Africa / 2009

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In DRC, three journalists report death threats

September 11, 2009 2:16 PM ET

New York, September 11, 2009—Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must aggressively investigate threats made against three radio reporters in the eastern city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio Horyaal director, jailed in Somaliland, should be freed

September 9, 2009 4:07 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2009—Police should release Mohamed Osman, director of Radio Horyaal, who has been held without charge since his arrest on Saturday outside parliament in Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Six journalists released in the Gambia

September 4, 2009 3:47 PM ET

New York, September 4, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved about the release of six prominent Gambian journalists on Thursday after President Yahya Jammeh pardoned them. ...

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Gabonese media under attack since election

September 3, 2009 5:17 PM ET

New York, September 3, 2009--Five journalists and a TV station covering Gabon's disputed presidential election, which has already been marred by media censorship, have been attacked since Wednesday, according to local journalists and news reports. Official results announced today declared Ali Ben Bongo--son of Omar Bongo, the late 41-year...

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Ailing editor taken to remote prison in Niger

September 2, 2009 4:20 PM ET

New York, September 2, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the health of imprisoned editor Abdoulaye Tiémogo after his transfer from a hospital in Niger's capital, Niamey, to a prison in a remote town on Monday. ...

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Gabon election marred by media censorship

September 1, 2009 5:21 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Gabonese government censorship and restrictions on media coverage of Sunday's presidential elections, including denials of accreditation to at least four international journalists....

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Zambian paper's staff summoned on contempt charges

August 31, 2009 5:45 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2009--A magistrate in Zambia issued a summons today for the entire editorial staff of the southern African country's largest independent newspaper to appear in court on Wednesday on contempt charges, according to local journalists and news reports. The ruling was prompted by an op-ed commenting on...

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Ugandan paper's cartoon of president draws interrogation

August 28, 2009 4:20 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2009--A Ugandan newspaper's critical caricature of President Yoweri Museveni led police to interrogate three journalists today on allegations of sedition, according to a defense attorney and local journalists. ...

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Ethiopia jails two editors on old charges under obsolete law

August 26, 2009 4:50 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2009--Two Ethiopian journalists were thrown in prison on Monday after a judge convicted them under an obsolete press law in connection with coverage of sensitive topics dating back several years, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Four from Uganda's Monitor face criminal charges

August 25, 2009 5:14 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2009--Four journalists from Uganda's largest independent newspaper are facing criminal prosecutions, joining four others already charged since 2007, according to local journalists and news reports....

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