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Press freedom crisis in Cameroon

As protests and labor strikes continue in Cameroon's Anglophone western regions, the government cuts internet access to affected areas, detains reporters, suspends dozens of newspapers and broadcasters, permanently shutters at least three outlets, equates social media with terrorism, and continues to hold Radio France Internationale journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism charges while his trial before a military tribunal is repeatedly delayed.

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland editor detained after trading himself for colleague's freedom

New York, April 20, 2017--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Ibrahim Osman Ahmed, editor of Hangool News, who has been held without charge since April 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ibrahim is in custody in Hargeisa Central Police Station after handing himself over to police to secure the release of Abdirahman Arab Da'ud, also from Hangool News, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the Human Rights Center in Somaliland, told CPJ.

Statements   |   Cameroon

Cameroonian military court convicts journalist Ahmed Abba of terrorism charges

New York, April 20, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale's Hausa service, on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts," according to his lawyer and RFI. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cameroonian authorities not to contest the journalist's appeal and to release him without delay.

April 20, 2017 3:57 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police

New York, April 14, 2017 -- Somaliland authorities should immediately release jailed Hangool News journalist Abdirahman Arab Da'ud and cease intimidation of other members of the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

April 14, 2017 3:36 PM ET

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Case   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist abducted, assaulted

Academic Stella Nyanzi defends herself in a Kampala court on charges stemming from her critical remarks online about Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, April 10, 2017. Journalist Gertrude Uwitware has faced threats, abduction, and assault for her writing in support of Nyanzi. (AFP/Gael Grilhot)

Unknown assailants on April 8, 2017, abducted and assaulted Gertrude Uwitware, a health reporter for the private Ugandan broadcaster NTV, from the streets of Kampala, according to the journalist and her employer.

Case   |   Kenya

Journalist beaten by Kenyan police, told he 'cannot fight them with a pen'

Kenyan police on March 22 threatened and assaulted Isaiah Gwengi, a correspondent for The Standard daily newspaper, according to the journalist and media reports.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia Supreme Court says two Zone 9 bloggers should face incitement charges

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

New York, April 6, 2017--Ethiopia's Supreme Court today ruled that two bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, previously acquitted of terrorism charges, should be tried instead on charges of inciting violence through their writing. If convicted of the charge, Atnaf Berhane and Natnail Feleke would face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, according to the Addis Standard newspaper.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian blogger, publisher jailed on defamation charges

Abuja, Nigeria, March 24, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two have been held in a maximum security prison for more than a week as they await trial on charges of defamation and publishing false news.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist released from prison

New York, March 13, 2017--Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia's state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri.

March 13, 2017 12:43 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Chad

Chad journalists in hiding after threats

Chadian President Idriss Deby sits in the presidential palace in N'Djamena, December 29, 2017 (Reuters)

Abuja, Nigeria, March 6, 2017--Chadian domestic intelligence officers should cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two journalists have gone into hiding following harassment from National Security Agency (ANS) officers in recent weeks, and another was detained and forced to apologize for his work.

Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks to supporters gathered to celebrate his 93rd birthday near Bulawayo, February 25, 2017. (Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo)

New York, March 6, 2017--Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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