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Alerts   |   Vietnam

Blogger sentenced amid clampdown in Vietnam

Bangkok, March 31, 2016 - In a mounting clampdown on dissent, Vietnam sentenced a prominent blogger on Wednesday to four years in prison on charges of disseminating "propaganda against the state," according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the sentence and calls for the immediate release of all journalists wrongfully held behind bars in Vietnam.

Alerts   |   Singapore

Singapore court sentences online editor for sedition

Bangkok, March 24, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a Singaporean court's sentencing Wednesday of an Australian editor of a now-defunct independent Singaporean news website, and calls on authorities to stop jailing journalists and censoring websites.

March 24, 2016 12:04 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Vietnam

Vietnamese bloggers imprisoned for 'abusing democratic freedoms'

Bangkok, March 23, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns a Hanoi court's sentencing today of two Vietnamese bloggers to prison terms on charges of "abusing democratic freedoms."

March 23, 2016 1:05 PM ET

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Blog   |   Malaysia

Closure of news site underscores Malaysia's press freedom crisis amid 1MDB scandal

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to the press in September 2015. News outlets that critically covered allegations in the 1MDB scandal are facing censorship and pressure. (Reuters/Olivia Harris)

On March 14, The Malaysian Insider abruptly closed its editorial operations less than a month after the state media regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, blocked local access to its news site.

March 21, 2016 1:02 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Myanmar

Myanmar journalist's home targeted in bomb attack

Min Min, editor and general manager of the online Root Investigative Agency, speaks to reporters in Sittwe, Myanmar, in this 2014 file photo (Root Investigative Agency).

Bangkok, March 16, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an independent, high-level investigation into the bombing of a journalist's home in western Myanmar and for the perpetrators to be swiftly identified and brought to justice.

March 16, 2016 10:41 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Malaysia

Australian journalists harassed and threatened in Malaysia

Bangkok, March 14, 2016 - Authorities should immediately lift restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of two Australian journalists in Malaysia and drop all legal threats against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Thailand

Thailand aims to hollow out foreign press with new visa restrictions

Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai at a press conference in Bangkok in 2015. He says the new media guidelines will curb 'misleading' coverage. (Reuters/Chaiwat Subprasom)

Senior Southeast Asia representative Shawn Crispin this week presented CPJ's concerns about new media visa restrictions for foreign reporters based in Thailand to a group of Bangkok-based ambassadors. The controversial measures, announced last month by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are scheduled to come into force on March 21. The text of Crispin's speech follows:

March 10, 2016 10:43 AM ET

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Alerts   |   East Timor

Journalist faces criminal defamation threat in East Timor

Bangkok, February 29, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on East Timor's prime minister, Rui Maria de Araujo, to drop the criminal defamation complaint he is pursuing against freelance journalist Raimundos Oki. Oki faces up to three years in prison if convicted of defamation for a report for the Timor Post newspaper alleging possible irregularities in a government computerization project, according to press reports.

February 29, 2016 1:04 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Thailand

Thailand tightens visa requirements for foreign reporters

Bangkok, February 19, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about new visa restrictions imposed on foreign reporters in Thailand that if fully implemented could restrict coverage of the country. The new guidelines, outlined in a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press statement released on Thursday, come amid reports that foreign journalists have recently been denied media visas and press card credentials for unclear reasons.

February 19, 2016 11:09 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Indonesia

Indonesia denies media visa for France 24 reporter

Bangkok, January 12, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Indonesia's refusal to issue a media visa to French journalist Cyril Payen. The Bangkok-based senior reporter for France 24 television received notice of the denial from Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs without explanation on Friday, he told CPJ.

January 12, 2016 2:46 PM ET

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