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Statements   |   Turkey

Two newspaper offices firebombed in Istanbul

New York, February 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's attacks on the Istanbul offices of the daily newspapers Yeni Akit and Yeni Şafak. The newspapers are generally supportive of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

February 11, 2016 11:12 AM ET

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Statements   |   Mexico

Mexican crime reporter abducted in Veracruz

New York, February 8, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of Anabel Flores Salazar, a Mexican crime reporter who was abducted from her home in Orizaba, Veracruz state, at about 2 a.m. today by armed men who claimed to have an arrest warrant for her, according to reports. The general prosecutor for Veracruz released a statement saying it is investigating the disappearance.

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Critics Are Not Criminals

CPJ to release comparative study of criminal defamation laws in the Americas

New York, February 8, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release a special report on the status of criminal defamation laws in the Americas. This new report, prepared for CPJ by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, seeks to advise journalists of the legal risks they face in their work, and shows that criminal defamation prosecutions are still widespread throughout the hemisphere. The report, which found that 32 of 33 countries in the Americas maintain criminal penalties for defamation, will be released online in English and Spanish and presented at a panel discussion in Lima on March 2, 2016. The Perú-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) will co-sponsor the event.

February 8, 2016 4:47 PM ET

Statements   |   Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

CPJ concerned by rising pressure on journalists in Israel

New York, February 8, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports indicating rising pressure from the Israeli government on the foreign press. Last week, the head of the Government Press Office threatened to revoke the credentials of reporters for inaccurate headlines.

February 8, 2016 1:24 PM ET

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Statements   |   Egypt

Justice delayed for Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan

New York, February 5, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the prolonged trial of photographer Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who has been in jail for more than 900 days. Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was due in court Saturday along with more than 700 defendants who are being tried on charges ranging from rioting to attempted murder. Today, Cairo Criminal Court postponed the hearing until March 26 because a cage large enough to accommodate all the defendants was not available, according to his lawyers and state media reports.

February 5, 2016 3:05 PM ET

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Statements   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Constitutional Court Strikes Criminal Defamation Laws

New York, February 3, 2016--Today's ruling by Zimbabwe's Supreme Constitutional Court that the country's criminal defamation laws are unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

February 3, 2016 1:43 PM ET

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Statements   |   Equatorial Guinea

CPJ condemns Equatorial Guinea's decision to ban state media coverage of Gbagbo trial

New York, February 2, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the decision of the government in Equatorial Guinea to ban state television from covering the trial of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, which opened at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on January 28. "We've been forbidden from airing Laurent Gbagbo's trial due to his friendship with our president," a journalist with the state television channel Radio Télévision Guinée équatoriale told AFP.

Statements   |   Afghanistan

CPJ condemns attack on Tolo TV employees in Afghanistan

Afghan security forces examine the wreckage of a vehicle carrying Tolo TV employees in Kabul. A suicide attack on the minivan killed six staff and injured more than 25. (AFP/Shah Marai)

New York, January 20, 2016--A suicide bombing in Kabul today killed seven employees from the Afghan station Tolo TV, according to news reports and the station. The attack on staff returning from work at the privately owned station injured 27 others, including 26 staff, according to Tolo TV. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. In October, CPJ documented how a Taliban website threatened journalists associated with Tolo TV and the Afghan broadcaster 1TV with "elimination."

January 20, 2016 12:48 PM ET

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Statements   |   Pakistan

CPJ condemns grenade attack on offices of Pakistani broadcaster

Press and police gather outside ARY News in Islamabad after a grenade attack on the privately owned Pakistani channel. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

New York, January 13, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a grenade attack on the Islamabad offices of Pakistani broadcaster ARY News today. A video editor, Umar Hayat, was wounded in the attack, and windows at the front of the building were damaged when two men on motorcycles threw a grenade at the offices, Ammad Yousaf, senior vice president of the privately owned station, told CPJ.

January 13, 2016 11:42 AM ET

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Fourth most deadly year on record for journalists

In 2015, 71 journalists killed in relation to their work; 199 imprisoned

New York, January 6, 2015--In 2015, 71 journalists were killed in direct relation to their work, making it the fourth deadliest year since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping records in 1992, the organization said today.

Thirty of the journalists killed, or 42 percent, died at the hands of extremist groups such as Islamic State. Those killings came as more than half of the 199 journalists imprisoned in 2015 were jailed on anti-state charges, showing how the press is caught between perpetrators of terrorism and governments purporting to fight terrorists.

CPJ reported in December that 69 journalists were killed around the world from January 1 through December 23, 2015. On December 27, Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the independent monthly Hentah and the maker of documentary films on Islamic State, was murdered in Turkey. In addition, new information led CPJ to confirm that Ahmed Mohamed al-Mousa was killed in relation to his work as a journalist. Al-Mousa, a 23-year-old editor for Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, was shot dead in Idlib province on December 16. The group of Syrian citizen journalists was honored with CPJ's 2015 International Press Freedom Award in November.

In 2015, the fight against impunity in the murders of journalists achieved some success, with at least six convictions worldwide. CPJ advocacy also contributed to the release of at least 50 journalists from prison, while the total number in jail at the time of CPJ's annual census declined slightly compared with the past three years. Of the journalists released this year, six were featured in the Press Uncuffed campaign, which, in partnership with students at the University of Maryland, seeks to raise awareness of journalists imprisoned worldwide.

"Though journalists still face significant global challenges, there is reason for hope," said Courtney Radsch, CPJ's advocacy director. "In 2016, CPJ will keep the pressure on governments worldwide to allow journalists to work freely and safely."

CPJ's database of journalists killed for their work in 2015 includes capsule reports on each victim and a statistical analysis. CPJ maintains a database of all journalists killed since 1992. The database is continually updated.

January 6, 2016 2:32 PM ET

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