Case   |   Sri Lanka

Protesters hurl stones, injure four at Sirasa TV

Staffers at Sirasa TV confirmed media reports that about 200 people gathered outside the in-town office of the independent broadcaster and threw stones, breaking windows and injuring staffers on March 22, 2010. Some in the crowd carried posters in Sinhala and English protesting the station’s plan to broadcast a concert by pop singer Akon scheduled for April in the capital city, Colombo. One of the singer’s recent videos had included a statue of the Buddha in the background while poolside partygoers danced in the foreground. Most of Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority are Buddhist. Police were reportedly made a few arrests. 

March 25, 2010 11:13 AM ET


Case   |   Pakistan

Journalist’s house and car vandalized in Pakistan

Three unidentified men attacked the residence of an investigative reporter for the private news channel DawnNews TV, in the Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, on January 19, 2010 according to local news reports.
March 25, 2010 11:07 AM ET


Alerts   |   Philippines

Philippine editor Vitug receives series of death threats

New York, March 23, 2010—The Philippine government must vigorously pursue its investigation into a series of death threats received by Marites Dañguilan Vitug, editor-in-chief of the online news outlet Newsbreak, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   China

CPJ welcomes Google stand on censorship

We issued the following statement today after Google announced it had stopped censoring its search engine in China:

March 22, 2010 4:18 PM ET


Alerts   |   China

Chinese official urges political education for journalists

New York, March 11, 2010—A state official responsible for media regulation said Wednesday the government should require Chinese journalists to obtain official training to report the news, according to local and international news reports. Domestic journalists already need government-issued identity cards to work in China.  

March 11, 2010 4:03 PM ET


Alerts   |   CPJ, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan attorney general assures exiled journalists

Colombo, March 10, 2010—In a meeting with a CPJ delegation today, Sri Lankan Attorney General Mohan Peiris said he was prepared to offer protection to any of the nation’s journalists who return to the country from exile.

March 10, 2010 12:51 PM ET


Alerts   |   Nepal

Second Nepali media owner murdered in a month

Nepalese riot police block journalists during a protest against the killing Arun Simhaniya. (AP/Binod Joshi)

New York, March 3, 2010—Police in Nepal must immediately investigate Monday’s fatal shooting of publisher and business owner Arun Singhaniya, the second murder of a media executive in the country in a month, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 3, 2010 2:46 PM ET


Alerts   |   Afghanistan

Afghan government curtails reporting on insurgent attacks

New York, March 2, 2010—The Afghan government should allow full coverage of terrorist attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, following reports that intelligence officials had privately issued a ban on live coverage to news outlets on Monday.

March 2, 2010 3:57 PM ET


Letters   |   Afghanistan, UK

CPJ calls for UK to investigate Munadi death in rescue

Dear Prime Minister Brown: We last wrote to you on November 5 to urge you to authorize the Ministry of Defence to carry out an investigation into the September 9, 2009, military operation that rescued British-Irish journalist and New York Times correspondent Stephen Farrell and unfortunately led to the death of his Afghan colleague, Sultan Munadi. In our November 5 letter, we offered our condolences on the loss of British Parachute Regiment Cpl. John Harrison, but also pointed out that many questions about the operation remain unanswered. Among them is whether Munadi’s rescue was a central objective, what circumstances existed when he was killed, and why his remains were left behind after British forces withdrew.

March 1, 2010 10:03 AM ET


Alerts   |   Sri Lanka

No sign of Sri Lankan journalist Eknelygoda one month on

New York, February 24, 2010—One month after the disappearance of her husband Prageeth Eknelygoda, the journalist’s wife, Sandhya Eknelygoda , told CPJ that she has not been able to get police or other government officials to actively investigate the case.

February 24, 2010 3:15 PM ET



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