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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Rwandan online journalist killed in Kampala

December 2, 2011 4:44 PM ET

New York, December 2, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the fatal shooting of Rwandan journalist Charles Ingabire in Kampala, Uganda's capital, and calls on the police to identify the culprits and bring them to justice....

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Burundi journalist detained by security agents

November 30, 2011 5:40 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the ongoing detention of a radio journalist in Burundi since Monday....

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Ugandan journalist receives repeated death threats

November 28, 2011 4:42 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--Anonymous callers have repeatedly threatened Ugandan radio journalist Robert Ssembuusi over the past week after he aired a story implicating a former local mayor in corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambian president vilifies journalists in remarks

November 28, 2011 2:15 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's public remarks on Thursday, in which he vilified members of the press. The following day, Jammeh won his fourth term in office as president....

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Three opposition journalists detained in Ivory Coast

November 28, 2011 2:05 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--The administration of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has detained without charge three journalists from an opposition newspaper since Thursday, in violation of the country's own press law and constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South Africa lower house passes information bill

November 22, 2011 4:15 PM ET

New York, November 22, 2011--The South African National Assembly today passed an information bill which would sanction unauthorized possession and publication of classified state information with a prison term of up to 25 years, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the upper house of parliament...

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Zuma spokesman targets South African weekly

November 21, 2011 4:18 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--The spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma filed a criminal complaint on Saturday against two journalists investigating his alleged role in a $US5 billion international arms deal that became embroiled in scandal, according to news reports. Weekly investigative paper Mail & Guardian sought comment...

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Dawit Kebede joins Ethiopia's exiled journalists

November 21, 2011 2:16 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2011--Dawit Kebede, managing editor of Awramba Times, one of Ethiopia's two remaining independent Amharic-language newspapers offering critical analysis of local politics, announced today that he was forced to leave the country after he received a tip last week about alleged government plans to re-imprison him....

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Ethiopia charges six journalists with terrorism

November 11, 2011 5:07 PM ET

New York, November 11, 2011--A judge in Ethiopia's federal high court charged six journalists with terrorism on Thursday under the country's antiterrorism law, bringing the number of journalists charged under the statute since June to 10, CPJ research found. ...

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Liberian government silences three broadcasters

November 8, 2011 5:04 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2011--The administration of incumbent Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf silenced on Monday three Liberian broadcasters that have covered the campaigning of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party in the run-up to today's runoff presidential vote, according to news reports....

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South Sudan security detains two journalists

November 7, 2011 1:01 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--Two South Sudanese independent journalists have been imprisoned since last week over a column critical of President Salva Kiir, according to local journalists and news reports. On November 1, South Sudan National Security Services (NSS) agents in the temporary capital of Juba arrested Peter Ngor,...

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Invoking security, Puntland bans two TV stations

November 2, 2011 4:30 PM ET

New York, November 2, 2011--Authorities in northern Somalia banned two private broadcasters from operating in Puntland Tuesday, blaming independent media coverage for undermining national security as they grapple with potentially destabilizing violence in the region, according to local journalists and news reports. The Information Ministry in semi-autonomous Puntland banned...

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Armed men threaten journalist in Angola's Cabinda

October 31, 2011 4:51 PM ET

New York, October 31, 2011-- Authorities in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda should take all steps necessary to ensure the safety of independent journalist José Manuel Gimbi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following reports that unidentified armed men raided Gimbi's residence Thursday and threatened to harm him....

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Ethiopia steps up terrorism allegations against journalists

October 24, 2011 6:17 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2011--Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi last week accused journalists in the country of being "messengers" with "terrorist" groups, while a state newspaper accused the chief editor of an independent publication of having terrorist ties and called on security forces to "take action" against him. The...

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Nigerian journalist killed; Islamists claim responsibility

October 24, 2011 2:17 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2011--Authorities in northeastern Nigeria must urgently take steps to ensure the safety of media workers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today following Saturday's assassination of a journalist in a shooting claimed by Islamist militants....

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Mauritius jails journalist for contempt of court

October 20, 2011 6:27 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2011--Authorities in Mauritius today imprisoned a journalist for contempt of the Supreme Court and levied two fines over coverage of a case, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the sentences. Editor-in-Chief Dharmanand Dooharika of the private weekly Samedi...

