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
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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


Alerts   |   China

Chinese journalist accused of illegally acquiring state secrets

New York, October 19, 2015--Chinese authorities should immediately release an award-winning journalist who has been held since October 8 and accused of illegally acquiring state secrets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Liu Wei is an investigative reporter for the Guangzhou-based newspaper Southern Metropolis.

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Cap and trade: How China maintains positive coverage with limit on negative news

President Xi Jinping and his wife join the Obamas at the White House on September 25. The press in China has been issued directives to limit negative reports about the U.S. visit. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

China's President Xi Jinping announced a major cap-and-trade program on carbon emissions at the White House today, but a cap on press freedom back home has long been in place.

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As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Blog   |   China

Harassment in China: Foreign correspondents' club releases report

From being followed by plain clothes policemen to being locked in a hotel conference room, the life of an international journalist in China comes with its challenges. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China released details on September 13 of six cases of members being harassed by authorities between March and August this year.

September 17, 2015 1:03 PM ET


Blog   |   China

In China, last of the liberals under pressure to toe party line

News crews film as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for a military parade in Beijing. In an apparent change of tone, a media group known for its liberal stance gave the event glowing coverage. (AP/Andy Wong, Pool)

The day after a lavish military parade was held in Beijing on September 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and China's role in defeating Japan, three major Chinese newspapers--Southern Weekend, Southern Metropolis, and Southern Daily--published pages of photographs and articles brimming with nationalist sentiment. The papers all belong to the Southern Media Group, often called the Southern Series, a state-owned media conglomerate based in Guangdong province. "The Southern Series has opened a new chapter walking on the correct road and developing fast," wrote Xinhua, China's state press agency, in praise of the newspapers' coverage.

Alerts   |   China

Chinese state TV airs footage of journalist saying he regrets writing stock market story

New York, August 31, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a Chinese journalist who has been held since Tuesday and accused of spreading false information. The Chinese state broadcaster on Monday aired footage of Wang Xiaolu appearing to say that he regrets writing a story about the stock market.

Alerts   |   China

In China, journalist reporting on stock market held by police

New York, August 26, 2015--Chinese authorities should immediately release a journalist who has been held since Tuesday and accused of spreading false information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Wang Xiaolu is a reporter for the Beijing-based business magazine Caijing.

Blog   |   China

In Hong Kong, Kevin Lau's resiliency reflected in new independent media

Journalists and their supporters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on March 2, 2014, in support of Kevin Lau. (AP/Vincent Yu)

A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced two men to 19 years in prison for the attack on journalist Kevin Lau Chun-to. The brutal knifing, of which the mastermind has still not been identified, came at a time when Beijing is increasingly bearing down on the island, and was seen by many as an attack on Hong Kong's freedom of the press. At the same time, Lau himself has noted that Hong Kong's press has a certain resiliency, which most recently can be seen in the emergence of start-up news agencies that aim to provide independent reporting.

Statements   |   China

Hong Kong must identify, prosecute the mastermind of 2014 attack on journalist Kevin Lau

New York, August 13, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Hong Kong to work quickly and efficiently to identify the mastermind of the February 2014 attack on newspaper editor Kevin Lau Chun-to and ensure there is full justice in the case. Two men identified as Yip Kim-wah and Wong Chi-wah were found guilty today of "causing grievous bodily harm and stealing a motorcycle" in the assault, but have refused to say who ordered the attack, reports said. They are expected to be sentenced on August 21.

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