Middle East & North Africa


Alerts   |   Yemen

CPJ condemns assault on imprisoned Yemeni editor

New York, April 13, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by recent reports that a Yemeni editor, detained without charge since May 2009 for covering unrest in the southern part of the country, was assaulted by inmates.

April 13, 2010 2:22 PM ET


Statements   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Gag order lifted in Israeli military leaks case

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement after learning that a months-long gag order was lifted today. The gag order prevented Israeli media from reporting on the case of a soldier charged with “harming national security” who is under house arrest for leaking documents that allegedly show that the military violated an Israeli Supreme Court decision to cease a policy of assassinations in the occupied Palestinian territories.

April 8, 2010 4:10 PM ET


Letters   |   Egypt

CPJ urges Egypt to free blogger with 18 release orders

Dear Minister el-Adly: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to protest the continued detention of Mosad Soleiman, known online as Mosad Abu Fagr, a blogger, novelist, and activist who writes about social and political issues on his blog, Wedna N`ish (We Want to Live). Abu Fagr has been in administrative detention by order of the Ministry of Interior since February 2008, despite obtaining 18 court orders for his release, his lawyer, Ahmed Ragheb, told CPJ.

April 8, 2010 10:36 AM ET


Alerts   |   Egypt

In Egypt, journalists attacked while covering protests

Police clash with protesters in Cairo on Tuesday. (AP)

New York, April 7, 2010Uniform and plainclothes Egyptian security forces assaulted and obstructed journalists trying to cover protests in Cairo on Tuesday, according to news accounts and interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the actions and calls for authorities to stop harassing journalists reporting from the scene of news events.

April 7, 2010 2:52 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

More than 3,500 petition Iran to free journalists, writers

New York, April 6, 2010—More than 3,500 concerned people from around the world—including prominent international journalists, writers, and press freedom leaders—are petitioning Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, to immediately release dozens of journalists, writers, and bloggers currently imprisoned in the country. Among those who have signed the petition are Martin Amis, Jon Lee Anderson, Margaret Atwood, E.L. Doctorow, Jonathan Franzen, Thomas L. Friedman, Nadine Gordimer, Gwen Ifill, Ahmed Rashid, Jon Stewart, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

April 6, 2010 9:17 AM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

Furloughs lower Iran prison count, but dozens still jailed

Reformist newspaper Etemad e Melli’s newsroom, seen here, was shuttered in August. Many of its reporters are now in prison. (AP)New York, April 6, 2010At least 35 journalists were imprisoned in Iran as of April 1 as authorities continued their nearly year-long crackdown on the news media, according to CPJ’s latest monthly census. Another 18 journalists were free on short-term furloughs granted for the Iranian New Year and were expected to report back to prison.

April 6, 2010 12:01 AM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Video shows U.S. attack that killed Reuters staffers in Iraq

New York, April 5, 2010Disturbing video footage showing a 2007 U.S. military airstrike that killed about a dozen Iraqis in eastern Baghdad, including a Reuters cameraman and assistant, was released today by WikiLeaks, a Web site that publishes sensitive leaked documents. The video raises questions about the actions of U.S. military forces and the thoroughness and transparency of the investigation that followed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

April 5, 2010 6:50 PM ET


Statements   |   Iraq

Journalists among the dead in leaked Iraq video

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement today after reviewing a classified U.S. military video showing the killing of an unspecified number of individuals, including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen and camera assistant Saeed Chmagh, outside Baghdad. The footage was shot in July 2007 and the video was posted on WikiLeaks.

April 5, 2010 6:10 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kuwait

Critical Kuwaiti journalist faces official harassment

New York, April 2, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kuwaiti authorities to end the judicial harassment of opposition journalist Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem.

Alerts   |   Iran

Jailed Iranian journalists’ health raises alarm

Nazar Ahari is under duress.New York, April 1, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that several Iranian journalists continue to be held in inhumane conditions at the notorious Evin Prison. At least one journalist is reported in deteriorating health, and two are under severe duress to “confess” to charges that could bring execution.


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