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From violence in Iraq to repression in China, CPJ recounts a troubling year in Attacks on the Press: New York, February 4, 2008—China’s onerous restrictions on the media in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games, the erosion of press freedom in many of Africa’s new democracies, the criminalization of journalism in central Asia, and the increasing use of vague “antistate” charges to jail journalists around the world are among the troubling trends revealed in the new edition of Attacks on the Press. Reported and written by the staff of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007  also details the devastating violence in Iraq, where 32 journalists were killed in the line of duty. Worldwide, 65 journalists were killed in 2007, the highest toll in more than a decade.

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Reports, Publications: In Yemen, brutal repression cloaked in law – In the past two years, the Yemeni government has taken legislative and administrative steps to further restrict free expression.  

Coupled with longstanding tactics of violent repression, President’s Saleh administration is creating the worst press climate in two decades. A CPJ Special Report by Mohamed Abdel Dayem.

Published September 29, 2010 – SANA’A, Yemen:

Billboard-sized banners of President Ali Abdullah Saleh hang across building façades and along main streets in this capital city. The posters depict a president in many poses—in military regalia, on horseback, in smartly tailored suits—but they always convey affirmative themes of national unity and progress. Poverty, corruption, social unrest, and extremism may beset this beautifully rugged country cradling the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, but Saleh’s government is determined to stay on message. And that means silencing critical news coverage.

Extrajudicial abductions, intimidation, threats, and crude censorship have marked the government’s record of repression for more than a decade, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found, but in the past two years Saleh’s administration has quietly moved to erect an elaborate legal structure intended to further restrict news coverage and provide a veneer of legitimacy for its brutal actions … (full text).

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