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CPJ urges Egypt to release journalists ahead of Eid al-Adha holiday

Police arrested photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as Shawkan, on August 14, 2013.

New York, August 25, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Egyptian media reports that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi might release a number of imprisoned journalists ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday, which this year falls on September 11. Award-winning photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, better known as Shawkan, is among those who might be released, according to reports citing Egypt's National Council for Human Rights.

August 25, 2016 12:59 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi media technician and journalist killed in separate attacks

A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces stands guard in front of graffiti left behind by fleeing members of the Islamic State group in Fallujah, June 27, 2016. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Media technician Ali Ghani was killed in an attack by mortar fire while reporting in Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, August 20. Correspondent Hussein al-Fares was wounded in the same attack, according to Al-Ahad TV, which employed both men. Al-Ahad TV is affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia currently fighting militants from the Islamic State group alongside government security forces.

Blog   |   Oman

CPJ joins call for Sultan of Oman to end persecution of Azamn journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders today sent a letter to Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman, to draw his attention to the prosecution of three journalists from the independent daily newspaper, Azamn.

August 24, 2016 9:00 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian press freedom advocate faces life in prison

Human rights defender Gamal Eid (second from right) leaves a Cairo courtroom on April 20, 2016. (AFP)

New York, August 12, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately drop all charges against award-winning human rights defender Gamal Eid, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Among the accusations prosecutors have leveled against the veteran free expression advocate is the false claim that CPJ paid him to defame Egypt internationally.

August 12, 2016 12:14 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Iran

Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

New York, August 10, 2016--A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propagating against the state," according to his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, and news reports.

August 10, 2016 6:22 PM ET

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Case   |   Oman

Third journalist from Azamn newspaper arrested in Oman

Omani authorities arrested a third journalist from the independent newspaper Azamn on August 9, 2016, and ordered the paper to cease publishing, according to human rights groups and local news reports.

Case   |   Libya

Libyan journalist abducted, threatened

An unidentified group of armed men abducted Aboubaker Al-Bizanti, a producer for Art Media Solutions (AMS), which produces local news coverage for the broadcaster Libya Al-Ahrar TV and other television stations, the night of August 7, 2016, and released him the following day, according to the journalist, his colleagues, and Libyan news websites.

Alerts   |   Oman

Oman detains second journalist from Azamn newspaper

New York, August 5, 2016--Omani authorities this week arrested a second journalist from the Azamn newspaper. Zaher al-Abri, an editor, was detained without formal explanation in Muscat on August 3, according to his colleague and a local human rights group. He was arrested the day after speaking with CPJ about the case of Ibrahim al-Maamari, the paper's editor-in-chief who has been in custody since July 28.

Alerts   |   Oman

Omani journalist jailed over article on judiciary

New York, August 2, 2016 - An Omani journalist has been jailed for nearly a week under investigation of multiple charges after the daily newspaper Azamn published an article questioning the independence of the judiciary, according to his outlet and human rights groups.

Alerts   |   Libya

Photographer arrested while covering a protest in Libya

Demonstrators in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square protest what they say is French military intervention in Libya, July 22, 2016. (Reuters/Ismail Zeitouni)

Washington, August 2, 2016--Libyan authorities should immediately charge or release photographer and cameraman Saliem Alshebl, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alshebl, who works for the Libya satellite channel, which is allied with the National Accord government, was arrested July 29 while covering an anti-government protest at Tripoli's Martyrs' Square, according to his employer and the Libyan Ministry of Interior.

August 2, 2016 2:10 PM ET

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