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Brazilian electoral law criminalizes sharing allegations against politicians

Rio de Janeiro, November 18, 2019 – The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned a law enacted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that criminalizes slander under the electoral code. On November 8, Bolsonaro enacted Law 13.834, which added “slanderous denunciation” as a criminal offense under Brazil’s electoral code, according to news reports. The law criminalizes knowingly accusing someone of […]

Posted inUS

CPJ, partners to mark anniversary of Khashoggi murder with vigil at D.C. Saudi embassy

Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019  –  The Committee to Protect Journalists will join with other press freedom and human rights groups for a candlelight vigil in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, October 2, to mark the one-year anniversary of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Saudi officials at the kingdom’s consulate […]

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Hong Kong police hit journalists covering protests with tear gas and pepper spray

Taipei, September 9, 2019 – Hong Kong police must cease their unprovoked use of tear gas and pepper spray against journalists covering protests in the city, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 7, police pepper-sprayed a group of journalists who were filming the arrests of protesters in the Mong Kok area, according […]

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US, UN must probe Saudi crown prince role in “extrajudicial killing” of Jamal Khashoggi, report says

Paris, June 19, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed a United Nations report calling on both the head of the U.N. and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to open criminal probes into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report by Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary […]

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CPJ: Assange indictment marks alarming new stage in U.S. war on leaks

Mexico City, May 24, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the U.S. Justice Department’s indictment yesterday of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The administration of President Donald Trump disclosed 17 charges against Assange under the Espionage Act, relating to his receipt and publication of classified military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010 […]

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US must be global leader in defending press freedom, CPJ tells Congress

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2019 – At a congressional hearing today on the dangers of reporting on human rights, Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will highlight the risks for journalists globally who report on human rights abuses, and call on Congress to speak out against press freedom violations. In testimony scheduled […]

Posted inCalifornia

CPJ and others request meeting with Sacramento police over treatment of journalists at protest

Chief Daniel Hahn Sacramento Police Department 5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95822 March 18, 2019 Via email: dhahn@pd.cityofsacramento.org Dear Chief Daniel Hahn, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy group, along with the organizations listed below, write to express our concern about police conduct toward journalists covering protests in […]

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Committee to Protect Journalists Releases ‘The Last Column’ to Highlight the Human Cost of Journalism

New York, NY, March 13, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, today announced the launch of “The Last Column,” a book and digital campaign that highlight the human cost of reporting the news. Developed with support from News Corp, the Dow Jones Foundation, and HarperCollins […]

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CPJ concerned about journalists’ safety at Trump’s rallies

New York, February 12, 2019  –  The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the safety of journalists covering President Donald Trump’s political rallies after a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) camera operator, Ron Skeans, was assaulted during a rally in El Paso, Texas, last night. “It’s outrageous that a journalist was attacked while covering […]

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CPJ, international journalists express deep concern over deteriorating press freedom climate in Nicaragua

January 7, 2019 Sent via email: presidencia@presidencia.gob.ni To President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo: We are journalists and press freedom advocates from Latin America and around the world who view recent developments in your country with deep concern. We write to express alarm over the recent escalation of aggression against media outlets and journalists […]

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CPJ calls on White House to restore credentials of CNN correspondent, stop denigrating media

New York, November 8, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the White House to restore the credentials of Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent. The White House last night suspended Acosta’s credentials after a heated exchange with President Donald Trump during a press conference earlier in the day. The incident comes amid an atmosphere of heightened […]

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CPJ: Impunity in the murders of journalists emboldens censorship

New York, October 29, 2018 – A lack of justice in the murders of journalists creates an entrenched climate of censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its Global Impunity Index released today. The eleventh annual report highlights countries where journalists are murdered regularly and their killers go free. All 14 of the countries featured this […]

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Warrantless searches of journalists at U.S. borders pose press freedom threat

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2018 – The Custom and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s powers to carry out warrantless searches of electronic devices has serious press freedom implications, including weakening the ability of the media to protect source privacy, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its report, “Nothing to declare: Why U.S. border agency’s vast […]

Posted inLife

In response to Trump’s fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

January 8, 2018 – Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump’s announcement via Twitter about his planned “fake news” awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled fear of their critics […]

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US congressional candidate in Montana charged with assaulting reporter

May 25, 2017 — The alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by a candidate competing in today’s special congressional election in Montana sends an unacceptable signal that physical assault is an appropriate response to unwanted questioning by a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Jacobs tweeted yesterday evening that Montana congressional candidate […]