Middle East & North Africa


Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi TV anchor killed by car bomb

Kamiran Salaheddin, a TV anchor for the Salaheddin Channel, was killed by a car bomb in Tikrit on Monday. (AFP/Sabah Arar)

New York, April 4, 2012--Iraqi journalist Kamiran Salaheddin was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded late Monday, according to news reports. CPJ is investigating the circumstances of the attack to determine whether it was related to his work.

Alerts   |   Bahrain

Bahraini videographer killed while filming protest

A still from one of Hassan's videos of a protest in Manama last year. Hassan was killed by an unknown assailant on Saturday. (YouTube)

New York, April 4, 2012--A Bahraini videographer died Saturday morning after being shot while filming a protest outside the capital, Manama, according to local journalists and news reports.

Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian Authority detains, questions two journalists

New York, April 4, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Palestinian Authority's recent anti-press actions in which one journalist was detained for a week for reporting on alleged corruption and spying and a second was questioned over a critical article and his posts on social media. These actions occurred despite the Authority's recent announcement of a press freedom award that it claimed would reward "quality and daring material."

Alerts   |   Syria

Syria detains, reportedly tortures videographer

Ali Mahmoud Othman ran the Baba Amr media center, seen here, where Colvin and Ochlik were killed in February. (AFP)

New York, April 2, 2012--A prominent Syrian videographer who ran the media center in Baba Amr where two foreign journalists were killed in February has been detained since Wednesday, according to news reports

Ali Mahmoud Othman was initially held at a military intelligence unit in Aleppo and is believed to have been tortured, Paul Conroy, a photographer for The Sunday Times, said in an interview with the U.K.'s Channel 4. Activists were cited in news reports giving the same information. Conroy and other reports said Othman was transferred to Damascus over the weekend.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iran continues its campaign against the press

New York, March 29, 2012--Iranian authorities have imprisoned two additional journalists as part of their three-year-long crackdown on the press, according to news reports. In addition, the BBC reported that its Web services had been targeted by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which the broadcaster believed originated from the Iranian regime. 

Alerts   |   Syria

Two independent journalists killed in Syria

Editor's note: In a follow-up report published on April 19, 2012, CPJ found questions about the journalistic credentials of the deceased.

New York, March 27, 2012--Syrian security forces shot and killed two freelance international journalists and wounded a third during an attack on Monday in the town of Darkoush near the Turkish border, according to news reports and a witness interviewed by CPJ.

March 27, 2012 4:25 PM ET


Alerts   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Palestinian journalist's camera broken at protest

The camera of AFP photographer Musa al-Sha'er was broken by Israeli soldiers shortly after he took this photograph of a protester being detained at a demonstration in the West Bank. (AFP/Musa al-Sha'er)

New York, March 21, 2012--An Israeli soldier broke the camera of a Palestinian journalist on Friday as the photographer was covering an anti-settlement demonstration near Bethlehem, a city in the West Bank, according to news reports.

March 21, 2012 2:37 PM ET


Alerts   |   Syria

Syrian journalist beaten, arrested in Damascus

Journalist Rudy Othman was arrested on Thursday while covering a protest in Damascus like this one. (Reuters/Shaam News Network)

New York, March 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the assault and detention of Syrian journalist Rudy Othman by security forces and calls on authorities to release him immediately.

March 20, 2012 1:56 PM ET


Alerts   |   Kuwait

Kuwaiti court hands journalist jail term, suspends daily

New York, March 20, 2012--A Kuwait appellate court should overturn a March 12 ruling that suspended a private newspaper for three months and sentenced its editor to a six-month prison term for articles defending the country's Shiite minority, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

March 20, 2012 1:36 PM ET


Alerts   |   Saudi Arabia

Three Saudis arrested for covering protests

New York, March 16, 2012--Three Saudi Web managers whose sites cover political unrest in the country's highly restricted Eastern Province should be released from detention immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 


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