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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan government seeks order to permanently block news websites

New York, April 28, 2017--The Azerbaijani government should immediately stop trying to permanently block access to five independent media outlets' websites and should instead lift a decree that has rendered them currently inaccessible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the capital Baku yesterday began hearing a government lawsuit that seeks to compel internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to the sites, adjourning until May 1, according to media reports.

Alerts   |   Macedonia

At least two journalists injured as protesters storm Macedonian parliament

Macedonian Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Zaev, who was among those injured when protesters stormed the parliament on April 27, 2017, reacts at a news conference in Skopje the following day. (Reuters/Ognen Teofilovski)

Brussels, April 28, 2017--Macedonian police and prosecutors should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for injuring at least two journalists and assaulting at least four others in last night's storming of the parliament building, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nationalist demonstrators, many of them wearing masks and hoods, last night stormed the building in the capital Skopje to protest yesterday's election of an ethnic-Albanian politician as speaker of the parliament, according to media reports and journalists who were present at the scene.

Alerts   |   Russia

An investigative journalist and a blogger attacked in Russia

A still image created from a video shows an unknown assailant throwing an antiseptic at Russian blogger Ilya Varlamov at Stavropol airport, April 26, 2017.

New York, April 27, 2017--Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate two attacks against journalists yesterday and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

April 27, 2017 3:56 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 23, 2017

Police detain a protester outside the Supreme Board of Elections in Ankara, April 16, 2017. (AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

German magazine correspondent denied credentials for 'insulting president'
Turkish authorities denied Raphael Geiger, the Turkey, Greece, and Middle East correspondent for the German magazine Stern, an extension of his press credentials, saying he had insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish service of Deutsche Welle reported on April 26. Geiger, who is currently in Athens, said he did not know which of his articles had caused offense, media reports said.

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Alerts   |   Turkey

Journalists detained in wake of Turkey referendum

Supporters of the 'No' campaign in Turkey's referendum protest in Istanbul on April 17. At least three journalists covering opposition to the vote have been detained. (AFP/Bulent Kilic)

New York, April 21, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to stop jailing journalists and suppressing dissent in the wake of a referendum to change Turkey's system of governance from parliamentary to presidential. In the past week, police arrested at least three journalists and raided the newsroom of leftist website Sendika for reporting on protests over alleged irregularities in the referendum.

Alerts   |   Russia

Russian journalist dies after severe beating

Nikolai Andrushchenko poses for a photograph in St. Petersburg, October 9, 2016. (Denis Usov)

New York, April 20, 2017-- Russian federal authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Nikolai Andrushchenko, co-founder of the weekly newspaper Novy Peterburg, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, known for his reporting on corruption and police brutality, died in a St. Petersburg hospital yesterday of injuries sustained in a beating last month. His killing marks the first CPJ has recorded of a journalist in Russia since 2013.

April 20, 2017 3:50 PM ET

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Blog   |   Germany

Proposed German legislation threatens broad internet censorship

A German legislator uses a mobile device during a session of the Bundestag in Berlin, March 1, 2013. (AP/Gero Breloer)

The German cabinet on April 5 approved a "Draft Law to Improve Law Enforcement in Social Networks" (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz), ostensibly aimed at combatting disinformation and hate speech, that raises concerns about restrictions on free expression and the privatization of censorship. The law would compel social media companies to remove content or risk fines as high as 50 million euros. Human rights and press freedom groups, including CPJ, joined several social media companies that have been at the center of the debate over "fake news" and hate speech to express concern over the proposed law.

April 20, 2017 9:53 AM ET

Blog   |   Macedonia

In Macedonia, anti-press rhetoric leaves journalists feeling vulnerable

Election posters for Nikola Gruevski, of Macedonia's VMRO-DPMNE party, in Skopje in December. Gruevski, who is struggling to form a coalition government, accuses critical media of being foreign mercenaries. (AP/Boris Grdanoski)

As the political crisis in Macedonia, triggered by allegations of mass surveillance by intelligence agencies, deepens the environment is increasingly unsafe for journalists who report critically on the ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity (VMRO-DPMNE) and its leader, Nikola Gruevski.

Statements   |   Russia

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta receives white powder in mail

A man leaves the editorial office of Novaya Gazeta in Moscow, January 26, 2009. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

New York, April 19, 2017--The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta received an envelope containing an unidentified white powder this morning, the newspaper reported. The envelope's only return address was "Grozny," the capital of Chechnya, where preachers and political officials have recently threatened the newspaper for reporting on the alleged torture and detention of men suspected of homosexuality. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities to swiftly bring to justice those responsible for the threat.

April 19, 2017 1:11 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of April 16, 2017

Opposition protesters shout slogans in Istanbul, April 17, 2017. (Reuters/Yagiz Karahan)

Wire reporter jailed
The Supreme Court of Appeals on April 14 upheld the Second Mardin Court for Serious Crimes' November 2016 sentence of two years and four months in prison against Meltem Oktay on charges of "making propaganda for a terrorist organization," the news website Dihaber reported yesterday.

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