Africa / 2012

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Cameroon

February 21, 2012 12:26 AM ET

The government sought to curtail popular protests and related news coverage as President Paul Biya extended 29 years of rule in an October election. Having consolidated power through constitutional amendments that removed term limits and stacked the membership of the election oversight agency with loyalists, Biya swept 78 percent of...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Angola

February 21, 2012 12:25 AM ET

Youth-led and social media-fueled protests demanding reform challenged President José Eduardo Dos Santos, who marked 32 years in power. Parliament, controlled by Dos Santos’ MPLA party, considered legislation to “combat crime” in information and communication technology. The bill, pending in late year, would stiffen penalties for defamation and would...

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Ethiopia

February 21, 2012 12:16 AM ET

Trumpeting economic growth on par with India and asserting adherence to the authoritarian model of China, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi pushed an ambitious development plan based in part on ever-hardening repression of critical journalists. The government aggressively extended application of a 2009 anti-terrorism law, designating rebel and opposition groups...

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Journalist harassed by police officer in Liberia

February 15, 2012 4:33 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2012--A Liberian police officer on Sunday roughed up a journalist trying to cover allegations that police were harassing motorists, according to news reports....

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News editor threatened repeatedly in Togo

February 15, 2012 10:13 AM ET

New York, February 15, 2012--A Togolese journalist says he has been threatened repeatedly after conducting reporting for an as-yet-undisclosed story involving a top government official....

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Nigeria's military obstructs journalists covering unrest

February 8, 2012 6:00 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2012--Nigeria's military has harassed and obstructed journalists trying to report on unrest in recent days, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Nigerian airport journalists locked out, equipment held

February 7, 2012 5:40 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2012--Nigerian authorities have locked reporters based at the country's biggest airport out of their press center and withheld their equipment since Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Two editors given jail terms in Central African Republic

January 31, 2012 3:36 PM ET

New York, January 31, 2012--The convictions of two journalists in the Central African Republic over their critical coverage of a top official constitute political censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Somali journalist shot, killed by unknown gunmen

January 30, 2012 10:29 AM ET

New York, January 30, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by Saturday's murder of a Somali journalist and calls on authorities to investigate the killing immediately and bring those responsible to justice....

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Ethiopia: Life sentence for blogger, prison for journalists

January 26, 2012 12:17 PM ET

New York, January 26, 2012--A U.S.-based journalist convicted on politicized terrorism charges in Ethiopia was sentenced to life in prison in absentia today, while two other Ethiopian journalists received heavy prison sentences in connection with their coverage of banned opposition groups, according to news reports....

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