Africa

In Ethiopia, choice of life in exile or jail

As the Ethiopian government cracks down on independent media, more than 30 journalists go into exile. During a joint mission to meet those who had fled and determine how best to help them, the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that for many, the fear that drove them to leave behind families, homes, and a steady income remains long after they have crossed the border.
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Ethiopia: 17 journalists in jail
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Alerts   |   Mozambique

Mozambique charges journalists investigating rhino poaching

New York, February 20, 2015--Mozambican authorities have charged two international journalists with trespassing and invasion of privacy in connection with their investigation of rhino poaching, according to news reports and one of the journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Mozambique to drop the charges and ensure the journalists' safety.

Case   |   Uganda

In Uganda, mob assaults radio journalists

A group of about 30 men with clubs attacked journalists Gerald Kankya and Simon Amanyire in the town of Fort Portal in western Uganda on January 23, 2015, Kankya told CPJ. The assailants beat the journalists, breaking one of Kankya's teeth and bruising his legs and arms, the journalist said. Amanyire escaped without serious injury.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigeria should allow international journalists entry to cover elections

A man holds a flag in support of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan at a campaign rally in Ikeja district in Lagos February 3. (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

Abuja, Nigeria, February 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigerian authorities to ensure that international journalists are allowed access to cover the country's elections this month.

Alerts   |   South Sudan

Five journalists killed when gunmen ambush convoy in South Sudan

Nairobi, January 27, 2015--Five journalists were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen ambushed an official convoy in South Sudan's Western Bahr al Ghazal state, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on authorities to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them to account.

Alerts   |   Tanzania

Tanzania bans circulation of regional weekly

The home page of The East African's website, whose print version has been banned from circulation in Tanzania. (The East African)

Nairobi, January 27, 2015--Tanzanian authorities banned circulation of the privately owned regional weekly The East African on January 21, citing the newspaper's lack of registration, according to news reports. Local journalists said they believed the paper was shut because of its critical coverage of the government.

Statements   |   Eritrea

CPJ welcomes release of six Eritrean journalists

Nairobi, January 23, 2015--Six Eritrean journalists who worked for the government-controlled station Radio Bana have been released from jail, according to Eritrean journalists in exile who spoke to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The journalists--Basilos Zemo, Bereket Misguina, Ghirmai Abraham, Meles Nguse, Petros Teferi, and Yirgalem Fesseha--were among the Radio Bana staff arrested in a February 2009 raid on the station.

Alerts   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC halts Internet access and cellphone services amid protests

New York, January 22, 2015--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday shut down Internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country after nationwide demonstrations led to deadly clashes with police, according to news reports.

January 22, 2015 2:09 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundian journalist arrested, charged after not revealing source

Rugurika, director of Radio Publique Africaine, is taken to jail by police. (IWACU)

Nairobi, January 21, 2015--Burundian authorities imprisoned the director of the privately owned Radio Publique Africaine on Tuesday and charged him with complicity in murder, according to news reports. The arrest followed the station's broadcast of an interview in which an unidentified guest said he was involved in the September murder of three Italian nuns, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia radio station censored, director harassed after foiled coup

Abuja, Nigeria, January 8, 2015--An independent radio station that Gambian authorities ordered to stop broadcasting from January 1 to 4 after a failed coup attempt in the country has been allowed back on air, but ordered to play only music, according to news reports and local journalists.

January 8, 2015 3:26 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali security forces arrest five journalists in two days

Nairobi, January 5, 2015--Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate cases over the weekend in the capital, Mogadishu, according to news reports. Three of them are still being held.

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