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Alerts   |   Republic of Congo

CPJ calls on Congolese authorities to release Talassa editor

New York, January 13, 2017--Congolese authorities should immediately release Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Republic of Congo's security services arrested Bemba in Brazzaville on January 11, Radio France Internationale reported.

January 13, 2017 6:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Cameroon

Cameroon suspends radio station, seals office

Cameroonian President Paul Biya leaves the podium after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York, September 22, 2016. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 11, 2017--Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, yesterday sealed the station's office, its manager told CPJ.

January 11, 2017 5:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia orders three radio stations to cease broadcasting

Lagos, Nigeria, January 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Taranga FM, Hilltop Radio, and Afri Radio stopped broadcasting on January 1 on the orders of national security agents, who did not give any explanation for the measure, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Two Radio Bilal journalists sentenced in Ethiopia on terror charges

New York, January 4, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prison sentences handed down to two journalists from the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori were sentenced yesterday to prison terms of five years and six months and four years and five months respectively, the independent news website Addis Standard reported.

Alerts   |   Angola

In Angola, two journalists charged over report on corruption

New York, December 29, 2016--Angolan authorities should immediately drop charges against two journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras, of the weekly, O Crime, were charged with "crimen injuria," which is similar to insult laws, the journalists told CPJ.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian radio journalists convicted on terror charges

Darsema Sori, left, and Khalid Mohammed are convicted on terror charges in relation to their coverage of protests. (Bilal Communication)

Nairobi, December 21, 2016--Ethiopian radio journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori, who have been imprisoned since February 2015, were today convicted on terrorism charges by the High Court's 19th Criminal Bench, according to the independent Addis Standard newspaper.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen

Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

Osama Jumaa, a photographer and video journalist, was killed while covering the aftermath of a bombardment in Syria. (Images Live)

Case   |   Chad

Chad police close radio station, detain manager

Police in Kelo, some 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital N'Djamena, on November 14, 2016, arrested Edmond Oueidigue Kandi, the manager of the community radio station Radio Bargadje, and ordered the station closed, Kandi told the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to Kandi and media reports, local administrative authorities ordered the station closed and the journalist's arrest in response to Radio Bargadje's November 10 reporting on violence between herders and farmers over land use in the area. Police accused Kandi of fomenting conflict, the reports said.

Alerts   |   Cameroon

Press freedom under attack in Cameroon

Protesters block a road in Bamenda, Cameroon, December 8, 2016. (Reuters)

Abuja, Nigeria, December 16, 2016--The Cameroonian government and security services should immediately reverse a series of repressive measures that have produced a crisis of media freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese television journalist detained for four days

Police in Bunia, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda, on December 1, 2016, detained Adèle Uvon, a television journalist for the privately owned broadcaster Radio-TV Lobiko (RTVL), at an opposition movement press conference launching a campaign to encourage Congolese President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the end of his term on December 19, the U.N.-funded Radio Okapi reported. Police released Uvon without charge four days later, the station reported.

Uvon's lawyer, Augustin Yaogonda, told French publication Jeune Afrique that authorities filed no charges against the journalist, but that the five activists arrested alongside her would be prosecuted for "inciting disobedience to the state."

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by unrest since Kabila announced that presidential elections scheduled to take place November 27 would be delayed until April 2018 to allow voter rolls to be completed, a move seen by his detractors as a ploy to prolong his rule, according to news reports.

The Kinshasa-based media watchdog, Journalist en Danger (JED), reported in early November that at least 87 cases of media freedom violations occurred in 2016 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to online news reports.

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