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Preserving the free press in the US

CPJ examines the challenges journalists face in a changing environment for the news media. Nine outlets are denied access to an informal White House press secretary briefing; border officers question a BBC reporter and search his devices; and at least 10 journalists covering the Standing Rock protests face charges. Online trolls, emboldened by the president's anti-press rhetoric, harass reporters. Journalists fear further limits to governmental transparency and calls to weaken encryption.

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Statements   |   USA

Reporters barred from U.S. press secretary briefing

Reporters gather after being denied access to an informal White House press secretary briefing. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

New York, February 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the decision today to bar nine news outlets from an informal briefing known as "a gaggle" by President Donald Trump's White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Separately, at the Conservative Party Action Conference in Maryland today, Trump said that journalists should not be allowed to use anonymous sources, and accused the press of producing "fake news," according to reports.

Blog   |   USA

Journalists covering Standing Rock face charges as police arrest protesters

A banner is unveiled near a camp of Dakota Access pipeline protesters. Several journalists covering the Standing Rock protests are facing charges. (AP/David Goldman)V(AP Photo/David Goldman)

For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of mostly freelance, left-wing, and Native American outlets have remained at the site to provide daily coverage.

Alerts   |   Ecuador

Ecuadoran TV journalist receives mail bomb

Janet Hinostroza, poses for a photo at her offices on December 7, 2015 (AP/Dolores Ochoa)

New York, February 17, 2017--The Ecuadoran National Police should swiftly bring to justice whoever sent award-winning TV journalist Janet Hinostroza a makeshift explosive device, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The attempted attack took place days before general elections scheduled for February 19.

February 17, 2017 2:45 PM ET

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Statements   |   Venezuela

Venezuela suspends CNN en Español broadcasts

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks to the press at a summit in January. The state-run regulator has suspended transmissions of CNN en Español days after the president criticized the broadcaster. (AP/Tatiana Fernandez)

New York, February 15, 2017--Venezuela's state telecommunications regulator Conatel today ordered transmissions of CNN en Español to be suspended in the country, according to reports. A statement from the regulator said that Conatel was initiating administrative proceedings against the Spanish-language channel of CNN, which it said distorted the truth and "attack[ed] the peace and democratic stability of the Venezuelan people."

February 15, 2017 5:59 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Dominican Republic

Two radio journalists shot and killed during live broadcast in the Dominican Republic

New York, February 15, 2017 -- Authorities in the Dominican Republic should establish a motive in the murder of radio journalists Luis Manuel Medina and Leónidas Martínez and prosecute all those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two radio journalists were shot and killed yesterday during a Facebook Live broadcast at the FM 103.5 radio station located in the southeastern city of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic, according to press reports.

February 15, 2017 5:52 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Brazil

O Globo and Folha de S.Paulo ordered to remove reports about Brazil's First Lady

Brazil's President Michel Temer and his wife, Marcela, pictured in October 2016. Two papers were ordered to remove reports on the trial of a hacker who targeted the first lady. (AFP/Money Sharma)

São Paulo, February 15, 2017--A judge ordered two of Brazil's biggest national dailies, Folha de S.Paulo and O Globo, to remove stories from their websites about a court case of a hacker convicted of attempted blackmail of Brazil's first lady, Marcela Temer, according to reports in both papers.

February 15, 2017 3:58 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Venezuela

CPJ calls on Venezuela to stop obstructing the foreign press

São Paulo, February 13, 2017--Two Brazilian journalists investigating a continent-wide corruption ring were detained over the weekend in Venezuela, according to press reports. Separately, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced at a rally that he wanted CNN out of the country and accused the network of spreading "fake news," other outlets reported.

February 13, 2017 7:09 PM ET

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Case   |   Uruguay

Reporter survives shooting in Uruguay

Two unidentified men riding a motorcycle on February 7, 2017, shot at Isabel Prieto Fernández, a reporter with the Uruguayan weekly Caras y Caretas, as she was driving to her home in Montevideo from the beachside town of El Pinar, according to press reports.

February 10, 2017 12:32 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Peru

Assailants try to cut out Peruvian journalist's tongue

New York, February 8, 2017--Peruvian authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for a brutal attack against broadcast journalist Marco Bonifacio Sánchez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unidentified assailants tried to cut off the journalist's tongue as he walked home in the northern Peruvian town of Cajamarca late in the night of February 3, colleagues and friends told CPJ.

February 8, 2017 3:48 PM ET

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Case   |   Colombia

Shots fired at Colombian journalist

Unidentified men riding a motorcycle on January 27, 2017, fired gunshots at Edwin Montiel, news director of the radio station Frontera Stereo, in the northern Colombian city of Maicao, according to news reports. Montiel, who often reports on criminal gangs and smuggling in Maicao, a town located near the Venezuelan border, was unhurt in the attack.

February 7, 2017 1:39 PM ET

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