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Puntland radio station hit by grenade attack

October 19, 2011 2:30 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday's grenade attack on a Puntland radio station and calls for authorities to take immediate steps to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. This was the third local radio station hit with a blast in three months, CPJ research showed.On...

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Liberian media outlets targeted in post-election violence

October 18, 2011 3:46 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's arson attack against a Liberian radio station and threats made against another radio station's journalists in response to their coverage of Liberia's presidential elections....

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Nigeria police arrest six journalists

October 12, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2011--Police in Nigeria arrested six journalists and one staff member from independent daily The Nation on Tuesday concerning the publication of a purported private letter from former head of state Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan about administrators of government agencies, local journalists reported.On the...

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Angolan editor given one-year suspended prison term

October 12, 2011 1:09 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2011--An Angolan judge handed a suspended prison term and a fine to the editor of an independent newspaper on Monday in connection with stories that alleged corruption and abuse of power by five senior officials close to President José Eduardo Dos Santos, according to news...

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Zenawi calls jailed Swedish journalists terror accomplices

October 11, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2011--Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's public accusations on Monday against two imprisoned Swedish journalists compromise the presumption of their innocence and predetermine the outcome of their case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were arrested in Ethiopia in July and charged with...

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Gambian minister should disclose Manneh's fate

October 11, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2011 - An official of the Gambian government publicly indicated knowledge of the whereabouts of missing journalist Ebrima "Chief" Manneh, according to news reports. The government, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in Manneh's 2006 disappearance, must immediately disclose the details of his status, the...

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AU forces say four soldiers responsible for journalist's death

September 26, 2011 6:24 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--Four African Union soldiers deployed in Somalia have been suspended and returned to their home country of Burundi for potential trial after an internal investigation found them responsible for the shooting death of a Malaysian journalist this month. In a statement issued today, the African...

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Journalists face threats in covering Isaac imprisonment

September 26, 2011 1:12 PM ET

New York, September 26, 2011--A Sweden-based journalist was publicly threatened Friday in connection with her reporting on the case of Dawit Isaac, a Swedish-Eritrean journalist who has been imprisoned in Eritrea for a decade without charge, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. A day earlier in New York,...

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South Africa's ruling ANC pulls secrecy bill

September 20, 2011 3:38 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved by Monday's decision by the parliamentary majority of South Africa's ruling party to withdraw a controversial bill from consideration pending further consultation with public interest groups over its contentious clauses....

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Two Ethiopian journalists detained on terrorism charges

September 16, 2011 5:04 PM ET

New York, September 16, 2011--Authorities in Ethiopia arrested two independent journalists this week on accusations of involvement in a terrorism plot, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned since June under the country's far-reaching antiterrorism legislation to six, CPJ research shows....

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Attackers shoot journalist in Somalia

September 15, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Wednesday evening shooting of a Somali radio journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and calls on the government to immediately take steps to bring the perpetrators to justice. Unknown gunmen shot 20-year-old radio journalist Horriyo Abdulkadir Sheik...

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Ethiopian journalist ID'd in WikiLeaks cable flees country

September 14, 2011 5:01 PM ET

New York, September 14, 2011--U.S. diplomatic cables disclosed last month by WikiLeaks cited an Ethiopian journalist by name and referred to his unnamed government source, forcing the journalist to flee the country after police interrogated him over the source's identity, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. It is...

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Journalists continue to be targeted in Somaliland

September 12, 2011 3:21 PM ET

New York, September 12, 2011--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland are obstructing independent journalists from covering government politics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Four reporters have been harassed and arrested while on assignment since early September....

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Ouattara fighters withdraw from Ivorian media outlets

September 9, 2011 9:10 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--CPJ is relieved that fighters loyal to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara relinquished control last week of offices belonging to newspaper publishers who supported ousted President Laurent Gbagbo, local journalists and news reports said....

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CPJ condemns break-in at Nairobi Law Monthly

September 9, 2011 9:05 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--Thieves broke into the offices of the Nairobi Law Monthly early this morning, stealing computers containing critical information for the magazine's October issue, Editor Dennis Ben Musota told CPJ. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation....

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Cameroon journalist detained, asked to reveal sources

September 9, 2011 9:00 AM ET

New York, September 9, 2011--Authorities in Cameroon have detained a journalist since Monday, pressing him to reveal the sources for a story detailing alleged corruption by a tax official, local journalists and news reports said....

