Africa

2008

Blog   |   Zimbabwe

Carole Gombakomba: A unique Zimbabwean voice is lost

Zimbabwe's media has suffered much from repression, exile, and worse, and on December 18 it lost one of its most beloved and compassionate voices. Caroline Gombakomba, a reporter and radio host since 2003 for the Voice of America's Studio 7 broadcasts to the Southern African country, died in Silver SpringMaryland. Gombakomba, 40, had been fighting breast cancer for years and in this second round met death with her customary serenity and courage.

December 26, 2008 10:18 AM ET

Blog   |   Guinea

Guinean media at near-standstill after president's death

With the death on Monday of Guinean President Lansana Conté, uncertainty hangs over what--or who--is to follow. Yet, as recently as last week, coverage of the poor health of the reclusive autocrat, who ruled this mineral-rich but poor West African nation since 1984, proved risky for the Guinean independent media. 

December 24, 2008 10:38 AM ET

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Letters   |   Kenya

CPJ urges Kibaki to reject media bill

Dear Mr. President: We urge you to reject the recently passed Kenya Communications Amendment Bill, which includes provisions that would severely harm press freedom. Legislators approved the measure on December 10, ignoring concerns raised by journalists, media company owners, and even fellow lawmakers.

December 22, 2008 11:15 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Broadcaster silenced in Islamist-held city

New York, December 19, 2008--The only radio station in an Islamist-controlled town in southern Somalia was shuttered by militants in a raid last week, according to the station's director.

December 19, 2008 5:09 PM ET

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Case   |   Tanzania

TANZANIA: Government bans private weekly

MwanaHalisi
CENSORED

OCTOBER 13, 2008

The Ministry of Information, Sports, and Culture banned the private weekly MwanaHalisi for three months starting October 13, for “inciting public hatred against the president.”
December 18, 2008 5:39 PM ET

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, India, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand

For sixth straight year, Iraq deadliest nation for press

New York, December 18, 2008—For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq was the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history.

Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Photojournalist missing in Zimbabwe

New York, December 17, 2008--A journalist who disappeared in Zimbabwe on Saturday may be in police custody, journalists in Harare told CPJ.

December 17, 2008 4:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia

Remembering Deyda Hydara, four years after his murder

I last saw Deyda Hydara alive on December 14, 2004, only two days before his death. To this day, the gunmen who shot dead the Gambia's best-known journalist as he drove home from work are still at large. The crime remains unsolved.

December 16, 2008 5:41 PM ET

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Blog   |   Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso police question Zongo protesters

This morning, police in Burkina Faso summoned four leaders of a march over the weekend that called for a renewed investigation into the unsolved 1998 assassination of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo. Among those questioned was Jean-Claude Meda, the president of the Association of Journalists of Burkina Faso, who told me that he received a call from a police captain on Sunday evening. 

December 15, 2008 4:12 PM ET

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Blog   |   Burkina Faso

Norbert Zongo's murder: No justice after 10 years

Ten years ago on Saturday, the bullet-ridden bodies of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo and three friends were found in Zongo's burned-out car outside the capital of Burkina Faso.

December 12, 2008 6:21 PM ET

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