Case   |   Afghanistan, Iraq, UK

Journalists kidnapped, released in Afghanistan

Three journalists, all on assignment for The Guardian, were kidnapped in December 2009 and released after six days, according to the paper. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, an Iraqi, ad two unnamed Afghan journalists had been planning to interview militants in Afghanistan’s mountainous Kunar province near the border with Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province when they were abducted. The Guardian said it did not know if the kidnappers were attached to any specific group.
December 16, 2009 5:26 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi court fines Guardian for defaming al-Maliki


New York, November 11, 2009The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces a Baghdad court’s ruling that the London-based Guardian newspaper defamed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, left, in an April 2009 article depicting increasing authoritarianism in his government. CPJ calls on an appeals court to overturn the decision. 

November 11, 2009 2:48 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Cameraman killed in explosion in Iraq

New York, October 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death of an Al-Rasheed television cameraman killed by an explosion in front of his home in Kirkuk today.

October 21, 2009 3:12 PM ET


Statements   |   Iraq, USA

CPJ calls U.S. detention of Ibrahim Jassam unjust

Ibrahim Jassam's photo is shown by his father in Baghdad. (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)CPJ called on U.S. military forces to charge or release journalist Ibrahim Jassam, who has been imprisoned in Iraq for one year as of today. Jassam, a freelance cameraman and photographer working for Reuters, has not been charged with a crime, and no evidence against him has ever been disclosed. U.S. forces have made only vague assertions that he is a "threat." Our statement follows: 

September 2, 2009 3:01 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Reporter's assassins remain at large one year on in Iraq

(Livin)New York, July 20, 2009--Authorities in Kirkuk province must bring to justice those responsible for the 2008 murder of journalist Soran Mama Hama, at left, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on the eve of the anniversary of the reporter's slaying. 

On the evening of July 21, 2008, unidentified gunmen murdered the 23-year-old reporter for the independent critical Sulaimaniya-based Livin magazine. 
July 20, 2009 2:33 PM ET


Statements   |   Iraq

Newsweek calls Bahari 'even-handed, widely respected'

Newsweek has issued a statement on the detention of correspondent Maziar Bahari, who is detained in Iran. Newsweek points out that Bahari's work over many years has been "accurate, even-handed, and widely respected." The statement follows...

July 1, 2009 5:12 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iraq

Kurdish journalist concerned about safety

New York, June 19, 2009--A journalist in the Iraqi Kurdistan town of Dukan said he is concerned about his safety after a confrontation with a security officer for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) on Tuesday evening.   

June 19, 2009 12:48 PM ET


Letters   |   Iraq, USA

CPJ, JFO cite press freedom abuses in Iraq

Dear Prime Minister al-Maliki: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) would like to bring to your attention several issues that harm press freedom in Iraq. In recent months, our organizations have documented a number of assaults and instances of harassment committed by government officials against journalists in various parts of the country under the control of Iraq's central government.

Alerts   |   Iraq

Journalist killed, three injured in separate attacks in Iraq

New York, June 1, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns the death ofan Al-Baghdadia television correspondent killed by a bomb attached to his car in Mosul, in northern Iraq, on Sunday.

June 1, 2009 5:00 PM ET


Letters   |   Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, USA

As Cairo speech nears, concerns for Obama

Dear Mr. President: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing ahead of your scheduled speech in Cairo on June 4 to bring to your attention important matters that are crucial to the long-term success of your stated goal of engaging the people--and not just the regimes--of the Arab and Muslim worlds.


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