Connecting Cuba: Steps to press freedom

Cuba's journalists, emboldened by President Raúl Castro's call for reforms in 2010, are finding more space for critical comment, but legal limbo caused by outdated and restrictive media laws, harassment and intimidation from authorities, and limited and expensive access to the internet are slowing the island nation's progress toward press freedom. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

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Alerts   |   USA

U.S. documentary filmmakers face prison for filming protest

A March 14, 2014, file photo shows a warning sign outside facility of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. (Reuters/Lane Hickenbottom)

New York, October 20, 2016--Prosecutors in the U.S. states of North Dakota and Washington should drop all charges against three independent documentary filmmakers arrested while filming environmental activists interfering with oil pipelines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Case   |   Cuba

Cuban journalists detained while covering hurricane damage

Cuban state security officers on October 11 briefly detained Elaine Díaz Rodríguez, one of Cuba's most prominent independent journalists, along with five of her colleagues from Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood News) and two freelancers working with them, while the team attempted to report on storm damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in northeastern Cuba Periodismo de Barrio reported.

Statements   |   USA

North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, pictured at an event in 2012, is facing a charge of rioting after covering protests in September. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was filed October 14 by North Dakota attorney Ladd Erickson, according to reports. An earlier charge of criminal trespassing was dropped, reports said.

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Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

Number of journalists who covered corruption who were killed in relation to their work since 1992, by country. (Mehdi Rahmati/CPJ research)

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction and good governance. This is why journalists on this beat must be protected, including by multilateral lending institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which just concluded their annual meetings in Washington D.C.

Statements   |   USA

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the first presidential debate in September. Journalists are among the groups attacked by the Republican nominee during his campaign. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

New York, October 13, 2016--In an unprecedented step, the Committee to Protect Journalists today released a statement recognizing that a Donald Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom. In response to Trump's threats and vilification of the media during his campaign, the chairman of CPJ's board, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200 years this founding principle has protected journalists in the United States and inspired those around the world, including brave journalists facing violence, censorship, and government repression.

Case   |   Brazil

Newspaper supplement alleging corruption confiscated

A group of unidentified men on September 27 confiscated a special supplement of one of Rio de Janeiro's biggest tabloids, Extra, that reported on a corruption investigation into a candidate in municipal elections, the newspaper reported.

Alerts   |   Brazil

Critical Brazilian journalist injured in shooting

São Paulo, September 30, 2016-- Edvaldo Oliveira, who owns and writes for the small newspaper Voz das Cidades, was rushed to the hospital on September 26 after being shot by an unidentified assailant, according to news reports and local sources. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Brazilian authorities to guarantee Oliveira's safety and ensure that his attackers are brought to justice.

September 30, 2016 10:53 AM ET

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Reports   |   Cuba

Connecting Cuba: More space for criticism but restrictions slow press freedom progress

Cuba’s press, emboldened by President Raúl Castro’s call for reforms in 2010, are finding more space for critical comment, but harassment and intimidation from authorities, a legal limbo caused by outdated and restrictive press laws, and limited and expensive access to the internet is slowing the island nation’s progress toward press freedom. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

September 28, 2016 9:00 AM ET

Reports   |   Cuba

Connecting Cuba

Foreword: Contemplating a free press in Cuba

By Ernesto Londoño

A free press, at its best, is the conscience of a nation, an indispensable arbiter of truth and righteousness. When it is doing its job well, a free press unearths unpleasant truths, holds people in power accountable and champions marginalized communities.

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