Africa

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Twitter: @CPJAfrica
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Africa Program Head:
Angela Quintal

Africa Program Coordinator:
Muthoki Mumo

Senior Africa Researcher:
Jonathan Rozen

Tel: 212-465-1004
Fax: 212-214-0640

Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center
P.O. Box 2675
New York, NY 10108 USA

  
A broadcast image of Kenyan journalist Catherine Wanjeri wa Kariuki after she was shot with rubber bullets while covering anti-government protests on July 16. (Screengrab: YouTube/Mutembi TV)

Kenyan journalist Catherine Wanjeri wa Kariuki shot in leg covering protests

Kampala, July 16, 2024 —Kenyan authorities must conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the July 16 shooting of journalist Catherine Wanjeri wa Kariuki as she covered ongoing protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Kariuki, a reporter for the privately owned Mediamax Network Ltd media group, was shot three times…

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Armed men in masks claiming to be agents of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) took Traoré, a satirical columnist for the private radio station Omega, from his home in the capital of Ouagadougou on July 13.

Burkina Faso columnist Alain Traoré taken by armed men in masks

Dakar, July 16, 2024— Burkinabe authorities should immediately and comprehensively investigate the disappearance of columnist Alain Traoré after armed men in masks claiming to be agents of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) took Traoré, a satirical columnist for the private radio station Omega, from his home in the capital of Ouagadougou on July 13. Three other journalists—Serge Atiana Oulon,…

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Nigerian court acquits publisher Agba Jalingo of cybercrime charges

Abuja, July 9, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday’s court decision in Nigeria acquitting Agba Jalingo, publisher of the privately owned CrossRiverWatch, of cybercrime charges. “While we welcome the acquittal of publisher Agba Jalingo of cybercrime charges, Nigerian authorities urgently need to stop the criminalization of journalists for their work,” said Angela Quintal, head…

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Gabriel Idibia told CPJ he recieved medical care at a local hospital after he was punched by a police officer on his left eye on June 11 in Kaduna, the capital city of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State. (Photo: Gabriel Idibia)

Nigeria police arrest, detain, assault journalist Gabriel Idibia while in custody

On June 11, police officers in Kaduna, the capital city of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State, arrested Gabriel Idibia, a correspondent and freelancer with the privately owned Daily Times and Daybreak Nigeria news sites, while he was taking photos of the officers guiding a large group of cattle across a road, according media reports, Idibia and Daybreak Nigeria publisher Austin Maho, who both spoke to CPJ.  Idibia…

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Kenya court rules police unlawfully killed Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif

Kampala, July 8, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Kenyan court’s Monday ruling that Kenyan authorities violated Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif’s right to life and that his death was arbitrary and unconstitutional. “CPJ welcomes the Kenyan High Court’s ruling that the 2022 killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was unlawful,” said Angela Quintal, head…

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A composite image of three male journalists speaking into microphones.

Three journalists disappear, 3 media outlets suspended in Burkina Faso

Dakar, July 3, 2024—The Burkinabe authorities must do everything possible to find and ensure the safety of missing journalists Serge Atiana Oulon, Kalifara Séré, and Adama Bayala, and refrain from censoring the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. At least three Burkinabe journalists in the capital, Ouagadougou, have separately disappeared under suspicious circumstances…

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Malian journalist Yeri Bocoum missing after covering banned protest

Dakar, June 27, 2024 — Malian authorities should urgently investigate the disappearance of journalist Yeri Bocoum and account for his whereabouts, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Bocoum, director of the Facebook news page YBC-Communication, was last seen by his family outside his home in Kati, a district in the western region of Koulikoro,…

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Authorities detain 2 Ugandan journalists on charges of publishing without license

Nairobi, June 27, 2024 — Ugandan authorities should release journalists Dickson Mubiru and Alirabaki Sengooba, drop all criminal charges against them, and take steps to reform laws that can be used to stifle journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. On June 20 the Buganda Road Chief Magistrates Court in the capital, Kampala, charged…

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Kenya security officers apprehend an activist protesting the high cost of living before government leaders proceed to the Kenyan Parliament to read the Government's Buget for the 2024/25 fiscal year in Nairobi, on June 13, 2024. Thousands of Kenyans have been protesting a proposed law under the budget that would significantly increase taxes. (Photo: AFP/Tony Karumba)

CPJ calls on Kenyan authorities to respect press freedom amid ongoing protests

Nairobi, June 25, 2024—Kenyan authorities must investigate reports of several journalists attacked while covering protests, desist from intimidating the media, and ensure reliable and secure access to the internet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Thousands of Kenyans have taken to the streets several times since June 18 to protest a proposed law that…

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Dokurugu Abubakar Ndeeya is seen in this video image immediately after the attack, which he said left him with cuts around his mouth, and tooth and knee pain. (Screenshot: CPJ/Dokurugu Abubakar Ndeeya)

Ghana ruling party supporters assault journalist Dokurugu Abubakar Ndeeya

On May 16, four supporters of Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) assaulted Dokurugu Abubakar Ndeeya, a reporter with the privately owned Zaa Multimedia, while he was filming outside a meeting between Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia and party leaders in the northern Tamale region, the journalist told CPJ and media reports said. Ndeeya told CPJ he…

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