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Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists


New York, December 30, 2013--Syria remained the most deadly place for journalists on the job in 2013, while Iraq and Egypt each saw a spike in fatal violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a new report. At least 70 journalists were killed for their work during the year, compared with 74 in 2012. The Middle East accounted for two-thirds of the deaths in 2013.

December 30, 2013 12:01 AM ET

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Turkey worst jailer of journalists for second year in a row


New York, December 18, 2013-- For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China. Together, the three countries accounted for more than half of all journalists imprisoned around the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists found.

December 18, 2013 3:16 PM ET

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Four journalists honored for commitment to press freedom

New York, November 27, 2013--Four journalists from Ecuador, Egypt, Turkey, and Vietnam were honored Tuesday night at the Committee to Protect Journalists' 23rd annual International Press Freedom Awards for their work in defiance of repression and censorship.

November 27, 2013 1:21 PM ET

Press Releases   |   USA

Leak probes, surveillance constrict freedom of the press in U.S.

Washington, October 10, 2013--The Obama administration's aggressive war on leaks and other efforts to control information are without precedent, according to 30 experienced Washington journalists interviewed for a new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists. The report found that despite President Barack Obama's promise to head the most open government in American history, White House policies have chilled the conversation between journalists and their sources.

October 10, 2013 10:08 AM ET

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CPJ: Turkey Press Freedom Crisis Worsens Post-Gezi

Ankara, September 17, 2013--Heated anti-press rhetoric, the firing of leading journalists, threats to restrict online speech, and a series of physical and legal assaults further damaged the press freedom environment in Turkey in the months following the Gezi Park protests that began last May. In a letter to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Committee to Protect Journalists called on the government to take specific action to address the crisis.

September 16, 2013 10:00 PM ET

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Press Releases   |   Russia

Olympics: Next IOC Leader Should Back Rights Reforms

New York, August 23, 2013--The next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should ensure that future host countries comply with human rights in full accordance with the Olympic Charter, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said today. On August 2, 2013, Human Rights Watch and CPJ sent a letter to the six IOC presidential candidates asking for their views on several rights issues relevant to the Olympic Movement and in particular to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russia.

August 23, 2013 12:05 PM ET


Press Releases   |   Egypt

On the Divide: Press Freedom at Risk in Egypt

New York, August 14, 2013--More than two years after the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, a deeply polarized Egyptian press has been battered by an array of repressive tactics, from the legal and physical intimidation of Mohamed Morsi's tenure to the wide censorship of the new military-backed government, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report released today.

August 14, 2013 12:01 AM ET

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Press attacks, repression foster self-censorship in Tanzania

Nairobi, August 6, 2013--A rise in anti-press attacks set against a backdrop of repressive laws, and the long-term censorship of one critical publication is sowing fear and self-censorship among journalists in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a new report released today. Despite Tanzania's reputation for transparency and democracy, its citizens are being denied vital information. 

"The recent increase in journalist attacks, coupled with a volley of anti-press laws, is making reporters increasingly fearful for their safety," said Tom Rhodes, CPJ's East Africa consultant and author of the report. "And self-censorship means public discontent is going unrecorded."  

August 5, 2013 3:05 PM ET

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Violence, jail, threats force journalists into exile

CPJ launches 2012-2013 Journalists in Exile special report

New York, June 19, 2013--Fifty-five journalists from 21 countries fled their homes due to violence, imprisonment, and death threats in the past year, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

The annual survey, marking World Refugee Day on June 20, spotlights the plight of journalists who have been forced into exile from some of the world's most repressive nations and received assistance from CPJ over the last 12 months. The top countries driving out journalists were Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria, and Eritrea, among others.

June 19, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Press Releases   |   Myanmar

Burma Falters, Backtracks on Press Freedoms

New York, June 13, 2013--Burma's media continue to face threats and obstacles to free reporting despite recent reforms, according to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released today. A new draft publishing bill and the failure to reform existing restrictive laws jeopardize still limited freedoms of expression and the press.

"The changes in Burma's media landscape are palpable, with no journalists in jail, newspapers reporting on certain sensitive subjects, and websites unblocked," said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative and author of the report. "But recent steps backward on press freedom cast serious doubt on the government's commitment to a more open reporting environment."

June 12, 2013 4:03 PM ET


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