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In Ethiopia, terrorism charges against five journalists

September 7, 2011 3:28 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2011--Ethiopia filed terrorism charges on Tuesday against four independent journalists detained in the country since June and July, along with the editor of a U.S.-based news forum critical of the Addis Ababa government, according to local sources and news reports....

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In pre-election violence, arsonists target DRC TV station

September 6, 2011 6:21 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--Unidentified armed men today torched the studios of a private television station that aired programs favorable to Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, local journalists and news reports said. At around 2 a.m., a dozen men threw tear gas into the studios of...

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Journalists attacked while covering protest in Angola

September 6, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, September 6, 2011--Angolan security forces attacked journalists covering an anti-government protest on Saturday in the capital, Luanda, news reports said. At least two dozen people were arrested and several others injured as police blamed the violence on protesters....

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AU must act after journalist is killed in Somalia

September 5, 2011 10:13 AM ET

New York, September 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the African Union to ensure the safety of civilians operating in Somalia after witnesses reported that AU forces fired on a Malaysian humanitarian convoy in Mogadishu on Friday, killing one journalist and injuring another. Calling the shootings "deeply...

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CPJ concerned about detained Ethiopian journalists

September 1, 2011 4:24 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists holds Ethiopia responsible for the well-being of two journalists detained without charge or legal access since June under the country's far-reaching anti-terrorism law....

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In South Africa, journalists attacked during ANC protest

August 31, 2011 6:05 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by anti-press violence by supporters of Julius Malema, youth leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, and is relieved that the party leader has urged restraint....

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Grenade attack damages Puntland radio station

August 29, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 29, 2011--Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland should conduct a thorough investigation into a grenade attack against a private radio station that left a security guard injured and the station damaged, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "This is the second attack on Radio Daljir,"...

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DRC politician taped threatening journalist

August 25, 2011 3:49 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate allegations of threats made earlier this month by a member of parliament against a journalist. The politician's threats were caught on an audio recording of the phone call, which was...

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Angola denies entry to Mozambican journalists

August 16, 2011 6:17 PM ET

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....

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Gambian security agency threatens to close radio station

August 12, 2011 4:21 PM ET

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...

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Kenyan prison guards shoot cameraman, attack crew

August 9, 2011 4:35 PM ET

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....

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Angola detains journalist over report on mass fainting

August 5, 2011 3:23 PM ET

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. ...

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Radio Simba staffer shot outside his studio in Somalia

August 5, 2011 2:55 PM ET

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...

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Ivory Coast censors paper for column on Obama meeting

August 4, 2011 5:20 PM ET

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....

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Burundi government harassing independent broadcasters

August 3, 2011 5:37 PM ET

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. ...

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Puntland frees jailed Somali journalist

August 1, 2011 4:51 PM ET

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...

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Guinean president must end media censorship

July 28, 2011 6:06 PM ET

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....

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Uganda illegally detains journalist without charge

July 26, 2011 6:30 PM ET

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....

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Ivory Coast's Ouattara must end persecution of journalists

July 26, 2011 2:58 PM ET

Dear Secretary-General Ban: Ahead of your Wednesday meeting with new Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, and given your express commitment to make press freedom a priority during your second term as United Nations Secretary-General, we call on you to urge President Ouattara to reinforce the rule of law, the impartiality of justice, and the promotion of national reconciliation by ending the persecution of journalists and media outlets that were favorable to former leader Laurent Gbagbo.

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Two Ethiopian journalists released on bail after 15 months

July 25, 2011 4:30 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Thursday's ruling in Ethiopia to release on bail two journalists imprisoned on pre-trial detention for the last 15 months on vague criminal charges....

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Ivory Coast charges TV presenter for Gbagbo-leaning show

July 22, 2011 2:20 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2011--Authorities in Ivory Coast detained a journalist on Thursday for moderating a TV talk show favorable to ousted former ousted president Laurent Gbagbo, according to local journalists. ...

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Malawi cracks down on media covering protests

July 21, 2011 5:07 PM ET

New York, July 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns sweeping arrests and attacks on journalists, as well as censorship by the administration of Malawi President Bingu Wa Muthiraka against media outlets reporting on nationwide antigovernment protests that erupted on Wednesday....

