Middle East & North Africa


Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese police attack journalist, delete photos

New York, December 17, 2010--Sudanese security officers attacked BBC correspondent James Copnall on Tuesday as he was reporting on a demonstration and ensuing arrests, the journalist reported. Officers also confiscated Copnall's recording equipment.
December 17, 2010 2:51 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

In Iraq, bomb kills one journalist; another denied access

New York, December 15, 2010--Omar Rasim al-Qaysi, an anchor working for Al-Anbar TV, was killed on Sunday in a car bombing in central Ramadi, al-Anbar province. His brother, a fellow staffer at the station, was injured in the attack. Security forces then detained a journalist for the daily Al-Anbar, preventing him from covering the explosion's aftermath.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iran jails 7, sentences 1, returns Blogfather to prison


New York, December 14, 2010--In a continuation of its relentless attack on independent and opposition media, Iranian authorities have arrested three journalists from the daily Sharq, bringing the number of the newspaper's incarcerated staffers to seven in less than a week, according to news reports. In other developments, veteran journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, at left, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison, the BBC reported, and blogger Hossein Derakhshan was returned to jail after being temporarily released on bail, according to a blog entry posted by his family on Saturday. 

December 14, 2010 4:16 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kuwait

CPJ condemns closure of Al-Jazeera's office in Kuwait

Al-Jazeera staffers in the network's offices in Kuwait today. Authorities shut the bureau down on Monday after it covered a violent police crackdown on a meeting of opposition lawmakers. (Gustavo Ferrari/AP)
New York, December 13, 2010--The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information announced today it has shut down Al-Jazeera's office in Kuwait, the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported. The ministry also withdrew press accreditation from all of Al-Jazeera's local staff. The suspension came after the Doha-based pan-Arab news satellite station aired live footage of Kuwaiti police cracking down on an opposition gathering and broadcast an interview with an opposition member of parliament. CPJ calls on Kuwaiti authorities to reopen Al-Jazeera's office immediately and to reinstate all accreditations.
December 13, 2010 3:31 PM ET


Alerts   |   Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia

After running leaked cables, websites face harassment

New York, December 10, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns harassment of the Lebanese news website Al-Akhbar after it published U.S. diplomatic cables that were first disclosed by WikiLeaks. The website was hacked this week by unknown attackers, while the Tunisian government blocked domestic access to the site. Saudi officials blocked access to the independent website Elaph, which also published some of the cables.

December 10, 2010 4:25 PM ET


Alerts   |   Libya

Libya Press, under harassment, shuts down in Tripoli

New York, December 9, 2010--Authorities in Libya must ensure the safety of Libya Press reporters and stop harassing the private news agency, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is alarmed by the agency's decision to shut down its Tripoli office and leave Libya because security officials have said they "do not want any presence of the agency inside Libya," the agency said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. 
December 9, 2010 1:56 PM ET


Alerts   |   Saudi Arabia

CPJ calls for the release of Saudi editor and academic

New York, December 8, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Saudi authorities to immediately release Mohamed al-Abdulkarim, an Islamic law professor, human rights activist, and the editor-in-chief of an online magazine. He was arrested on Sunday, two weeks after an article he wrote was published online.
December 8, 2010 3:11 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

Iran arrests four journalists; dozens deteriorating in prison

New York, December 7, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's arrest of four Iranian journalists at the daily Sharq. CPJ is also disturbed by recent news reports that indicate the abusive treatment endured by dozens of imprisoned Iranian prisoners has adversely affected the health of many of them--including Issa Saharkhiz, at left, a founding member of the now-defunct Association of Iranian Journalists, who has reportedly undergone surgery for internal hemorrhaging at Rajaee Shahr Prison.

Letters   |   Bahrain

CPJ concerned about trial of Bahrain bloggers

Dear Sheikh Al-Khalifa: The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, is deeply concerned about the ongoing detention and trial of prominent Bahraini bloggers Ali Abdel Imam and Abdeljalil Alsingace. We're outraged by allegations of torture made by the two bloggers, along with those made by 23 activists and opposition figures.

December 7, 2010 9:48 AM ET


Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisia should drop charges against Mouldi Zouabi

New York, December 6, 2010--A court in Jendouba is expected to rule Wednesday in a criminal case against Mouldi Zouabi, a senior reporter for the online news outlet Kalima. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Tunisian authorities to drop the charges, which have been brought in reprisal for Zouabi's critical journalism.

December 6, 2010 3:46 PM ET



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