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CPJ condemns South Sudan's expulsion of Associated Press reporter

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, shown on the left in this September 12, 2016, file photo, has severely cracked down on the country's news media. (AP/Jason Patinkin)

Nairobi, December 7, 2016--South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of U.S. journalist Justin Lynch, a freelancer for The Associated Press, and should cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers yesterday arrested the journalist and put him on a flight to Uganda, the AP reported.

December 7, 2016 1:50 PM ET

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South Sudan station Eye Radio forced to cease broadcasting

Nairobi, November 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on South Sudanese authorities to allow the independent station Eye Radio to resume broadcasting.

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Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant

Published October 27, 2016.

Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ found in its latest Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. The worst country for the second year in a row is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab is suspected in the majority of media murders, followed by Iraq and Syria, where members of the militant group Islamic State murdered at least six journalists in the past year.

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South Sudan authorities order independent newspaper to close

Nairobi, September 15, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately reopen the Nation Mirror. Security services ordered the independent daily to close yesterday, according to news reports.

September 15, 2016 4:50 PM ET

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In South Sudan, editor arrested as harassment of press increases

Bullet holes mark a wall where a sign celebrating five years of South Sudan's independence hangs. The country's press has come under pressure after renewed fighting. (AFP/Peter Martell)

Nairobi, July 26, 2016--South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, a journalist who was arrested in the capital, Juba, on July 23, and take action to stop the harassment of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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South Sudan authorities arrest editor, order Juba Monitor to cease publishing

A camp in Juba for South Sudanese displaced from their homes by unrest. An editor at Juba Monitor has been arrested over a critical column about a renewed round of fighting in the country. (Beatrice Mategwa/UNMISS/Handout Reuters)

Nairobi, July 18, 2016--Authorities in South Sudan should immediately and unconditionally release South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Taban, editor-in-chief of the independent English-language daily Juba Monitor, has been held without charge since July 16, according to colleagues and media reports.

July 18, 2016 4:58 PM ET

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South Sudanese journalist found beaten

Nairobi, March 8, 2016 - South Sudanese authorities should immediately launch an independent, thorough investigation into the abduction and beating of journalist Joseph Afandi and punish those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Colleagues found Afandi dumped near a graveyard in Juba today, beaten and bearing marks of torture, according to press accounts.

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South Sudan arrests journalist, newspaper ceases publishing

New York, January 7, 2016---South Sudanese authorities should immediately release journalist Joseph Afandi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The editor of the newspaper where Afandi worked resigned after Afandi's arrest, and the newspaper has not published since.

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Syria, France most deadly countries for the press

Of 69 journalists killed for their work in 2015, 40 percent died at the hands of Islamic militant groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. More than two-thirds of the total killed were singled out for murder. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Cartoonists Renald Luzier, left, and Patrick Pelloux at a solidarity march in Paris for their colleagues killed in the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. In 2015, 28 journalists were killed by Islamic militants. (AFP/Eric Feferberg)

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Getting Away With Murder

CPJ's 2015 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

Published October 8, 2015

The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh this year propelled the two nations onto CPJ's Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. Colombia exited the index as fatal violence against journalists receded further into that country's past.

For the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008, Iraq did not claim the title of worst offender, as Somalia edged into that spot. The shift reflects a steady death toll in Somalia, where one or more journalists have been murdered every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate the attacks.

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