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Zambian ruling party members charged in TV crew attack

July 20, 2011 5:46 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2011--Zambian law enforcement and judiciary officials must ensure that justice is fully served in Monday's attack against three television journalists and their driver, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Two officials of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) have been arrested in connection with...

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Assailants destroy Malawi broadcast trucks before protests

July 19, 2011 6:17 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by intimidation of the private Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Sunday and Monday by masked assailants as protests were planned for Wednesday in the capital....

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DRC's Kabila government bans broadcaster favorable to rival

July 13, 2011 5:36 PM ET

New York, July 13, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Democratic Republic of Congo's ban of a private broadcaster favorable to opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi. The blocking and ban of the broadcaster since Saturday is in violation of the country's press laws. ...

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Central African Republic journalists released, fined

July 12, 2011 4:27 PM ET

New York, July 12, 2011-- Two Central African Republic journalists were fined and released from custody Monday after being jailed for weeks in connection with their coverage of public protests by retired military officers who say the government failed to direct European Union funds to them as intended, according...

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Release Swedish journalists immediately

July 7, 2011 3:08 PM ET

New York, July 7, 2011--Following Ethiopian state television's broadcast of a clip presenting jailed and injured Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye as accomplices to terrorists, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ethiopia to immediately release the two journalists....

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Jammeh must disclose knowledge of Manneh's fate

July 6, 2011 4:53 PM ET

New York, July 6, 2011--Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must clarify his March 16 comments suggesting that detained journalist "Chief" Ebrima Manneh has died, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ's call comes ahead of the fifth anniversary of the July 7, 2006, arrest of Manneh, left, who disappeared...

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Ethiopia detains two Swedish journalists

July 5, 2011 5:32 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Two Swedish journalists reporting on the activities of armed separatists operating in an oil-rich province of eastern Ethiopia have been detained without charge since Thursday in the Horn of Africa nation, according to news reports and government officials.Ethiopian security forces arrested photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin...

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Puntland sentences online reporter to a year in jail

July 5, 2011 4:20 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a prison sentence given to a reporter of an online news Web site on Saturday in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. ...

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Zimbabwe journalists face criminal defamation charges

July 1, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, July 1, 2011--Detectives today charged private weekly Standard Editor Nevanji Madanhire, reporter Patience Nyangove, and Human Resource Manager Loud Ramakgapola with criminal defamation. The three were arrested at the newspaper's offices in Harare Wednesday morning and later released, local journalists told CPJ.Authorities arrested the three over a...

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Puntland authorities arrest online journalist

June 30, 2011 5:03 PM ET

New York, June 30, 2011--Police arrested Faysal Mohamed, at left, a reporter for the Hiiraan Online website Wednesday morning in the port town of Bossasso in the semi-autonomous republic of Puntland, local journalists told CPJ. No official charges have been brought against him, although the deputy commander of the...

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Ethiopia accuses two jailed journalists of terrorism plot

June 29, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, June 29, 2011--The Ethiopian government today publicly today accused an editor and a columnist of involvement in a terrorism plot, according to news reports and local journalists. Woubshet Taye, deputy editor of the leading Awramba Times newspaper and Reeyot Alemu, columnist for the weekly Feteh, have been...

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Ethiopian journalist likely held under anti-terrorism law

June 24, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Ethiopian authorities have been holding a newspaper columnist incommunicado since Tuesday, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reeyot Alemu, a regular contributor to the independent weekly Feteh, was expected to spend the next four weeks in preventive detention under what appears to be...

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Somali militias shut two radio stations

June 23, 2011 3:45 PM ET

New York, June 23, 2011--Gunmen from pro- and anti-government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks on Wednesday, local journalists reported. ...

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Journalist murdered in Democratic Republic of Congo

June 22, 2011 5:58 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2011--Authorities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Kirumba must thoroughly investigate the murder of radio journalist Witness-Patchelly Kambale Musonia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The reporter's bullet-ridden body was discovered early this morning in Congo's North Kivu province....

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Ethiopian journalist illegally detained since Sunday

June 21, 2011 5:44 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Ethiopian authorities today to immediately release journalist Woubshet Taye, at left, who has been held since Sunday.Police picked up Taye, deputy editor of the leading independent weekly Awramba Times, at his home in the capital, Addis Ababa, at 3...

