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US: Congressman Threatens TV Reporter With Violence

Posted January 30th, 2014 at 4:56 pm (UTC+0)
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A U.S. Congressman under investigation for alleged campaign fundraising improprieties this week threatened to kill a New York reporter who questioned him about his finances. The incident took place at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night, following President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address.  As the YouTube video segment (above) […]

Pakistan: Four Media Workers Dead in First Three Weeks of 2014

Posted January 24th, 2014 at 12:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Pakistan appears to be living up to its designation by Reporters Without Borders and other rights groups as one of the deadliest countries in which to practice journalism.  So far, 2014 has witnessed the deaths of four media workers. Last week, three Taliban gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed three employees of Pakistan’s Express News […]

Bangladesh Journalist Charged With Sedition

Posted January 21st, 2014 at 4:18 pm (UTC+0)
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A Dhaka court has sentenced a controversial newspaper editor to seven years “rigorous imprisonment” for “sedition.” Police arrested Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury on November 29, 2003 — yes, a decade ago —  at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as he was about to fly to Tel Aviv to attend a writer’s conference. Choudhury is the editor of […]

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UPDATE: Shez Cassim Back Home After Months in UAE Jail

Posted January 14th, 2014 at 5:14 pm (UTC+0)
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As RePRESSed noted in a recent update, Shezanne Cassim, the US citizen who was jailed in the UAE for a parody YouTube video, has been deported from the UAE and is finally back in his home state of Minnesota. “I think there’s a misconception that I broke a law,” he told reporters of the local […]

Island of Nauru Increases Foreign Journalists’ Visa Fees Forty-Fold

Posted January 13th, 2014 at 4:55 pm (UTC+0)
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Nations that don’t care for foreign journalists poking around have come up with a variety of interesting ways to silence them.  As RePRESSed noted in an earlier post, China kept New York Times and Bloomberg reporters biting their nails for months before finally renewing their visas. During its own version of the “Arab Spring,” Bahrain […]

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UPDATE: Good News for American Jailed in UAE for Spoof YouTube Video

Posted January 7th, 2014 at 4:59 pm (UTC+0)
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The Emirates Center for Human Rights (ECHR) has announced that Shezanne Cassim, the American citizen jailed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for making a spoof video about Dubai’s “Satwa” hip hop culture, is about to be released from jail.  Minneapolis, Minnesota lawyer Susan Burns, who represents Cassim’s family, told RePRESSed that it’s official. “State […]

In Bahrain, Taking a Photograph Could Land You in Jail

Posted January 6th, 2014 at 9:20 am (UTC+0)

International rights groups are calling for the release of a prominent photographer in Bahrain, who is being held in prison for documenting anti-government protests in that country.  Reporters Without Borders joins the Committee to Protect Journalists in calling for the immediate release of Ahmed Jaber Al-Fardan. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) says that […]

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Egypt Ramps Up Crackdown On Al Jazeera, Other Foreign Journalists

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 7:07 pm (UTC+0)
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    Rights groups and media organizations are expressing outrage over the arrest of three Al Jazeera English (AJE) journalists Sunday.  They were arrested in their makeshift studio in a Cairo hotel, accused of “belonging to a terrorist group and broadcasting false news that harms national security.” Bureau Chief Mohamed Fahmy, Peabody-award winning Australian journalist […]

UPDATE: Good News/Bad News for Times, Bloomberg Journalists in China

Posted January 3rd, 2014 at 12:22 am (UTC+0)
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As reported in an earlier post, about two dozen New York Times and Bloomberg journalists have been waiting anxiously for China to renew their visas and allow them to continue reporting. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that at least two Times reporters are being forced to leave China–Beijing correspondent and former Reuters reporter Chris […]


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VOA reporter Cecily Hilleary monitors the state of free expression and free speech around the world.



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