Alerts   |   Gabon

CPJ condemns suspension of six newspapers in Gabon

New York, November 12, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the suspension of six private newspapers by the government-controlled media-monitoring body, the National Communications Council, in Gabon. The council announced the suspensions, which range from one to three months, on Tuesday evening on state-run TV. The papers have been suspended for “violating the ethics of journalism” and “inciting ethnic divisions” according to local reports.
November 12, 2009 4:59 PM ET


Alerts   |   Rwanda

In Rwanda, defamation case is politicized

New York, October 26, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that the prosecution of Jean Bosco Gasasira, editor-in-chief of the Rwandan bimonthly Umuvugizi, on criminal defamation charges has been politicized and the outcome predetermined.
October 26, 2009 11:03 AM ET


Alerts   |   Cameroon, Chad

Chad expels Cameroonian journalist after Nobel story

Ebodé (La Voix du Tchad)New York, October 16, 2009—Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in response to a government official’s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to Chad President Idriss Deby. 
October 16, 2009 4:42 PM ET


Alerts   |   Zambia

Veteran Zambian editor charged with contempt over op-ed

New York, October 15, 2009—The editor-in-chief of Zambia’s largest newspaper was criminally charged for the second time on Wednesday after running an op-ed critical of controversial pornography charges against a journalist, according to local journalists and news reports. 

October 15, 2009 5:03 PM ET


Alerts   |   Somalia

Government suspends VOA service in Puntland

Deputy Information Minister Abdishakur Adan explains the VOA ban in Bossasso. (Horseed)

New York, October 2, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the suspension on Thursday of three Voice of America (VOA) reporters in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. Puntland’s Deputy Minister of Information Abdishakur Mire Adan issued a letter suspending all three VOA correspondents and any other VOA journalist from reporting in the region. The suspended VOA correspondents included Nuh Muse in Garowe, Mohamed Yasin Isak in Galkayo, and Abdulkadir Mohamed in Bossasso. 

October 2, 2009 2:39 PM ET


Alerts   |   Niger

Nigerien editor charged with criminal libel

New York, September 24, 2009—A newspaper editor in police custody in Niger since Sunday was charged with criminal libel on Wednesday in connection with a story accusing a top official of involvement in a corruption scandal, according to local journalists and news reports. 

September 24, 2009 3:43 PM ET


Letters   |   Senegal

CPJ urges Senegal to decriminalize press offenses

Dear Mr. President: The Committee to Protect Journalists is heartened by your recent directive to the prime minister to renew consultations with the press on the decriminalization of press offenses in Senegal. Yet your directive came on the same day a judge in the central town of Kaolack imprisoned two journalists who reported allegations of local government corruption in the distribution of seeds—a reminder of the urgent need for press law reform.

September 23, 2009 2:47 PM ET


Letters   |   Kenya

CPJ urges PM's intervention in Kenyan murder case

Dear Prime Minister: We are writing to express our concern over the lack of progress in the case of murdered Kenyan journalist Francis Nyaruri. The journalist was found decapitated, with evidence of torture to his body, on January 29 in Kodera Forest near his hometown of Nyamira.

September 21, 2009 5:33 PM ET


Letters   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA

CPJ tells Clinton of threats to women journalists in Congo

Dear Secretary Clinton: In light of your recent advocacy on behalf of Congolese women during your visit to Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, we are writing to bring to your attention our deep concerns about the safety of three reporters covering women’s issues in Bukavu, south of Goma.

September 15, 2009 4:20 PM ET


Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan radio stations shut; debate programs banned

New York, September 11, 2009--The government-run Uganda Broadcasting Council effectively shut down four radio stations today and Thursday, and ordered all radio stations to halt political debate programming in the wake of violent clashes in the capital, Kampala. 

September 11, 2009 4:21 PM ET



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