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Alerts   |   Vietnam

Appeals court upholds anti-state prison sentences for Vietnamese bloggers

Nguyen Huu Vinh and his editorial assistant Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy at an appeal hearing in Hanoi on September 22. The court upheld the bloggers' anti-state convictions. (AFP/STR/Vietnam News Agency)

Bangkok, September 23, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemned a Vietnamese appellate court ruling yesterday to uphold the convictions on anti-state charges of two independent bloggers.

September 23, 2016 11:25 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Thailand

Draft regulatory bill threatens media freedom in Thailand

In this September 30, 2014, file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha waves after a Bangkok handover ceremony for the new chief of the Royal Thai Army. (Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha)

Bangkok, September 15, 2016 - Thailand's military-appointed National Reform Steering Assembly should scrap proposed legislation that would create a new national media regulator, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft bill, the latest in a raft of military-imposed measures that restrict press freedom, is now being considered by a government sub-panel tasked with implementing media reforms.

September 15, 2016 11:44 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Maldives

Police raid newspaper after critical documentary airs in Maldives

Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom (left) arrives in Sri Lanka in this January 12, 2014, file photo. Police raided the office of the Maldives Independent on September 7 after its editor was interviewed in an Al-Jazeera documentary alleging corruption and abuse of power under Gayoom's government, allegations his government has denied.

Bangkok, September 9, 2016 - Authorities in the Maldives should cease harassing the Maldives Independent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the daily newspaper's office hours after the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera aired a documentary produced by the paper's former editor alleging high-level corruption in the Maldives.

Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Journalist detained over criminal defamation complaint in Bangladesh

Bangkok, September 6, 2016--Bangladeshi journalist Siddiqur Rahman Khan has been detained since September 1 after a criminal defamation complaint was filed against him under Article 57 of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Khan's immediate release and an end to the use of criminal charges to harass and stifle online media in Bangladesh.

Impact   |   Egypt, India, Iraq, Peru, Saudi Arabia

CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

September edition

IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation

In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments that host the Olympic Games accountable for press freedom abuses.

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

Press Releases   |   India

For India's journalists corruption can be a deadly beat

New York, August 29, 2016--A culture of impunity in India is leaving the country's press vulnerable to threats and attacks, CPJ found in a report released today. The report finds that regional investigations have failed to secure justice for journalists murdered for their work, and urges the national government to enact legislation that would provide federal oversight.

August 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Alerts   |   Internet, Pakistan

Pakistani law could enable sweeping internet censorship

A man browses the internet at a cafe in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in this September 18, 2013 file photo. (Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

Bangkok, August 26, 2016 - Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain should veto a bill that could allow for sweeping censorship of the internet and the prosecution of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's National Assembly approved the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 last week and sent it to Hussain to sign into law, according to press reports.

August 26, 2016 11:57 AM ET

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Alerts   |   India

Newspaper journalist murdered in India

Bangkok, August 24, 2016 - Authorities in the Indian state of Gujarat should credibly investigate the murder of journalist Kishore Dave and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

August 24, 2016 3:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Bangladesh

Proposed cyber-security bill threatens media freedom in Bangladesh

Bangkok, August 24, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Bangladesh's legislature to scrap proposed cyber-security legislation that would impose severe penalties for disseminating online material deemed to be anti-state or a threat to national security or public order. The Digital Security Act 2016 was approved on August 22 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Cabinet and is pending in parliament, according to news reports.

August 24, 2016 3:20 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Singapore

Proposed law on contempt of court threatens press freedom in Singapore

Demonstrators protesting the trial of blogger Amos Yee hold pictures of the late Lee Kuan Yew, founder of modern Singapore, on July 5, 2015. (Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

Bangkok, August 5, 2016 - Singaporean lawmakers should scrap proposed legislation on what constitutes contempt of court in news reporting and public commentary, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The draft law's penalties for violations, including possible prison terms for criticizing the judiciary, threaten to entrench more self-censorship in Singapore's constrained media environment.

August 5, 2016 1:59 PM ET

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