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CPJ to release annual report on impunity in murders of journalists

New York, October 20, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report, "Getting Away With Murder - 2016 Global Impunity Index," on October 27.

The index, published annually to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. The report will be launched at the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of a panel discussion on journalists' safety and combatting impunity.

October 21, 2016 8:21 AM ET

Statements   |   USA

North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, pictured at an event in 2012, is facing a charge of rioting after covering protests in September. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was filed October 14 by North Dakota attorney Ladd Erickson, according to reports. An earlier charge of criminal trespassing was dropped, reports said.

October 17, 2016 12:38 PM ET


Statements   |   USA

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the first presidential debate in September. Journalists are among the groups attacked by the Republican nominee during his campaign. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

New York, October 13, 2016--In an unprecedented step, the Committee to Protect Journalists today released a statement recognizing that a Donald Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom. In response to Trump's threats and vilification of the media during his campaign, the chairman of CPJ's board, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200 years this founding principle has protected journalists in the United States and inspired those around the world, including brave journalists facing violence, censorship, and government repression.

Statements   |   Turkey

US journalist Lindsey Snell released from Turkish prison

New York, October 12, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Lindsey Snell, a U.S. freelance journalist who Turkish security forces detained on August 7 as she crossed into the country from Syria. CPJ confirmed her release with Snell's lawyers.

October 12, 2016 5:49 PM ET


Statements   |   Libya

Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans killed in Libya

Jeroen Oerlemans, a freelance photojournalist, was killed covering clashes in Sirte, Libya. (Stanislav Krupar)

New York, October 2, 2016 - Dutch freelance photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was killed today in the Libyan city of Sirte while covering clashes between Islamic State fighters and forces loyal to the Libyan Army, according to Dutch and Libyan news outlets.

Statements   |   Security

CPJ welcomes UN Human Rights resolution on releasing jailed journalists, right to encryption

Washington, September 29, 2016--The United Nations Human Rights Council's annual resolution on journalist safety for the first time urges all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists. The resolution, co-sponsored by 87 countries and adopted today in Geneva, raises new concerns about mounting attacks on journalists during elections and calls for states to protect the confidentiality of journalist sources.

Press Releases

Cuba's internet restrictions stifle independent media

New York, September 28 - Internet restrictions are curbing independent voices in Cuba and leaving Cubans disconnected from the rest of the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a special report released today. Only a fraction of Cuba's 11 million people have internet access, and it is expensive, slow, and heavily censored, CPJ found.

September 28, 2016 8:45 AM ET

Press Releases

Connecting Cuba: Slow steps toward press freedom

New York, September 28--Cuban journalists are finding more space to be critical but restrictive laws, the fear of persecution, and limited and expensive access to the internet is slowing the country's press freedom progress, CPJ found in a report released today. The report finds that although President Raúl Castro's call for reforms five years ago has energized the press scene, many bloggers remain wary of publishing content that is too critical.

September 28, 2016 8:45 AM ET

Statements   |   Sri Lanka

CPJ welcomes new probe into murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga

New York, September 27, 2016--Sri Lankan police today exhumed the body of slain journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga as part of a new investigation into his death in 2009, according to news reports. A Sri Lankan judge this month granted permission for the police to exhume the editor's body due to contradictory post-mortem reports--two months after a military intelligence officer was arrested in connection with the killing, according to news reports.

Media Advisories

CPJ to release special report on press freedom in Cuba

New York, September 21--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its special report on conditions for Cuba's press on September 28, 2016, entitled "Connecting Cuba: More Space for Criticism but Restrictions Slow Press Freedom Progress."

Based on interviews with journalists and bloggers, the report examines how the media landscape has changed since President Raúl Castro announced five years ago that Cubans should not be afraid to express differences of opinion. The report also provides an overview of how limited internet access is affecting journalists and bloggers.

Recommendations to the Cuban government and the Organization of American States are included in the report.

September 21, 2016 8:45 AM ET

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