Investigative reporter sentenced to prison

Khadija IsmayilovaPhoto by Radio Free Europe Today investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison in the country of Azerbaijan. According to one of Ismayilova’s employers, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Ismayilova was found guilty of embezzlement, tax evasion, abuse of power and running an illegal business. OCCRP reports that human rights…

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Committee to Protect Journalists releases report on Obama administration and the press

The Committee to Protect Journalists released a report today titled The Obama Administration and the Press, stating that “electronic surveillance programs deter government sources from speaking to journalists.” President Barack Obama pledged open government as he entered office, but his administration has fallen far short of those promises, according to CPJ. Since 2009, six government…

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Despite publicity for transparency, fear and self-censorship in Tanzania

Anti-press attacks are generating fear and self-censorship among journalists in Tanzania, according to a report published Wednesday by The Committee to Protect Journalists. Despite good international publicity for moving toward an open government, public discontent remains largely unseen and unheard. CPJ’s findings include 10 serious anti-press attacks since September, which is “a notable jump over historical trends…

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Sons of well-known reporters are latest deaths in violence against Mexican journalists

Two men were killed by gunmen in Chihuahua, Mexico, Saturday morning who are both sons of different well-known Mexican journalists, Reuters reported. A spokesman told Reuters that the deaths of the two men were unrelated to their parents’ professions. The incident prefaced another later that weekend in which authorities found seven people dead in a…

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