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Alerts   |   Nepal

CPJ concerned by climate for free expression in Nepal

New York, May 3, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is alarmed by Nepal's decision to expel Canadian social media user Robert Penner. Immigration authorities revoked Penner's visa because of his social media posts, which are frequently critical of the government, according to press reports.

May 3, 2016 5:06 PM ET

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Blog   |   Japan

Abe administration throttles media independence, journalists and UN say

Reporters surround Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February. Journalists say control of the media has been tightened since he came to power. (AFP/Jiji Press)

Late in 2015, the Japanese government asked David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to reschedule a visit planned for December. At the time, some news outlets speculated that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under criticism for rising threats to free expression, was trying to avoid U.N. scrutiny.

Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Security

Breaking the Silence

On February 11, 2011, as journalists were documenting the raucous celebration in Cairo's Tahrir Square following the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the story took a sudden and unexpected turn. CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan, who was reporting from the square, was violently separated from her crew and security detail by a mob of men. They tore her clothes from her body, beat her, and brutalized her while repeatedly raping her with their hands. Logan was saved by a group of Egyptian women who berated her attackers until a group of Egyptian army officers arrived and took her to safety.

Attacks on the Press   |   China

Males Preferred

In October 2015, when I solicited Chinese readers' views on gender issues in journalism, one comment spoke volumes about the state of the debate in China: "Women can take advantage of their looks and feminine traits to attract well-known and powerful men to accept their interviews."

Attacks on the Press   |   Libya, Tunisia

From High Profile to Exile

Heba Alshibani did not set out to become a journalist. She had expected to become an academic, as many members of her Libyan family had before the February 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. But when the violence did not abate after Qaddafi's overthrow, Alshibani witnessed events that she felt compelled to record and share. She had no training as a journalist, but had a penchant for exposing "wrong-doings," as she puts it, and felt an almost instinctive need to bring them to light.

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan

Harassed and Jailed

It feels strange to be writing about friends in jail. You wonder what kind of a friend you are--free to breathe the air, to walk the streets, to continue to work, while your friends cannot. Why do you deserve this privilege?

Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Security

Responding to Internet Abuse

Ana Freitas, a 26-year-old Brazilian journalist who covers pop culture, recalled how she once had trouble convincing an editor at the news outlet YouPix to publish an article she had written about women and minorities being unwelcome on comment boards related to pop cultural videos, movies, comics or gaming.

Attacks on the Press   |   Internet, Security

Combating Digital Harassment

A plurality of online voices is good for democracy, yet one group has come under attack in the most gruesome ways. Threats of rape, physical violence and graphic imagery are showing up in the inboxes and on the social media platforms of female journalists across the globe. Though online harassment of journalists is not new, it has become a particular cause for concern and a deterrent to free expression for many female journalists who have made valuable contributions to the news. I have had the privilege to work with many of them.

Attacks on the Press   |   Security, UK, Uganda

Double Exposure

When it comes to abusive readers' comments and tweets from Internet trolls, Katherine O'Donnell has heard it all. For years, O'Donnell, who is night editor of the Scottish edition of the U.K.'s The Times, has borne the brunt of personal attacks, including about her gender, from online trolls who take umbrage at articles in her newspaper.

Attacks on the Press   |   Security, USA

The Progression of Hate

Even today, the words scribbled across the pages in angry ALL CAPS are hard to look at.

"HOW DO YOU GET A NIGGER OUT OF A TREE? CUT THE ROPE!!"

"BEFORE THIS WORLD ENDS, THERE WILL BE A RACE WAR..."

"ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS CRY BITCH WINE [sic], BITCH."

"HAVE YOU PLAYED THE RACE CARD MICHELLE THIS WEEK?"

Back then, I would pull the letters I received out of sealed plastic bags with rubber gloves while standing outdoors, so as not to expose my coworkers at the newspaper to any potential toxins -- and to preserve any fingerprints that might still be imprinted atop these hateful words.

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