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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, December 2013

December 31, 2013 12:17 PM ET

End-of-year Impact As 2013 draws to a close, CPJ looks back on the highlights of the year, when we stepped in and advocated for journalists and news outlets at risk around the world. Thank you for all you have done to support us, and please continue to join us in our important work....

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Ethiopian journalist sentenced to more than two years in jail

December 30, 2013 1:50 PM ET

Nairobi, December 30, 2013--An Ethiopian court convicted a journalist on December 25 on the charge of spreading false rumors and sentenced him to two years and nine months in prison, according to local journalists....

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Djibouti journalist detained for covering demonstration

December 20, 2013 10:36 AM ET

Police arrested Mohamed Ibrahim, a journalist for the pro-opposition news website and radio station, La Voix de Djibouti (The Voice of Djibouti), on December 12, 2013, while he was covering a protest in the Balbala suburb of the capital, Djibouti City, according to local journalists. The demonstration was staged by women...

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Zambian editors charged with publishing false information

December 18, 2013 10:18 AM ET

Police detained two journalists of the Daily Nation on December 12, 2013, and released them on bail the next day. Richard Sakala, owner and editor of the paper, and Simon Mwanza, the production editor, were charged with "publication of false information with intent to cause public alarm" under Section 67...

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Police raid and shut down paper in Somaliland

December 16, 2013 2:49 PM ET

Nairobi, December 16, 2013--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on December 13 raided the Hargeisa offices of the critical independent daily Hubaal, arrested two staff members, and ordered the publication to be shut down, according to news reports. This is the third time the paper has been targeted this...

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Journalists jailed for covering protest in Somaliland

December 12, 2013 1:39 PM ET

Police arrested four journalists on December 3, 2013, and detained them for nearly a week for covering a peaceful protest in the capital of the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland, according to local journalists and human rights organizations....

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Malian government accused of censoring news site

December 10, 2013 6:15 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports a Malian website based in Paris has been threatened by Mali's government after posting an Associated Press (AP) story today implicating Malian soldiers in extrajudicial killings. ...

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Kenya parliament passes draconian media laws

December 5, 2013 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, December 5, 2013--Kenya's National Assembly today passed contentious anti-press legislation, the Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Act and the Media Council Act, which will effectively silence critical reporting through a new government-controlled regulator and the threat of hefty fines....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2013

December 5, 2013 12:40 PM ET

Photo credit, Barbara Nitke (CPJ)Journalists honored at CPJ's annual award ceremony Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was among four journalists who received CPJ's 2013 International Press Freedom Award on November 26. Youssef has used humor to report on and criticize government failures to improve the economy and public services, and...

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Republic of Congo regulators suspend three newspapers

December 3, 2013 4:08 PM ET

On November 13, 2013, the state-run media regulatory board High Council on Freedom of Communication (CSLC), suspended three private weeklies from circulation for nine months in connection with articles they published that were critical of the authorities, according to news reports. The 11 members of the council are hand-picked by...

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Photojournalist briefly detained in Ethiopia

December 3, 2013 12:44 PM ET

Police in Ethiopia's western region of Gambella on November 1, 2013, detained Robin Hammond, a freelance photojournalist with dual U.K. and New Zealand citizenship, while he was on assignment for U.S. magazine National Geographic, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Somali journalists arrested after airing rape allegations

November 21, 2013 4:00 PM ET

Nairobi, November 21, 2013--Somali authorities arrested two journalists, one of them the victim of an alleged rape, on Wednesday in Mogadishu, the capital, and charged them with defamation in connection with a report on the alleged rape, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Nigerian journalists barred, threatened for covering trial

November 20, 2013 4:49 PM ET

Armed state security agents on October 24, 2013, in the commercial capital, Lagos, barred journalists from covering the arraignment of 17 suspected members of the Boko Haram militant group on charges of conspiracy to commit terrorism, illegal possession of firearms, and being members of a proscribed organization, according to news...

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Liberian publisher Sieh freed, news outlet reopened

November 20, 2013 4:41 PM ET

A court in the capital Monrovia on November 18, 2013, officially ordered the release from prison of FrontPageAfrica publisher Rodney Sieh and the reopening of the offices of the private daily newspaper, according to news reports. The newspaper will resume its daily publication on November 25, 2013, Sieh told CPJ....

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In Senegal, journalists convicted of defamation

November 14, 2013 4:05 PM ET

A court in Dakar, the capital, on August 14, 2013, sentenced Mamadou Biaye, former editor of the private daily Le Quotidien, and Bastien David, an intern reporter for the paper, to one month in prison each on charges of criminal defamation, Agence France-Presse reported....

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Zuma should send secrecy bill for further review

November 14, 2013 12:11 PM ET

New York, November 14, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists urges South African President Jacob Zuma not to sign the revised Protection of State Information Bill and instead to send it to the Constitutional Court for review. The bill, which was sent back to parliament in September, was passed again by...

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Mozambique soldiers assault journalists

November 11, 2013 12:35 PM ET

Soldiers from the Mozambique Defense Force (FADM) beat up two journalists from Independent Television Mozambique (TIM) who were reporting on a confrontation between the military and locals in a town close to the capital Maputo on November 7, 2013....

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African media leaders must address Ethiopia's repression

November 5, 2013 5:55 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--As media leaders and officials of regional institutions gather in Addis Ababa this week for the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF), the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the participants to ensure that press freedom is squarely on the agenda....

