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Rebels kidnap two Syrian Kurdish journalists in northeastern Syria

Rudaw, a TV station based in Iraqi Kurdistan, said Islamic State fighters kidnapped them on the road between Qameshli and Til Kocher, in the (...)

Published on 17 December 2014 Read

Iran

Detained journalist is victim of US-Iran negotiations

His family reported that his detention was extended for another 60 days and that he still has not been allowed to meet with the lawyer they hired (...)

Published on 11 December 2014 Read

Yemen

US freelancer’s death in Yemen reflects journalism’s “growing dangers”

Somers died during a joint US-Yemeni operation launched less than 24 hours before the expiry of an ultimatum by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (...)

Published on 6 December 2014 Read

Yemen

RWB calls for release of US photojournalist held hostage in Yemen

Somers was kidnapped in September 2013 but the media did not report his abduction until now because his family thought it would put him in even (...)

Published on 5 December 2014 Read

United Arab Emirates

Online activist gets three years for criticizing torture of detainees

Reporters Without Borders condemns this latest case of the Emirati regime’s persecution of cyber-dissidents. According to the information (...)

Published on 2 December 2014 Read

Libya

Court sentences editor in absentia for five years in prison

Charged with criminal libel for publishing a list of allegedly corrupt judges and prosecutors in November 2012, Khitabi, 68, was convicted of (...)

Published on 28 November 2014 Read

Middle East/North Africa

Timeline of violations against freedom of information in Iraq and Syria

19.12.2014 - Premier drops previous administration’s cases against media Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced yesterday that judicial (...)

Published on 28 November 2014 Read

Iran

Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2014

26.11.2014 - Supreme Leader pardons imprisoned journalist Reporters Without Borders has learned that journalist and blogger Hossein Derakhshan (...)

Published on 26 November 2014 Read

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