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Analyses and data chart press freedom conditions throughout the region. Mohamed Keita examines the false choice between development and press freedom, while Tom Rhodes probes an unsolved murder in Kenya that reverberates worldwide.
Even as trade and new systems of communication turn us into global citizens, the information we need to ensure accountability often stops at national borders.
Many African leaders continue to offer a false choice between stability and press freedom. Taking a cue from China, a key investor, they stress social stability and development over openness and reform.
It’s not too late for justice for Francis Nyaruri, who was killed in 2009 after he wrote a story on police corruption.
Cybercrime laws are being broadened to criminalize standard journalistic practices.
Forced Into Exile by Year
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2011 2008 Regional Data 4
Journalists Killed in 2011
Journalists In Exile 2001-11
Journalists Killed Since 1992
Imprisoned on December 1, 2011
Unsolved Journalist Murders Since 1992
Missing as of December 31, 2011
country page » 25
Attacks on the press in 2011, a sharp jump over the previous year.
country page » 0
Arrests in the death of editor Germain Cyrille Ngota Ngota, who was killed in state custody.
country page » 34
Press freedom violations in Bas Congo province in the run-up to the presidential election.
country page » 0
Independent, domestic broadcasters. All TV, radio were run by the government or its allies.
country page » 79
Journalists forced into exile since 2001. Intimidation and repression were causes.
country page » 5
Years that reporter “Chief” Ebrima Manneh has been missing after being arrested by state agents.
country page » 87
Attacks on the press during presidential power struggle, from January to April.
country page » 22
Assaults against journalists, mainly during coverage of nationwide protests.
country page » 2
Journalists killed as Somalia remained Africa’s deadliest nation.
country page » 41
Attacks on the press, most during elections and opposition protests.
country page » 49
Journalists in exile since 2001, the fifth highest total in the world.
Research by CPJ Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita and CPJ’s Nairobi-based consultant Tom Rhodes.