Africa / 2009

In Cameroon, jailed editor sentenced for ‘insulting’ Biya

December 29, 2009 3:19 PM ET

New York, December 29, 2009—A Cameroonian newspaper editor, jailed this month after publishing a book excerpt that alleged sexual activities by President Paul Biya, was convicted on Monday of “insulting the head of state.” ...

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Somali radio station and TV satellite destroyed; one dead

December 21, 2009 3:02 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—Mortar shells destroyed the Radio Voice of Democracy building this morning in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing Amal Abukar, 22, the wife of the director of the station, Abdirahman Yasin. Abukar died instantly after three mortar shells landed on the station’s building in northern Mogadishu at 10:30 a.m., local journalists told CPJ....

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Rebecca MacKinnon, Ahmed Rashid, and María Teresa Ronderos join CPJ board

December 21, 2009 11:49 AM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists announced the addition of three leading journalists to its board of directors today: Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices, Ahmed Rashid, journalist and scholar, and María Teresa Ronderos of Semana.com....

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Cameroonian editor under arrest

December 15, 2009 3:11 PM ET

New York, December 15, 2009—The managing editor of a private newspaper in Cameroon has been held in police custody since Thursday, accused of insulting President Paul Biya, according to local journalists and news reports. Managing Editor Jean-Bosco Talla, at left, of the weekly Germinal was picked up by police in the capital, Yaoundé, on Thursday and taken to...

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Explosion kills three Somali journalists in Mogadishu

December 3, 2009 5:06 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2009—Three journalists were among the victims of a suicide bombing at a Benadir University graduation ceremony in Mogadishu today. At least 22 people were killed at Hotel Shamo, including three government ministers, by suspected Islamic insurgents, according to The Associated Press.Hassan Zubeyr, a cameraman for...

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Kidnapped journalists are freed in Somalia

November 25, 2009 2:41 PM ET

We issued the following statement after confirming the release today of Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, both held in Somalia since August 2008......

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Honored for their work, threatened at home

November 19, 2009 12:18 PM ET

CPJ introduces 2009 International Press Freedom Awardees Washington, November 19, 2009—Naziha Réjiba, editor of the Tunisian online news journal Kalima, said she knows what to expect when she returns home—surveillance, harassment, and threats conducted by one the world’s most repressive governments....

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Two Somali journalists injured in separate shootings

November 18, 2009 3:37 PM ET

New York, November 18, 2009—Two Somali correspondents for international media outlets were injured in separate shootings, one in the northeast semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and the other in the capital, Mogadishu, according to local journalists and news reports....

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CPJ Impact

November 18, 2009 2:37 PM ET

November 2009News from the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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CPJ pleased by Kabwela acquittal in Zambia

November 16, 2009 1:25 PM ET

We issued the following statement after the Lusaka Magistrate Court acquitted Zambian journalist Chansa Kabwela today on pornography charges. The independent daily Post editor was charged with pornography for disseminating photos to several government officials of a woman giving birth in a hospital car park during a nurses strike in...

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