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Ethiopia crackdown snares editor, blogger

Ethiopian authorities jail a newspaper editor and detain two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, releasing one after a few days. The Zone 9 group has faced continuous legal harassment on terrorism and incitement charges. A fourth journalist is missing; his family fears he is in state custody. The detentions and come amid a mass arrest campaign that has netted more than 11,000 people since the government declared a state of emergency in October.

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Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira charged with 'abetting terrorism'

TV journalist Joy Doreen Biira walks out of the Kasese police station in Uganda, November 28, 2016. (Arne Gillis/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nairobi, November 30, 2016--Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Biira on November 27 after she reported on a deadly battle between police and a traditional monarch's royal guard, charged her with "abetting terrorism," and released her pending trial the following day, she and her lawyer told CPJ.

Case   |   Mozambique

Mozambican journalist detained for 34 days

Police arrested Arcénio Sebastião Macuene, a Mozambican freelance journalist, on October 8, 2016, and held him on charges of defaming a police official until press freedom advocates paid his bail on November 11, Mozambican journalists and press freedom advocates told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Case   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist sentenced to two years in prison

A Gambian court on November 8, 2016, convicted Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, an exiled radio journalist and manager of community station Taranga FM, of three counts of sedition and spreading false news, according to media reports. The court, convicting the journalist in absentia, sentenced Ceesay to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 Gambian dalasi (US$4674). Ceesay risks an additional two years in prison if he fails to pay the fines, the reports said. The trial judge said an order would be served on Gambia's Inspector General of Police to "apprehend and arrest [Cessay] as a fugitive to be brought to serve his sentence," news reports said.

November 23, 2016 2:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist, broadcast executive held without charge

Abuja, Nigeria, November 18, 2016--Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests came in the run-up to presidential elections scheduled to take place on December 1.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian newspaper editor, bloggers caught in worsening crackdown

Members of the Zone 9 blogging group. (Endalkachew H/Michael)

Nairobi, November 17, 2016--Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, Ethiopian authorities have jailed a newspaper editor and detained two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, which has faced continuous legal harassment on terrorism and incitement charges. A fourth journalist has been missing for a week; his family fears he is in state custody.

Case   |   Gabon

Gabon newspaper raided, deputy editor alleges torture

On November 3, 2016, officers from Gabon's domestic intelligence agency, the Directorate of Documentation and Immigration (DGDI, by its French acronym), armed with semi-automatic weapons, raided the office of the weekly newspaper Echos du Nord in the capital, Libreville, and arrested nine journalists and four other staff members, according to press reports.

Alerts   |   South Sudan

South Sudan station Eye Radio forced to cease broadcasting

Nairobi, November 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on South Sudanese authorities to allow the independent station Eye Radio to resume broadcasting.

Blog   |   Zambia

For Zambia's press, election year brings assaults and shut down orders

Supporters of President Edgar Lungu's party celebrate his re-election in August. The country's press has been harassed during Zambia's election year. (AFP/Dawood Salim)

Zambia's press has come under sustained assault in this election year, with station licenses suspended, journalists harassed or arrested for critical coverage, and one of the country's largest privately owned papers, The Post, being provisionally liquidated in a move that its editors say is political motivated.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ’s 2016 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

By Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant

Published October 27, 2016.

Some of the highest rates of impunity in the murders of journalists can be attributed to killings by Islamist militant groups, CPJ found in its latest Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go free. The worst country for the second year in a row is Somalia, where the militant group al-Shabaab is suspected in the majority of media murders, followed by Iraq and Syria, where members of the militant group Islamic State murdered at least six journalists in the past year.

Alerts   |   Burundi

Mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi

Burundian journalists mark World Press Freedom day, May 3, 2015, by taping their mouths shut to protest worsening conditions for the press in Bujumbura. (AP/Jerome Delay)

Nairobi, October 25, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm about the deteriorating situation for the media in Burundi. In the past three days alone, the Interior Ministry closed the country's journalists' union and security forces detained reporters on assignment.

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