Africa

2009

Letters   |   Cameroon

Cameroon now second-worst jailer in Africa

Dear President Biya: We are writing to express our alarm that four newspaper editors have been jailed in Cameroon for their work since September--making your country the second-worst jailer of journalists in Africa, according to our research.

January 16, 2009 12:51 PM ET

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Blog   |   Kenya, USA

In Kenya, a flawed U.S. comparison to bolster a faulty law

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki says he will reconsider the deeply flawed communications legislation that he signed into law at the beginning of the year. Kibaki said he would direct the Information Ministry and attorney general to consider the concerns of Kenya's media and present them to the cabinet for possible legislative revision. CPJ and other press freedom advocates have pointed out that the Communications Amendment Act significantly curtails press freedom.

January 15, 2009 1:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Journalist returned to custody despite torture allegations

New York, January 9, 2009--Zimbabwean photojournalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere, who was arrested on December 24, was remanded in custody today by a court in Harare despite allegations that he was tortured while in police detention, according to local journalists. Manyere is expected to return to court on January 23. 

January 9, 2009 5:30 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gabon

Radio director and civil society leaders arrested

New York, January 8, 2009--Detained Gabonese journalist Gaston Asseko, who is in need of medical attention, must be released immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

January 8, 2009 6:15 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan reporters under police harassment

New York, January 7, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the ongoing police persecution of two Ugandan journalists. The police's Media Offences Department has repeatedly interrogated the two over a story critical of the government's handling of an international security operation against the rebel Lord's Resistance Army last month, according to a local lawyer and journalists.

January 7, 2009 5:52 PM ET

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Case   |   Somalia

In Puntland, kidnappers free two journalists

January 4, 2009

Colin Freeman, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Telegraph
José Cendon, freelance

ABDUCTED

Freeman, a British foreign correspondent for London's Sunday Telegraph, and Cendon, a Spanish freelance photojournalist, were released January 4 after four weeks in captivity, according to multiple reports. 

January 6, 2009 11:50 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Witnesses say government soldier killed Somali reporter

New York, January 2, 2009--A government soldier killed Radio Shabelle reporter Hassan Mayow Hassan, shooting the veteran journalist twice in the head after stopping him in the Somali town of Afgoye on Thursday morning, three local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. The journalists said they had interviewed witnesses to the killing. 

January 2, 2009 4:01 PM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Multimedia, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia

Video: Slain and in combat, dozens die in 2008

CPJ’s Joel Simon, Robert Mahoney, and Nina Ognianova pay tribute to journalists who died in 2008. The toll was highest in Iraq, but conflicts in South Asia and the Caucasus were deadly as well. Impunity in journalist murders in Russia, Philippines, and Mexico were top issues.

January 2, 2009 9:26 AM ET

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Statements   |   Somalia

Somali radio broadcaster killed

We issued the following statement in response to the killing of Somali reporter Hassan Mayow Hassan, who was shot dead today in Afgoye, a town 18 miles (30 km) south of the capital Mogadishu. Hassan, a veteran correspondent for Radio Shabelle, was killed by unidentified gunmen while covering a conflict between two militia groups, according to local reports...

January 1, 2009 6:12 PM ET

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