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Reporters at risk in Venezuela protests

Journalists are detained, injured, and prevented from covering mass protests in Venezuela as that country's political crisis shows little sign of easing. Police take journalists' equipment and fire tear gas canisters directly at working reporters. Internet users say that some news websites are inaccessible. CPJ documents dangers to the media and offers safety advice to those covering the unrest.

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How US Espionage Act can be used against journalists covering leaks

Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joked about Trump using a saber on the press and U.S. Senator Jim Risch told CNN the press should be questioning the Washington Post about its sources. Then, on May 16, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey to consider putting journalists in prison for publishing classified information. If the request, which is allegedly detailed in a memo from Comey, is true it represents a serious risk to reporters, according to First Amendment attorneys.

Case   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist flees state after receiving threats

Independent journalist Fabián García Castrejón fled the western Mexican state of Nayarit on May 15, 2017, after someone painted threats on the wall of his home, according to the journalist, officials, and media reports.

May 19, 2017 2:56 PM ET

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Blog   |   Mexico

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, brave and beloved Mexican journalist

The author interprets Javier Valdez Cárdenas's acceptance speech at the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards in New York. Valdez 'combined the grit of the most battle-hardened reporter with the elegiac soul of a 19th century Romantic poet.' (CPJ)

When Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas arrived in New York City in November 2011 to accept CPJ's International Press Freedom Award, he and his staff had already suffered a grenade attack on the offices of their weekly, Ríodoce. Weeks after receiving the award, they were the victims of a denial of service (DOS) attack that would take the publication's website offline for days. The death threats against Javier in reprisal for his reporting on organized crime and corruption continued until his brutal murder today in his home city of Culiacán, but he refused a life in exile or a life without journalism. "To die," he said in an interview with CPJ, "would be to stop writing."

Statements   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist and CPJ awardee Javier Valdez Cárdenas murdered

Javier Valdez Cárdenas, pictured at a book launch in November 2016. The Mexican journalist was killed in Sinaloa state May 15. (AFP/Hector Guerrero)

New York, May 15, 2017--The Mexican prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression in Mexico should swiftly investigate the murder of Javier Valdez Cárdenas and bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Valdez was shot and killed today near the offices of Ríodoce, the local weekly he founded in 2003 in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state, according to reports.

May 15, 2017 4:31 PM ET

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Alerts   |   USA

Journalist arrested in West Virginia while questioning cabinet official

In an image created from video from the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia's Facebook page, Dan Heyman, left, addresses the press after his release in Charleston, West Virginia, May 9, 2017.

New York, May 10, 2017--The arrest of a journalist in the U.S. state of West Virginia while asking a question of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price yesterday is an affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Case   |   Venezuela

More than 100 journalists face threats or injury covering Venezuela protests

More than 100 journalists and media workers have been threatened, harassed, detained, injured, or otherwise obstructed from doing their work in Venezuela since mass protests erupted against the government of President Nicolás Maduro there at the beginning of April 2017, according to media reports, the affected journalists, and Venezuelan press freedom groups.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican president pledges to prioritize journalist safety and combat impunity

President Enrique Peña Nieto, left, pledged in a meeting with a CPJ delegation, right, to make ending impunity and keeping journalists safe a priority. (Los Pinos)

Mexico City, May 4, 2017-- Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto today pledged to prioritize combating impunity in the murders of journalists for the remainder of his term, which ends next year. He said the safety and protection of journalists would also be a priority.

Alerts   |   Venezuela

Two media workers detained in Venezuela

A protester throws a tear gas canister back at police in Caracas, May 2, 2017. (Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Bogotá, Colombia, May 2, 2017--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release Marcos Vergara and Deivis Valera, production assistants for the online media platform VivoPlay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two were taken into the custody of the Venezuelan National Guard while covering a protest last night, according to their lawyer.

Reports   |   Mexico

No Excuse: Mexico must break cycle of impunity in journalists' murders

Mexico’s press is caught in a deadly cycle of violence and impunity, with journalists in Veracruz state at particular risk of kidnap and murder. Despite authorities appointing a special prosecutor to investigate crimes against freedom of expression and establishing a protection mechanism for journalists, a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Published May 3, 2017

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May 2, 2017 5:00 PM ET

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