Africa / 2008

CPJ urges Kibaki to reject media bill

December 22, 2008 11:15 AM ET

Dear Mr. President: We urge you to reject the recently passed Kenya Communications Amendment Bill, which includes provisions that would severely harm press freedom. Legislators approved the measure on December 10, ignoring concerns raised by journalists, media company owners, and even fellow lawmakers.

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Broadcaster silenced in Islamist-held city

December 19, 2008 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 19, 2008--The only radio station in an Islamist-controlled town in southern Somalia was shuttered by militants in a raid last week, according to the station's director....

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TANZANIA: Government bans private weekly

December 18, 2008 5:39 PM ET

MwanaHalisi CENSORED OCTOBER 13, 2008 The Ministry of Information, Sports, and Culture banned the private weekly MwanaHalisi for three months starting October 13, for “inciting public hatred against the president.”...

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Photojournalist missing in Zimbabwe

December 17, 2008 4:53 PM ET

New York, December 17, 2008--A journalist who disappeared in Zimbabwe on Saturday may be in police custody, journalists in Harare told CPJ....

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Reporter alleges beating by presidential guards

December 10, 2008 5:03 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by reports that a journalist who was summoned to the Gabonese presidential office ended up in intensive care from a severe beating on December 5. The office called in journalist Habib Papy Boubendji for questioning over a November 27...

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Cardoso's killer escapes again

December 8, 2008 4:58 PM ET

New York, December 8, 2008--The convicted murderer of Mozambique's foremost investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso, escaped from his high-security cell in on Sunday morning, local journalists told CPJ. This is the third time the assassin Anibal dos Santos Jr., commonly referred to as Anibalzinho, has escaped prison in Mozambique's capital, Maputo....

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Four journalists kidnapped in Puntland

November 26, 2008 3:20 PM ET

New York, November 26, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the safety of four journalists who were reported kidnapped today in the port city of Bossasso in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland....

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Spotlighting imprisonments, CPJ honors six press leaders

November 26, 2008 11:19 AM ET

New York, November 26, 2008 --The Committee to Protect Journalists honored five journalists with its 2008 International Press Freedom Awards in a ceremony Tuesday night that highlighted journalists imprisoned worldwide. A Zimbabwean media lawyer who has successfully defended numerous journalists facing prison was honored for her lifetime achievements....

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CPJ mourns death of Congolese reporter

November 24, 2008 5:08 PM ET

New York, November 24, 2008--Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo should thoroughly and transparently investigate the killing of a radio reporter on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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DRC: Ruling party militants assault five cameramen

November 24, 2008 9:45 AM ET

NOVEMBER 24, 2008 Mutombo Kayeba, Africa TV Jean-Claude Bode, Tropicana TV Jose Ngalamulume, Global TV Olivier Mongilu, Congoweb TV Yves Songila, Horizon 33 TV ATTACKED...

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