New York, May 26, 2011--The release today of independent editor Eynulla Fatullayev in Azerbaijan on a presidential pardon is a welcome and well overdue development, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
New York, May 18, 2011--The release of foreign journalists held in Iran and Libya today is a very positive development in a region where the press has been under attack since social upheaval began in Tunisia early this year, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
New York, May 11, 2011--Al-Jazeera reported today that Syria has deported Dorothy Parvaz, a journalist working for the channel's English-language service, to Iran. The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling for her immediate release.
"Syria's apparent deportation of Dorothy Parvaz to Iran when she is also a citizen of the U.S. and Canada, is an irresponsible choice," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem. "Given Iran's abysmal press freedom record, we are concerned about Parvaz's well-being. Iranian authorities must immediately release Parvaz, who has committed no crime."
Karachi, May 8, 2011--Pakistan's decision tonight to not allow foreign broadcasters to continue to do live transmissions from Abbottabad must be rescinded immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today from Karachi.
reckless for Pakistan to interfere with the flow of information from the site
of what is one of the world's most important news stories. Falling back on
regulatory controls to stifle the flow of news is short sighted and does a disservice
to the entire world. The government must back away from this decision
immediately," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. Dietz had
been part of a CPJ team in Pakistan for meetings earlier this week with
President Asif Ali Zardari and Interior Minister Rehman Malik.
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