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Blog   |   Morocco

Mission Journal: Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code

King Mohammed VI waves a Moroccan flag as he inaugurates a solar plant in Ouarzazate, central Morocco, on February 4, 2016. The king and national symbols like the flag are sensitive subjects for the media. (AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

In the small, polished Moroccan capital of Rabat, pictures of King Mohamed VI, who took the throne in 1999, hang in many shops, offices, and hotels. In most of these, he is clean-shaven, smiling, and wearing a suit: a modern monarch. His image is part of the official narrative of the country as a place of moderation and progress.

Blog   |   Bahrain

CPJ concerned about legal harassment of Bahraini journalist

Today the Committee to Protect Journalists joined 42 other organizations in a joint statement expressing concern at the Bahraini Public Prosecutor's decision to charge Nazeeha Saeed, an award-winning journalist with Radio Monte Carlo Douliya and France24, with unlawfully working for international media.

July 28, 2016 12:11 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Libya

Abdelqadir Fassouk second Libyan photojournalist to be killed in a month

This June 20, 2011, photo by Abdelqadir Fassouk shows rebel fighters firing a rocket toward pro-Qaddafi forces on the front line in Misrata, Libya. Fassouk was killed on July 22, 2016, while covering clashes between government-allied forces and the militant group Islamic State. (AP/Abdelqadir Fassouk)

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Arraed television correspondent and prominent Libyan photojournalist Abdelqadir Fassouk, who was shot yesterday while covering clashes between government-allied forces and the militant group Islamic State, according to his news outlet.

Impact   |   Mauritania, Turkey

Journalist freed in Turkey, some must-reads for June, RIP Bill Cunningham

CPJ Newsletter: July edition

CPJ campaigns for Mauritanian blogger

(Facebook/Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed)

CPJ has been working actively, including behind the scenes, to secure the release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, a Mauritanian blogger who has been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy.

July 6, 2016 12:01 PM ET

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt expels prominent TV host Liliane Daoud

Liliane Daoud prepares to present her program on the Egyptian satellite channel ONtv in this file photo. (David Degner/Getty)

New York, June 28, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the expulsion of TV host Liliane Daoud by authorities in Egypt late on Monday.

June 28, 2016 6:28 PM ET

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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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