Alerts   |   USA

U.S. documentary filmmakers face prison for filming protest

A March 14, 2014, file photo shows a warning sign outside facility of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. (Reuters/Lane Hickenbottom)

New York, October 20, 2016--Prosecutors in the U.S. states of North Dakota and Washington should drop all charges against three independent documentary filmmakers arrested while filming environmental activists interfering with oil pipelines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Award-winning Malaysian cartoonist banned from travel

Bangkok, October 18, 2016--Malaysian authorities should immediately lift all restrictions on cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque's freedom of movement, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. An officer at Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday prevented the cartoonist, better known as Zunar, from leaving the country, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somalia closes newspaper, arrests editor

Nairobi, October 17, 2016 -- Somali authorities should immediately release the editor of Xog Ogaal newspaper and allow the newspaper to resume publishing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from Somalia's National Intelligence Agency raided the newspaper's office and arrested its editor on October 15, according to press freedom advocates and press reports.

Alerts   |   Afghanistan

Radio journalist killed in Afghanistan

New York, October 17, 2016 -- Afghan authorities should credibly investigate yesterday's fatal shooting of a radio journalist in Qalat and swiftly bring all those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Pro-government group harasses journalists in Malaysia

Members of Malaysia's "red shirt" group demonstrate in support of the government on the country's national day, in Kuala Lumpur, September 16, 2015 (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

Bangkok, October 17, 2016 - Malaysian authorities should swiftly bring to justice those responsible for harassing three journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Members of a pro-government group threatened journalists covering a confrontation between a group associated with the ruling party and a rival group on October 15, according to press reports.

Alerts   |   Thailand

CPJ calls on Thailand to not censor news during royal transition

A woman takes a selfie with a picture of King Bhumibol Adulyadej after the hearse carrying his body goes by. News broadcasts have been replaced with royal footage after the king's death. (AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

New York, October 14, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Thailand's military government to lift a blanket censorship order on television news broadcasters imposed in the wake of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death yesterday.

Alerts   |   Burundi

CPJ calls on Burundi to release Radio Maria reporter

Nairobi, October 13, 2016--Burundi's national intelligence service should immediately release radio journalist Salvador Nahimana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Nahimana, a reporter for the Burundian branch of Radio Maria, a global station that broadcasts news and missionary statements, on October 2, and transferred him to the custody of the intelligence service, Burundian journalists told CPJ.

Alerts   |   Pakistan

Pakistan imposes travel ban on columnist Cyril Almeida

New York, October 11, 2016 -- Pakistan should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on columnist Cyril Almeida of the independent daily newspaper Dawn.

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Prominent blogger 'Mother Mushroom' detained in Vietnam

Bangkok, October 11, 2016--Vietnamese authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against prominent independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Quynh, popularly known by her pen name Me Nam (Mother Mushroom), was arrested yesterday while trying to visit an imprisoned political activist in the central coastal town of Nha Trang, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Vietnam

Blogger's prison sentence reduced, news site shuttered in Vietnam

Bangkok, October 5, 2016 - A Vietnamese appeals court yesterday reduced from four to three years a prison sentence given earlier this year to independent blogger Nguyen Ngoc Gia on anti-state charges related to his critical journalism, according to news reports.

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