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In Kenya, hospital staff said to attack journalist

June 20, 2011 12:19 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Four employees of the Wajir District Hospital attacked journalist Abdi Hassan Hussein at the hospital on Saturday, the reporter told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Hassan, a reporter for the Wajir Community Radio Station in the far northeastern corner of the country, said he visited the...

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In Zimbabwe, break-in at newspaper targets photos

June 17, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Zimbabwean authorities to thoroughly investigate a suspicious break-in at a newspaper's office on Thursday....

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Equatorial Guinea deletes German TV crew's footage

June 17, 2011 3:18 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea....

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Sierra Leone journalist murdered; suspects in custody

June 15, 2011 5:26 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three suspects, including a police officer, for the killing of a reporter this Sunday during violent clashes over a land dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown, according to local journalists. Ibrahim Foday, 38, a reporter at the private...

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Central African Republic editor charged with incitement

June 7, 2011 5:10 PM ET

New York, June 7, 2011--Central African Republic authorities have charged the director of the independent weekly The Hills of Bangui, Faustin Bambou, with inciting hatred and disorder among the military forces and insulting the government, Bambou told CPJ. The director was sent directly to Ngaragba Prison in the capital, Bangui. Four...

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Rwanda: Exiled editor sentenced for 'insulting' president

June 6, 2011 6:08 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Supreme Court sentenced the exiled online editor of Umuvugizi, Jean Bosco Gasasira, on Friday to a two year and six month term in prison. Gasasira received this sentence for allegedly insulting Rwanda's president and inciting civil disobedience, local journalists told CPJ. Gasasira believes the...

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Ugandan online editor arrested for publishing op-eds

June 1, 2011 6:06 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2011--The Kampala Magistrate Court released online editor Timothy Kalyegira on bail today after the court remanded him on Tuesday to Luzira prison in the capital, Kampala. He is expected to return to court on June 30....

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Uganda police raid private newspaper, arrest four

May 25, 2011 12:37 PM ET

New York, May 25, 2011--Police raided the offices of the independent, Luganda-language weekly, Gwanga, Tuesday, arresting two senior editors and two other staff members on criminal libel charges, local journalists told CPJ. Twelve officers came to their offices in a suburb of the capital, Kampala, arresting Managing Editor Kizito...

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In Ivory Coast, pro-Ouattara forces harass journalists

May 24, 2011 11:10 AM ET

New York, May 24, 2011--The new government of freshly sworn-in Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara must launch a serious investigation into alleged harassment of journalists, including the killing of a reporter, by the republican forces of the Ivory Coast (the French acronym is FRCI), the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Libya: Release body of South African photojournalist

May 20, 2011 5:45 PM ET

New York, May 20, 2011--The Libyan government should immediately release the body of South African photographer Anton Hammerl, at left, and investigate the role of the armed forces in his death, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government...

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Uganda president publicly criticizes the press

May 18, 2011 4:40 PM ET

New York, May 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns President Yoweri Museveni for publically criticizing local and foreign media outlets. Museveni expressed anger over the outlets' coverage of protests by the opposition over rising fuel prices. In a letter published Tuesday in the state-owned daily New Vision, Museveni...

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Online journalist finally released in Burundi

May 17, 2011 6:43 PM ET

New York, May 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of online editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu of Net Press on Monday but still questions the original charges placed against him. The High Court dropped charges of treason on May 13 but sentenced Kavumbagu to eight months in prison and...

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Arsonists burn Ugandan journalist's home

May 13, 2011 5:47 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Investigators in Kabale must thoroughly investigate an arson attack on the home of Goodluck Musinguzi, contributor to the state-owned daily, New Vision, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Someone poured gasoline on the house and set it on fire while Musinguzi, his wife, and...

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Ugandan journalists targeted during Entebbe march

May 13, 2011 5:44 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2011--Security and military personnel attacked local and foreign journalists and confiscated their equipment on Thursday as they covered the return of opposition leader Kizza Besigye to Uganda.  Besigye returned to Uganda Thursday from Nairobi, where he was treated for injuries received when security forces assaulted...

