Latest Press Freedom News

China
Tuesday, 14 Feb 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...
Ecuador
Monday, 13 Feb 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...

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012

Since our last meeting, your committee has written letters to the governments of the Philippines, Bahrain, Russia, Ethiopia, Turkey, Pakistan and Mexico. They are all available for your reading pleasure on the OPC Web site, and I call your...

Pakistan
Friday, 20 Jan 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...

Mexico
Friday, 13 Jan 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...

Philippines
Tuesday, 10 Jan 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...

Turkey
Friday, 06 Jan 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...

Russian Federation
Monday, 19 Dec 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 Dec 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.

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011

Three letters have gone out since our last meeting, all of some interest, and three more have been assigned.