Case   |   Nigeria

Nigeria religious police assault journalists

Four representatives of the Kano State Hisbah Board, a local security agency set up to enforce its interpretation of Sharia law, on August 27, 2016, assaulted two journalists from private broadcaster Express Radio, according to news reports. The religious police were angry that Express Radio correspondent Abdullahi Isa brought two female journalists--Hauwa Musa Abdullahi, a reporter with the radio station and Saudat Yakubu Abdullahi, a student doing an internship with the station--with him to cover a reading of love-themed, Hausa-language novels at the Kano International Trade Fairground in the state capital, Kano, according to news reports.

Case   |   Liberia

Liberian newspaper publisher arrested over civil libel case

Philipbert Browne, the publisher of Liberia's Hot Pepper newspaper, was arrested at his office and jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison in the Liberian capital on October 7, 2016, for libel on the orders of a Civil Law Court over a story in his paper titled, "During Ebola Time: 'I Lost My Virginity'" published the previous day which interviewed a teenage girl who alleged that lawmaker Prince Moye raped her in 2013, according to media reports.

Case   |   Somalia

Al-Jazeera crew detained for 2 days in Somalia

A crew from international broadcaster Al-Jazeera were detained on October 18, 2016, shortly after returning to Mogadishu from assignment, and released on October 20.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Somalia closes newspaper, arrests editor

Nairobi, October 17, 2016 -- Somali authorities should immediately release the editor of Xog Ogaal newspaper and allow the newspaper to resume publishing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officers from Somalia's National Intelligence Agency raided the newspaper's office and arrested its editor on October 15, according to press freedom advocates and press reports.

October 17, 2016 2:19 PM ET


Alerts   |   Burundi

CPJ calls on Burundi to release Radio Maria reporter

Nairobi, October 13, 2016--Burundi's national intelligence service should immediately release radio journalist Salvador Nahimana, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Nahimana, a reporter for the Burundian branch of Radio Maria, a global station that broadcasts news and missionary statements, on October 2, and transferred him to the custody of the intelligence service, Burundian journalists told CPJ.

October 13, 2016 4:37 PM ET


Blog   |   China, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Pakistan

Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

Number of journalists who covered corruption who were killed in relation to their work since 1992, by country. (Mehdi Rahmati/CPJ research)

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction and good governance. This is why journalists on this beat must be protected, including by multilateral lending institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which just concluded their annual meetings in Washington D.C.

Case   |   Liberia

Liberia journalist detained for republishing story about president of Equatorial Guinea

Plainclothes police officers on September 15, 2016, detained Festus Poquie, a journalist with Liberia's New Democrat newspaper, from his office and took him to the Liberia National Police headquarters in the capital Monrovia, where he was detained and interrogated for several hours.

October 6, 2016 9:43 AM ET


Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Police arrest prominent Ethiopian blogger

Protesters in Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, raise the Oromo protest sign ahead of an October 2, 2016, stampede that left more than 50 people dead after police fired teargas and warning shots to disperse the crowd. (Reuters/Tiksa Negeri)

New York, October 3, 2016 - Ethiopian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Seyoum Teshome, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Teshome on October 1, according to press accounts and opposition activists.

October 3, 2016 1:39 PM ET


Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigeria detains 13 journalists, bloggers, and media workers

Abuja, Nigeria, September 29, 2016 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately release at least 11 journalists, bloggers, and media support staff detained in recent days across the country and stop harassing the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Case   |   Ghana

Ghana detains writer for allegations regarding president

Officers of the Bureau of National Investigation, Ghana's national security agency, arrested Ghanaian-Lebanese columnist and author Fadi Dabbousi on September 23, 2016, upon his arrival from Lebanon at Kotoka International Airport, according to news reports.

September 29, 2016 1:17 PM ET


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