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2011

Alerts   |   Pakistan

Journalist gunned down in Pakistan, another still missing

New York, August 15, 2011--Alarm continues to mount for the safety of Pakistani journalists with the assassination of a reporter on Sunday in restive Baluchistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Also, a senior reporter remains missing in Waziristan, after being abducted on August 11.

August 15, 2011 4:35 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

China should allow open reporting of environmental threat

Thousands of demonstrators called for the closure of a chemical plant on Sunday, but coverage of the rally disappeared online. (Reuters)

New York, August 15, 2011--Information authorities in China should cease censorship of environmental protests in Liaoning province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

August 15, 2011 3:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Pakistan

Journalist abducted in Pakistan tribal area

New York, August 12, 2011--Concern is mounting for the safety of journalist Rahmatullah Darpakhel, who was seized by a group of armed men in North Waziristan on Tuesday and remains missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

August 12, 2011 3:34 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Nepal

Nepali journalist assaulted, in critical condition

New York, August 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today about a brutal attack on journalist Kishor Budhathoki in eastern Nepal on Thursday night. Budhathoki is vice president of the local chapter of press freedom watchdog the Federation of Nepali Journalists and also reports for sister papers The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post.

Case   |   Bangladesh

Criminal group threatens crime reporter in Bangladesh

A telephone caller claiming to represent a wanted criminal overseas threatened to kill a senior crime reporter in July 2011 for writing about the drug trade, local news reports and a human rights advocate said. 

Alerts   |   China

Chinese TV producer suspended for crash reportage

Wreckage from the July 23 train crash. (Reuters)

New York, August 2, 2011--The suspension of a state television producer for his coverage of last week's fatal train crash sends a disturbing message to Chinese media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Information authorities intensified media restrictions at the end of last week in an effort to restrain the unusually probing media treatment of the July 23 disaster. But their initial propaganda directives were widely ignored and the railway ministry's response to the crash launched a flood of online criticism.

August 2, 2011 4:11 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

New attempts to rein in train crash coverage in China

New York, August 1, 2011--Chinese propaganda authorities renewed their orders to media groups late Friday not to report on last week's train crash or its aftermath after their initial bans on coverage were widely disregarded, according to international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that popular outcry in China at the crash is a sign that propaganda orders cannot suppress public opinion.

August 1, 2011 4:46 PM ET

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Statements   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka must investigate reported attack on journalist

New York, July 29, 2011-- Authorities in Sri Lanka should immediately investigate a reported brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, said the Committee to Protect Journalists.
July 29, 2011 4:44 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

China obstructs train disaster reporting

Chinese rescue workers by the wreckage of train cars in Wenzhou on Sunday. (AP/Color China Photo)

New York, July 25, 2011--Information authorities should allow open reporting on Saturday's high-speed rail crash in Zhejiang province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

July 25, 2011 3:21 PM ET

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Alerts   |   China

Newspaper's investigative unit shuttered in China

A screenshot of Wang Keqin's blog, which has had no mention of the politicized reshuffling at his newspaper.

New York, July 19, 2011--Reports that the Beijing-based China Economic Times has closed its investigative news unit are a concerning sign that pressure is mounting on hard-hitting media outlets in China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

July 19, 2011 3:40 PM ET

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