Africa / 2013

Malian army expels French journalist from Gao

May 9, 2013 10:58 AM ET

A French freelance reporter has said she was expelled from the city of Gao after reporting on allegations of human rights abuses in a nearby town, according to news reports....

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Zimbabwe journalists charged after military-MDC story

May 8, 2013 2:23 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, May 8, 2013--Police in Harare have filed criminal charges against two Zimbabwean journalists on accusations they published "false statements prejudicial to the state" in a story about behind-the-scenes discussions between military leaders and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. ...

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CPJ calls on African Union to uphold press freedom

May 2, 2013 2:40 PM ET

Dear Chairperson Zuma: We ask that you mark World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2013, by calling for the release of all journalists imprisoned in Africa and appealing for justice in the murders of journalists killed in the line of duty.

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In Eskinder case, politicized verdict undermines Ethiopia

May 2, 2013 11:31 AM ET

New York, May 2, 2013---In response to today's ruling by Ethiopia's Supreme Court to uphold an 18-year prison sentence imposed on award-winning journalist Eskinder Nega and reject his appeal, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:  "This ruling trivializes the serious crime of terrorism, upholds a politically motivated...

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Somaliland official says media owner attacked by police

April 30, 2013 5:42 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2013--A senior administration official in Somaliland has said that police officers were the perpetrators of an April 24 attack on the owner of a media network, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous republic to conduct a...

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Swaziland must overturn editor's 2-year sentence, fine

April 23, 2013 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Swaziland's appeals court to overturn last week's conviction of an editor for "contempt by scandalizing the court" in relation to two articles criticizing the country's chief justice....

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Burundi Senate passes harsh amendments to press law

April 23, 2013 10:43 AM ET

New York, April 23, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the passage in the Senate of highly restrictive amendments to Burundi's Press Law and calls on President Pierre Nkurunziza to reject the bill when it comes to him for confirmation....

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Authorities must investigate murder of Somali journalist

April 22, 2013 4:34 PM ET

Nairobi, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Somali authorities to keep their promise to prosecute journalists' killers by investigating the murder of Mohamed Ibrahim Raage. Two unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed around 5:30 p.m. Sunday near his home in Mogadishu's Dharkenley district, according to local journalists....

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Ethiopia transfers editor Woubshet Taye to remote prison

April 22, 2013 1:04 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists protests Ethiopian authorities' transfer of independent newspaper editor Woubshet Taye to a remote prison several hours away from his family's home. Woubshet has been imprisoned since June 2011 on vague terrorism charges that CPJ has determined to be unsubstantiated....

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Two investigative journalists threatened in Kenya

April 19, 2013 3:31 PM ET

Nairobi, April 19, 2013--Two investigative journalists have reported receiving death threats in Kenya shortly after airing a story suggesting foul play in a government official's death, according to news reports and local journalists....

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