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Brazil
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The murders of two Brazilian journalists in a single week this month underscore your country’s deteriorating ranking as a defender of press freedom. The violent deaths of Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, known as Paulo Rocaro, and Mario Randolfo Marques Lopes are of great concern not only to us,...
Saudi Arabia
Friday, 17 February 2012
The world now knows of the disgraceful conspiracy of the Saudi Arabian and Malaysian governments to deny our colleague, Hamza Kashgari, his right as a human being to think and speak freely. His deportation from Malaysia to Saudi Arabia on February 12, 2012 was a shameful thing and a stain on the...
China
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
We note with sorrow -- but not surprise -- the harsh sentence given to writer, Li Tie: ten years' imprisonment for his online articles, in which he urged respect for ordinary citizens, called for democracy and political reform, and urged basic human rights.
Ecuador
Monday, 13 February 2012

With other organizations concerned with defending the freedom of the press, we are moved once again to protest measures taken by your government to silence and intimidate the media of Ecuador with measures that seem to be extreme, if not bizarre.

Pakistan
Friday, 20 January 2012

We are not so much dismayed as utterly discouraged by this week’s murder of our colleague, Mukarram Khan Aatif, while he prayed in a mosque north of Peshawar today. His death is a special kind of blasphemy, an offense to his faith and an offense to the hope of functioning democracy in Pakistan...

Mexico
Friday, 13 January 2012

How appalling that only ten days into the New Year, the world hears of yet another murder of a journalist in Mexico, where in 2011 the media lost ten people to violent murders, still unpunished. On January 6, Raul Querino Garza was killed in Nuevo Leon, near Monterrey. Mr. Querino Garza, who...

Philippines
Tuesday, 10 January 2012

As the New Year begins, the Philippines has logged its first murder of a journalist for 2012. We refer to the shooting death of Christopher Guarin, a radio commentator gunned down in front of his wife and daughter on January 5 after his evening broadcast.

Turkey
Friday, 06 January 2012

We mark with sadness and deep concern the first anniversary of our letter to you about your government's repression of freedom of the press in your nation. Turkey’s march away from free speech, its open scorn of the role of journalists in a democratic society and its continued, focused arrests...

Russian Federation
Monday, 19 December 2011

We write to add the Overseas Press Club of America to the many outraged voices denouncing the murder of Khadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly, Chernovik, in Makhachkala.

Bahrain
Thursday, 15 December 2011

We object in the strongest possible terms to the treatment of our colleagues, Nicholas Kristof and Adam Ellick of The New York Times, on December 9, while covering a protest in Bahrain.