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Who kills journalists, and why? Important new research

By Anita Gohdes and Sabine Carey Reporting the news from a war zone is a risky business. But just how many members of the media are killed — and what does that tell us about the trajectory for how countries view human rights? To look at these questions more closely, we collected...
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Prevention of Coverage was Systematic and Widespread

CDFJ Documents 33 Violations Faced by 26 Media Practitioners and Photojournalists when Attempting to Cover the Release of Al-Daqamseh   Prevention from coverage is a blatant violation of the provisions of the constitution and human rights conventions ratified by Jordan.   The...
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Himam denounces UN-SG ESCWA decision and praises Rima Khalaf

Amman- March 18th – The civil society coordinating coalition HIMAM expresses its sorrow and condemnation to the decision of the UN Secretary General to withdraw the report issued by the UN Economic and Social Committee of West Asia (ESCWA) and is following with anxiety the...
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CDFJ: We oppose ratification of a law on social media and another for hate speech

The Penal Code includes legal articles that cover all crimes, and we are worried that the freedom of expression will be constricted due to the difficulty of devising a disciplined definition of hate crime. Thinking about forcing communications companies to take measures to...
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“Himam” calls for a fact finding committee to identify problems and lessons learned from confronting terror

The Coordinating Committee for Civil Society “Himam” denounces the terror acts that targeted the city of Karak. Condolences are expressed to the families of the victims of the security forces and civilians.  In a statement issued today December 21st in Amman,  “Himam” noted how...
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2016 prison census: 259 journalists jailed worldwide

CPJ- Analysis: Turkey’s crackdown leads to record high | Blog: Imprisoned in Panama | Blog: Weighing China cases | Video: Turkey: A Prison For Journalists   Azerbaijan: 5 Nijat Aliyev, Azadxeber MEDIUM: Internet CHARGE: Anti-State, Retaliatory IMPRISONED: May 20, 2012...
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Qatar: Independent News Website Blocked

HRW- Qatari authorities have blocked Doha News, the country’s only independent news website, in a move that undermines Qatar’s attempts to present itself as a center for media freedom in the Gulf region, Human Rights Watch said today. Doha News has been publishing news about...
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“Journey Towards Freedom” A Documentary Telling the Story of CDFJ’s Journey Over 18 Years

Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ): We documented 12,597 violations against journalists in the Arab World over the past 4 years, in which 236 journalists were killed. CDFJ has established 3 legal aid units for journalists in Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. CDFJ...
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CDFJ mourns Hattar and considers the bullet that targeted him is aimed to every owner of a ‘word and pen’

Centre for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) condemned the terrorist attack that led to the death of the writer and journalist Nahed Hatter. CDFJ said in a statement: “We are very shocked by the murder of a fellow journalist Hatter. We consider that the bullets that...
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