Committee to Protect Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For 30+ years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.
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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Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.

Mission: The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist D...
05/20/2019
Uribe lawsuit part of 'systematic campaign to silence me,' Colombian reporter Coronell says

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia's most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter.

Since the early 2000s Coronell has exposed corruption, conflicts of interest and human rights abuses by officials who served in Uribe's government or by his political allies and relatives. Much of this reporting has been published in his popular column in the Colombian newsweekly Semana.

Coronell is widely considered one of Colombia's most influential journalists and has received seven Simón Bolívar national journalism awards, Colombia's version of the Pulitzers. However, he has paid a heavy price for his exposés.

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A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia’s most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter....

“Freedom of the press and of expression is an important indicator of the state of a country’s health. Let’s not fo...
05/20/2019
Pope pays tribute to journalists who were killed; says press...

“Freedom of the press and of expression is an important indicator of the state of a country’s health. Let’s not forget that one of the first things dictatorships do is remove freedom of the press or mask it, not leaving it free.” ⁦‪Pope Francis

Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday to journalists killed while doing their jo...

Most read this week: Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis
05/19/2019
Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

Most read this week: Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, d...

Most read this week: From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets
05/19/2019
From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

Most read this week: From fake news to enemy of the people: An anatomy of Trump's tweets

Since announcing his candidacy in the 2016 presidential elections to the end of his second year in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has sent 1,339 tweets about the media that were critical, insinuating, condemning, or threatening. In lieu of formal appearances as president, Trump has tweeted over...

Most read this week: Iranian reformist magazine Seda suspended after urging negotiations with US
05/19/2019
Iranian reformist magazine Seda suspended after urging negotiations with US

Most read this week: Iranian reformist magazine Seda suspended after urging negotiations with US

Washington, D.C., May 14, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately lift the suspension of Seda magazine and stop harassing critical media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Most read this week: Libyan journalists Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani missing  since May 2
05/19/2019
Libyan journalists Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani missing since May 2

Most read this week: Libyan journalists Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani missing since May 2

New York, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the safety of Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani, Libyan journalists with Qatar-based private television broadcaster Libya Alahrar, who disappeared on May 2....

Most read this week: Myanmar journalist Aung Marm Oo in hiding as police seek his arrest
05/19/2019
Myanmar journalist Aung Marm Oo in hiding as police seek his arrest

Most read this week: Myanmar journalist Aung Marm Oo in hiding as police seek his arrest

Bangkok, May 13, 2019 -- Myanmar authorities should immediately cease harassing and threatening to arrest Aung Marm Oo, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Rakhine state-based news agency Development Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

‪Mexican reporter Francisco Romero Díaz shot dead in Playa del Carmen
05/19/2019
Mexican reporter Francisco Romero Díaz shot dead in Playa del Carmen

‪Mexican reporter Francisco Romero Díaz shot dead in Playa del Carmen

Mexico City, May 17, 2019--Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the killing of Francisco Romero Díaz, a reporter who was shot dead yesterday in Playa del Carmen, a beachside resort in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, the Committee t...

Most read this week: San Francisco police raid freelancer Bryan Carmody's home
05/18/2019
San Francisco police raid freelancer Bryan Carmody's home

Most read this week: San Francisco police raid freelancer Bryan Carmody's home

New York May 13, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a raid by San Francisco police on the home of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, and called on authorities to immediately return electronic devices, documents, and other seized property....

Most read this week: Documentary filmmaker Mauricio Lezama shot and killed in Colombia
05/18/2019
Documentary filmmaker Mauricio Lezama shot and killed in Colombia

Most read this week: Documentary filmmaker Mauricio Lezama shot and killed in Colombia

Bogotá, May 13, 2019 -- Colombian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of documentary filmmaker Mauricio Lezama Rengifo and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed...
05/18/2019
Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without charge

Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub, and investigate the police officer who fired a shot that injured the journalist during his arrest.

Nairobi, May 17, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub, and investigate the police officer who fired a shot that injured the journalist during his arrest, the Committee to Protect Journal...

