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CPJ Safety Advisory: Trolls and Online Abuse

Today the Committee to Protect published a blog post detailing increased online harassment to journalists in the United States. Trolling and online abuse of journalists and bloggers, however, is a global threat. At a time when use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are a job requirement for media workers, trolls have become a serious occupational hazard. CPJ's Emergencies Response Team (ERT) issued the following safety advisory for journalists facing issues of online abuse.

January 20, 2017 5:42 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Maldives

Maldives journalists face prison

New York, January 20, 2017--Authorities in the Maldives should cease pursuing all criminal charges against journalists from Raajje TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court is expected to sentence Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevaan Ali Nasir on January 24, according to press reports. Both intend to appeal "the baseless charges," Nasir told CPJ.

Blog   |   USA

Transition to Trump: When a president-elect tweets, the trolls take aim

As a new presidential administration prepares to take over the U.S., CPJ examines the status of press freedom, including the challenges journalists face from surveillance, harassment, limited transparency, the questioning of libel laws, and other factors.

Crowds record Donald Trump on their phones during a rally in April. Journalists say they have been targeted by online trolls for their coverage of Trump. (AP/Steven Senne)

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian police raid investigative news website's office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website's office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them for hours before releasing them on condition they answer defamation charges in court tomorrow morning, the website reported.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Mexican police attack journalists covering protests

Police beat a demonstrator in Monclova, in Mexico's Coahuila state, at a protest against rising fuel prices, January 5, 2017. (Fidencio Alonso/Courtesy of Zocalo de Monclova, via Reuters)

Mexico City, January 12, 2017--Mexican police should quickly and credibly investigate reports that police threatened and attacked journalists covering protests last week and should swiftly bring to justice officers found to have assaulted reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Russia

Speaker of Chechen parliament threatens journalist Grigory Shvedov

Magomed Daudov (left), the speaker of the Chechen parliament, waits for Russian President Vladimir Putin to deliver the annual state of the nation address at the Kremlin in Moscow, December 1, 2016. Daudov on January 4 threatened journalist Grigory Shvedov in a post to Instagram. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

New York, January 9, 2017--Russian federal authorities should ensure the safety of Grigory Shvedov, the editor of the independent news website Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasian Knot), and should hold accountable Magomed Daudov, the speaker of Chechnya's parliament, for publicly threatening the journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 9, 2017 2:29 PM ET

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Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of January 8

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks in Istanbul, December 20, 2016. (Reuters/Murad Sezer)

Erdoğan praises Trump for 'beating down' CNN reporter
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for "beating down" ("benzetmek") CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Costa in a January 11 press conference, according to media reports and video widely distributed on the internet. Trump refused to take a question from CNN at the press conference, calling the broadcaster "fake news."

Alerts   |   Egypt

CPJ calls on Egypt to lift travel ban on blogger Esraa Abdel Fattah

New York, December 23, 2016--Egypt must lift the travel ban imposed on Esraa Abdel Fattah, an Egyptian blogger, columnist, and social media activist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Abdel Fattah has been under a travel ban for nearly two years, alongside other bloggers and civil society activists who authorities have accused of illegally receiving foreign funding.

Alerts   |   Malaysia

Malaysian authorities repeatedly arrest, harass award-winning cartoonist Zunar

Cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhauqe, better known as Zunar, poses in prison clothes with plastic handcuffs at a February 2, 2015, event launching a book in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. (AP)

Bangkok, December 19, 2016--Malaysian authorities should drop all criminal charges against editorial cartoonist Zulikiflee Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, and stop harassing him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Zunar on December 17, the cartoonist said in a statement, the latest incident in authorities' relentless campaign of judicial and police harassment of the journalist.

December 19, 2016 11:54 AM ET

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Case   |   Chad

Chad police close radio station, detain manager

Police in Kelo, some 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital N'Djamena, on November 14, 2016, arrested Edmond Oueidigue Kandi, the manager of the community radio station Radio Bargadje, and ordered the station closed, Kandi told the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to Kandi and media reports, local administrative authorities ordered the station closed and the journalist's arrest in response to Radio Bargadje's November 10 reporting on violence between herders and farmers over land use in the area. Police accused Kandi of fomenting conflict, the reports said.

December 16, 2016 6:25 PM ET

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