CJFE condemns the murder of radio journalist Israel Gonçalves Silva, who was shot and killed on November 10, 2015, in Lagoa de Itaenga in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco. Silva was in an electronics store when he was shot at least twice, according to local news reports.
CJFE is concerned by the crackdown on Turkish media that is seen as critical of the government in the lead up to Turkey’s November 1st election. On October 28, Turkish police raided and seized the headquarters of Koza-Ipek, a media group owned by an ally of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based leader of the Hizmet movement and a rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
CJFE condemns the recent arrests of three journalists in Egypt. Hisham Jaafar, Hussam el-Sayed, and Mahmoud Mostafa Saad were all arrested within a span of five days. The whereabouts of El-Sayed and Saad are currently unknown.
CJFE is concerned about recent incidents in an ongoing crackdown on press freedom that is related to the deteriorating political situation in Burundi. CJFE condemns the October 13 murder of Burundian cameraman Christophe Nkezabahizi and his family during tensions following the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
This letter was sent to Prime Minister Harper on behalf of The Brunswickan, the student newspaper of the University of New Brunswick.
Canadian University Press (CUP) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are disappointed in the actions taken by one of your party’s representatives during a Conservative Party rally in Fredericton on October 16, 2015. This representative turned away two reporters from The Brunswickan who attempted to attend the rally and report as media.
CJFE condemns the recent murder of freelance journalist Yama Behroz in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province in Northern Afghanistan. Behroz was murdered when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed on his doorstep exploded on September 18, 2015. Reports suggest Behroz was called after the IED was planted and was asked to come out onto his doorstep. Behroz was a recent journalism graduate who was working as a freelancer with a local media organization.
7 October 2015 marks the 200th day of Bahraini prisoner of conscience Dr Abduljalil al-Singace’s protest. Since 21 March, Dr al-Singace has boycotted all solid food in protest of the treatment of inmates at the Central Jau Prison.
CJFE is concerned with the rising violence against journalists and media workers during the current political unrest in Nepal. CJFE calls on Nepalese authorities to stop the attacks from protesters on journalists and media workers who are reporting on the political unrest.
CJFE is deeply concerned by the murder of three journalists in less than two weeks in the Philippines. On August 27, dxOC radio anchor Cosme Maestrado was shot and murdered by four unidentified gunmen in front of a shopping center in Ozamiz City.
CJFE is concerned about recent charges against two British journalists and a local fixer who were detained while reporting from the south-eastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir. A Turkish court has charged the journalists with “aiding a terrorist organization” and ordered their arrest pending trial.