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Alerts   |   Algeria

TV station staff who produce satirical news shows arrested in Algeria

New York, June 27, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of two senior staff at a privately owned television station in Algeria on June 24. Mahdi bin Issa, the manager of KBC, and Riyadh Hartouf, a producer, face charges of falsifying permits and complicity in abuse of position, and were ordered detained by a judge, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Syria

Fresh threats to journalists from Islamic State group

New York, June 27, 2016 - Threats made against journalists in a video purportedly showing militants from the Islamic State group murdering five Syrians accused of working with media and nongovernmental organizations underscore the need to protect Syrian and Iraqi journalists fleeing the conflict, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

June 27, 2016 5:56 PM ET

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Case   |   Iran

Iran suspends license of reformist newspaper

An Iranian court prosecutor suspended the Iranian reformist newspaper Ghanoon's license following a legal complaint from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IGRC), the newspaper announced on June 20, 2016.

June 24, 2016 4:47 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria

Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home

Smoke rises over Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district in this October 2, 2012, file photo. (Manu Brabo/AP)

New York, June 17, 2016 - Independent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that destroyed their house in the Syrian city of Aleppo late Thursday night, according to media reports. Eissa is reported to be in critical condition.

June 17, 2016 4:09 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria, Turkey

Syrian journalist in Turkey survives second assassination attempt

Beirut, June 13, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attempted assassination of Syrian journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa. Sunday's attack on the journalist was the second in three months.

June 13, 2016 1:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   France, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Turkey

Infographic: Islamic State's assault on the press

When Mosul fell to Islamic State on June, 10, 2014, it sparked one of the biggest attacks on press freedom in recent times. Newspapers were shuttered, TV channels were ransacked, radio stations disappeared from the airwaves, and dozens of journalists vanished. Within days, the militants had a monopoly on information output.

June 8, 2016 9:55 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Leaders of Egypt's Journalists' Syndicate referred to trial

Journalists carry Yehia Qallash, the head of the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate, on their shoulders at a May 4, 2016, protest at the Journalists' Syndicate in centralCairo. (Reuters)

Washington, May 31, 2016 -- Egyptian prosecutors should drop all charges against leaders of the country's Journalists' Syndicate and cease harassing them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained syndicate chair Yehia Qallash and board members Khaled al-Balshy and Gamal Abdel Rahim for more than 12 hours for interrogation on Sunday, freeing them on Monday, pending trial, according to the syndicate and news reports.

Statements   |   Syria

CPJ calls for the release of Japanese journalist

New York, May 31, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of freelance Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing in Syria nearly a year ago.

May 31, 2016 12:55 PM ET

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Blog   |   Iran, Security

Why Telegram's security flaws may put Iran's journalists at risk

An Iranian shows messages on Telegram about Iran's elections in February. Security experts warn that users of the app may be at risk of data compromise. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

The mobile messaging app Telegram is popular in Iran, where citizens who have limited access to uncensored news and mainstream social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, use it to share and access information. But the app's estimated 20 million users in Iran, including those who use Telegram to report and communicate with sources, could be putting themselves at severe risk of data compromise, security experts warn.

Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

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