• The EU faces challenges to its press freedom record from member states that have repressive laws and regulations, and by its failure to act swiftly when countries renege on their commitments.

  • In Egypt, president must free all journalists

    Jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed are released under a presidential pardon. Their colleagues (pictured from left) Dominic Cane, Peter Greste, and Sue Turton, tell a press conference in CPJ's New York office they fear being extradited after being charged in absentia. The three journalists call on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to intervene in their cases. At least 18 journalists, including the photojournalist known as Shawkan, are in prison in Egypt for their work, the most since CPJ began keeping records.

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    (Reuters/Daniel Bases)
  • Journalist murder haunts career of Peruvian presidential aspirant

    Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, Daniel Urresti Elera--a presidential candidate for the ruling Nationalist Party--has been charged with his murder and is on trial. A CPJ special report traces the circumstances of the emblematic case and the implications of the ongoing trial in the fight against impunity in journalist murders in Peru.

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  • Bravery of journalists recognized

    The journalists being honored at CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards in New York on November 24 include the Zone 9 bloggers who were charged with terrorism in Ethiopia over their work; Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who risks being imprisoned for lampooning authorities; Cándido Figueredo Ruíz, a Paraguayan reporter under police protection after receiving death threats; and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, an independent Syrian news group reporting from the region taken by militants the Islamic State.
    (AFP/Getty Images)
  • Press Uncuffed: support jailed journalists

    Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan, who was serving a 10-year sentence for her critical writing, is released early after spending more than 1,470 days in prison in Vietnam. Tan, who features in CPJ's Press Uncuffed campaign, is one of the many journalists jailed around the world by authorities seeking to silence their critics. Five Press Uncuffed journalists are released, but two more are added to the campaign: Gao Yu, pictured, a reporter from China imprisoned for more than 500 days, and Eskinder Nega, from Ethiopia, who has been held for more than 1,400 days.

    Data: journalists imprisoned globally
    (AP/Jacques Brinon)

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Save Crypto: CPJ joins call for Obama to back strong encryption

The Committee to Protect Journalists has signed a petition organized by digital rights groups Access and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, urging President Barack Obama to publicly commit the U.S. to a policy of supporting strong encryption. Since the Save Crypto petition's launch on September 29, it has gathered nearly 18,000 signatures, including about 30 from press freedom and digital rights groups.


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November 2, 2015

Stop the killing of journalists! Prevention and justice to end impunity event

Taking place on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO; along with Centre for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) - Sheffield University; PEN International; and Article 19 will host journalists, international lawyers, human rights figures and policymakers to share their understanding of the acute situation regarding the issue of impunity for crimes against journalists, as well as potential responses from each of the actors involved.

The event will involve two panels, one including first-hand accounts of violence and impunity as well as reflections on the causes of impunity in conflict and non-conflict areas/situations and a second focusing on representative cases, shortcomings in state responses, justice systems and political accountability, as well as suggested courses of action to combat and end impunity. Additionally, it will involve a debate in which CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant, Elisabeth Witchell, will take part.

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