Africa

2011

Blog   |   Egypt, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe charges 45 with treason for viewing Egypt footage

Men and women arrested for watching footage of the unrest in Egypt wait outside a Harare courthouse. (Reuters)

The right to receive and impart information is a fundamental human right enshrined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but in Zimbabwe, watching news of North African and Middle East protests apparently amounts to treason. 

March 4, 2011 1:56 PM ET

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Blog   |   France, Rwanda

Out of Africa: Lucie Umukundwa five years later

(Lucie Umukundwa)

Five years after helping her leave her region due to threats, CPJ catches up with Rwandan journalist Lucie Umukundwa to learn more about her struggles to resettle in another continent, regain a foothold in journalism and continue to make an impact in Africa.

March 4, 2011 1:04 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Angola

Angolan journalist gets year in prison for defamation

Chicoca, right. (Armando Chicoca)

New York, March 3, 2011--A court in Angola's southwestern province of Namibe sent a journalist to prison today without due process over his coverage of a sexual harassment scandal that implicated the province's top judicial official, according to local journalists and news reports.

Judge Manuel Araujo sentenced Armando José Chicoca, a freelancer who reports for U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) and private Angolan newspapers such as Folha 8Agora, and O Apostolado, to one year in prison and a fine of 200,000 kwanza (US$2,100), according to news reports.

March 3, 2011 3:52 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Cameroon

Cameroon editor charged over leaked official document

New York, March 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of a Cameroonian editor who is being prosecuted in connection with a leaked official document, according to local journalists and news reports.

March 3, 2011 2:16 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea suspends journalist over Libya mention

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang seen here with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. (AFP)
New York, March 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Equatorial Guinea's censorship of coverage of events in North Africa, the Middle East, and Ivory Coast. A state radio presenter's reference to Libya during a live radio program on Friday led censors to abruptly force the journalist off the air and order an indefinite suspension from the country's tightly monitored national airwaves, according to local journalists and news reports.

Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast political camps target rival media outlets

Supporters of Gbagbo (left) and Ouattara (right) are going after each other's media outlets. (AP)

New York, March 1, 2011--Supporters behind incumbent Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara are targeting rival partisan media oulets and their journalists in an increasingly bloody struggle for power, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Cameroon

Cameroon security forces obstructing journalists

New York, February 25, 2011--Cameroon's government is obstructing journalists from reporting on issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces detained a journalist without charge for six days after he interviewed a jailed former official. They also seized footage from reporters covering the brutal repression of a banned opposition march on Wednesday.

Alerts   |   Uganda

Six journalists attacked in Uganda election violence

Opposition leader Kizza Besigye displays pre-marked ballot papers during a news conference Kampala. Election-rigging has been alleged in national and local polls. (AP/Stephen Wandera)

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Ugandan police to conduct a thorough investigation and arrest all the perpetrators involved in the brutal attacks against six journalists on Wednesday during local elections in the capital, Kampala. Men believed to be supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party mayoral candidate for Kampala, attacked journalists covering the mayoral elections at the Kakeeka polling station in the capital, local journalists told CPJ. 

Alerts   |   Uganda

CPJ calls on Uganda to protect journalist shot by soldiers

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting of a freelance journalist by Ugandan soldiers on February 18, the day of parliamentary and presidential elections. Soldiers shot and injured freelance journalist Julius Odeke near Bugusege, eastern Uganda. 

February 23, 2011 2:55 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

In Ivory Coast, police harass pro-Ouattara editors

Headlines of pro-opposition Ivorian papers. (AFP)

New York, February 18, 2011--Ivorian police in the economic capital, Abidjan, interrogated and issued summonses for questioning this week for editors of newspapers favorable to former presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara, according to local journalists. The U.N. has recognized Ouattara as the president-elect since disputed November 2010 runoff elections against President Laurent Gbagbo.

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