Africa

2009

Alerts   |   Gambia

In Gambia, reporter still held after arrest at sedition hearing

New York, June 23, 2009--A Gambian reporter arrested on Monday while covering a pre-trial hearing in the sedition case of seven journalists jailed last week, was still being held without charge late today, according to local journalists and news reports.
June 23, 2009 3:26 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalists freed on bail in sedition case

New York, June 22, 2009--Seven Gambian journalists charged with sedition last week for criticizing the president have been freed on bail, while two other detainees were released without charge, local journalists and the press union told CPJ today.

June 22, 2009 4:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   Uganda

In Ugandan courts, important press battles

In Uganda last week, four journalists from the leading daily Monitor filed notice that they would challenge the constitutionality of the criminal libel laws before the Supreme Court, the country's highest court, according to the newspaper's lawyer, James Nangwala. 

June 22, 2009 2:27 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia

My incomplete mission: From the Gambia to the States

My intention to remain in my home country, to use my pen to correct injustice, and to champion press freedom was aborted by security threats that forced me and my family into exile. I left behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators.  

June 19, 2009 5:18 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia

A Gambian journalist remembers torture in detention

The unlawful detention of seven Gambian journalists since last Monday is serious cause for concern. These respected journalists were detained at the National Intelligence Agency headquarters in Banjul for "interrogation." They have been denied access by legal representation, family members, friends, or colleagues. On Thursday, they were charged with sedition for criticizing President Yahya Jammeh's televised comments about the unsolved 2004 murder of editor Deyda Hydara.

June 19, 2009 1:46 PM ET

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Letters   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ alarmed by DRC's ban on RFI broadcasts

Mr. President: We are alarmed by the government's decision to indefinitely ban FM broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) in the eastern cities of Bunia and Bukavu. We call on you to use your influence to reverse these rulings, which we believe deprive residents of eastern Congo of access to diverse sources of information about the conflict in their region.

June 19, 2009 10:42 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalists charged with sedition

New York, June 18, 2009--A magistrate in the Gambian capital, Banjul, today charged seven journalists with sedition for criticizing President Yahya Jammeh's televised comments about the unsolved 2004 murder of editor Deyda Hydara, their defense lawyer said. Gambian security forces arrested an eighth journalist this morning, although no charges were immediately brought, according to the Gambian Press Union President Ndey Tapha Sosseh
June 18, 2009 4:38 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea journalist under arrest

New York, June 18, 2009--A journalist in Equatorial Guinea, facing a criminal libel charge over a flawed story, was imprisoned on Wednesday, according to local journalists. 

June 18, 2009 4:18 PM ET

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Reports   |   Iraq, Journalist Assistance, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka

Special Report: Journalists in Exile 2009

Sri Lankan journalists flee under severe pressure in the past year. Iraq and Somalia, two deadly countries for the press, also rank high in numbers of journalists forced into exile. Hundreds of journalists have been driven into exile this decade. By Karen Phillips

Sri Lankan journalists protest violence against the press. (Reuters)

Alerts   |   Gambia

Seven Gambian press leaders arrested over Hydara reaction

New York, June 16, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Gambia's national security agency to release seven journalists it arrested on Monday. The detainees include leaders of the country's press union and editors of newspapers that published a union press release criticizing President Yahya Jammeh's recent comments about the unsolved 2004 murder of editor Deyda Hydara. 

June 16, 2009 4:06 PM ET

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