Bravery of journalists recognized

The journalists being honored at CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards in New York on November 24 include the Zone 9 bloggers who were charged with terrorism in Ethiopia over their work; Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, who risks being imprisoned for lampooning authorities; Cándido Figueredo Ruíz, a Paraguayan reporter under police protection after receiving death threats; and Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, an independent Syrian news group reporting from the region taken by militants the Islamic State.
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Blog   |   Burkina Faso

Resistance over the airwaves: Pirate station's vital role during Burkina Faso coup

Residents protest over the coup in Ouagadougou in September. With many radio stations silenced during the unrest, pirate station Radio Resistance was a vital resource for news. (Reuters/Joe Penney)

Radio Resistance was a pirate radio station born out of necessity. During Burkina Faso's short-lived military coup last month, in which many local radio stations were forced off air, it kept citizens informed and gave them the courage to stand up against the attempted takeover, Burkinabe journalists said.


Somali security agents raid Universal TV office, arrest journalists

A screengrab of Universal TV's talk show Doodwadaag. The show's producer and a director for the station have been arrested. (YouTube)

Nairobi, October 5, 2015--Somali national security forces raided the offices of the privately owned broadcaster Universal TV in Mogadishu on October 2 and arrested Abdullahi Hersi, the station's East Africa director, and Awil Dahir Salad, a producer, on the same day, according to local journalists and reports.

Press Releases   |   China, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia

As world leaders take to UNGA stage, CPJ highlights countries of concern

Press freedom records of Egypt, Russia, Iran, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Ecuador

New York, September 25, 2015--Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.

Blog   |   South Sudan

Shooting of freelance reporter increases fear for South Sudan's press

Nhial Bol reads reports about the killing of freelancer Peter Julius Moi. Many journalists in South Sudan say they are being more cautious since Moi's death. (AFP/Samir Bol)

Freelance journalist Peter Julius Moi used to ride a motorbike without wearing a helmet, despite warnings from one of his colleagues to be more careful. Moi would just shrug off those concerns, saying that as a South Sudanese journalist "risk was simply part of life." Last month, the reporter was shot dead as he walked home from work.

Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC government bans screening of documentary on rape

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on September 3, 2015, that it had banned the screening of a documentary about rape and a doctor who treats rape victims.

Alerts   |   Cameroon

Radio France Internationale correspondent in Cameroon held over a month, denied access to lawyer

New York, September 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention of a Nigerian journalist who has been held for more than a month in Cameroon and denied access to his lawyer for two weeks. CPJ also calls on Cameroonian authorities to explain the reason for Ahmed Abba's detention and allow him immediate access to his lawyer.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Newspaper columnist kidnapped from her home in Nigeria

Abuja, September 2, 2015--A Nigerian newspaper columnist was abducted from her home early Sunday, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to find Donu Kogbara, establish a motive for the abduction, and apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators.

Case   |   Cameroon

Journalist detained for four days in Cameroon, accused of espionage

Simon Ateba, a freelance Cameroonian journalist, was arrested at the Minawao refugee camp in the far north of Cameroon at around noon on August 28, 2015, according to news reports.

Statements   |   Mozambique

Journalist shot dead in Mozambique

New York, August 28, 2015--An unidentified gunman shot dead a Mozambican journalist who was out jogging in the capital city of Maputo early today, according to news reports. Paulo Machava was the publisher of the news website Diario de Noticias and had worked with Rádio Moçambique and the weekly Savana, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Burkina Faso

Radio station burned down in Burkina Faso

Abuja, August 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an arson attack on the independent Radio Manegmoogo in Burkina Faso on Monday and calls on authorities to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. The attack comes in the run-up to elections scheduled in October in a country that spent almost three decades under the authoritarian rule of recently ousted President Blaise Compaore, according to news reports.

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