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Report: New censorship tactics combine the worst old practices and the newest technology

Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling press freedom climate for journalists around the world, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. That combination has resulted in more killings and arrests of journalists than CPJ has ever documented, according to the report. At … Read More
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U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it. Peter Sterne, who has covered digital and print media for Politico since 2014, will spearhead U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a … Read More
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Press freedom organizations are teaming up to start a news site

In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has called journalists the "enemy of the American people" (twice), assailed unflattering reporting as "fake news" and brought aboard a press secretary who's shut news organizations out of a briefing. It's behavior that has press freedom organizations across the United States worried. So, they're working together to … Read More
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CPJ's Joel Simon on the press freedom crisis in the United States

During the campaign and since becoming president, Donald Trump has regularly undermined journalism's role in healthy democracies. So says Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, whose organization is gearing up to take on what he calls "a crisis" for press freedom in the United States. Statements that call legitimate journalism "fake news" and attack … Read More
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Persecuted at home, two journalists are bedeviling Turkish authorities from afar

The Turkish government is trying to shut down two journalists who left the country to publish their work. But they're not giving up without a fight. Last week, journalists Can Dündar and Hayko Bağdat launched a website called Özgürüz that aims to publish independent journalism about Turkey from the relative safety of Germany. It’s a kind of pirate radio … Read More
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Washington Post reporter knocked to the ground during protests

Washington Post reporter Dalton Bennett thrown to the ground by riot police. pic.twitter.com/4I442QhEqM — Alex Emmons (@AlexanderEmmons) January 20, 2017 Dalton Bennett, a political video reporter at The Washington Post, was thrown to the ground by police today while covering the protests against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. According to reporter Alex … Read More
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Covering the inauguration: A resource guide

Several advocacy organizations are making tips, hotlines and resources available to journalists to help protect them while covering Donald Trump's inauguration this week. Below, you'll find them gathered them here in one place, separated by topic. Related training: Access denied: Your rights when government shuts media out Know your rights As it did during coverage of Ferguson, the National … Read More
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Committee to Protect Journalists saw a spike in donations after Meryl Streep's speech

Courtney Radsch was just sitting down to watch the Golden Globes when Meryl Streep came on. Radsch, a fan of Streep's, sat down to watch the awards show with her husband and heard the Academy Award-winning actress make an unexpected plug for the Committee to Protect Journalists. "That was pretty exciting," said Radsch, advocacy director at CPJ. "I don’t think … Read More
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Panama Papers journalists around the globe are being threatened

In late July, Moussa Aksar, the director of Niger’s L’Évènement newspaper, answered his phone and heard a familiar voice warning him that he was, once again, in danger. “Be careful,” a friendly source told Aksar. “Look out for yourself and be careful what you say on the phone.” Aksar had just published Niger’s first exposé from the Panama Papers, the … Read More
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President-elect Donald Trump resumes his attack on the press

That didn't take long. Less than a week after the election, President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday took up his ongoing crusade against journalists with a trio of tweets aimed at The New York Times: The @nytimes states today that DJT believes "more countries should acquire nuclear weapons." How dishonest are they. I never said this! … Read More
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As threats worsen, here's how to stay safe and sane while covering the presidential race

For Melanie Mason, the whiplash of covering the 2016 presidential campaign came at a recent rally for GOP candidate Donald Trump in Cincinnati. Mason, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times, isn't traveling with Trump's press pool right now. Instead, she flies commercial and gets to rallies early to talk to people. That's what she did in Ohio, leaving her … Read More
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Trump supporters are targeting journalists with anti-Semitic abuse on Twitter

A report released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League found that some supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump are targeting Jewish reporters on Twitter with anti-Semitic abuse. The ADL studied tweets sent from August of 2015 to July of 2016 and found 19,253 anti-Semitic tweets aimed at 800 journalists. Ten of the journalists, who are all … Read More
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Journalist detained over criminal defamation complaint in Bangladesh

"Bangladeshi journalist Siddiqur Rahman Khan has been detained since September 1 after a criminal defamation complaint was filed against him under Article 57 of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports."

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American journalist Lindsey Snell detained in Turkey for 'violating a military zone'

After being kidnapped and then escaping in Syria, freelance reporter Lindsey Snell has been detained in Turkey. "A State Department official said the U.S. government was aware of Snell's presence in Syria and that helping her to get to a safe location was the agency's consistent and overriding goal."

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