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Kenya and its press freedom commitment

In Kenya, a combination of legal and physical harassment makes it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely. A CPJ special report finds that these restrictions on the Kenyan media come at a time when public discourse and transparency are essential, in light of hefty government spending on development, high-profile terrorist attacks, and the ongoing indictment of the deputy president by the International Criminal Court.

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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.

Blog   |   Burundi

Silence in Burundi as violence forces independent press into exile

A Bujumbura road is blocked during unrest over elections in Burundi in July. Many Burundians, including journalists, have gone into exile to flee the violence. (Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe's home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests.

Case   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast authorities suspend a critical daily for one month

The government-run National Press Council on August 10, 2015, suspended for one month the privately owned daily Aujourd'hui, according to news reports. The council said the suspension was in connection with a series of articles the paper published between July 16 and July 31, 2015.

Alerts   |   South Sudan

CPJ condemns killing of South Sudanese journalist

Peter Julius Moi, a reporter for The Corporate and New Nation, was shot dead in Juba. (Radio Tamazuj)

Nairobi, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Peter Julius Moi, a reporter for business weekly The Corporate and independent bi-monthly New Nation, who was shot in South Sudan's capital, Juba, Wednesday, according to reports.

August 20, 2015 6:14 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Sudan

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir threatens to kill journalists

Nairobi, August 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns statements made by South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday in which he threatened to kill journalists for reporting "against the country." Kiir made the statement at the airport in the capital, Juba, before flying to Addis Ababa to attend peace talks with former Vice President Riek Machar.

Letters   |   Gambia

CPJ calls on the Gambia to free journalist, drop charges against him

Dear President Jammeh: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about a Gambian journalist who has been held by the National Intelligence Agency since July 17.

Blog   |   Burundi

Burundi must investigate attacks on journalists

The body of a man killed overnight lies on a street as polls open for the presidential elections in Bujumbura, Burundi, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP/Jerome Delay)

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 18 other organizations are urging Burundi authorities to investigate attacks on journalists and human rights defenders. Since the April announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza would run for a third term, defying constitutional limitations and sparking months of protests, journalists have been routinely targeted. At least five radio stations were attacked and their staff threatened, inducing a mass exodus of journalists fleeing the country and leaving an information vacuum at a critical juncture. In presidential elections in mid-July, Nkurunziza won nearly 70 percent of the vote.

August 6, 2015 1:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast publisher charged with defamation, insult

Joseph Titi spent almost a week in prison before being released and charged with defamation, insult, and publishing false news. (CPJ)

Abidjan, August 5, 2015--A journalist who was imprisoned for almost a week by authorities in the Ivory Coast has been charged with defamation, among other crimes, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Ivory Coast to drop the charges against Joseph Titi immediately.

A judge in the capital, Abidjan, charged Titi on Monday with defamation, insulting the president and a foreign head of state, and publishing false information, Titi told CPJ. The journalist was detained on July 29 and was released on Tuesday after being charged. Titi said he was released from prison because the charges fall under the country's Press Law, which excludes imprisonment for the offenses. If convicted, Titi faces a fine of between 10,000,000 and 20,000,000 CFA francs (US$17,000-US$34,000) under the law.

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