Africa

2009

Blog   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe media lawyer free a day after arrest

We welcome good news from Zimbabwe today as authorities released Alec Muchadehama, one of many lawyers working in defense of persecuted journalists in that country.

May 15, 2009 4:40 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe media defense lawyer arrested

Reuters

New York, May 14, 2009--Police in Zimbabwe should immediately release Alec Muchadehama, left, a prominent human rights lawyer targeted for his work on behalf of journalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere and others, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

May 14, 2009 5:01 PM ET

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Blog   |   Republic of Congo

In Republic of Congo, another mysterious fire

A mysterious fire in Republic of Congo this week destroyed property belonging to President Denis Sassou Nguesso. The origin of the fire was not officially determined, recalling a similar murky blaze in January, which led to the death of journalist Bruno Ossébi.

May 14, 2009 2:08 PM ET

Letters   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese governor urged to ensure journalist's safety

Dear Governor Kahongya: We are concerned about the safety of journalist Tuver Wundi Muhindo following an armed attack on his home in the North Kivu capital of Goma on April 12. The incident followed the 2007 murder of Goma photojournalist Patrick Kikuku Wilingula, which is still unsolved. We call on you to use your influence to ensure authorities conduct a thorough and transparent investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

May 7, 2009 3:03 PM ET

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Blog   |   Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo

Ossébi's byline missing as sensitive case moves forward

A French lawsuit challenges the assets of Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, and Gabonese President Omar Bongo. (AFP)A French judge on Tuesday authorized an anti-corruption group to pursue a complaint that questions how the leaders of three oil-rich, central African nations amassed their personal assets. One byline was absent in news media coverage: Bruno Ossébi, an online Congolese columnist and one of the few local journalists who had covered the sensitive issue. Ossébi died in February in a mysterious fire that destroyed his home and killed three others.

May 7, 2009 10:06 AM ET

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Blog   |   Zimbabwe

NABJ honors persecuted Zimbabwean journalist

IRIN

On Thursday, the U.S.-based National Association of Black Journalists announced the winner of its 2009 Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalists Award: Zimbabwean journalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere. Half a world away, however, Manyere, left, lingered in a hospital in the capital, Harare, traumatized by nearly four months of imprisonment, according to his lawyer.

May 1, 2009 9:58 AM ET

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Reports   |   Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam

10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger

CPJ names the worst online oppressors. Booming online cultures in many Asian and Middle Eastern nations have led to aggressive government repression. Burma leads the dishonor roll.

Blog   |   Republic of Congo

Congolese government reacts to CPJ report

The government of the Republic of Congo reacted over the weekend to last week's CPJ special report looking into the unsolved death of Franco-Congolese online journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi. We welcome the government's interest in the case and take note that an official spokesman did not dispute our findings. 
April 27, 2009 5:47 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia

Six senators call for Ebrima Manneh's immediate release

(GPU)

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) leads a group of six senators to call for the immediate release of the former state Daily Observer newspaper, "Chief" Ebrima Manneh today. Colleagues at the newspaper say they witnessed two plainclothes Gambian National Intelligence Agency officers whisk Manneh, right, away in July 2006. He has not been seen since despite repeated calls to the government to disclose his whereabouts. 

April 23, 2009 10:08 AM ET

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Reports   |   Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo Special Report: From a Fatal Fire, Many Questions

Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, a Franco-Congolese journalist known for outspoken coverage of government corruption in the Republic of Congo, dies after a mysterious fire burns down his house. By Mohamed Keita with reporting by Sarah Turbeaux

April 23, 2009 12:01 AM ET

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