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CPJ condemns Iran's jailing of journalists

New York, April 26, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns an Iranian court's sentencing of three reformist journalists. Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced the three to between five and 10 years in prison on charges of "acting against national security," according to press reports.

Statements   |   Bangladesh

CPJ condemns murder of Bangladeshi LGBT journalist

Police try to control a crowd that gathered outside the Dhaka apartment where gay rights journalist Xulhaz Mannan was stabbed. (AP/A.M.Ahad)

New York, April 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder today of Bangladeshi journalist Xulhaz Mannan. The senior editor at gay rights magazine Roopbaan, who also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development, was stabbed to death at his home in Dhaka alongside a friend, according to reports. A third person, described in some reports as a security guard, was injured, reports said. The attack follows the murders of four secular bloggers and a publisher by Islamic extremists in 2015, according to CPJ research.

April 25, 2016 2:47 PM ET

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Statements   |   Kyrgyzstan

CPJ urges Kyrgyzstan to release Azimjon Askarov

New York, April 25, 2016--Kyrgyz authorities should immediately and fully comply with the U.N. Human Rights Committee's calls to free imprisoned journalist Azimjon Askarov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court announced in a statement on its website today that if Askarov requests a review of his case, the Kyrgyz constitution obliges the court to hear it, in light of findings announced Friday by the U.N. Human Rights Committee.

April 25, 2016 12:12 PM ET

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Statements   |   Bangladesh

Secular blogger hacked and shot to death in Bangladesh

New York, April 7, 2016--Unidentified assailants attacked blogger Nazimuddin Samad with sharp weapons and then fatally shot him in Dhaka Wednesday night, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Bangladeshi government to determine the motive for the killing, and to take immediate steps to bring his attackers to justice

April 7, 2016 12:02 PM ET

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Statements   |   Colombia

In Colombia, second attacker sentenced in Jineth Bedoya case

New York, March 18, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the sentencing today of former paramilitary fighter Mario Jaimes Mejía who, according to reports, was handed a 28-year prison term for the kidnap, rape, and torture of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000. Last month, Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, a former paramilitary fighter, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the kidnap and torture of Bedoya.

March 18, 2016 5:39 PM ET

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Statements   |   Azerbaijan

Four journalists, human rights lawyer pardoned in Azerbaijan

New York, March 17, 2016 - The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Azerbaijan's decision to release four independent reporters and a human rights lawyer, urges authorities to ensure they will not have criminal records, and calls on authorities to free all journalists who remain behind bars.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, journalist detained since 2013 handed jail sentence

New York, March 11, 2016--Solomon Kebede, the managing editor of the now-defunct Ethiopian paper Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), was sentenced to prison Thursday, more than three years after being jailed on anti-terrorism charges. CPJ was not immediately able to reconcile conflicting reports on the exact length of the prison sentence.

Statements   |   Turkey

Istanbul court to appoint trustees for Zaman, Today's Zaman editorial board

Crowds gather outside the Istanbul offices of the Turkish daily Zaman on March 4 to protest a ruling that allows a court to appoint the paper's trustees. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

New York, March 4, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a ruling in Turkey today under which an Istanbul court will appoint trustees for the Turkish language Zaman and its English-language sister publication, Today's Zaman. The ruling, brought by an Istanbul public prosecutor who accuses the papers of terrorist propaganda, means court-appointed staff could replace the papers' editorial board and management, according to The Associated Press and a copy of the ruling seen by CPJ.

March 4, 2016 11:11 AM ET

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Journalist trapped and injured while reporting in besieged Turkish town dies

New York, February 24, 2016--A news editor for the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, who had been trapped with a gunshot wound in Cizre since January 22, has died. Authorities used DNA testing to identify the remains of Rohat Aktaş, local reports said today. The exact circumstances of his death are unclear. Pro-opposition and pro-Kurdish media reported that government forces denied medical treatment to those injured in clashes in the southeastern Turkish town.

February 24, 2016 1:37 PM ET

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Statements   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Court convicts suspect in murder of DRC journalist Soleil Balanga

New York, February 23, 2016--A court in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday convicted a suspect of murdering journalist Soleil Balanga in April 2015, in Équateur province, according to a press release issued today by Journaliste en Danger, a Congolese press freedom organization. The High Court of Boende found Moussa Tendenle guilty of having slit the journalist's throat and sentenced him to death.

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