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Report: China Among World’s Worst Jailers of Journalists

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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A leading media rights group says China is currently holding at least 32 journalists behind bars, making it the world’s third-worst jailer of the press. The Committee to Protect Journalists said reporters working in the restive areas of Tibet and Xinjiang are most vulnerable. It said nearly two-thirds of China’s imprisoned journalists are Tibetans or […]

Gumen Kill 2 More Somali Journalists

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have shot and killed a Somali musician who worked at a radio station and made comments about militants. Sources say two men killed Warsame Shire Awale late Monday near his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Independent radio journalist Mohamed Mohamud Turyare was shot last week in Mogadishu. A top official with media rights […]

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Two More Journalists Killed in Somalia

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Two more journalists have been killed in Somalia, which has become one of the most dangerous places for media professionals in the world. Residents and witnesses say the beheaded body of online sportswriter Abdirahman Mohamed Ali was found dumped near a restaurant north of Mogadishu on Thursday. On Friday, local reporters told VOA that another […]

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Swedish FM: Ethiopia Promised Journalists’ Pardon in May

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Sweden’s foreign minister says he knew back in May that Ethiopia planned to release two Swedish journalists, but that he had to keep quiet about the deal. Foreign Minister Carl Bildt disclosed details about the talks to free Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson on his blog Tuesday, one day after the journalists were pardoned and […]

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Report: Three Eritrean Journalists Die in Prison

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report says three Eritrean journalists have died at a harsh prison camp after years in detention. Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders says an investigation confirmed that journalists Dawit Habtemichael, Mattewos Habteab and Wedi Itay all died in the prison camp of Eiraeiro. The Paris-based group says the three men had been held […]

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Journalists Protest Machete Attack in Bangladesh

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Hundreds of journalists in Bangladesh are protesting an attack on their colleagues at one of the country’s leading online news outlets. A group of men wielding machetes broke into the offices of in the capital late Monday — seriously wounding at least two people and slashing other staff members. A photograph of the scene […]

Turkey Releases 4 Journalists in Coup Plot Trial

Posted March 12th, 2012 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has released four prominent journalists pending trial on accusations they were involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Among the four released Monday by the court in Istanbul are Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik, two well-known investigative journalists, who spent more than a year in […]

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EU Diplomat: Release of 2 Swedish Journalists Jailed in Ethiopia Close

Posted February 29th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A senior European diplomat says two Swedish journalists jailed in Ethiopia could be released within days. Member of the European Parliament and former Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel said Wednesday he had productive discussions with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and that he is optimistic the journalists, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, will be freed soon. […]

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CPJ: 46 Journalists Killed in 2011

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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An international media rights group says at least 46 journalists were killed worldwide last year, with Pakistan the deadliest country for the second year in a row. In its annual “Attacks on the Press” report, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said deaths during dangerous assignments, such as covering street protests, reached a record […]

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Ethiopia Convicts Journalists, Politicians on Terror Charges

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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An Ethiopian court has convicted five people, including three journalists, of terrorism-related charges, a verdict that drew immediate criticism from rights groups. The court Thursday convicted the journalists, an opposition politician and a fifth person on charges that include conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and participating in a terrorist organization. Sentencing is set for January […]

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