Africa / 2013

Tanzania suspends two leading newspapers

September 30, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Nairobi, September 30, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Tanzanian authorities to suspend two leading private Swahili dailies on accusations of sedition. The government issued a statement on Friday suspending Mwananchi and MTanzania for 14 and 90 days respectively....

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Angolan police assault, detain journalists

September 20, 2013 4:47 PM ET

New York, September 20, 2013--At least three journalists were assaulted by police and briefly detained today while covering the release of seven individuals who were arrested during a protest on Thursday, according to the journalists and news accounts. Protesters had staged a demonstration against what they called the authoritarian regime...

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Prison places restrictions on jailed journalist Reeyot Alemu

September 16, 2013 5:24 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2013--The decision by authorities at Kality Prison to impose visitor restrictions on imprisoned journalist Reeyot Alemu constitutes harassment and runs counter to the Ethiopian constitution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "We call upon the Ethiopian authorities to lift these latest restrictions and allow Reeyot...

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South African community radio station silenced by fire

September 10, 2013 2:33 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, September 10, 2013--An arson attack that destroyed a community radio station in South Africa is a disturbing sign of the vulnerability of freedom of expression at the local level, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. "Community media are often closest to some of the...

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Ghana's Supreme Court jails journalist for contempt

September 10, 2013 1:30 PM ET

On July 2, 2013, nine judges on Ghana's Supreme Court convicted Ken Kuranchie, editor-in-chief of the Daily Searchlight, of criminal contempt in connection with his critical articles. The journalist was sentenced to 10 days in jail, according to news reports....

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Radio station in Guinea raided, attacked

September 9, 2013 12:05 PM ET

A radio station in the eastern Guinean city of Kankan was raided and attacked twice in three days in mid-August, according to news reports. At least three journalists reported being briefly detained....

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KTN reporter threatened for exposing hospital scandal

September 5, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, September 5, 2013--A TV journalist has received death threats twice this week following his coverage of wrongdoing at a hospital in the western Kenyan town of Bungoma, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately investigate the threats and...

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Chadian editor given six-month suspended jail term

September 5, 2013 11:16 AM ET

Juda Allahondoum, editor of the private weekly La Une based in the capital, N'Djamena, was convicted of criminal defamation on July 30, 2013, and sentenced to a suspended prison term of six months, Allahondoum and his lawyer told CPJ....

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Chadian journalists given suspended jail terms, released

September 5, 2013 11:13 AM ET

Three Chadian journalists jailed for several months in the capital, N'Djamena, while facing prosecution on defamation and anti-state charges, were handed suspended jail terms and then released, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Malawian minister assaults broadcast journalist

September 3, 2013 10:47 AM ET

Bodyguards for Economic, Planning and Development Minister Ralph Jooma assaulted Raphael Mlozoa, journalist for the private Zodiak Broadcasting Station, on August 25, 2013, in the southern town of Mangochi, according to news reports. The minister accused Mlozoa of false reporting and ordered his security staff to confront Mlozoa, the reports...

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