to Iranian and international press reports that at least four journalists have been released from Iranian prison on bail, including Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, journalist and spokesman for the Iranian Committee for the Defense of Freedom of the Press. Shamsolvaezin is also the recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award in 2000 for courage and independence in reporting the news.

March 2, 2010 12:45 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Fatullayev isolation prolonged in Azerbaijan

New York, March 1, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today in response to Azerbaijani press reports that the isolated detention of imprisoned editor Eynulla Fatullayev, a 2009 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, on a new trumped-up charge of drug possession, has been prolonged by two months.

Statements   |   Philippines

Conviction welcomed in 2005 murder case

We issued the following statement today after a Philippine court sentenced Muhammad Maulana to life in prison for the murder of journalist Edgar Amoro. Amoro witnessed the killing of his fellow Pagadian City-based broadcaster, Edgar Damalerio, in May 2002. In December 2005, a police officer, Guillermo Wapile, was sentenced to life in prison for gunning down Damalerio...

January 29, 2010 2:49 PM ET

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Statements   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

U.S. editor barred from re-entering Israel

We issued the following statement today after learning that Israeli authorities have detained Jared Malsin, a U.S. citizen and editor-in-chief of the English-language section of the independent Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, at the Tel Aviv airport. Malsin was due to be expelled without a hearing on Thursday morning. Protests by the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem have resulted in a reversal. Malsin will now appear before a judge for a deportation hearing on Thursday morning, according to his colleagues at Ma’an...

January 13, 2010 3:53 PM ET

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