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The price of photography: Shawkan, 1000+ days behind bars

"My passion is photography, but I am paying the price for my passion with my life"

-- Mahmoud Abou Zeid "Shawkan"

New York, August 23, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists, in partnership with the Bronx Documentary Center, will showcase the work of Egyptian freelance photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as Shawkan, who has been imprisoned for more than three years. The exhibit, which runs from September 8 to 11, will highlight Shawkan's images of the Egyptian revolution, from protests and celebrations in Tahrir Square to shots of everyday life in Cairo.

August 23, 2016 1:09 PM ET

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CPJ welcomes IOC's press freedom complaints mechanism

New York, August 3, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee that will enable journalists covering the organization and staging of the Olympic Games to report a violation of their press freedom. Thousands of journalists are converging on Rio de Janeiro ahead of the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games on Friday.

August 3, 2016 12:53 PM ET

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UN committee grants CPJ accreditation

New York, July 25, 2016-- The United Nations Economic Social Council (ECOSOC) today voted to grant consultative status to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The step will allow the independent nonprofit organization to access U.N. bodies and processes, such as the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where accredited NGOs can deliver a counter-narrative to states.

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CPJ announces 2016 International Press Freedom Award winners

Awardees from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador

New York, July 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor journalists from Egypt, India, Turkey, and El Salvador with its 2016 International Press Freedom Awards. The journalists have faced threats, legal action, and imprisonment. CPJ is also honoring Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award.

July 18, 2016 10:00 AM ET

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CPJ calls on FBI to reinvestigate murders of Vietnamese-American journalists

New York, June 1, 2016--The U.S. Department of Justice must reopen an investigation into the cases of five Vietnamese-American journalists killed between 1981 and 1990, based on information uncovered by ProPublica and Frontline, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today during a press conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C.

June 1, 2016 12:01 PM ET

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CPJ denied ECOSOC consultative status after vote in UN NGO Committee

New York. May 26, 2016--The NGO Committee of the United Nations voted today to deny the Committee to Protect Journalists consultative status with the Economic Social Council (ECOSOC). Without such status, CPJ is unable to access U.N. bodies and processes, notably the Human Rights Council in Geneva, where accredited NGOs can deliver a counter-narrative to states. During Thursday's vote, six members voted in favor of CPJ's application, 10 voted against CPJ, and three abstained. The full list of votes is available below.

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CPJ launches SecureDrop anonymous submission system

San Francisco, May 12, 2016 -- Today, CPJ launched a SecureDrop instance that will allow journalists to contact the organization with reports of press freedom violations safely and anonymously.

May 12, 2016 11:47 AM ET
April 26, 2016 4:05 PM ET

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As Turkey broadens media crackdown, CPJ expands coverage

"Turkey Crackdown Chronicle" to increase documentation of press freedom violations


New York, March 21, 2016--In response to the recent spike in media freedom violations in Turkey, the Committee to Protect Journalists has launched the "Turkey Crackdown Chronicle," a real-time diary of attacks on journalists and other press freedom abuses.

March 21, 2016 2:58 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Peru

All but one country in Americas criminalize defamation

CPJ releases comparative study of criminal defamation laws in the Americas

Lima, Peru, March 2, 2016--An alarming resurgence in the use of outdated criminal defamation provisions to target critical journalists across Latin America represents a danger to freedom of expression in the region, according to a new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists and prepared for CPJ by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The report found that 32 out of 33 countries in the Americas penalize defamation with criminal laws that are invoked to punish dissent and which create a chilling effect on the press. Jamaica is the only country in the region to have entirely repealed criminal defamation provisions.

"Despite the emerging consensus that criminal defamation laws violate international freedom of expression standards, the continued use of such provisions has deterred the aggressive reporting necessary for robust debate in a free and open society," wrote Carlos Lauría, CPJ's program director and senior program coordinator for the Americas, in the report's introduction.

International human rights instruments and a growing body of international legal opinion clearly state that defamation laws can have a chilling effect on speech by hampering the right to freedom of expression and the right to be informed.

The report found that several countries have made progress in repealing defamation laws. For example, Mexico has decriminalized defamation at the federal level and Argentina has eliminated libel and slander laws in matters of public interest, according to the report.

Lauría presented the report in Peru's capital, Lima, today during a panel discussion moderated by Juan Bellocq, legal manager with Trust Law Thomson Reuters Foundation. The participants included Catalina Botero Marino, a former OAS special rapporteur for freedom of expression, Roberto Pereira, a Peruvian constitutional lawyer and expert on freedom of expression issues with Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), and José Leandro Reaño, a partner in the law firm Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano. The event was co-sponsored by IPYS.

March 1, 2016 4:57 PM ET
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