Middle East & North Africa

Alerts   |   Bahrain

CPJ calls on Bahrain to allow Al-Wasat to publish freely

Protesters block a road in Bahrain on January 15 after authorities executed three men convicted of a deadly attack on police. (AP)

New York, January 17, 2017--The government of Bahrain should rescind an order suspending the online edition of Al-Wasat, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Affairs Ministry ordered the independent outlet yesterday to suspend its online operation indefinitely for inciting division, jeopardizing national unity, and disrupting public peace, according to the official Bahrain News Agency.

January 17, 2017 5:46 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Africa, Syria

CPJ calls for release of kidnapped South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed

New York, January 17, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for the immediate release of Shiraaz Mohamed, a South African freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria last week while documenting the humanitarian relief effort in northern Syria.

January 17, 2017 4:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

Egypt arrests Al-Jazeera producer on fake news charge

New York, December 27, 2016--Egyptian authorities must release Al-Jazeera news producer Mahmoud Hussein immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials initially questioned Hussein on December 20 when he arrived in Egypt on a family visit from Qatar, where he is based, according to reports. Hussein was arrested on December 23, Al-Jazeera said.

December 27, 2016 3:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to lift travel ban on blogger Esraa Abdel Fattah

New York, December 23, 2016--Egypt must lift the travel ban imposed on Esraa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian blogger, columnist, and social media activist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Abdel Fattah has been under a travel ban for nearly two years, alongside other bloggers and civil society activists who authorities have accused of illegally receiving foreign funding.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen

Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

Osama Jumaa, a photographer and video journalist, was killed while covering the aftermath of a bombardment in Syria. (Images Live)

Statements   |   Syria

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria

New York, December 15, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Syrian government's decision to expel Swedish radio journalist Cecilia Uddén from the country today. According to her employer, Radio Sweden, Uddén's authorized reporting trip to Damascus and Aleppo was forcibly cut short when the government accused her of circulating "false information."

December 15, 2016 3:31 PM ET

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Blog   |   Syria, Turkey

How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now "fake" journalism, the question is not academic.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists.

December 15, 2016 2:34 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Syria

CPJ calls on Syrian government to protect journalists in Aleppo

Damaged buildings are seen in the government-held Aleppo neighborhood of Al-Shaath during a media tour, December 13, 2016. (Reuters/Omar Sanadiki)

New York, December 13, 2016--The Syrian government and its allies should ensure the safety of journalists in Aleppo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pro-government forces have in recent days made major advances on rebel-held territory in the city, threatening journalists and other civilians caught in the siege.

December 13, 2016 3:09 PM ET

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Blog   |   Egypt

'People talk as they please' Sisi says in comments on Egypt's press freedom record

President el-Sisi, pictured with Portugal's president, right, during a state visit to Lisbon. The Egyptian leader told a broadcaster he supports freedom of expression. (Jose Manuel Ribeiro/AFP)

In Egypt last week a journalist was barred from travel without official explanation, a reporter was accused of criminal defamation over a 2015 investigation on child prostitution, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi defended Egypt's freedom of expression record. An appeal date was also set for the Journalists' Syndicate leaders who were sentenced this month to two years in prison.

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