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Rory Peck Trust and Committee to Protect Journalists release Syria Media Safety Resource

London, August 5, 2015-A new safety resource for Syrian journalists seeks to help those working in or near the country to better protect themselves amid unprecedented threats and a lack of security information in Arabic. The Rory Peck Trust, in collaboration with the Committee to Protect Journalists and a coalition of international journalist assistance organisations, today launched the Syria Media Safety Resource for local journalists working in the country or on its borders.

August 4, 2015 6:57 PM ET

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Violence and censorship are weakening Latin America democracies

CPJ's Carlos Lauría testifies at congressional hearing on press freedom in the Americas

Washington, D.C., July 29, 2015--Deadly violence against the press in the Americas has caused censorship to reach one of its highest points in recent decades, the Committee to Protect Journalists' senior program coordinator for the Americas, Carlos Lauría, said today in remarks prepared for a congressional hearing before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives.

July 29, 2015 2:31 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Iran

CPJ board urges Iran's leaders to intervene in case of jailed Washington Post reporter

Letter marks one year behind bars for Jason Rezaian

New York, July 20, 2015--Thirty-four members of the Committee to Protect Journalists' board of directors today sent a letter urging the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, to intervene in the case of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. The letter comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Rezaian's arrest on July 22, 2014.

July 20, 2015 5:27 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Kenya

Kenya falls short on promises for press freedom

New CPJ report finds worsening climate for journalists in traditionally open Kenya

New York, July 15, 2015--A combination of legal and physical harassment, as well as concentration in media ownership, makes it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely in Kenya, according to "Broken promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press," a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

July 15, 2015 5:23 PM ET

Press Releases   |   Egypt

Record number of journalists in Egyptian jails

Most accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood; more than half worked online

New York, June 25, 2015--The number of journalists in Egyptian jails is the highest since the Committee to Protect Journalists began recording data on imprisoned journalists in 1990, according to a new census of imprisoned journalists in Egypt released today. Of the 18 journalists behind bars as of June 1, more than one-third are sentenced to life in prison.

June 25, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Syria

Syria tops survey of journalists fleeing into exile

CPJ releases annual report on exiled journalists to commemorate World Refugee Day

New York, June 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists has helped more journalists fleeing into exile from Syria than any other country in the past five years, according to a report released today. Over that period, Syria and Ethiopia surpassed Iran as the leading country from which journalists flee, according to a survey of 452 journalists assisted by CPJ. Eritrea and Somalia, which have both received global attention for their high number of emigrants, also sent dozens of journalists into exile.

June 17, 2015 12:01 AM ET

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Cartoonists are vulnerable worldwide, CPJ report finds

CPJ releases global assessment of threats faced by cartoonists

New York, May 19, 2015--The attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 shed light on the grave dangers confronting those who draw satirical and political cartoons. But threats against cartoonists are a global phenomenon and are as diverse as the content of the cartoons themselves, according to a report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. In one case examined in the report, political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as "Zunar," faces more than 40 years in prison if found guilty of sedition during a trial that is due to begin in Malaysia on May 20.

May 19, 2015 11:49 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan: Olympic Officials Should Insist on Prisoner Releases

As European Games Near, EOC Leaders Should End Silence

(Brussels, May 14, 2015) - The leadership of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) should insist that the government of Azerbaijan release journalists and activists ahead of the European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Azerbaijan will host the games, a multi-sport event for over 6,000 athletes, in Baku from June 12-28, 2015.

May 14, 2015 10:05 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: Journalists caught between terrorists and governments

CPJ releases annual assessment of press freedom worldwide

New York, April 27, 2015--Terrorist groups and the governments who purport to fight them have made recent years the most dangerous period to be a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual global assessment of press freedom, Attacks on the Press, released today. Some journalists are kidnapped or killed by militant groups while others are surveiled, censored, or imprisoned by governments seeking to respond to that threat, real or perceived.

April 27, 2015 11:00 AM ET

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Eritrea most censored country in the world

CPJ highlights controls on Internet, independent media as top censorship tools

New York, April 21, 2015--With journalists often facing a choice of life in exile or prison, and with even reporters for state-run outlets in fear of arrest, Eritrea secures its place as the most censored country in the world, with secretive North Korea coming in close second, according to a list of the 10 Most Censored countries released by the Committee to Protect Journalists today.

April 21, 2015 3:37 PM ET
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