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Alerts   |   Cameroon

Three journalists face military trial in Cameroon

New York, January 21, 2016-- The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Cameroonian authorities to drop all charges against three journalists for failing to disclose information to the state. The three are scheduled to stand trial before a military court on Friday.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia arrests second journalist in a week, summons Zone 9 bloggers

Nairobi, December 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper, Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Kazakhstan

Embattled Kazakh editor detained following police raids

New York, December 24, 2015--Kazakh authorities should immediately release Guzyal Baydalinova, editor of the independent news website Nakanune, and return all reporting equipment seized in police raids, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese editors could face death penalty over critical coverage

New York, December 21, 2015--Sudanese authorities should drop all charges against two newspaper editors potentially facing the death penalty on charges stemming from their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Reports   |   Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

Slideshow: Journalists freed

While just under 200 journalists are behind bars, CPJ witnessed several memorable releases in 2015, including in Vietnam, Ethiopia, and even secretive Eritrea. Some of the journalists had spent years behind bars; they endured isolation and several say they were tortured. This year, CPJ’s advocacy contributed to the release of at least 31 journalists. Some of their stories are shown here.

Alerts   |   Burkina Faso

Glimmer of hope in Norbert Zongo murder case in Burkina Faso

Thousands of people demonstrate on December 13, 2014, in Ouagadougou to pay homage to murdered journalist Norbert Zongo. (AFP/Ouoba Ahmed)

New York December 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests on Saturday of three people in Burkina Faso in connection with the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper L'Independant.

December 14, 2015 2:09 PM ET

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Statements   |   Vatican City

CPJ calls on Vatican to drop charges against two Italian journalists

New York, November 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Vatican to drop charges against Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The journalists are due to face a trial Tuesday over claims they pressured a source to "obtain and publish confidential information" in their respective books alleging corruption, according to a statement by the Vatican.

Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, two journalists accused of creating terrorist propaganda with social media posts

Istanbul, November 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests of two reporters from pro-Kurdish news agencies on Friday. Idris Yılmaz, of Dicle News Agency, and Vildan Atmaca, of the women's news agency JİNHA, were detained in the Erciş district of Van, a city in eastern Turkey, according to reports.

Blog   |   Morocco

Amid wave of defamation cases, CPJ joins call for Morocco to drop charges against press

Taoufik Bouachrine in 2009 (AFP)

New York, November 13, 2015--CPJ has joined Free Press Unlimited and seven other organizations in a statement of support for seven Moroccan journalists and human rights defenders who will face trial on November 19, on charges ranging from defamation to harming national security. One of the journalists, Hicham Mansouri, is already behind bars on an adultery conviction in retaliation for his work.

Alerts   |   Togo

CPJ calls on Togo president to reject law that would impose jail terms for journalists

Abuja, Nigeria, November 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the president of Togo to block a proposed article in the country's penal code that would threaten press freedom. Under the proposed law, journalists could face jail sentences and fines for "false news," according to news reports.

November 12, 2015 8:45 AM ET

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