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New Ivory Coast president must improve press freedom

May 9, 2011 11:15 AM ET

Dear President Ouattara: We are writing to ask that you uphold press freedom now that you have taken office. We ask that you ensure that journalists and media outlets close to former president Laurent Gbagbo are allowed to report freely, and take all necessary steps to solve the disappearance since 2004 of French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer.

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Ethiopia censors UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event

May 5, 2011 4:36 PM ET

New York, May 5, 2011--Officials in Ethiopia hijacked a local UNESCO-sponsored World Press Freedom Day event, installing government-backed journalists as speakers and nixing independent journalists slated to speak. There was no discussion, as originally planned, of this year's global theme on new media and the Internet at the Tuesday...

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Suspicious break-in at Zimbabwe newspaper

April 29, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, April 29, 2011--The Zimbabwe Republic Police should consider all possible leads, including a political motive, in investigating a break-in at the offices of leading independent daily NewsDay on Monday in which computer hard drives of senior editorial staff were stolen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Burundi suspends RPA's popular talk show

April 27, 2011 4:54 PM ET

New York, April 27, 2011--Burundi's state-run media regulator suspended a popular radio talk show on Monday because of accusations made by a caller about the president, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Year after Ngota death, CPJ calls for justice, reform

April 22, 2011 9:47 AM ET

Dear President Biya: A year ago this week, journalist Germain Cyrille Ngota Ngota died in his cell in Nkondengui prison in the capital Yaoundé while in pre-trial custody on criminal charges based on his activities as the editor of the monthly Cameroon Express. We hold the government responsible for Ngota's death, and we call on you to initiate reforms so that no other Cameroonian journalist is thrown in prison in retaliation for reporting on issues of public interest. We urge you to implement reforms referring press offenses to civil courts, not criminal courts, in line with democracy, transparency and accountability.

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Senegalese editor Coulibaly convicted in defamation case

April 14, 2011 4:53 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--A magistrate in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, found investigative journalist Abdou Latif Coulibaly guilty of criminal defamation today in connection with 2010 stories alleging fraudulent transactions between an agricultural business and the government, according to local journalists. Coulibaly is already appealing a suspended prison term in...

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Burundi seeks life sentence for Kavumbagu

April 14, 2011 3:25 PM ET

New York, April 14, 2011--A Burundi state prosecutor asked a panel of judges on Wednesday to hand journalist Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, who has been imprisoned since July 2010 over a column critical of the country's security forces, the maximum life sentence on a charge of treason, according to local journalists....

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Swaziland security forces target journalists

April 12, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, April 12, 2011--Authorities in the kingdom of Swaziland should allow the news media to report freely on anti-government protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after security forces harassed at least 10 local and international journalists covering a mass demonstration demanding political and economic reform after...

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Ethiopia should allow German broadcasts

April 11, 2011 5:24 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on authorities in Ethiopia to ensure that broadcasts of the German state-funded station Deutsche Welle, which had been jammed, be allowed to air freely. Local journalists confirmed a report by the Bonn-based international broadcaster that its programs were...

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Burundi must free Kavumbagu, halt flawed prosecution

April 11, 2011 11:58 AM ET

Dear Justice Minister Ancilla Ntakaburimvo: We urge you to intervene in the case of Jean-Claude Kavumbagu, editor of the news website NetPress who has been improperly imprisoned since July 17, 2010, on a charge of treason. We call on you to urge the state prosecutor to drop the pending charge against Kavumbagu and secure his release.

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Mogadishu fighting injures journalists, destroys office

April 1, 2011 1:53 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Journalists in Somalia are getting caught in the crossfire of increased fighting between joint government and African Union forces against Al-Shabaab insurgents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroonian reporter detained after questioning arrests

April 1, 2011 1:14 PM ET

New York, April 1, 2011--Using a vague criminal code provision allowing authorities to detain individuals deemed a threat to public order, a provincial governor in Cameroon threw a journalist in prison on Wednesday for inquiring about the arrests of two employees of a state-run palm oil company, according to...

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Somalia arrests 2 Shabelle staffers over insecurity report

March 28, 2011 3:07 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Security agents with Somalia's Interim Transitional Government arrested the director and news editor of Radio Shabelle on Sunday after the independent station aired a report saying the president was unable to visit areas recently captured by government and AU forces due to security concerns, according to...

