Africa / 2013

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Critical website blocked for four days in Zambia

June 27, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 27, 2013--A private website that documents alleged Zambian government corruption has been blocked in the country since Monday, its editor told CPJ. The Zambian Watchdog's Lloyd Himaambo has said that the website's staff believes the authorities are responsible for ordering the blocking. Internet and...

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Obama should urge promotion of free press in Tanzania

June 25, 2013 2:52 PM ET

Dear President Obama: Ahead of your first trip to East Africa, we would like to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Tanzania. In your meetings with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, we ask that you discuss the critical importance of press freedom to economic development and democracy.

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Al Jazeera TV crew briefly detained in Niger

June 20, 2013 11:58 AM ET

Security forces in southwestern Niger detained for 48 hours a four-member crew of Al-Jazeera English TV while they were covering the conditions of refugees displaced by armed conflict in Nigeria, the Qatar-based station reported....

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Zimbabwean journalists targeted amid pre-election tension

June 18, 2013 3:19 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, June 18, 2013--All parties in Zimbabwe's government of national unity must respect the responsibility of journalists to document events and report the views of citizens, especially in the run-up to the country's elections in July, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In four different...

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Security officials arrest Burundian TV journalist

June 17, 2013 4:51 PM ET

Nairobi, June 17, 2013--Authorities in Burundi have been holding a journalist since Thursday on broad allegations of breaching national security, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the detention of Lucien Rukevya and calls on authorities to disclose its reasons for holding him....

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Journalists threatened, obstructed in Cameroon

June 14, 2013 11:08 AM ET

New York, June 14, 2013---Authorities in Cameroon should investigate reports of journalists being threatened and obstructed from covering the site of an airplane crash on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today."We are alarmed by reports of obstruction and intimidation involving an officer of Cameroon's top elite security...

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Journalist convicted on defamation charges in Cameroon

June 13, 2013 12:42 PM ET

New York, June 13, 2013--A Cameroonian appellate court should overturn on appeal a criminal defamation conviction and sentence handed to a journalist on June 5 in the commercial city of Douala, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Independent daily suspended indefinitely in Somaliland

June 12, 2013 1:53 PM ET

Nairobi, June 12, 2013--The acting attorney general in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland should withdraw his request to suspend the independent daily Hubaal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court ruled on Tuesday that the paper had been indefinitely suspended at the request of Aden Ahmed Mouse,...

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Four newspapers suspended in Republic of Congo

June 7, 2013 11:07 AM ET

New York, June 7, 2013--Authorities in the Republic of Congo should lift the suspensions against four weekly newspapers in connection with their articles critical of government officials, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The suspensions were handed down by an official board whose 11 members are all hand-picked by...

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Chad should release journalists from detention

June 5, 2013 2:05 PM ET

Your Excellency Idriss Deby Itno: We are writing to express our concern about the ongoing imprisonment of Chadian journalists on anti-state charges. We believe the arrests of these reporters, simply for writing articles critical of the administration, turn dissenting citizens into criminals and stifle legitimate debate on issues of public interest.

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