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Honduran reporter convicted of criminal defamation

In this 2014 file photo, a policeman walks next to graffiti from the Mara Salvatrucha criminal gang. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism in connection with reports alleging police took bribes from gangs involved in smuggling. (AP/Esteban Felix)

Bogotá, Colombia, August 25, 2016 - Honduran prosecutors should cease pursuing criminal defamation charges against journalists, and lawmakers should swiftly repeal laws allowing for such prosecutions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. If his recent conviction on defamation charges is upheld on appeal, TV reporter Ariel Armando D'Vicente faces three years in prison and a three-year ban on practicing journalism.

August 25, 2016 2:54 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zambia

Zambia suspends licenses of three broadcasters

Supporters of Edgar Lungu in Lusaka cheer Zambia's electoral commission's announcement that he had narrowly won August 11 presidential elections, August 15, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Zambian regulators should immediately reinstate the broadcasting licenses of three media outlets it revoked, and police should drop all charges against four media workers arrested when police sealed the offices of the country's largest privately owned television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   India

Newspaper journalist murdered in India

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Proposed cyber-security bill threatens media freedom in Bangladesh

Bangkok, August 24, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Bangladesh's legislature to scrap proposed cyber-security legislation that would impose severe penalties for disseminating online material deemed to be anti-state or a threat to national security or public order. The Digital Security Act 2016 was approved on August 22 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Cabinet and is pending in parliament, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Iraq

Iraqi media technician and journalist killed in separate attacks

A member of Iraq's counter-terrorism forces stands guard in front of graffiti left behind by fleeing members of the Islamic State group in Fallujah, June 27, 2016. (AP/Hadi Mizban)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Media technician Ali Ghani was killed in an attack by mortar fire while reporting in Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, August 20. Correspondent Hussein al-Fares was wounded in the same attack, according to Al-Ahad TV, which employed both men. Al-Ahad TV is affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia currently fighting militants from the Islamic State group alongside government security forces.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican reporter wounded in Veracruz shooting

A photographer sets his camera beside a plaque commemorating photojournalist Ruben Espinosa and four women murdered with him in Mexico City in 2015 on the anniversary of their deaths, July 31, 2016. Espinosa worked with the investigative magazine Proceso and other media in the state of Veracruz at the time of his murder. (AP/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico City, August 22, 2016 - Authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz should credibly investigate a shooting attack against freelance journalist Lucia López Castillo and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. López Castillo was shot last night in front of her home in Poza Rica, north of Veracruz's state capital, Xalapa.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources

Esther Yakubu, left, mother of one of hundreds of kidnapped school girls, watches a video released by Boko Haram during a briefing in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 14, 2016. A military spokesman threatened journalist Ahmad Salkida with terrorism charges if he does not provide information he gained in the course of reporting on the militant group. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Abuja, Nigeria, August 18, 2016 -- The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information he gained in the course of his reporting on the militant group Boko Haram.

Alerts   |   Thailand

Thailand pressures two broadcast journalists off the air

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives for a cabinet meeting in Bangkok on August 9, 2016. He has empowered a state media regulator to close news outlets without the right to appeal for reasons of national security. (AP/Sakchai Lalit)

Bangkok, August 18, 2016--Two television reporters in Thailand have been suspended for a 10-day period under pressure from military authorities and state media regulators over their critical news coverage, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Thailand's ruling military regime to cease its systematic harassment of the broadcast media and allow reporters to do their jobs without interference or fear of reprisal.

Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Bangladesh journalists could face 14 years in prison for refuting rumor

New York, August 12, 2016 -- Bangladeshi authorities should drop all criminal proceedings against three journalists from the news website banglamail24, release them immediately, and restore press credentials to nine of their colleagues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The three journalists could face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison if charged and convicted under a law governing online publication.

Alerts   |   Egypt

Egyptian press freedom advocate faces life in prison

Human rights defender Gamal Eid (second from right) leaves a Cairo courtroom on April 20, 2016. (AFP)

New York, August 12, 2016--Egyptian authorities should immediately drop all charges against award-winning human rights defender Gamal Eid, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Among the accusations prosecutors have leveled against the veteran free expression advocate is the false claim that CPJ paid him to defame Egypt internationally.

August 12, 2016 12:14 PM ET

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