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Cameroon bans paper, gives editor suspended sentence

March 28, 2011 2:59 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--Authorities in Cameroon must end judicial harassment of journalists reporting on public corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a court handed an editor a suspended prison sentence and banned his newspaper for reporting on alleged mismanagement of a transportation company....

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In Ivory Coast, Gbabgo and Ouattara camps attack press

March 28, 2011 1:45 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns ongoing attacks, threats, and intimidation against journalists and news outlets covering the bloody political standoff in Ivory Coast. The government and supporters of incumbent ruler Laurent Gbagbo have been targeting newspapers critical of Gbagbo while rebel fighters backing his U.N.-backed...

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Cameroonian editor charged with criminal libel

March 22, 2011 3:23 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prosecution of a journalist in Cameroon over coverage of a labor dispute at a transportation company. A public prosecutor in the commercial city of Douala charged Editor Jean-Marie Tchatchouang of the weekly Paroles with criminal defamation on February 4, the...

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In Gambia, Jammeh asked to clarify Manneh's 'death'

March 21, 2011 3:50 PM ET

Dear President Jammeh: We request clarification of your March 16 comments suggesting "Chief" Ebrima Manneh, a reporter for the Daily Observer, may have died. Manneh disappeared after witnesses saw him being arrested by state security agents in the offices of the Daily Observer on July 7, 2007. The government has previously denied any knowledge of Manneh's fate.

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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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CPJ calls on Uganda to protect journalist shot by soldiers

February 23, 2011 2:55 PM ET

New York, February 23, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the shooting of a freelance journalist by Ugandan soldiers on February 18, the day of parliamentary and presidential elections. Soldiers shot and injured freelance journalist Julius Odeke near Bugusege, eastern Uganda. ...

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In Ivory Coast, police harass pro-Ouattara editors

February 18, 2011 5:25 PM ET

New York, February 18, 2011--Ivorian police in the economic capital, Abidjan, interrogated and issued summonses for questioning this week for editors of newspapers favorable to former presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara, according to local journalists. The U.N. has recognized Ouattara as the president-elect since disputed November 2010 runoff elections against President Laurent Gbagbo....

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Africa Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:55 AM ET

Across Continent, Governments Criminalize Investigative Reporting By Mohamed Keita Across the continent, the emergence of in-depth reporting and the absence of effective access-to-information laws have set a collision course in which public officials, intent on shielding their activities, are moving aggressively to unmask confidential sources, criminalize the possession of government...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Angola

February 15, 2011 12:49 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Legislation criminalizes coverage that insults president, state institutions. • Three top papers purchased by mysterious corporation. Coverage grows timid. Key Statistic 2: Journalists killed in 2010, one a Togolese sports reporter, killed in soccer team ambush. President José Eduardo dos Santos led one...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Cameroon

February 15, 2011 12:42 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Authorities unleash reprisals when journalists question oil company deal. • Nation mourns the death of pioneering journalist Pius Njawé. Key Statistic 4: Journalists jailed for leaked document. One dies in custody, a second alleges he was tortured. When four newspaper journalists jointly sent...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Democratic Republic of Congo

February 15, 2011 12:38 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Government arrests several journalists on defamation charges. • Journalists fear repression as 2011 presidential election approaches. Key Statistic 2: Weeks that reporter Tumba Lumembu was held incommunicado by intelligence agents. On the defensive over criticism of its human rights record and its handling...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Ethiopia

February 15, 2011 12:35 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Editor Dawit Kebede honored with International Press Freedom Award. • Authorities jail critical journalists, jam VOA Amharic broadcasts. Key Statistic 7: Hours that two newspaper editors were interrogated as Zenawi gave speech on freedom of choice. The ruling Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front,...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Nigeria

February 15, 2011 12:22 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Two journalists murdered, another assaulted in ethnic violence. • Secrecy surrounds death of President Yar'Adua. Key Statistic 7: Journalists kidnapped in restive southern region. All are freed. Official secrecy surrounded the heart ailment that eventually claimed the life of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua,...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Rwanda

February 15, 2011 12:18 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Government drives Kinyarwanda- language papers out of print before presidential vote. • Critical newspaper editor assassinated. Skepticism greets police investigation. Key Statistic 93: Percentage of vote taken by incumbent Paul Kagame in presidential election. He faced no credible opposition. Before a crowd of...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Somalia

