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CPJ urges Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to implement Special Rapporteur's recommendations

June 9, 2017 11:27 AM ET

CPJ urges Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to implement UN Special Rapporteur on free expression David Kaye's recommendations.

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Hostage video shows Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who went missing in Syria

March 17, 2016 5:28 PM ET

A freelance Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria in June 2015 appeared in a video on March 16, 2016, which was posted to the Facebook account of a Syrian named Tarik Abdul Hak. Jumpei Yasuda, who speaks in English in the video, says that no one in Japan cares...

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Four international reporters missing in north Syria

July 21, 2015 5:29 PM ET

Beirut, July 21, 2015--At least four international journalists have been reported missing in northern Syria in two separate incidents in the past month, in the latest indication of the profound dangers of reporting from inside the war-torn country....

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CPJ condemns murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto

January 31, 2015 4:15 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2015--The Islamic State militant group released a video Saturday purporting to show the murder of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, according to news reports. Japanese authorities have not yet verified the footage is authentic, according to news reports. Goto, a well-respected journalist who reported primarily on humanitarian...

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CPJ calls on Japan to explore all options for journalist held in Syria

January 22, 2015 12:21 PM ET

New York, January 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by a video released on Tuesday by the Islamic State militant group in which the group said it would kill Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and another Japanese citizen, Haruna Yukawa, if it did not receive a US$200...

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G-7 acknowledges post-2015 agenda should include governance, human rights

June 5, 2014 3:25 PM ET

New York, June 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the declaration today by leaders of the Group of Seven leading industrial nations that democratic governance and human rights should be integral to the post-2015 development agenda.  The United Nations is seeking agreement on a broad set of sustainable development...

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Bill to stifle flow of information poised to pass in Japan

December 3, 2013 2:57 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a new state secrets bill before the Japanese parliament, which, if passed, would broaden the government's power to determine which information can be kept secret....

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Japan should release journalists covering Chinese protest

August 16, 2012 5:52 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2012--Japanese authorities should release two Phoenix TV journalists detained Wednesday while covering Chinese protesters landing on a disputed territory between Japan and China, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Reuters: Thailand says troops may have killed journalist

December 10, 2010 1:28 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2010--Investigators in Thailand now believe that troops may have been responsible for the shooting death of Reuters cameraman Hiro Muramoto, at left, on April 10, according to a leaked preliminary state probe by Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Reuters reported from Bangkok today.Thai government investigators said...

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Japanese journalist held by Burmese government

November 8, 2010 3:26 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2010--Burma must immediately release Toru Yamaji, a reporter with Tokyo-based APF news agency, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yamaji, 49, was detained Sunday in Myawaddy, on the country's eastern border with Thailand while trying to cover the country's first elections in two decades, according to international media reports,...

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