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   |   Kenya

Kenyan editor murdered by unknown assailants in Eldoret town

The most recent issue of the Mirror Weekly in Kenya. (Media Council of Kenya)

Nairobi, May 1, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the western Kenyan town of Eldoret to do their utmost to identify and prosecute the killers of journalist John Kituyi on Thursday.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Gunmen kill a radio journalist in Somalia

Daud Ali Omar, a producer for Radio Baidoa, was shot dead in his home. (Radio Dalsan)

Nairobi, May 1, 2015--Unidentified armed men on Wednesday night shot dead Somali journalist Daud Ali Omar at his home, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Somali authorities to identify the motive in the murder and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

The gunmen broke into Daud's house at around 1 a.m. in the Bardaale neighborhood in the south-central city of Baidoa while the journalist and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, were sleeping, news reports and local journalists said. The gunmen shot the two dead and fled the scene before the police arrived, the reports said. Daud and his wife leave behind three children, local journalists said.

Blog   |   CPJ

On World Press Freedom Day and journalists' safety

Last week, I met a Cameroonian journalist who worked in the Congo until he fled following a series of threats and an attack on his home by armed men who assaulted his sister. Elie Smith, a TV host who documented alleged abuses by police and was outspoken in his criticism of the government, said he thought he had been under surveillance and that he had received multiple threats via text message.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian authorities crack down on press ahead of elections

Police in the capital, Bujumbura, have cut the transmission of Radio Publique Africaine, according to RPA Director Bob Rugurika, seen here.

Nairobi, April 29, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the harassment of journalists and news outlets in Burundi and calls on authorities to allow them to cover protests ahead of scheduled elections in May and June. Police cut the transmission of at least three radio stations, and telecommunications companies have been ordered to suspend mobile access to social media, according to news reports and local journalists.

Attacks on the Press   |   Mexico, Nigeria, Syria

Broadcasting murder: Militants use media for deadly purpose

A militant uses a mobile phone to film fellow Islamic State fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's Raqqa province on June 30, 2014. (Reuters/Stringer)

News of the August 19, 2014, murder of journalist James Foley broke not in the media but instead on Twitter. News organizations faced the agonizing questions of how to report on the killing and what portions of the video to show. If a group or individual commits an act of violence, and then films it, how can traditional news organizations cover it without amplifying the propaganda message?

Attacks on the Press   |   South Africa, Swaziland

Outdated secrecy laws stifle the press in South Africa

A woman from the Right2Know campaign protests with her child against the State Information Bill, which would enable the prosecution of whistleblowers, public advocates, and journalists who reveal corruption, in Cape Town on April 25, 2013. (AP/Schalk van Zuydam)

Nelson Mandela regularly harangued the media once he'd been freed after 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa's apartheid government. He would call individual journalists when he liked or disliked something they had written or when he wanted to advance a political lobby.

Attacks on the Press   |   Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Amid Ebola outbreak, West African governments try to isolate media

A man walks past a burial report including known Ebola cases at the Western area emergency response center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

On the first Saturday of November 2014, when media owner and broadcaster David Tam Baryoh switched on the mic for his weekly "Monologue" show on independent Citizen FM in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he had no idea that criticizing the government's handling of Ebola would mean 11 days in jail.

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Cuba, Eritrea, Hungary, Iran, Poland, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam

Journalists overcome obstacles through crowdfunding and determination

The rubble of a school bombed by the Sudanese government in 2012. To set up a news agency to cover the conflict, humanitarian worker Ryan Boyette used crowdfunding. (AP/Ryan Boyette)

During South Africa's Boer War, at the turn of the 20th century, a determined news organization relocated reporters, copy editors, and printing presses to the front line to ensure accurate reporting. In the Warsaw Ghetto, during World War II, a literal underground press, established to counter Nazi propaganda, required the nightly movement of cumbersome printing equipment to evade capture.

Alerts   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ condemns murder of Congolese journalist in Equateur province

New York, April 23, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Soleil Balanga, a journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and calls on Congolese authorities to ensure that they conduct a thorough investigation and that the perpetrator is brought to justice.

April 23, 2015 2:52 PM ET

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