Press Uncuffed is a campaign to raise awareness about imprisoned journalists and call for the release of those who are being held in connection with covering or commenting on issues of public interest. Journalists are being imprisoned in record numbers as authorities seek to silence and retaliate against critical voices covering sensitive topics such as corruption or human rights abuses. We must act together to change this. If a journalist somewhere still wears a cuff, so will we.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has released a ranking of the ten most-censored countries around the world.
Can you guess the #1 spot??
The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting foreign and local journalists, the United Nations said on Monday, after the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters had to leave the country when he was threatened in reaction to a Reuters report.
Read the full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/13/us-mideast-iraq-reuters-idUSKBN0N424420150413
A Turkish court Monday acquitted the first foreign journalist to be tried in almost two decades on terrorism-related charges, dropping the closely watched case amid mounting international concern over Turkey’s poor press freedom record.
Read the full story here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkish-court-drops-all-charges-against-dutch-journalist-1428938043
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– It is becoming increasingly risky to cover clashes and protests between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in the West Bank as the number of journalists injured, in what appears to be deliberate targeting by Israeli security forces, continues to rise.
Read the full story here: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/04/israeli-forces-target-journalists-in-west-bank/
In a letter from prison, an Egyptian photojournalist who spent more than 600 days in detention without any charges said his prison is like a “cemetery” and that he left his “dignity” at its gates. Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, known by his nickname Shawkan, was arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the government’s violent dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Over 600 people were killed in the dispersal.
Read the full report here: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-photojournalist-describes-detention-600-days-30137141
A rally in Jakarta for the Free Papua Movement. Restricted media access to the Indonesian region has left the ongoing fight for secession under reported. With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia’s military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement.
Read the full story here: http://www.cpj.org/blog/2015/03/media-restrictions-in-papua-underscore-indonesias-.php