Africa

2011

Alerts   |   Angola

Angola denies entry to Mozambican journalists

New York, August 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is troubled that Angolan immigration authorities barred Joana Macie and Manuel Cossa, two Mozambican journalists, from entering the country on Thursday, claiming they lacked the proper entry visas.
August 16, 2011 6:17 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian security agency threatens to close radio station

Taranga FM, under threat of closure by the National Intelligence Agency. (Taranga FM)
New York, August 12, 2011--Gambian state security agency forced radio station Taranga FM to drop its popular news and current affairs programs for the second time this year, local journalists said. The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) threatened to close the community station southwest of the capital, Banjul, if the broadcaster did not drop its daily news programs in Wolof and Mandinka.

Alerts   |   Kenya

Kenyan prison guards shoot cameraman, attack crew

NTV cameraman James Ng'ang'a displays his camera, ruined by a bullet fired by a prison guard in Eldoret. (Nation)
New York, August 9, 2011--Prison officials in western Kenya attacked three journalists working for the private broadcaster Nation Television (NTV) as they were covering an escape attempt by six inmates on Sunday, local journalists told CPJ.

Alerts   |   Angola

Angola detains journalist over report on mass fainting

Doctors help fainting victims at a hospital in Luanda. (Radio Ecclesia)

New York, August 5, 2011--Angolan authorities should explain Tuesday's arrest and incommunicado detention of a radio journalist for reporting on a nationwide wave of mass fainting of people, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

August 5, 2011 3:23 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Radio Simba staffer shot outside his studio in Somalia

New York, August 5, 2011--The logistics manager and driver for Radio Simba, Farah Hassan Sahal, died from bullet wounds early Thursday evening just outside the station's compound in the restive Bakara Market in the capital, Mogadishu, Radio Simba Director Abdullahi Ali Farah told CPJ. Hassan was helping the station move damaged radio equipment when a sniper shot him three times, Farah said. Hassan, 45, is survived by his wife and eight children, he said.

August 5, 2011 2:55 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast censors paper for column on Obama meeting

New York, August 4, 2011--The government of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who pledged to uphold democracy in a Friday meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, has suspended a newspaper over a reprinted opinion column criticizing the White House meeting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

August 4, 2011 5:20 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Burundi

Burundi government harassing independent broadcasters

Burundi journalists march on World Press Freedom Day. (Jean Pierre Aimé HARERIMANA)

New York, August 3, 2011--The government of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza is attempting to silence critical press coverage of his administration with incessant judicial harassment of two of the country's leading independent broadcasters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Alerts   |   Somalia

Puntland frees jailed Somali journalist

New York, August 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by authorities in Puntland, Somalia's northeastern semiautonomous region, to set free reporter Faysal Mohamed Hassan on Sunday. Mohamed, who wrote for the private news site Hiiraan Online, was serving a prison sentence over a story claiming that two murdered men belonged to Puntland's security personnel.

August 1, 2011 4:51 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Guinea

Guinean president must end media censorship

Guinean soldiers guard President Alpha Condé after a July 19 rocket attack. (AFP)
New York, July 28, 2011--Censorship of the press by the government of Guinean President Alpha Condé threatens the democratic strides made by the country in recent months, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
July 28, 2011 6:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Uganda

Uganda illegally detains journalist without charge

New York, July 26, 2011--Security services in Uganda are in flagrant violation of a 48-hour constitutional limit on pretrial detention with their imprisonment of a journalist for 13 days without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

July 26, 2011 6:30 PM ET

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