February 15, 2011 12:16 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Africa's most dangerous country for the press. Two journalists killed in 2010. • Al-Shabaab shuts downs, seizes control of major radio stations. Key Statistic 59: Somali journalists in exile, the second largest press diaspora in the world. Ethiopians constitute the largest. Somalia remained...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: South Africa

February 15, 2011 12:15 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • ANC pushes proposal to create state media tribunal to monitor, sanction press. • Anti-media rhetoric heats up, tarnishing nation's image as press freedom leader. Key Statistic 25: Years of imprisonment for disclosing classified information, as proposed in the Protection of Information Bill. On...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Uganda

February 15, 2011 12:09 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Electronic surveillance measure enacted; may chill news reporting. • Court strikes down sedition law used against critical journalists. Key Statistic 5: Journalists assaulted during clashes between security forces and members of the Buganda kingdom. Authorities harassed and obstructed journalists covering two stories that...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Zimbabwe

February 15, 2011 12:02 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Press makes incremental gains as five private publication licenses are granted. • Police, ZANU-PF loyalists harass, assault independent journalists. Key Statistic 0: Broadcast licenses issued to private outlets since 2001. Regulators granted five private publishing licenses, the first in seven years, opening a...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Africa Developments

February 15, 2011 12:01 AM ET

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Ivory Coast using media regulation to censor critics

February 10, 2011 5:54 PM ET

New York, February 10, 2011--Incumbent Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has moved to silence critical media under the guise of media regulation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, following a week in which Gbagbo's administration tightened control over the official print media regulatory agency and ordered United Nations-sponsored radio network ONUCI...

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Ivorians detained without charge; torture reported

February 7, 2011 5:13 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the well-being of two Ivorian journalists who have been detained without charge for 10 days amid reports that they have been tortured in custody....

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In Rwanda, journalists given 17 and 7 years in prison

February 4, 2011 4:26 PM ET

New York, February 4, 2011--Harsh prison sentences given to two journalists today under Rwanda's vague and sweeping laws against "genocide ideology" and "divisionism" will have a chilling effect on the Rwandan press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Malawi amendment bans news 'not in public interest'

February 1, 2011 4:38 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2011--An amendment to Malawi's penal code, which became law last week, allows the government to ban any publication deemed contrary to public interest for an unspecified period of time, institutionalizing political censorship of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  On January 26, President...

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Authorities illegally shutter radio station in Zambia

January 27, 2011 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 27, 2011--Authorities in Zambia's Western Province must immediately allow community station Radio Lyambayi to return to air, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government raided the private broadcaster based in Mongu, about 360 miles (580 kilometers) west of the capital, Lusaka, carting away computers and...

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Somaliland editor sentenced to 3 years in prison

January 24, 2011 4:46 PM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a three-year prison sentence handed to a newspaper editor in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland in connection with a story alleging public corruption. ...

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Somaliland editor sentenced to 3 years in prison

January 24, 2011 10:46 AM ET

New York, January 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a three-year prison sentence handed to a newspaper editor in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland in connection with a story alleging public corruption. ...

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Gambia bans only independent radio station airing news

January 14, 2011 4:37 PM ET

New York, January 14, 2011--Gambian authorities on Thursday shut the only independent radio station in the nation that has continued to broadcast news, according to local journalists....

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Ugandan magazine questioned over Museveni cartoon

January 13, 2011 5:37 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--Police in Kampala arrested the director and editor of the monthly newsmagazine Summit Business Review on Tuesday in connection with a caricature of President Yoweri Museveni that appeared on the cover of the October issue.Director Samuel Sejjaaka and Editor Mustapha Mugisha were released on bond...

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Zimbabwe hikes media fees under draconian media law

January 13, 2011 10:08 AM ET

New York, January 13, 2010--Zimbabwe's power-sharing government should repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a late 2010 amendment to the legislation hiked mandatory registration and accreditation fees for the press working in the country by as much as 400 percent....

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CPJ opposes prison terms for 2 Rwandan journalists

January 7, 2011 3:36 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists opposes prosecution demands for lengthy prison sentences for the editor and deputy editor of the independent weekly Umurabyo. State Prosecutor Agustin Nkusi requested a 33-year prison sentence for Editor Agnès Uwimana, at left, and 12 years for her deputy, Saidati Mukakibibi, at a...

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