Press Releases   |   Venezuela

Venezuela violated freedom of speech by refusing to renew TV license, groups assert in court papers

Amicus brief filed by CPJ and New York City Bar Association

New York, May 12, 2014--Venezuela's May 2007 refusal to renew the broadcast license of Radio Caracas Television, or RCTV, violated Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and is "a violation of settled inter-American principles of freedom of speech and the rule of law," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the New York City Bar Association said in an amicus brief filed today before the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights. 

May 12, 2014 2:47 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Brazil

Violence and judicial censorship afflict journalists in Brazil

Rousseff administration takes steps, but impunity still haunts the World Cup host

Brasilia, May 6, 2014--Brazil is home to a vibrant investigative press, but journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. The media is also subject to legal harassment that drains resources and censors important stories, according to a special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists released today.
May 5, 2014 5:36 PM ET

Media Advisories   |   Brazil

Halftime for the Brazilian press

CPJ to release report on press freedom, internet freedom, impunity, and censorship in Brazil

New York, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on the press freedom climate in Brazil as the country gears up to host the World Cup this summer, followed by the Olympics in 2016. The report examines Brazil's steps to combat impunity in journalist murders; the persistence of judicial censorship; and Internet legislation, known as the Internet bill of rights, that was approved by Congress this week as a major Internet governance conference was underway. The report will be released online in English and Portuguese and presented at a panel discussion in Brasília on May 6, 2014.

April 24, 2014 3:24 PM ET

Alerts   |   Peru

Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

Bogotá, April 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news reports

Alerts   |   Cuba

CPJ condemns jailing of Cuban citizen journalist

New York, April 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the imprisonment of Juliet Michelena Díaz, a member of a network of citizen journalists, and calls on Cuban authorities to release her immediately. Michelena was detained on April 7 days after photographing a police operation in Havana, according to news reports and local human rights defenders

Case   |   Peru

Peruvian journalist loses eye while covering protest

Rudy Huallpa Cayo, a journalist with local television station Telecultura 7, lost his left eye after being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest on April 1, 2014, in the province of Melgar, according to news reports.  

April 14, 2014 10:55 AM ET


Media Advisories

Journalist murders silence the press

CPJ to launch 2014 Impunity Index

New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its 2014 Impunity Index, a global tally of countries with the highest number of unsolved press murders. The index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, shows that authorities are often unwilling or unable to pursue justice in journalist killings. Since 1992, more than 600 journalists have been murdered with impunity, a disturbing trend that sends a chilling message to those reporting uncomfortable truths.

April 9, 2014 1:56 PM ET

Case   |   Costa Rica

Costa Rican court strikes down tracking of daily's calls

The constitutional chamber of the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled on March 21, 2014, that the government's secret monitoring of phone records of the San José-based daily Diario Extra as part of a leak investigation was unconstitutional, according to news reports

Case   |   USA

Alabama blogger released after five months in jail

Roger Shuler, whose blog, Legal Schnauzer, specializes in allegations of corruption and scandal in Republican circles in Alabama, was released from jail on March 26, 2014, after spending more than five months in prison on contempt of court charges. Shuler was arrested on October 1, 2013, for failing to comply with a preliminary injunction prohibiting him from publishing certain stories on his blog. A Shelby County judge ordered Shuler's release after his wife, Carol Shuler, removed most of the allegedly defamatory content, according to local news reports

Case   |   Peru

Peru court gives journalist suspended jail term

Peruvian journalist César Quino Escudero was sentenced on March 21, 2014, to a six-month suspended prison sentence for defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to news reports. Quino was also fined US$8,400 in damages and sentenced to 120 days of community service.  


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