CPJ: Jailed Journalists at Record Numbers

Waves of repression in China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia fueled the imprisonment of record numbers of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In its annual global survey, CPJ identified at least 251 journalists in jail tied to their work. "The past three years have recorded the highest number of jailed journalists since CPJ began keeping track," the group found, "with consecutive records set in 2016 and 2017." Leading the pack: Turkey, China, and Egypt, who together were responsible for over half of those behind bars for the third year in a row.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: December 13, 2018

CPJ Representatives Detained in Tanzania

CPJ’s Africa Program coordinator Angela Quintal and the group’s sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo were arrested and detained this week by Tanzanian officials. In a series of social media posts on Wednesday evening, Quintal, who is also a board member of South African GIJN member amaBhungane, informed her followers that she and Mumo were being detained. Quintal and Mumo are in Tanzania as part of a CPJ mission. According to the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the two have today been released back to their hotel in Dar Es Salaam, but without their passports. It is not confirmed whether their release without their passports means charges against them remain in place.

Source: amaBhungane and CPJ

Posted on: November 8, 2018

Goat’s Head, Funeral Wreath, Threats for Russia Paper

A funeral wreath, a severed goat's head and threatening notes were sent to Novaya Gazeta’s Moscow office this week in the latest threats against the paper's journalists. The funeral wreath came with a note calling reporter Denis Korotkov "a traitor to his country," while a basket containing a severed goat's head and red carnations included a note that read: "To Novaya Gazeta's chief editor. Greetings to you and Korotkov!" One of the last independent news outlets in Russia, the publication is critical of President Vladimir Putin and his government. The newspaper has said that authorities are conducting a smear campaign against Korotkov, whom authorities claimed has endangered Russian soldiers' families by publishing the personal information of pilots serving in the Russian Air Force in Syria – a story which the paper says it did not publish.

Source: CPJ and Novaya Gazeta

Posted on: October 22, 2018

Nepal Criminal Code Trashes Press Freedom

A new Nepal criminal code that came into effect August 17 threatens to severely restrict press freedom in that Himalayan country, according to GIJN member Center for Investigative Journalism, Nepal and Media Action Nepal. The new laws criminalize such journalistic activity as recording and listening to conversations, disclosing private information even on public figures, photographing people without consent, and satirizing "that disrespects an individual." The Committee to Protect Journalists has called for immediate revision of the code, which it brands "a giant step backward for press freedom."

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: August 21, 2018

Reporter Killed in Syria

A Syrian reporter died this week after being injured covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel groups in Quneitra province, according to his employer and the Syrian-government run news agency Sana. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mustafa Salamah’s death comes amid concern for at least 70 journalists trapped in Quneitra and nearby areas who could face reprisal from the Syrian government as its forces advance on the last remaining rebel strongholds in the region. The CPJ says at least 120 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict, at least seven were in Syrian state prisons, and many others are missing.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: July 19, 2018

CPJ Announces Press Freedom Awards

The Committee to Protect Journalists announced its 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners. The awardees include: Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Sudanese news outlet Al-Taghyeer; Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, one of Vietnam's most prominent independent bloggers; Luz Mely Reyes, a Venezuelan investigative reporter and co-founder of the independent news website Efecto Cocuyo; and Anastasiya (Nastya) Stanko, a journalist and TV presenter who is a member of the "Stop censorship" movement in Ukraine. CPJ is also honoring Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: June 14, 2018

Oprah Salutes Press at the Golden Globes

At the Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey took a moment to raise the flag for journalists, saluting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s earlier announcement of $1 million grants each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. "I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days," she said. "But we also know the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and to victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before."

Source: Deadline.com

Posted on: January 8, 2018

ICIJ, CPJ Each Get $1m at Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the folks who sponsor the Golden Globe Awards -- have a charitable arm that's given away $30 million over the past quarter century, largely to entertainment-related non-profits and scholarships. In a groundbreaking departure, the HFPA just donated $1 million each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a longtime GIJN member, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, a longtime partner. Congrats!

Source: Broadway World

Posted on: January 7, 2018

Waseda Hosts Asian Muckrakers in Tokyo

Japan's Waseda University hosts an international symposium on investigative journalism this June 4. “Investigative Journalism in Asia: Perspectives and Prospects" will feature representatives of four nonprofit newsrooms from Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Among the topics: investigative projects, sustainable models, and cross-border partnerships. Organized by Waseda University’s Institute for Journalism/Waseda Chronicle and the Committee to Protect Journalists in cooperation with GIJN.

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: May 23, 2017

CPJ: Trump Damaging Global Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon in the New York Times today spared little in his critique of the Trump Administration's anti-press campaign: "In President Trump’s carpet bombing of the news media, it is not just the United States’ global reputation that is collateral damage. Rather, it is the brave journalists on the front line who risk their lives and liberty to bring the world the news. It is to our great shame that they can no longer count on the support of the United States."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 26, 2017