Press Uncuffed: support jailed journalists

Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan, who was serving a 10-year sentence for her critical writing, is released early after spending more than 1,470 days in prison in Vietnam. Tan, who features in CPJ's Press Uncuffed campaign, is one of the many journalists jailed around the world by authorities seeking to silence their critics. Five Press Uncuffed journalists are released, but two more are added to the campaign: Gao Yu, pictured, a reporter from China imprisoned for more than 500 days, and Eskinder Nega, from Ethiopia, who has been held for more than 1,400 days.

Data: journalists imprisoned globally
(AP/Jacques Brinon)

Alerts   |   Pakistan

In Pakistan, second journalist shot dead in a month

New York, November 23, 2015--Local television reporter Hafeez Ur Rehman was killed Sunday morning while riding a motorcycle in Kohat, the provincial capital of a district in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to media reports. Rehman, a television reporter, is the second journalist this month to be shot dead in Pakistan's tribal regions.

November 23, 2015 1:55 PM ET


Alerts   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese bloggers held for over 18 months in pre-trial detention

Bangkok, November 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Vietnam to immediately release Nguyen Huu Vinh and Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who have been held in pre-trial detention since May 5, 2014 on anti-state charges over articles posted on their news site and aggregator Ba Sam and other blogging sites. Vinh’s health has declined in custody due to poor prison conditions, his wife, Le Thi Minh Ha, told CPJ via email.

November 19, 2015 12:36 PM ET


Alerts   |   Philippines

Radio reporter murdered in the Philippines

Bangkok, November 4, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Jose Bernardo, a radio reporter who was shot and killed on Saturday in the capital of the Philippines, according to news reports. Authorities must impartially investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, CPJ said today.

Alerts   |   Pakistan

Pakistan must pursue killers of Zaman Mehsud and bring them to justice

New York, November 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistan to investigate the killing of local journalist Zaman Mehsud who, according to reports, was shot dead in the Tank district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today.

November 3, 2015 4:59 PM ET


Blog   |   India

In India, politics of beef and rising intolerance threaten press freedom

A protest in Delhi over the murder of a Muslim farmer killed over claims he slaughtered a cow. Violence over the tightening of beef laws in parts of India is having an impact on some journalists. (AP/Altaf Qadri)

The violence over the tightening of laws banning the consumption of beef in parts of India and debate over the reach of a right-wing Hindu agenda are having an impact on press freedom. An editor who wrote about the benefits of beef was fired last week, journalists have received death threats from extremist groups, and writers have handed back awards in protest of what they see as the government's failure to address a rising tide of intolerance.

Alerts   |   Indonesia, UK

Two British journalists convicted in Indonesia over visa violations

Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser, center, in court in Indonesia in October. The British filmmakers were sentenced for visa violations on November 3. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

New York, November 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the conviction of British filmmakers Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser who, according to reports, were sentenced to two and a half month in prison in Indonesia today. The conviction represents a failure of the government to reverse its long-standing anti-media policies.

November 3, 2015 1:29 PM ET


Alerts   |   Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, publisher stabbed to death and three injured in attacks

New York, November 2, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns two separate attacks in Dhaka on Saturday that, according to reports, killed and injured, respectively, two publishers who had produced books by the murdered Bangladeshi-American publisher Avijit Roy. Two writers were also injured in one of the attacks.

Blog   |   China

In China, harsh penalties for 'false news' make it harder for reporters to work

China's journalists and bloggers, already under threat of persecution, face new risks from November 1, when amendments to the country's criminal law come into effect. Under the amendment, passed in August by legislative body the National People's Congress, those convicted of spreading false news about disasters or epidemics will face harsh penalties.

October 30, 2015 5:29 PM ET


Case   |   India

Journalist arrested in restive Chhattisgarh state in India

On September 29, 2015, police in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh arrested a journalist on what his colleagues said were fabricated charges in connection with his reporting on human rights abuses by local authorities, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Indonesia, UK

Two British filmmakers on trial in Indonesia over visa regulations

Neil Bonner and Rebecca Prosser are escorted into court in Indonesia on October 22. The British filmmakers are on trial for working without a journalist visa. (AFP/Iklil Faiz)

New York, October 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the continued detention and trial of two British filmmakers who have been held in Indonesia since May 28. They are being held with the general prison population in a provincial jail in Batam, according to family members.

October 22, 2015 3:52 PM ET


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