Africa / 2013

Two Somali journalists shot in Kismayo

July 18, 2013 3:09 PM ET

Nairobi, July 18, 2013--Two Somali journalists were wounded, one critically, when they came under fire on Wednesday while covering the aftermath of a landmine explosion in the southern port city of Kismayo, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an immediate and thorough...

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In Zambia, harassment of Watchdog site continues

July 17, 2013 12:29 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 17, 2013--Zambian authorities should stop their ongoing harassment of the Zambian Watchdog, a site that reports on alleged government corruption, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested another journalist they accused of contributing to the site, and blocked domestic access to the site...

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Amended Gambian media law restricts Internet freedom

July 10, 2013 3:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, July 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an amendment to a media law adopted by the Gambian parliament that imposes lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines on individuals who use the Internet in any capacity to criticize government officials....

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Two journalists detained without charge in Zambia

July 9, 2013 4:49 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 9, 2013--Zambian authorities should release two journalists who have been detained since early Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ivory Coast police interrogate journalists over sources

July 9, 2013 1:27 PM ET

Police in the economic capital of Abidjan summoned two journalists with the weekly L'Eléphant déchaîné on June 28, 2013, and interrogated them for more than six hours, Agence France-Presse reported, citing their lawyer....

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Gunmen kill Somali broadcast journalist in Puntland

July 8, 2013 11:50 AM ET

Nairobi, July 8, 2013--Two unidentified gunmen killed TV reporter Liban Abdullahi on Sunday evening in Galkayo, a central town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, according to local journalists and news reports....

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In Somaliland, Hubaal journalists sentenced to jail

July 3, 2013 2:19 PM ET

Nairobi, July 3, 2013--A court in the capital of the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland today convicted the manager and editor of the independent daily Hubaal of defamation and sentenced them to prison. Hubaal's editor, Hussein Hassan Abdullahi, received two years, while the paper's manager, Mohamed Ahmed Jama, was sentenced...

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Gabon suspends 3 newspapers

July 1, 2013 6:13 PM ET

Gabon's state-run media regulatory agency, the National Communications Council, suspended three newspapers on May 29, 2013, according to news reports. ...

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Nigeria re-files charges against Leadership journalists

June 27, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, June 27, 2013--Nigerian authorities should stop the legal harassment of journalists in connection with a critical story about President Goodluck Jonathan's political plans, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A reporter and editor for the Nigerian daily Leadership, and a representative of the Leadership parent company,...

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Guinean journalists report being attacked in Conakry

June 27, 2013 3:49 PM ET

At least four journalists were attacked in separate episodes on June 19, 2013, amid clashes in the Guinean capital, Conakry, between opposition militants and supporters of President Alpha Condé, according to CPJ interviews and news reports. The clashes erupted between opposition groups, mostly of Peul ethnicity, and the Guinean ruling...

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