Most read this week: Israeli forces destroy Gaza office of Turkish Anadolu news agency
05/18/2019
Israeli forces destroy Gaza office of Turkish Anadolu news agency

Most read this week: Israeli forces destroy Gaza office of Turkish Anadolu news agency

Beirut, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Israeli bombing of Turkish-stated owned news outlet Anadolu Agency’s Gaza office on May 4....

Most read this week: Greek CNN reporter Mina Karamitrou's car destroyed by bomb
05/18/2019
Greek CNN reporter Mina Karamitrou's car destroyed by bomb

Most read this week: Greek CNN reporter Mina Karamitrou's car destroyed by bomb

Berlin, May 14, 2019 -- Greek authorities must ensure the safety of police reporter Mina Karamitrou, thoroughly investigate the bombing of her car overnight, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Reuters photojournalist Hani Amara shot while covering Libya clashes
05/18/2019
Reuters photojournalist Hani Amara shot while covering Libya clashes

Reuters photojournalist Hani Amara shot while covering Libya clashes

On May 12, 2019, Hani Amara, a photographer and videographer for Reuters, was shot in the leg while covering clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to news reports, social media posts and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, a local press freedom group....

Gabon's media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L'Aube and the weekly Echos ...
05/18/2019
Gabon media regulator suspends two newspapers over defamation claims

Gabon's media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L'Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest.

Goma, Congo, May 17, 2019 -- Gabon’s media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L’Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Most read this week: Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks
05/18/2019
Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks

Most read this week: Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks

New York, May 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty....

Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the killing of Francisco Ro...
05/17/2019
Mexican reporter Francisco Romero Díaz shot dead in Playa del Carmen

Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the killing of Francisco Romero Díaz, a reporter who was shot dead Thursday in Playa del Carmen, a beachside resort in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

Mexico City, May 17, 2019--Mexican authorities must immediately undertake a credible and transparent investigation into the killing of Francisco Romero Díaz, a reporter who was shot dead yesterday in Playa del Carmen, a beachside resort in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, the Committee t...

On May 8, 2019, a gunman shot and injured camera operator René Pérez while the journalist was covering a protest march...
05/17/2019
Mexican cameraman shot, journalists threatened in Morelos state

On May 8, 2019, a gunman shot and injured camera operator René Pérez while the journalist was covering a protest march in Cuernavaca, the capital of Mexico's southern Morelos state, according to news reports. A local businessman and a union leader, the gunman's targets, were killed in the attack, according to those reports. Read more at the following link.

On May 8, 2019, a gunman shot and injured camera operator René Pérez while the journalist was covering a protest march in Cuernavaca, the capital of Mexico’s southern Morelos state, according to news reports. A local businessman and a union leader, the gunman’s targets, were killed in ...

"Police injured a journalist in the course of arresting him and now hold him without charge, and his alleged crime is gi...
05/17/2019
Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without charge

"Police injured a journalist in the course of arresting him and now hold him without charge, and his alleged crime is giving voice to diverse political opinions," says CPJ's Sub-Saharan Africa representative, Muthoki Mumo. "We call on authorities to immediately release Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, investigate how he was injured, and make sure those responsible are held accountable." https://cpj.org/2019/05/somaliland-journalist-arrested-injured-jailed-with.php

Nairobi, May 17, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub, and investigate the police officer who fired a shot that injured the journalist during his arrest, the Committee to Protect Journal...

"The suspensions of the L'Aube and Echos du Nord newspapers by Gabon's media regulator send a chilling signal to all jou...
05/17/2019
Gabon media regulator suspends two newspapers over defamation claims

"The suspensions of the L'Aube and Echos du Nord newspapers by Gabon's media regulator send a chilling signal to all journalists that anything deemed undesirable by powerful people in the country may be grounds for complete censorship," says Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator. "Journalists must be free to deliver information to the public in whatever form they see fit, without fear."

