Africa / 2012

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Ugandan photojournalist shot at from police van

January 25, 2012 6:25 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Ugandan authorities must hold to account members of security forces who fired Tuesday on a photojournalist covering their attack on the motorcade of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Central African Republic editor jailed in politicized case

January 25, 2012 4:20 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Central African Republic to immediately release a newspaper editor imprisoned since January 16 and to drop a politicized prosecution that stems from the paper's critical coverage of a presidential relative who also serves as the government's...

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Judge confirms charges against Ethiopian dissident blogger

January 25, 2012 3:14 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2012--Jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled yesterday, local sources said. If convicted on all charges, he could face the death penalty. ...

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Nigerian reporter murdered while covering bombings

January 20, 2012 5:42 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--A television reporter covering the aftermath of coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria was gunned down this afternoon, according to local journalists and news reports....

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In Senegal, two journalists get suspended prison terms

January 20, 2012 5:19 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--Two Senegalese journalists with the private daily Le Quotidien were handed suspended prison sentences this week in a criminal libel case over their coverage of an armed insurgency in a separatist province, according to news reports. ...

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Nigerian journalist killed; colleagues suspect murder

January 20, 2012 3:38 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2012--Nigerian authorities should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of a radio journalist whose body was found on Thursday morning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ethiopian blogger, journalists convicted of terrorism

January 19, 2012 5:22 PM ET

New York, January 19, 2012--Two journalists and a U.S.-based blogger who was tried in absentia were convicted on charges of terrorism in Ethiopia today and could be sentenced to the death penalty, according to news reports....

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In Somaliland, crackdown on the press continues

January 17, 2012 5:21 PM ET

New York, January 17, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the deteriorating press conditions in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland after this weekend's detention of 21 journalists protesting a police raid on a private broadcaster....

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Ghana must probe state agents' attack on photographer

January 13, 2012 2:03 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012---Authorities in Ghana should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into reports that state security agents on Thursday brutalized a photojournalist covering the high-profile court case of a senior police official, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland: 7 journalists arrested in a week, 3 still held

January 13, 2012 2:00 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2012-- The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the recent spate of arrests of independent reporters in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland. ...

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