Africa

2009

Alerts   |   Niger

Niger editor sentenced to prison

New York, August 19, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a prison sentence given on Tuesday to the editor of a private newspaper in Niger. Abdoulaye Tiémogo, editor of the weekly Le Canard Déchaîné, has been in police custody in the capital, Niamey, since August 1. 

August 19, 2009 4:47 PM ET

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Blog   |   Uganda

Uganda's Museveni issues warning to news media

President Yoweri Museveni (AFP)

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda lashed out at private broadcasters last week, accusing them of unethical reporting. The comments come in the midst of two important, ongoing developments: mounting public criticism of Museveni's policies and the government's criminal prosecutions of six journalists for their coverage.

August 19, 2009 1:19 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Kenya

After al-Qaeda report, Kenyan police harass Star

New York, August 18, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalist is concerned Kenyan police are attempting to intimidate journalists at the private daily, The Star, to reveal their sources for a June 20 article that said the Kenyan Anti-Terrorism Police Unit had lost crucial files about an accused al-Qaeda member.

August 18, 2009 12:07 PM ET

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Blog   |   Zambia

Press freedom slips in Zambia

(Collins Phiri/The Post)In Zambia, the coming week will mark the anniversary of the untimely death of President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. The late president had championed press freedom with his commitments to reform, and, with his passing, the Zambian media lost an ally. Worse, the media freedoms gained in recent years are now slipping. 

August 14, 2009 4:41 PM ET

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Blog   |   Ethiopia, Kenya

Ethiopia pushes Kenyan TV to drop report on rebels

OLF rebels in Ethiopia. (Reuters)

Last week, the Ethiopian government tried to force private Kenyan broadcaster Nation Television (NTV) to drop a four-part exclusive report on separatist rebels in southern Ethiopia. NTV aired the first two parts of "Inside Rebel Territory: Rag-Tag Fighters of the Oromo Liberation Front," which led Ethiopia's ambassador to Kenya to accuse the Nation Media Group of giving a platform to a terrorist organization, the daily Nation reported. The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), whose Web site is among several authorities block in Ethiopia, is fighting for greater autonomy for the Oromos, the largest ethnic group in the south of the vast Horn of Africa nation.

August 10, 2009 4:14 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian court convicts six journalists of sedition

New York, August 6, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the highly politicized court verdict against six independent journalists today in the capital of the Gambia, Banjul

August 6, 2009 5:05 PM ET

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Blog   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's glimmer of hope for press freedom

Some Zimbabwean journalists say 2003 was the most repressive year for independent journalists. Others claim it was 2008. But no one is yet claiming it was 2009 after a recent series of positive developments for the country's media.

August 5, 2009 6:17 PM ET

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Blog   |   Niger

Niger president tightens grip on media with amendment

Reuters

In Niger today, the government is holding a public referendum on a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for President Mamadou Tandja to run for office indefinitely. It would also further increase the former army colonel's control over the press. Tandja, at left, has charged ahead with the referendum despite overwhelming public opposition after he dissolved a resistant constitutional court and the National Assembly.

August 4, 2009 6:10 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Niger

In Niger, two journalists detained ahead of referendum

New York, August 3, 2009--Two Nigerien editors whose weekly newspapers reported on corruption charges involving the national human rights commission have been in police custody since Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports.
August 3, 2009 4:50 PM ET

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Blog   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

For RFI, static in Kinshasa

Like many radio listeners in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, I tune to Radio France Internationale (RFI) on 93.4 FM or 105 FM. But beginning on July 24, the frequencies carried nothing but static. It was no accident. Media reports quoted government spokesman Lambert Mende as declaring a ban on RFI broadcasts.

August 3, 2009 1:09 PM ET

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