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When Governments Chase Journalists in Exile

  • Journalisten und Anwälte für Meinungsfreiheit (JAM) e.V.
  • Evin Barış Altıntaş

At least 26 governments have targeted journalists abroad, according to Freedom House, which has identified 112 incidents against journalists from 2014 to 2023, including assault, detention, unlawful deportation, rendition, and assassination. For some journalists, leaving the country might not always guarantee safety.

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Ethiopian Journalists Struggle in Exile

  • Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Ethiopian journalist Belete Kassa fled the country after his colleague Belaye Manaye was detained in a desert military camp. As crackdowns on the press escalate, dozens of Ethiopian journalists face exile, harassment, and threats.

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Syrian Journalists Threatened by Neighbouring States

  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its local partner, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) warn that Syria, ranked 179/180 on the world press freedom index, remains as dangerous as ever for news professionals and calls for the protection of Syrian journalists in exile.

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“The Regime Wanted Us Imprisoned”

  • Havana Times
  • Geovanny Shiffman

In Nicaragua, journalism has been persecuted, censored, and criminalized by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo since 2018. By 2022, several journalists were in jail for practicing their profession, many of them had been assaulted by the Police and regime sympathizers, and three independent media outlets—La Prensa, CONFIDENCIAL, and 100% Noticias—had been closed and confiscated, and dozens of journalists had gone into exile to avoid prison.

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On the Run

    Thousands of journalists around the world have had to seek exile in other countries in recent years amidst rising political repression, an independent United Nations investigator, Irene Khan, told the global body’s General Assembly in a report last week. Ms Khan’s findings shine a worrying light on the state of the world that all countries, especially democracies, need to reflect on and address.

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    Trouble with the Truth

    • Justice for Journalists Foundation
    • Lana Estemirova

    Trouble with the Truth is the podcast produced by Lana Estemirova in partnership with the Justice for Journalists Foundation. Lana talks to journalists from around the world who face persecution just for doing their job and lets her audience hear voices that usually remain hidden.

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    Who Is Telling Eritrea’s Stories?

    • IJNet
    • Aurora Martínez

    Since 1993, Eritrea’s regime has suppressed media and freedom of expression. Exiled journalists defy censorship to inform their fellow citizens and keep independent reporting alive. IJNet puts some of them in the spotlight.

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    Exiled, Then Spied On

    • accessnow

    Following last year’s joint investigation into the use of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware against Galina Timchenko, co-founder, CEO, and publisher of Meduza, Access Now, the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto (“the Citizen Lab”), and independent digital security expert Nikolai Kvantiliani have uncovered how at least seven more Russian, Belarusian, Latvian, and Israeli journalists and activists have been targeted with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware within the EU.

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    To Protect Democracy, Protect Exiled Journalists

    • Project Syndicate
    • Antonio Zappulla

    From Russia to Sudan, rising authoritarianism and threats to press freedom are driving a growing number of journalists to flee their home countries and try to resume their work from abroad. Media organizations in democratic countries have a collective duty to support them.

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    Turkey’s Global Spying Program

    • Nordic Monitor
    • Abdullah Bozkurt

    A large-scale surveillance program covertly operated by the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s intelligence arm has been targeting critical and independent journalists living in exile in Europe, the United States and Canada, as revealed by confidential documents obtained by Nordic Monitor.

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    In Kenya, Media Hub Helps Journalists in Exile

    • Voice of America
    • Victoria Amunga

    Journalists living in exile in Kenya are finding support to continue working in their professions, thanks to a fellowship provided by media groups. For Voice of America Victoria Amunga visited the hub in Nairobi.

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    Thousands of Journalists Have Fled Homelands

    • AP News
    • Edith M. Lederer

    Thousands of journalists have fled their home countries in recent years to escape political repression, save their lives and escape conflict – but in exile they are often vulnerable to physical, digital and legal threats, a U.N. investigator said.

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    Myanmar’s Independent Journalists

    • The Irrawaddy
    • Khwar Nyo and Nayt Thit

    Since the 2021 military coup, Myanmar has become one of the worst countries globally in terms of the number of journalists jailed, with 206 reporters detained including 31 women over the past three years, according to a recent report by the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL).

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    Exiled, Not Silenced

    • WAN-IFRA
    • Lucinda Jordaan

    She has been actively developing grassroots journalism in a region where ethnic minorities have struggled to have their stories heard in the face of the dominant community’s influence. Now in exile, Nan Paw Gays commitment to advancing the voices of the ethnic minorities in Myanmar continues. In an interview with WAN-IFRA she shares thoughts and experiences of her journey in exile.

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