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Nigerian blogger, publisher jailed on defamation charges

Abuja, Nigeria, March 24, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two have been held in a maximum security prison for more than a week as they await trial on charges of defamation and publishing false news.

Alerts   |   Brazil

Police search Brazilian blogger's devices in morning raid

Police on March 21, 2017, searched blogger Carlos Eduardo Cairo Guimarães' electronic devices on suspicion that he had alerted suspects in a wide-ranging corruption investigation that police would question them. Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, shown here at a March 24, 2017, event in São Paulo, was among those police questioned in the probe. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

São Paulo, March 24, 2017--A police search of Brazilian blogger Carlos Eduardo Cairo Guimarães' residence and electronic devices to uncover the sources for a story he had published was an alarming violation of journalists' right to protect their sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist shot dead in Chihuahua

Luz Maria Davila, whose son was killed in gang violence in Chihuahua state, holds a ticket to attend a mass led by Pope Francis in the state, February 11, 2016. (Reuters/Jose Luis Gonzalez)

New York, March 23, 2017--Miroslava Breach Velducea, a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada from the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, was murdered this morning in the eponymous state capital.

March 23, 2017 2:53 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Vietnam

Two bloggers detained for 'propagandizing against the state' in Vietnam

An Internet user looks at a Facebook page in an internet cafe in Hanoi, November 27, 2013. (Reuters/Kham)

Bangkok, March 23, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release bloggers Phan Kim Khanh and Bui Hieu Vo.

Alerts   |   Belarus

Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests

Belarusians protest in the eastern city of Bobruisk, March 12, 2017. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

New York, March 23, 2017 - Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists prosecuted for covering a wave of nationwide protests and should cease interfering with journalists doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces have detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32 journalists in an effort to censor coverage of protests against the introduction of a new tax on the unemployed.

Alerts   |   Bahrain

Former AFP photographer arrested in Bahrain airport

Mohammed al-Shaikh, a former AFP photographer pictured while covering protests in Manama in 2013, is detained in Bahrain. (AFP/STR)

New York, March 22, 2017--Bahraini authorities should immediately release Mohammed al-Shaikh, a photographer who worked for Agence France-Presse, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Al-Shaikh was arrested at Bahrain International Airport in the capital, Manama, yesterday and was transferred to the country's Criminal Investigation Unit, according to Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed and a statement AFP emailed to CPJ.

March 22, 2017 6:19 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera murdered in Veracruz

A relative of one of the men found buried in an unmarked grave in the Mexican state of Veracruz prays at a meeting in Palmas de Abajo, March 16, 2017. The state has for years been the site of violence between organized crime syndicates. (Reuters/Carlos Jasso)

Mexico City, March 20, 2017--Mexican authorities should undertake a credible and thorough investigation into the murder of journalist Ricardo Monlui Cabrera, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Monlui was shot to death yesterday morning in the municipality of Yanga, in the eastern state of Veracruz, as he left a restaurant where he had eaten with his wife and son. He was 57.

Alerts   |   Canada

Canadian reporter faces charges after covering protests

Justin Brake interviews protesters at Muskrat Falls, Labrador, in the fall of 2016. (Janet Cooper)

New York, March 17, 2017--Canadian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Justin Brake, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Brake is scheduled to appear in court on April 11 to answer charges of criminal mischief and contempt of court in connection with his reporting on a protest in the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador last year.

March 17, 2017 3:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   India

Police prevent journalists from attending press conference in Kashmir

In this still image created from a video, a police officer grabs AFP photographer Tauseef Mustafa by the throat on March 16, 2017, in Srinagar, India.

Washington D.C., March 17, 2017--Police in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir should allow journalists to work without harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, and should take disciplinary action against officers filmed attacking journalists yesterday.

Alerts   |   Libya

Libyan TV channel attacked, burned

Flames from a battle between rival armed groups are seen from a distance in Tripoli, Libya, August 24, 2014. (Reuters/Ismail Zetouni)

New York, March 17, 2017--Armed men attacked the Tripoli office of the Libyan TV channel Al-Nabaa and set the building on fire, according to journalists for the station, news reports, and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, an advocacy group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Tripoli to investigate the assault, bring the perpetrators to justice, and to safeguard the station's employees.

March 17, 2017 2:34 PM ET

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