Africa / 2009

Canada, Australia should step up efforts to free captives

June 11, 2009 4:48 PM ET

New York, June 11, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges the Canadian and Australian governments to work for the immediate release of two freelance journalists who have been held captive in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since August....

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Fifth Somali journalist killed this year

June 8, 2009 4:30 PM ET

New York, June 8, 2009--Following the attack by unidentified gunmen on two staff members of Radio Shabelle on Sunday that left one dead and one injured, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for all sides in the ongoing conflict to allow journalists to carry out their work without fear...

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Journalist detained for 8 days over photo dispute

June 8, 2009 10:34 AM ET

On April 16, 2009, police in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon, arrested James Mbouma, deputy managing editor of the weekly L'indépendant, in connection with a legal dispute over ownership of photographs he published....

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Journalist El Malick Seck freed by Senegal presidential pardon

June 2, 2009 3:55 PM ET

On April 24, 2009, journalist El Malick Seck, who was serving a three-year prison sentence over an editorial implicating President Abdoulaye Wade and his son in an alleged money laundering scandal, was released on presidential pardon, according to local journalists and news reports. The sentence had been upheld in February....

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Malawi opposition radio station still off the air

May 27, 2009 4:26 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2009--A magistrate in Malawi should allow an opposition radio station sealed by police during general elections on May 19 to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ also called on authorities to drop criminal charges against two station presenters. ...

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Gabon targets media over coverage of Bongo's health

May 27, 2009 2:36 PM ET

New York, May 27, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the government of Gabon's crackdown on independent media coverage of President Omar Bongo's hospitalization and potential succession issues. Bongo, Africa's longest-serving head of state, has been in a Spanish hospital since earlier this month amid conflicting reports about...

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Kidnapped journalists in Somalia reportedly ill

May 26, 2009 5:17 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is very concerned about the well-being of two captive journalists, a Canadian and an Australian, who urged their respective governments to work harder for their release in a phone call with a reporter on Sunday. Both journalists said they were sick...

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Reporter dies of gunshot injuries; 4th fatality this year

May 26, 2009 4:49 PM ET

New York, May 26, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply saddened by news that radio reporter Nur Muse Hussein died today as a result of gunshot wounds suffered while covering fighting in April. Hussein, left, a veteran correspondent for Radio IQK, suffered two bullet wounds to his right leg...

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Reporter killed in Mogadishu; third Somali fatality this year

May 22, 2009 4:18 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists mourns this morning's death of radio journalist Abdirisak Mohamed Warsame, left, who was killed during renewed fighting in Somalia's war-ravaged capital, Mogadishu....

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French journalist released after 17 months in prison

May 21, 2009 5:17 PM ET

On May 7, 2009, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Ivory Coast, confirmed the provisional release of French freelance photojournalist Jean Paul Ney, who had been detained on anti-state charges since December 2007 in the Maison d'Arrêt et de Correction d'Abidjan prison. French Secretary of State for Cooperation and Francophone Countries Alain Joyandet announced the release...

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