• Kenya and its press freedom commitment

    In Kenya, a combination of legal and physical harassment makes it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely. A CPJ special report finds that these restrictions on the Kenyan media come at a time when public discourse and transparency are essential, in light of hefty government spending on development, high-profile terrorist attacks, and the ongoing indictment of the deputy president by the International Criminal Court.

    Gallery: Cartoonist Gado on the press
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  • In Crimea, independent press under threat

    Press freedom in Crimea is deteriorating as the region's media fall under Russian laws and regulations. A CPJ fact-finding mission to Ukraine in June finds many independent journalists are fleeing Crimea because of arrests, attacks, and harassment. Broadcasters, including Crimean Tatar outlet ATR, pictured, are denied registration and journalists say they struggle to get accreditation.

    StoryMap: Attacks on Crimea's press
    Guest blog: Patriotism with Cold War tinge
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  • Six journalists freed from Ethiopian jail

    CPJ welcomes the release of six journalists imprisoned in Ethiopia, the second worst jailer of journalists in Africa. Critical columnist Reeyot Alemu, jailed since June 2011 after being handed a 14-year prison sentence on terrorism charges, is freed on July 8. Her release comes a day after five journalists, including Mahlet Fantahun and Zelalem Kibret from the Zone 9 blogging collective, are freed and terrorism charges leveled against them are dropped. Eleven journalists remain in jail in Ethiopia, including four Zone 9 bloggers.

    Press Uncuffed: Support jailed journalists
    Freed: Reeyot Alemu (IWMF)
  • 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.

    "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
    Letter: Egypt should halt legal clampdown
  • 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

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CPJ board urges Iran's leaders to intervene in case of Jason Rezaian

Dear Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani: On the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, members of the Committee to Protect Journalists' board of directors today sent a letter urging the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, to intervene in the case of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

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Blog   |   Malaysia

Dogged by fraud allegations, Malaysia targets media

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, denies allegations that he received money from a state investment fund for personal use. (AP/Joshua Paul)

Investigative reporting on alleged mismanagement of a Malaysian state investment fund has triggered a backlash against muckraking media. On Friday, the Home Ministry ordered the suspension of two local news publications, The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily, for three months on the grounds that their reporting on the fund, known as 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), had prejudiced public order, security, and national interests, according to news reports. The suspension came into effect today.


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July 16, 2015

The Internet Governance Forum for the United States 2015

The Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is a multistakeholder effort to illuminate issues and cultivate constructive discussions about the future of the Internet. It provides a domestic forum in the US to engage civil society, government, technologists, research scientists, industry and academia, helping to create partnerships, coalitions and dialogues that demonstrate best practices and help move policy forward.

Regional and national IGF meetings are taking place globally, including gatherings in East Africa, Europe (EuroDig), Latin America, the Caribbean, West Africa, Spain and Italy. These events are organized on a local level and have no formal ties to the global IGF, however the UN's IGF Secretariat recognizes the importance of the regional and national events and reports from these meetings are shared at the international gatherings.

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