• Record number of journalists jailed in Egypt

    Egyptian authorities are holding the highest number of journalists behind bars since CPJ began keeping records, according to a prison census the organization conducted on June 1, 2015. Most of the journalists are accused of being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government has outlawed.

    "Don't think that being in jail is a manly thing, like they show you in the movies," said one imprisoned journalist, Egyptian photographer Shawkan. "Every day in jail, I learn more about subjugations, about injustice."

    Languages: العربية
  • Syrian journalists flee after being threatened, attacked, or detained by the Assad regime, Islamic State, or both. Four Syrians share their stories. • العربيةFrançaisData: Journalists in Exile

  • As Azerbaijan hosts Games, press muzzled

    Azerbaijan, one of the 10 most censored countries in the world, is the host for the first European Games. In the past year, its government has carried out an unprecedented crackdown on critical journalists. With at least eight, including Khadija Ismayilova, in prison--and others forced to censor themselves or, in the case of media freedom defender Emin Huseynov, go into hiding--CPJ calls on the European Olympic Committees to push Azerbaijan to allow for greater press freedom.

    Blog: Press freedom and the European GamesLanguages: Русскийazərbaycanca
  • Nigerian president must address impunity

    As Muhammadu Buhari is inaugurated as president of Nigeria, CPJ asks the former military leader, pictured right, to take action on the country's high rate of impunity in violence against journalists. Since 1992, at least 10 journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work in Nigeria. Unsolved murders make Nigeria the second worst country in Africa for combatting anti-press violence. In the run up to the 2015 election, CPJ documents a series of attacks on journalists instigated by police, security forces, and armed militants.
  • Drawing the line: Cartoonists under threat

    While the danger faced by cartoonists is brought into focus by the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the threats far exceed Islamic extremism. A CPJ special report finds that as their work transcends borders and languages and simplifies complex political situations, cartoonists around the world are being imprisoned, forced into hiding, threatened with legal action or killed. In Malaysia, political cartoonist Zunar, pictured, could face decades in prison for his work.

    Slideshow: Cartoonists share their work
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    (AP/Joshua Paul)

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CPJ urges Nigerian president to prioritize press freedom

President Buhari: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to congratulate you on your recent victory in Nigeria's presidential election. As Nigeria prepares to enter a new chapter in its history, we urge you and your administration to take steps to ensure that journalists are able to work freely and openly in the country without fear of reprisal of any form.

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June 25, 2015

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