Africa

2009

Alerts   |   Republic of Congo

Four months on, death unsolved in Republic of Congo

New York, July 2, 2009--Nearly four months after the death of Franco-Congolese journalist Bruno Jacquet Ossébi, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for authorities in the Republic of Congo to publicly disclose a report that was prepared weeks ago on their investigation.
July 2, 2009 10:41 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Nigeria

CPJ urges Nigeria to probe police harassment, assault

New York, June 29, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on national police Inspector General Mike Okiro to investigate reports that Delta state police harassed six journalists and attacked at least three of them last week. The Nigerian Union of Journalists Delta State Chapter said police attached to the state Ministry of Land prevented the journalists from reporting on the June 23 demolition of several buildings on government land. 

June 29, 2009 5:33 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

In Gambia, reporter still held after arrest at sedition hearing

New York, June 23, 2009--A Gambian reporter arrested on Monday while covering a pre-trial hearing in the sedition case of seven journalists jailed last week, was still being held without charge late today, according to local journalists and news reports.
June 23, 2009 3:26 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalists freed on bail in sedition case

New York, June 22, 2009--Seven Gambian journalists charged with sedition last week for criticizing the president have been freed on bail, while two other detainees were released without charge, local journalists and the press union told CPJ today.

June 22, 2009 4:53 PM ET

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Letters   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

CPJ alarmed by DRC's ban on RFI broadcasts

Mr. President: We are alarmed by the government's decision to indefinitely ban FM broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) in the eastern cities of Bunia and Bukavu. We call on you to use your influence to reverse these rulings, which we believe deprive residents of eastern Congo of access to diverse sources of information about the conflict in their region.

June 19, 2009 10:42 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalists charged with sedition

New York, June 18, 2009--A magistrate in the Gambian capital, Banjul, today charged seven journalists with sedition for criticizing President Yahya Jammeh's televised comments about the unsolved 2004 murder of editor Deyda Hydara, their defense lawyer said. Gambian security forces arrested an eighth journalist this morning, although no charges were immediately brought, according to the Gambian Press Union President Ndey Tapha Sosseh
June 18, 2009 4:38 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea journalist under arrest

New York, June 18, 2009--A journalist in Equatorial Guinea, facing a criminal libel charge over a flawed story, was imprisoned on Wednesday, according to local journalists. 

June 18, 2009 4:18 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Seven Gambian press leaders arrested over Hydara reaction

New York, June 16, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Gambia's national security agency to release seven journalists it arrested on Monday. The detainees include leaders of the country's press union and editors of newspapers that published a union press release criticizing President Yahya Jammeh's recent comments about the unsolved 2004 murder of editor Deyda Hydara. 

June 16, 2009 4:06 PM ET

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Statements   |   Gambia

CPJ condemns arrest of Gambian journalists

After receiving reports today of the arrest of seven senior Gambian journalists and press union leaders who criticized President Yahya Jammeh for remarks that bluntly refuted government involvement in the unsolved 2004 murder of an editor, we issued the following statement...

June 15, 2009 5:28 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist under arrest over false story

New York, June 12, 2009--The editor of a private newspaper in the Gambia has been in police custody since Wednesday because of a story that falsely reported the sacking of two government officials, according to local journalists.

June 12, 2009 1:55 PM ET

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