Middle East & North Africa

2011

Alerts   |   Sudan

CPJ finds obstruction during Sudanese referendum

New York, January 27, 2010--Sudanese authorities harassed, obstructed, and censored local and international news media covering this month's referendum concerning independence for South Sudan, a CPJ analysis has found. CPJ condemns the harassment of the press in Sudan and calls for an end to the repressive tactics. 

Alerts   |   Egypt

Journalists beaten, websites blocked amid protests in Egypt

New York, January 26, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the violence against journalists covering demonstrations in Egypt. Plainclothes and uniformed security personnel have beaten at least 10 journalists between Tuesday and today and detained others. Egyptian authorities have also shut down the websites of two popular independent newspapers and a number of social media sites. 

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Lebanon

Al-Jazeera attacked in Lebanon and West Bank

New York, January 25, 2011--Lebanese protesters today set fire to an Al-Jazeera van and menaced a reporting crew covering a demonstration in Tripoli in support of the ousted prime minister, Saad al-Hariri. 

January 25, 2011 4:00 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemeni journalist who covers Al-Qaeda given jail sentence

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New York, January 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentencing on Tuesday of prominent Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Hider Shaea on charges of aiding Al-Qaeda. Shaea, at left, who developed expertise on Islamist groups including Al-Qaeda during his career, was given five years in prison. In conjunction with numerous journalists and rights activists in Yemen, CPJ calls on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to pardon Shaea and release him without delay.

Shaea was found guilty of "belonging to an illegal armed organization" and "recruiting young people, including foreigners, to the organization by communicating with them via the Internet," the pan-Arab daily Al-Quds al-Arabi reported
January 19, 2011 3:16 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tunisia

In Tunisia, one journalist still jailed, another killed

Dolega, center standing, is seen on assignment in 2008. He died from head injuries suffered while covering street protests in Tunis. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

New York, January 18, 2011--Tunisia's transitional government should immediately release Fahem Boukadous, a television reporter imprisoned last year in reprisal for his work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also offered condolences to the family and colleagues of French photographer Lucas Mebrouk Dolega, who died of head injuries suffered while covering the civil unrest in the capital, Tunis.

Alerts   |   Tunisia

As Ben Ali's regime falls, 3 Tunisian journalists freed

New York, January 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by news reports that three jailed Tunisian journalists have been freed as the repressive regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has fallen. CPJ calls on the new interim Tunisian government to release one other journalist believed to be still in custody. 

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

CPJ condemns Israeli security for humiliating screening

Security forces subjected reporters to inappropriate searches at a press event featuring Netanyahu. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

New York, January 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the humiliating treatment of several journalists by security personnel assigned to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. CPJ calls on the prime minister to ensure that similar episodes are avoided in the future. 

Alerts   |   Yemen

Yemen should free two critical journalists

New York, January 14, 2011--Yemeni security forces should release Fuad Rashid, editor-in-chief of the independent news website Mukalla Press, who was detained Monday in Hadramout province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Letters   |   Saudi Arabia

Saudi online media regulations alarmingly restrictive

Dear Minister al-Khuja: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about new regulations for online media you issued on January 1. The rules contain several provisions that can be used to restrict coverage. The provisions are vaguely worded, contain numerous loopholes, and grant the Ministry of Culture and Information blanket powers without providing online media protection against abuse. Most alarmingly, the new regulations would also subject online media to the kingdom's already existing highly repressive press law.

January 14, 2011 10:41 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Tunisia

Tunisia must end crackdown on media

New York, January 12, 2010--Tunisian authorities must end their weeks-long crackdown on bloggers and reporters covering street protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Scores of journalists have been detained in the past four weeks, three of whom remain in custody. Local and international reporters have faced continued harassment, including detention, restrictions on movement, and denial of entry into the country. CPJ calls on Tunis to release the imprisoned journalists immediately, grant access to the international press, and allow local reporters to cover the unrest without interference.

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