Goma, Congo, May 17, 2019 -- Gabon’s media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L’Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

In this week's The Torch: - San Francisco police raid journalist's home- WhatsApp exploit detected- CPJ's Joel Simon tes...
05/17/2019
San Francisco police raid journalist's home; WhatsApp exploit detected

In this week's The Torch:
- San Francisco police raid journalist's home
- WhatsApp exploit detected
- CPJ's Joel Simon testifies at US congressional hearing on the dangers of reporting on human rights
- World leaders and tech execs discuss the Christchurch Call

The Torch is a weekly newsletter from the Committee to Protect Journalists that brings you the latest press freedom and journalist safety news from around the world. Subscribe here. Last Friday, between eight and 10 police officers executed a search warrant on freelance journalist Bryan Carmody's Sa...

Read in Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations:Journalists beaten, hospitalized i...
05/16/2019
Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of May 12, 2019

Read in Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations:

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Istanbul and Antalya

Die Welt's Deniz Yücel says he was tortured in Turkish jail

Journalists detained over protests, unpaid reporting fines

RTÜK orders Voice of Russia off air

Court acquits journalist in MİT Trucks trial

Journalists beaten, hospitalized in Istanbul and Antalya At least six men used baseball bats to beat Yavuz Selim Demirağ, a columnist for the nationalist daily Yeni Çağ, on the evening of May 10, the same day that he appeared as a guest on a political talk show on the...

"Given the extent and intensity of threats to reporting on human rights, it is as important as ever that the U.S. provid...
05/16/2019
US must be global leader in defending press freedom, CPJ tells Congress

"Given the extent and intensity of threats to reporting on human rights, it is as important as ever that the U.S. provide global leadership," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "Those whose rights have been violated should know the U.S. government stands with them. And those who have violated others' rights should know there will be consequences for their actions."

CPJ to testify at hearing on dangers of human rights reporting...

"It's dangerous here, but journalists still come. It's also dangerous for journalists such as me, who live here. We are ...
05/16/2019
Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

"It's dangerous here, but journalists still come. It's also dangerous for journalists such as me, who live here. We are Venezuelans and we are supposed to be able to do our job in our country. We face many obstacles.Nobody actually trusts anyone.

When you go out into the streets as a journalist, you don't know if you should wear your press ID. You don't know if that will make you a target, or if someone who doesn't like the media will attack you. The streets are full of uncertainty for us in that matter," says Andreina Itriago, freelance journalist and fixer for international journalists in Venezuela.

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, d...

"Promoting to active duty an intelligence officer who has been implicated in the killing of one journalist and the tortu...
05/16/2019
Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks

"Promoting to active duty an intelligence officer who has been implicated in the killing of one journalist and the torture of two others severely undermines Sri Lanka's claim that it is fighting impunity for crimes against journalists," says CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler. "Instead, the move creates new threats to journalists in Sri Lanka, who are not safe to do their jobs."

New York, May 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty....

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country ...
05/15/2019
Caracas full of uncertainty for journalists covering Venezuela crisis

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, declared himself interim president.

A year after disputed national elections in Venezuela, and with access to information growing ever-scarcer, the country remains in a political and economic crisis. Conditions for the press have deteriorated further since January, when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-led national assembly, d...

CPJ is alarmed that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is ...
05/15/2019
Sri Lankan army reinstates official suspected in Lasantha murder, other attacks

CPJ is alarmed that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty.

New York, May 15, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm that a Sri Lankan military intelligence official--who, according to news reports and court documents, is linked to attacks on at least three journalists--was restored to active duty....

On April 25, Tunisian police raided the studios of privately owned television broadcaster Nessma TV and confiscated its ...
05/15/2019
Tunisian media regulator shuts down Nessma TV, citing regulatory violation

On April 25, Tunisian police raided the studios of privately owned television broadcaster Nessma TV and confiscated its broadcasting equipment following a ruling by the High Independent Authority of Audiovisual Communication, the country's media regulator, stating that the broadcaster did not have proper legal status.

On April 25, 2019, Tunisian police raided the studios of privately owned television broadcaster Nessma TV and confiscated its broadcasting equipment following a ruling by the High Independent Authority of Audiovisual Communication, the country’s media regulator, stating that the broadcaster di...

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