Africa

2009

Alerts   |   Gabon

CPJ condemns suspension of six newspapers in Gabon

New York, November 12, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the suspension of six private newspapers by the government-controlled media-monitoring body, the National Communications Council, in Gabon. The council announced the suspensions, which range from one to three months, on Tuesday evening on state-run TV. The papers have been suspended for “violating the ethics of journalism” and “inciting ethnic divisions” according to local reports.
November 12, 2009 4:59 PM ET

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Blog   |   Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's criminal libel law sparks barber boycott

My looks have completely changed in recent months. Long hair now colonizes my chin and my head. Never in my adult life have I waited longer than a week without a shave or a haircut, let alone for four months. One ends up doing the strangest things for press freedom in Sierra Leone.
November 10, 2009 2:24 PM ET

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Blog   |   Burma, Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, UAE, USA

Toronto’s Citizen Lab uses forensics to fight online censors

A basement in the gray, Gothic heart of the University of Toronto is home to the CSI of cyberspace. “We are doing free expression forensics,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Deibert and his team of academics and students investigate in real time governments and companies that restrict what we see and hear on the Internet. They are also trying to help online journalists and bloggers slip the shackles of censorship and surveillance. Deibert is a co-founder of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a project of the Citizen Lab in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. ONI tracks the blocking and filtering of the Internet around the globe.

November 2, 2009 3:29 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Rwanda

In Rwanda, defamation case is politicized

New York, October 26, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that the prosecution of Jean Bosco Gasasira, editor-in-chief of the Rwandan bimonthly Umuvugizi, on criminal defamation charges has been politicized and the outcome predetermined.
October 26, 2009 11:03 AM ET

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Blog   |   Senegal

Senegalese president responds to CPJ

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade (AFP)

Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has written a response to a recent CPJ protest letter. While we welcome his attention to the issues we raised about press freedom last month, we note with great concern the president’s comments about the ongoing criminal case of two journalists assaulted by police in 2008.

October 26, 2009 9:56 AM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mexico, Multimedia, Russia

Video Report: Portraits of the Fallen



In “Portraits of the Fallen,” a video introduction to CPJ’s database of killed journalists, María Salazar-Ferro examines the circumstances in which reporters, photographers, editors, and other journalists have died on duty. Because hundreds of journalists have been murdered in reprisal for their work, CPJ is leading a Global Campaign Against Impunity. (4:11) 

Visit our database of journalists killed since 1992. Get involved in our Campaign Against Impunity.
October 26, 2009 9:42 AM ET

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Blog   |   Nigeria

When the sun set in Nigeria: Dele Giwa’s awful murder

(Photo courtesy Next)Twenty-three years ago, on October 19, 1986, the sun quite suddenly set at noon. In the brutal darkness, we lost Dele Giwa, just two short years after he and I, along with two other professional journalists, launched Nigeria’s first newsmagazine, Newswatch.

October 20, 2009 4:23 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Turkey

A memorial to killed journalists, a call to action

Natalya Estemirova (AP)We've launched a new section of our Web site, and we hope you take a few minutes to read some of its pages. There is one, for example, on Russian reporter Natalya Estemirova, who dared to examine human rights crimes in Chechnya. Another is devoted to Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco, a Tijuana newspaper editor who exposed the workings of the Arellano Félix drug cartel. They are among the 758 journalists killed for their work since 1992. Our new database memorializes these women and men, most of whom were local reporters, photographers, producers, and editors who confronted the powerful or took unpopular positions.

October 19, 2009 9:07 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Cameroon, Chad

Chad expels Cameroonian journalist after Nobel story

Ebodé (La Voix du Tchad)New York, October 16, 2009—Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in response to a government official’s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to Chad President Idriss Deby. 
October 16, 2009 4:42 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Zambia

Veteran Zambian editor charged with contempt over op-ed

New York, October 15, 2009—The editor-in-chief of Zambia’s largest newspaper was criminally charged for the second time on Wednesday after running an op-ed critical of controversial pornography charges against a journalist, according to local journalists and news reports. 

October 15, 2009 5:03 PM ET

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