Africa / 2013

Sirleaf urged to reform libel laws, free Rodney Sieh

September 1, 2013 9:00 PM ET

Dear President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: We call on you to decriminalize defamation; adopt monetary damages for libel commensurate with the harm done and within limits Liberians can afford; and halt the incarceration of defendants unable to pay, which is highly unusual in civil cases. We urge you to facilitate the release of jailed journalist Rodney Sieh and the reopening of his newspaper, FrontPageAfrica.

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CPJ holds Liberia responsible for Rodney Sieh's well-being

August 28, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, August 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by today's hospitalization of leading Liberian independent journalist Rodney Sieh, who has been on hunger strike since his imprisonment on August 21....

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Liberian news outlet shut down, publisher jailed

August 23, 2013 3:39 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, August 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemns moves by Liberian authorities to shut down FrontPageAfrica and jail its publisher for not paying US$1.5 million in damages related to a libel conviction....

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Veteran Somalia radio technician shot dead in Mogadishu

August 19, 2013 3:33 PM ET

Nairobi, August 19, 2013--Three assailants killed veteran radio technician Ahmed Sharif Hussein outside of his home in the Shibis neighborhood of Mogadishu on Saturday, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Two Ethiopian journalists held for a week without charge

August 9, 2013 2:31 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the arrest and week-long detention without charge of two journalists working for Radio Bilal, a station that has provided extensive coverage of ongoing anti-government protests staged by Ethiopian Muslims....

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Two journalists released from prison in Rwanda

August 9, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Two Rwandan journalists were released from prison in June and July 2013 after completing their jail terms, according to news reports....

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Gambian photographer detained for six days

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

Plainclothes officers of the Gambia's National Intelligence Agency (NIA) arrested Pa Sulay Jadama on June 20, 2013, at the premises of the Banjul Magistrates' Court and detained him incommunicado for six days, according to news reports....

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Guinean journalist assaulted while covering attack

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

A group of persons with disabilities attacked Alhasane Bah, a journalist with the media group L'independent-Le Democrate, on July 4, 2013, as he attempted to photograph the group attacking another person with disabilities, according to news reports. The attack occurred near the Faycal Mosque in Donka district....

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Government official publicly whips Nigerian journalist

July 31, 2013 3:50 PM ET

An identified State Security Service agent publicly flogged a reporter on July 3, 2013, while he was on an official visit to the Benue State Government House to deliver a press invitation to the state governor's chief of staff, according to news reports....

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Zambia blocks another website, re-arrests reporter

July 30, 2013 1:30 PM ET

Cape Town, July 30, 2013--Zambian authorities should stop blocking access to critical news websites and halt their harassment of journalists accused of working with the websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after reports emerged of widening government obstruction....

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