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CPJ joins call to renew Iran special rapporteur mandate

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 34 other organizations in calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to vote in favor of renewing the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 31st session of the council, which ends March 24.

March 16, 2016 1:10 PM ET


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'Prison is the equivalent of a death sentence for him,' son of journalist jailed in Iran says

Issa Saharkhiz, pictured in Iran. The freelance journalist's health has deteriorated since he was detained in Evin prison, his son says. (Mehdi Saharkhiz)

The son of imprisoned Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz says his father's health has deteriorated and he has lost a worrying amount of weight since being sent to Evin prison last November. In an interview with CPJ, Mehdi Saharkhiz said his father, who is due in court this week, has been treated poorly.

March 2, 2016 12:34 PM ET


Alerts   |   Iran

Iran arrests journalists, bans newspaper ahead of elections

New York, January 11, 2016--Iranian authorities should immediately release Farzad Pourmoradi, Meysam Mohammadi, and all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities should furthermore lift the ban on the daily newspaper Bahar, CPJ said. The arrests and the ban on the newspaper come ahead of legislative elections scheduled to begin February 26.

January 11, 2016 6:32 PM ET


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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)


La Chine et l'Égypte emprisonnent un nombre record de journalistes

L’Égypte arrive en deuxième position derrière la Chine à titre de pays emprisonnant le plus de journalistes en 2015. Dans le monde entier cette année, le nombre de journalistes derrière les barreaux pour l’exercice de leur profession a connu une baisse modérée, mais une poignée de pays continue d’utiliser l’emprisonnement systématique pour faire taire les critiques. Un rapport spécial d’Elana Beiser pour le CPJ

Le photojournaliste égyptien connu sous le nom de Shawkan comparaît devant le tribunal au Caire en mai 2015 pour la première fois après plus de 600 jours en prison. Un nombre record de journalistes est détenu en Égypte en 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

15 décembre 2015 0h01 ET

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China, Egito aprisionam um número recorde de jornalistas

O Egito é superado apenas pela China como o pior carcereiro do mundo de jornalistas em 2015. Em todo o mundo, o número de jornalistas atrás das grades por seu trabalho diminuiu moderadamente durante o ano, mas um punhado de países continua a usar a prisão sistemática para silenciar as críticas. Um relatório especial do CPJ por Elana Beiser

O fotojornalista egípcio conhecido como Shawkan aparece perante um tribunal no Cairo em maio de 2015 pela primeira vez depois de mais de 600 dias de prisão. Um número recorde de jornalistas está preso no Egito em 2015. (AP / Lobna Tarek)

dezembro 15, 2015 12:01 AM ET

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China y Egipto encarcelan a una cifra récord de periodistas

Egipto es sólo superado por China como el país con la mayor cifra de periodistas encarcelados en 2015. A escala global, la cifra de periodistas encarcelados por su labor informativa registró un declive moderado durante el año, pero unos pocos países continúan el empleo sistemático de las penas de cárcel para silenciar a las voces críticas. Un informe especial del CPJ elaborado por Elana Beiser

El fotoperiodista egipcio conocido como Shawkan comparece ante un tribunal de El Cairo en mayo de 2015, su primera comparecencia luego de permanecer encarcelado más de 600 días. Una cifra récord de periodistas se encontraban encarcelados en Egipto en 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

15 de Diciembre 2015 12:01 AM ET

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Blog   |   Iran

CPJ joins call for UN members to push Iran on rights

Ali Rezaian, brother of Jason Rezaian, gives an update on the case at the National Press Club in Washington on July 22. (AP/Molly Riley)

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 35 other organizations in calling on member states of the U.N. General Assembly to vote in favor of a resolution for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 70th session of the General Assembly on November 19.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iran steps up pressure on media with arrests of at least five journalists

New York, November 4, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news reports that Iranian authorities have recently detained at least five local journalists, including the reformist journalists Issa Saharkhiz and Ehsan Mazandarani, and reporter Saman Sarfarzaee, who were all arrested Monday.

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