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Ethiopian high court convicts editor of inciting subversion

May 24, 2017 1:40 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--The Ethiopian Federal High Court's conviction of Getachew Shiferaw, editor of the news website Negere Ethiopia, on charges of inciting subversion is a further blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian authorities demolish radio station office

May 23, 2017 2:01 PM ET

Uyo, Nigeria, May 23, 2017--Nigerian authorities' demolition of the office of radio Breeze 99.9 FM is a shocking affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. State authorities in Nassarawa, roughly 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of the capital Abuja, on May 20 demolished the radio...

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Nigerian blogger still in prison, one month after granted bail

May 19, 2017 3:26 PM ET

Uyo, Nigeria, May 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, in accordance with two court orders granting her bail, and prosecutors should drop all criminal charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Omololu-Olunloyo, who runs the blog HNN Africa, has been jailed for 69 days...

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Gambia issues arrest warrants for suspects in Deyda Hydara murder

May 18, 2017 6:36 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2017--A magistrate's court in Banjul today issued arrest warrants for two people suspected of murdering Gambian editor Deyda Hydara in 2004, according to media reports. The two suspects are not in the country, according to reports....

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Zambian journalist released from prison

April 25, 2017 3:07 PM ET

Johannesburg, April 25, 2017--The unconditional release of Zambian journalist Chanda Chimba is a welcome end to the injustice he has suffered, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chimba, who has advanced prostate cancer, was released on April 21 following a pardon on humanitarian grounds from Zambian President Edgar Lungu,...

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From Fledgling to Failed

April 25, 2017 8:03 AM ET

Even as the country collapses, South Sudan's government will brook no criticism By Jacey Fortin JUBA, South Sudan - The shooting began around 5:15 on a Friday afternoon. Dozens of journalists had gathered in the pressroom at the Presidential Palace--a walled compound also known as "J1"--in the capital city. Following...

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In Cameroon, Ahmed Abba sentenced to 10 years in jail

April 24, 2017 6:23 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2017--A military court in Cameroon today sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale's (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to make a payment of 55 million Central African francs (US$91,133) Abba's lawyer Clément Nakong, told CPJ. Abba, who...

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Somaliland editor detained after trading himself for colleague's freedom

April 20, 2017 6:31 PM ET

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...

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Cameroonian military court convicts journalist Ahmed Abba of terrorism charges

April 20, 2017 3:57 PM ET

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...

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Somaliland journalist detained over critical coverage of police

April 14, 2017 3:36 PM ET

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....

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