Africa / 2011

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In Ethiopia, Swedish journalists handed prison terms

December 27, 2011 3:04 PM ET

New York, December 27, 2011--In a highly politicized trial, two Swedish journalists have been sentenced in an Ethiopian court to 11-year jail terms after being convicted of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, according to news reports....

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In Tanzania, two journalists charged with incitement

December 22, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, December 22, 2011--Authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged a columnist and an editor with inciting the police force to subordinate in connection with an editorial critical of the government, according to local journalists and news reports. The printer of the publication has also been summoned to...

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CPJ condemns trial of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia

December 21, 2011 3:40 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an Ethiopian court's decision to convict two Swedish photojournalists today in what appears to be a politicized trial....

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Ethiopia must free convicted Swedish journalists

December 21, 2011 8:54 AM ET

December 21, 2011--Today's conviction of two Swedish journalists by an Ethiopian court is emblematic of Ethiopia's increasing use of antiterrorism laws to persecute independent media, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Two Brazzaville weeklies suspended; CPJ seeks reversal

December 20, 2011 5:09 PM ET

New York, December 20, 2011--Authorities in the Republic of Congo should immediately lift the months-long suspensions imposed last week against two private weeklies in reprisal for articles critical of government officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Somali government should probe journalist's murder

December 19, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, December 19, 2011--Somali authorities must pursue all leads in investigating the murder on Sunday of a broadcast journalist who had reported receiving several recent threats. A gunman in a military uniform shot freelance reporter Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan, according to local and international reports....

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Criminal probe targets AP, Reuters cameras on Mandela

December 16, 2011 4:10 PM ET

New York, December 16, 2011--South African authorities announced on Thursday the launch of a criminal probe against international news agencies The Associated Press and Reuters for installing cameras outside the home of anti-Apartheid figure Nelson Mandela, according to news reports....

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Three newspapers suspended in Ivory Coast

December 14, 2011 5:54 PM ET

New York, December 14, 2011--The government of Ivory Coast should immediately lift its suspensions on the circulations of three newspapers that published critical commentaries on the country's five-month post-election conflict and its aftermath, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan journalist threatened for his reporting

December 9, 2011 5:32 PM ET

New York, December 9, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of Kenyan reporter Robert Wanyonyi who has been repeatedly threatened after covering a melee between police and local villagers that left as many as seven people dead. ...

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CPJ calls on South Africa to drop secrecy bill

December 8, 2011 4:11 PM ET

Johannesburg, December 8, 2011--South African authorities should heed widespread calls to drop a "secrecy bill" that opponents say will criminalize whistle-blowing and stifle investigative journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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