Alerts   |   Philippines

Ex-official accused in Philippine journalist murder

Gerardo Ortega, who criticized local officials in his reporting, was killed in January 2011.

New York, March 13, 2012--After reviewing evidence in the 2011 killing of journalist Gerardo Ortega, the Philippine Department of Justice on Tuesday recommended that murder charges be filed against ex-governor Joel Reyes in the local courts, news reports said. In doing so, the department reversed an earlier decision not to pursue charges against Reyes.

Although the accused triggerman, Marlon Recamata, named Reyes in the murder, a June 2011 Department of Justice investigation found his statement unsubstantiated, news reports said. Ortega's supporters submitted new evidence a few weeks later and petitioned for the department to re-investigate, reports said. After reviewing the evidence, the department issued a recommendation on Tuesday for murder charges to be filed against Reyes in the Regional Trial Court of Puerto Princesa City, according to news reports. 

March 13, 2012 4:48 PM ET


Letters   |   Afghanistan

Afghanistan must uphold its commitment to free press

Dear President Karzai: We are deeply concerned by the potential repercussions of a March 10 statement released by Ministry of Defense spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi over an article written by The Wall Street Journal reporter Maria Abi-Habib. The statement, which personally attacks the journalist, sends a chilling message to other reporters who write about alleged government misconduct. We call on you to publicly address Azimi's statement and ask all government officials to refrain from attacks on journalists. We also ask you to uphold your commitment to a free press in Afghanistan that you have made many times in the past.

March 13, 2012 2:35 PM ET

Alerts   |   Philippines

Philippine journalist critically injured in shooting

New York, March 12, 2012--Philippine authorities must immediately launch an investigation into the shooting of journalist Fernan Angeles, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is investigating the motive in the attack, which left the journalist hospitalized in critical condition today.  

Alerts   |   India

Crowd attacks Indian journalists covering elections

Opposing political groups clashed today after local election results were announced. Here, an election officer counts votes. (AFP/Prakash Singh)

New York, March 6, 2012--A large crowd attacked a group of about 100 Indian journalists covering local election results in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday and damaged their equipment, according to news reports. The journalists were forced to lock themselves in a school for several hours to protect themselves from the violence, news reports said.

Alerts   |   India

Indian journalist dies after being attacked

New York, March 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Indian journalist Rajesh Mishra in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. Mishra is the second journalist killed in Madhya Pradesh in a month.

March 6, 2012 2:26 PM ET


Alerts   |   China

Online editor in China detained for reposting

New York, March 5, 2012--A Web editor in the southern Chinese city of Foshan was jailed for 10 days after reposting an unconfirmed report that two local officials had been caught with prostitutes, according to Chinese and international news reports.

March 5, 2012 6:03 PM ET


Alerts   |   Philippines

Radio journalist shot, wounded in the Philippines

Two men attempted to kill a radio journalist on Friday. Here, reporters and students protest the high number of unsolved journalist murders across the Philippines. (AP/Bullit Marquez)

New York, March 5, 2012--Philippine authorities must apprehend the assailants in Friday's attack on radio journalist Fernando Gabio, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 5, 2012 1:13 PM ET


Alerts   |   India

In Bangalore, journalists attacked outside courthouse

A group of lawyers attacked journalists outside a courthouse in Bangalore today. Here, a reporter helps an injured police officer. (AP)

New York, March 2, 2012--Ten Indian journalists were reported injured today after being attacked by a group of lawyers outside a court in the city of Bangalore, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on authorities to conduct an immediate investigation.

March 2, 2012 4:16 PM ET


Alerts   |   Afghanistan

Radio reporter murdered in Afghanistan

New York, February 23, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Afghan authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of radio journalist Samid Khan Bahadarzai and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

Alerts   |   India

Indian journalist and his family found dead

New York, February 21, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the murder of a senior journalist in India and calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into his death.

February 21, 2012 11:41 PM ET



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