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The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their work, without regard to political ideology. In its defense of journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to access independent sources of information – an essential part of a free society.

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Journalists in India Threatened and Attacked

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 2:47 PM

By Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Senior Research Associate

Journalists across India are facing death threats, beatings, and jail sentences, and one has been shot dead in recent months, according to CPJ research on the world's largest democracy.

In Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, Karun Misra, the Ambedkarnagar...

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As Museveni Claims Election Victory, Uganda's Press Harassed And Restricted

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:43 AM

By CPJ Staff

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni claimed victory on Monday after an election season of repeated attacks on the media and the free flow of information. Broadcast outlets were arbitrarily closed for hosting opposition politicians and critical journalists were threatened, harassed, and physically assaulted.

After polls...

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On World Radio Day, Remembering Radio Journalists on the Ground

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 10:50 AM

By Courtney C. Radsch, CPJ Advocacy Director

On World Radio Day this Saturday, the Committee to Protect Journalists is paying tribute to the vital role radio journalists play in bringing their communities news and commentary, sometimes at great personal cost. Seventeen radio journalists were killed for their work last year....

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After Charlie Hebdo, Press Freedom Endangered

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 12:19 PM

Thursday marked the one-year-anniversary of the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The murder by Islamic militants of eight cartoonists and journalists, followed by the terror attacks in Paris in November in which a freelance rock critic was one of the 130 victims, led to...

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Why Countering Violent Extremism Measures Can Be a Threat to Press Freedom

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 3:19 PM

By Courtney C. Radsch, CPJ Advocacy Director

“We’re stepping up our efforts to discredit ISIL’s propaganda, especially online,” President Barack Obama told delegates at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering Violent Extremism last month. The social media counter-offensive comes amid U.N. reports of a 70 percent increase...

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Top 5 Countries That Should Be on Obama's Itinerary

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

By Courtney C. Radsch, CPJ Advocacy Director

In the past two days Ethiopia released six journalists from prison, an unprecedented development in one of Africa's most repressive countries for the media. The releases happened in advance of President Obama's trip to Ethiopia later this...

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Privacy Settings Updated as Facebook Adds Access to PGP Encryption

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 12:36 PM

By Tom Lowenthal, CPJ Staff Technologist

On June 1, Facebook announced on its blog a new set of features adding support for the PGP email encryption system. The changes allow users to post their public email encryption key to their Facebook profile, inviting others to encrypt future emails....

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Ban on India's Daughter and Other Documentaries Is Global Censorship Issue

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:50 PM

By Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator

What do Delhi, Beijing, and Villiers-sur-Marne have in common, but Ouagadougou does not? The first three recently banned access to films their governments deemed inappropriate. But a film festival in the fourth, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa, stepped up security...

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In China, Authorities Treat J-Visa Requests as Privilege, Not Professional Right

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:08 PM

By Bob Dietz, CPJ Asia Program Coordinator

In November 2013 delays and some outright refusals in issuing visas for foreign correspondents in China were making headlines. A few months later, in its March 2014 survey of members, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC)...

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Egyptian Minister: There Are No Red Lines, Only Yellow Ones

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:53 PM

By Courtney C. Radsch/CPJ Advocacy Director

After a series of high-level meetings to discuss press freedom concerns with Egyptian officials in Cairo earlier this month, it was heartening to hear that journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been granted bail after more than 400...

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In India, Editor Arrested Over Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Goes Into Hiding

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate

Mumbai may be 7,000 kilometers from Paris, but the debate on freedom of expression sparked by coverage of the January 7 attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is close to home for large parts of the Indian press.

In the latest...

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In Middle East, Charlie Hebdo Attack Condemned but Leaders Silent on Own Press Violations

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:21 PM

Sherif Mansour and Jason Stern, Middle East and North Africa Team at Committee to Protect Journalists

The attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7 was condemned by rulers across the Middle East as a criminal and cowardly act that was counter to Islamic values....

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France Unites Around Charlie Hebdo, But Solidarity May Be Fleeting

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Jean-Paul Marthoz, CPJ Europe Representative

The attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has sent shock waves through France and beyond. Not only because 12 people have been killed in cold blood and many were wounded in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in France since 1961, when right...

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In Fighting Ebola, Journalists Can Play Important Role

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Peter Nkanga, CPJ West Africa Representative

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.

Liberia’s media is in a fight...

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Threat to Independent Reporting in the U.S. Could Impact Global Standards

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Joel Simon/CPJ Executive Director

With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers, why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies?

The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a global system on which independent and critical...

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After Gaza Conflict, Probe Needed Into Journalist Killings

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:01 PM

By Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

After 50 bloody days of conflict, it looks like a ceasefire may finally take hold in Israel and Gaza. Recently Gaza has been one of the deadliest places in the world for the press. According to CPJ research, at...

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Saudi Arabia Steps Up Censorship, Snaring Activists

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:46 PM

By Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

Since the surprise Arab uprisings of 2011, the Saudi government has worked assiduously to ensure it has all the tools of censorship it needs to control dissent. These tools -- a combination of special courts, laws, and regulatory authorities --...

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CPJ Finds Hope for Press Freedom in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:02 PM

By Kati Marton/CPJ Board Member

For the last decade, Pakistan has been one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media. At least 46 journalists have been killed, 24 of them murdered for the “crime” of covering the intelligence services, the Taliban, separatists in Balochistan, or the...

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The Kremlin Falls Prey to Its Own Propaganda

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:10 PM

By Nina Ognianova/Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator

In Russia, the population-at-large receives its news from state-controlled TV that has long been churning propaganda. But since November, television, Kremlin's crude weapon of mass distraction, has ever more shrilly been agitating hostility toward opposition protesters in Ukraine--and their presumed masterminds in...

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Liu Jianfeng Tests New Model for Chinese Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:38 PM

By Yan Cong/CPJ Guest Blogger

Last July, veteran Chinese journalist Liu Jianfeng posted an announcement on the Chinese microblog Weibo confirming his intention to become an independent investigator and writer. In a country where all media remains state-owned, Liu’s plan was a bold one. He promised to...

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