Africa / 2011

CPJ condemns Ugandan police attack at protest

March 18, 2011 12:08 PM ET

New York, March 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack against the press covering an event organized by opposition party candidates in Uganda. The forces attacked about a dozen journalists covering a protest rally in Jinja, eastern Uganda, organized by three opposition parties on March 11, according to...

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Angola's ruling MPLA obstructing independent reporting

March 16, 2011 5:39 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2011--Angola's ruling MPLA government must allow the press to freely cover public events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a number of recent incidents in which authorities barred journalists from covering public events related to the country's opposition party....

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Two Comoros journalists charged over presidential coverage

March 14, 2011 5:15 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2011--Two Comorian journalists charged today with "publishing false news" in their coverage of the formal handover of power between President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi and President-elect Ikililou Dhoinine could face up to six months in prison if convicted, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Gbagbo forces block pro-Ouattara papers in Ivory Coast

March 14, 2011 4:19 PM ET

New York, March 14, 2011--Security forces loyal to Ivorian ruler Laurent Gbagbo blocked distribution on Friday of pro-opposition newspapers reporting on the African Union's decision to confirm its recognition of rival Alassane Ouattara as president. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the obstruction and calls on authorities to halt further...

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Angolan journalist gets year in prison for defamation

March 3, 2011 3:52 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--A court in Angola's southwestern province of Namibe sent a journalist to prison today without due process over his coverage of a sexual harassment scandal that implicated the province's top judicial official, according to local journalists and news reports.Judge Manuel Araujo sentenced Armando José Chicoca, a...

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Cameroon editor charged over leaked official document

March 3, 2011 2:16 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of a Cameroonian editor who is being prosecuted in connection with a leaked official document, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Equatorial Guinea suspends journalist over Libya mention

March 2, 2011 5:00 PM ET

New York, March 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Equatorial Guinea's censorship of coverage of events in North Africa, the Middle East, and Ivory Coast. A state radio presenter's reference to Libya during a live radio program on Friday led censors to abruptly force the journalist off the air and...

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Ivory Coast political camps target rival media outlets

March 1, 2011 6:14 PM ET

New York, March 1, 2011--Supporters behind incumbent Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo and rival Alassane Ouattara are targeting rival partisan media oulets and their journalists in an increasingly bloody struggle for power, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroon security forces obstructing journalists

February 25, 2011 2:50 PM ET

New York, February 25, 2011--Cameroon's government is obstructing journalists from reporting on issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces detained a journalist without charge for six days after he interviewed a jailed former official. They also seized footage from reporters covering the brutal...

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Six journalists attacked in Uganda election violence

February 24, 2011 4:36 PM ET

New York, February 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Ugandan police to conduct a thorough investigation and arrest all the perpetrators involved in the brutal attacks against six journalists on Wednesday during local elections in the capital, Kampala. Men believed to be supporters of the ruling...

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