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Mariama Keita

Mariama Keita, a freelance journalist, is an intern in CPJ's Africa program.

Blog   |   Czech Republic

A raid raises deeper press concerns in Czech Republic

When it comes to press freedom offenders, the Czech Republic is not among the countries that come to mind. So what happened to the main national television channel on March 11 left many flabbergasted. I arrived in Prague that day with a group of New York University graduate students to participate in a weeklong series of seminars with local journalists and media organizations. While we were discussing work conditions for Czech media, military police in ski masks were storming Czech Television offices.

March 30, 2011 2:56 PM ET

Blog   |   Liberia

Bob Stan, Liberia press pioneer, captivates at 80

The Liberian press is flourishing, but press freedom is a concern, says Stanton B. Peabody.

Veteran journalist Stanton B. Peabody, a pioneer of press freedom in Liberia, turned 80 last month. Peabody, known to family and friends as "Bob Stan," is a captivating figure full of wisdom and humor. We talked recently about his journalism career, one that has tracked the blossoming of the press in Liberia. 

March 10, 2011 11:04 AM ET

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Blog   |   Uganda

As Uganda election nears, fear among reporters

Captors held radio journalist Arafat Nzito for 10 days. (Courtesy Nzito)

As Ugandan journalists prepare to cover presidential elections on February 18 amid political tensions and security concerns, uncertainty and fear are on the minds of reporters. That's particularly so after a year in which 52 press freedom abuses--ranging from physical and verbal intimidation to state censorship and murder--were recorded, according reports by Ugandan press freedom group Human Rights Network of Journalists (HRNJ-Uganda). Journalists Arafat Nzito and Eddie Frank are suffering lasting effects of 2010 harassment.

February 11, 2011 4:29 PM ET

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Blog   |   Nigeria, South Africa

With media plan, ANC copies Nigeria's military rulers

Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, left, South Africa's Jacob Zuma, and Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan at this summer's African Union Summit in Kampala. (AFP/Marc Hofer)

While South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) discusses the party's proposal for a media appeals tribunal, delegates should take note of a landmark ruling in Nigeria this year in which a High Court judge declared a government-dominated press council unconstitutional. 

September 24, 2010 10:21 AM ET

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Blog   |   Somalia

View from a Somali photojournalist's blood-stained lens

This photo was taken just before missiles landed on a press conference in Mogadishu on June 29. (Badri Media)

On Tuesday, several journalists were wounded when missiles were fired on a press conference in the battlefield of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. When the National Union of Somali Journalists broke news of the attack, I immediately checked in with local reporters. I obtained the phone number of photojournalist Ilyas Ahmed Abukar, expecting to speak to a frantic or traumatized man, but to my surprise, Abukar was alert, calm, and willing to share his personal account of what transpired. After a short conversation, he pledged to continue answering my questions via e-mail. Here is some of what he told me.

July 2, 2010 12:29 PM ET

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