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CPJ deeply disturbed by police raid on Kansas newspaper

The Committee to Protect Journalists said on Saturday that it was deeply troubled by Friday’s police raid on a local U.S. newspaper office. Media organizations reported that police officers in Marion County, Kansas, took computers and phones — including personal cell phones — from the Marion County Record newspaper and the homes of its personnel. Reports said that a […]

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CPJ ‘appalled’ by killing of journalist reporting on Florida shootings

Washington, D.C., February 22, 2023– In response to Wednesday’s news reports about the fatal shooting of a Spectrum News 13 journalist in Orange County, Florida, while he was covering a separate fatal shooting earlier in the day, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:  “We are appalled by the killing of a Spectrum […]

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CPJ calls for Twitter to restore accounts of suspended journalists, commit to media freedom

New York, December 16, 2022—Twitter should immediately reinstate the journalists whose accounts it suspended without notice and explicitly commit to practices that defend a free and independent media, Jodie Ginsberg, president of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement Friday. Responding to news reports that Twitter had suspended the accounts of at least six U.S.-based journalists who cover […]

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CPJ, Knight Institute file FOIA for U.S. intelligence report on murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Just a few days after the grim four year anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and CPJ Thursday filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the CIA, and the Public […]

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US journalist Brent Renaud is killed in Ukraine, second journalist is wounded

U.S. reporter Brent Renaud was shot and killed, and another journalist was injured on Sunday in the city of Irpin, outside of Kyiv, according to a Ukrainian police official and news reports. In denouncing the shooting, the Committee to Protect Journalists called for the killers to be brought to justice. Kyiv Regional Police Chief Andriy […]

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CPJ, U.S. media organizations urge U.S. to provide visas to Afghans who worked with press

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of U.S. news and press freedom organizations in joint letters to President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Congressional leadership asking the U.S. government to provide humanitarian assistance and emergency visas to Afghans who have worked with U.S. media outlets.  In 2020, at least five journalists […]

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Journalist Alan Weisman arrested, strip-searched while covering anti-pipeline protest in Minnesota

Authorities in Minnesota’s Hubbard County should explain their reasoning for detaining and strip-searching journalist Alan Weisman and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 5 p.m. on June 7, an officer with the local sheriff’s department in Hubbard County, Minnesota, arrested Weisman, a freelance journalist on assignment for […]

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World leaders should regulate spyware, halt surveillance of journalists, says CPJ

New York, March 15, 2020 – In light of dozens of incidents in which journalists and those close to them have been targeted with spyware, the Committee to Protect Journalists today launched a campaign calling on governments to stop the use of spyware and to take steps to prevent states with bad press freedom records from getting […]

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Iowa journalist Andrea Sahouri acquitted on misdemeanor charges from 2020 protest coverage

New York, March 10, 2021 — In response to today’s acquittal of Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri by a court in Polk County, Iowa, on two misdemeanor charges stemming from her coverage of protests last year, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The acquittal of journalist Andrea Sahouri in Iowa today is a welcome relief, […]

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CPJ calls for accountability for attacks on media during US Capitol assault

New York, January 8, 2020—U.S. authorities must thoroughly investigate the many attacks on journalists during the violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol this week, and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  On January 6, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as both houses […]

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CPJ joins call for new emergency visa regulations to protect journalists fleeing threats

November 24, 2020 – Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists joined a panel marking the launch of a report, “Providing Safe Refuge to Journalists at Risk,” published by the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, and CPJ endorsed the report’s findings and recommendations. The report recommends that countries prioritize the issuance of […]

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Legal setbacks could thwart progress in resolving journalist murders

New York, October 28, 2020—Fragile gains toward reducing the murders of journalists worldwide could be thwarted by legal appeals and lack of political leadership, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a new report published today. The 2020 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. The annual Global Impunity […]

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CPJ joins call for California attorney general to investigate technology used in Belarus censorship

September 24, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists joined free expression and digital rights groups on September 23 in calling on Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, to investigate technology sales by Sandvine Inc. after the company acknowledged that its products were being used to block news and other websites amid anti-government protests in Belarus. The call, co-signed by […]

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Journalist Josie Huang arrested, charged with obstructing police in Los Angeles

Washington D.C., September 16, 2020 — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department should immediately drop all charges against journalist Josie Huang, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the evening of September 12, sheriff’s deputies tackled and arrested Huang, a reporter for a National Public Radio member station KPCC and local news website LAist, while […]

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Committee to Protect Journalists launches #MissingNotForgotten campaign

New York, August 31, 2020—A lack of accountability in the cases of journalists who disappear is chilling for press freedom and devastating for the journalists’ families, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today in launching the #MissingNotForgotten campaign. Marking the International Day of the Disappeared yesterday, CPJ launched the campaign to pressure authorities to investigate the […]

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Tech platforms struggle to label state-controlled media

August 12, 2020 – Twitter announced last week that it would start labeling some accounts run by media outlets and their top editors as “state-affiliated,” a descriptor intended to improve transparency about the source of information being shared on the platform.  Since disinformation became a flash point in the debate over content moderation on social media, distinguishing […]

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US federal law officers attack journalists covering protests in Portland

New York, July 24, 2020 – U.S. federal law enforcement agencies must ensure that journalists can cover protests freely, and must refrain from attacking members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “All law enforcement agencies must stop using aggressive tactics against journalists covering protests in the United States,” said CPJ Program Director […]

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