Africa

In Ethiopia, choice of life in exile or jail

As the Ethiopian government cracks down on independent media, more than 30 journalists go into exile. During a joint mission to meet those who had fled and determine how best to help them, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that for many, the fear that drove them to leave behind families, homes, and a steady income remains long after they have crossed the border.
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Ethiopia: 17 journalists in jail
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Alerts   |   South Sudan

Five journalists killed when gunmen ambush convoy in South Sudan

Nairobi, January 27, 2015--Five journalists were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen ambushed an official convoy in South Sudan's Western Bahr al Ghazal state, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on authorities to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them to account.

Alerts   |   Tanzania

Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly

The home page of The East African's website, whose print version has been banned from circulation in Tanzania. (The East African)

Nairobi, January 27, 2015--Tanzanian authorities banned circulation of the privately owned regional weekly The East African on January 21, citing the newspaper's lack of registration, according to news reports. Local journalists said they believed the paper was shut because of its critical coverage of the government.

Statements   |   Eritrea

CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

Nairobi, January 23, 2015--Six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana have been released from jail, according to Eritrean journalists in exile who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The journalists--Basilos Zemo, Bereket Misguina, Ghirmai Abraham, Meles Nguse, Petros Teferi, and Yirgalem Fesseha--were among the Radio Bana staff arrested in a February 2009 raid on the station.

Alerts   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC halts Internet access and cellphone services amid protests

New York, January 22, 2015--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday shut down Internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country after nationwide demonstrations led to deadly clashes with police, according to news reports.

January 22, 2015 2:09 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian journalist arrested, charged after not revealing source

Rugurika, director of Radio Publique Africaine, is taken to jail by police. (IWACU)

Nairobi, January 21, 2015--Burundian authorities imprisoned the director of the privately owned Radio Publique Africaine on Tuesday and charged him with complicity in murder, according to news reports. The arrest followed the station's broadcast of an interview in which an unidentified guest said he was involved in the September murder of three Italian nuns, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia radio station censored, director harassed after foiled coup

Abuja, Nigeria, January 8, 2015--An independent radio station that Gambian authorities ordered to stop broadcasting from January 1 to 4 after a failed coup attempt in the country has been allowed back on air, but ordered to play only music, according to news reports and local journalists.

January 8, 2015 3:26 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali security forces arrest five journalists in two days

Nairobi, January 5, 2015--Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate cases over the weekend in the capital, Mogadishu, according to news reports. Three of them are still being held.

Alerts   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese journalist killed in Goma, North Kivu

Nairobi, December 29, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of state radio reporter Robert Chamwami Shalubuto in the eastern capital Goma, North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday and bring those responsible to justice.

Blog   |   Ethiopia, Journalist Assistance, Kenya

Mission Journal: Ethiopian journalists must choose between being locked up or locked out

Journalists who fled to Nairobi over security fears perform a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony in one of the cramped apartments they share. (CPJ/Nicole Schilit)

A sharp increase in the number of Ethiopian journalists fleeing into exile has been recorded by the Committee to Protect Journalists in the past 12 months. More than 30--twice the number of exiles CPJ documented in 2012 and 2013 combined--were forced to leave after the government began a campaign of arrests. In October, Nicole Schilit of CPJ's Journalist Assistance program and Martial Tourneur of partner group Reporters Without Borders traveled to Nairobi in Kenya to meet some of those forced to flee.

December 29, 2014 10:01 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Benin

Benin's parliament should expunge criminal defamation from the media bill

Abuja, Nigeria, December 23, 2014--Benin Republic's parliament is set to vote on a media bill that threatens to jail journalists for insulting the president or other government officials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on parliament to scrap any measures in the bill that could send journalists to prison for doing their jobs.

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