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Ethiopia arrests 2 journalists from independent paper

November 5, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, November 5, 2013--Ethiopian police have arrested without charge two editors of the leading independent Amharic weekly Ethio-Mihdar, according to local journalists. Police in the town of Legetafo, northeast of the capital Addis Ababa, on Monday arrested Getachew Worku in connection a story published in October alleging corruption in...

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Two RFI journalists abducted, killed in Mali

November 4, 2013 2:21 PM ET

New York, November 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Malian and French authorities to conduct an efficient investigation into the killings of two French journalists on Saturday and ensure the killers are brought to justice....

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News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2013

November 4, 2013 12:44 PM ET

CPJ launches US report Following CPJ's release of its report on the state of press freedom in the United States, the organization is pursuing high-level meetings with the White House. CPJ had drafted six recommendations that were shared with President Obama, including calling for a guarantee that journalists would...

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CPJ alarmed by parliamentary passage of Kenya media bill

November 1, 2013 2:46 PM ET

Nairobi, November 1, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the parliamentary passage of the Kenya Information and Communication Amendment Bill on October 31 that will severely curtail press freedom in Kenya....

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Universal TV journalist dies of injuries in Somalia

October 28, 2013 1:38 PM ET

Nairobi, October 28, 2013--Journalist Mohamed Mohamud, commonly known as "Tima'ade," succumbed to gunshot wounds on Saturday and died at Medina Hospital in the capital, Mogadishu, local journalists told CPJ. Unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed, a reporter for the popular, privately owned, U.K.-based Universal TV, on his way to work on...

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In Sierra Leone, journalists held on libel, sedition charges

October 24, 2013 6:02 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, October 24, 2013--Authorities in Sierra Leone should immediately release two reporters being held on charges of sedition and libel in connection with a story criticizing President Ernest Bai Koroma, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somali gunmen attempt to kill a Universal TV journalist

October 22, 2013 2:17 PM ET

Nairobi, October 22, 2013--Somali authorities must work quickly to identify the motive in today's murder attempt on a broadcast reporter and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, Mohamed Mohamud, has been hospitalized with serious injuries....

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Assailants throw grenades at radio station in Puntland

October 16, 2013 3:30 PM ET

Nairobi, October 16, 2013--Unidentified assailants threw two grenades at the Galkayo offices of Radio Daljir in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Tuesday night, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on Radio Daljir, which has been targeted in the past, and...

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CPJ welcomes release of Liberian journalist Rodney Sieh

October 8, 2013 1:14 PM ET

New York, October 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Monday's decision by Liberia's Ministry of Justice to grant Rodney Sieh--the publisher of FrontPageAfrica who has been jailed since August for not paying libel damages--"compassionate release" for 30 days. The conditions behind Sieh's release were not clear, but the...

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Broadcast journalist held without charge in Gambia

October 3, 2013 2:18 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, October 3, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Fatou Camara, a journalist who has been held incommunicado since September 17, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has not disclosed Camara's whereabouts or any charges against her, according to news reports....

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Togo shuts down private radio station permanently

October 2, 2013 10:52 AM ET

Togolese authorities shut down the leading private Radio Légende FM on August 27, 2013, after suspending the station for one month in connection with its coverage of concluded parliamentary elections, according to news reports....

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Nigeria attacks news websites for their news coverage

October 2, 2013 10:35 AM ET

The Nigerian government on September 27, 2013, accused two leading independent online news websites--the Abuja-based Premium Times and the New York-based Sahara Reporters--of publishing frequent reports that "incite mutiny" within the military and undermine ongoing military operations against terrorist activities in northern Nigeria, according to news reports. ...

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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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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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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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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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Ethiopia holds reporter covering evictions in dam region

May 30, 2013 6:07 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2012--Ethiopian authorities have detained since Friday a reporter who sought to interview people evicted from their homes in a region where the government is building a contentious hydro-electric dam on the Blue Nile, according to a news report and the reporter's editor. The Committee to Protect...

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Gunmen in Kismayo attack Somali reporter

May 30, 2013 12:51 PM ET

Nairobi, May 30, 2013--Authorities in the Jubbaland region of Somalia must apprehend the gunmen who attacked freelance journalist Abdulkadir Abdirisak in the southern port town of Kismayo on Wednesday evening, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. ...

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Monitor, Red Pepper closures spark protests in Uganda

May 29, 2013 4:36 PM ET

Nairobi, May 29, 2013--Ugandan police on Tuesday assaulted and detained several journalists who were among a crowd of demonstrators protesting the government's closure of four independent news outlets, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that the police actions only highlight the...

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DRC journalist found dead after missing for 12 days

May 23, 2013 12:34 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, May 23, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should identify the motive behind the murder of a radio presenter who was found on Friday after being missing for 12 days, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Press must be able to work freely in South Sudan

May 22, 2013 11:15 AM ET

Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating state of press freedom in your country. In the past six months, CPJ has documented several cases of attacks, intimidation, and detention of journalists by security agents in South Sudan and we are concerned that this harassment has led to self-censorship and even exile among the local press corps. We urge you to use the power of your office to ensure that journalists are allowed to work freely without harassment and censure from state security officials.

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Police raid news outlets in media crackdown in Uganda

May 21, 2013 11:07 AM ET

Nairobi, May 21, 2013--Ugandan police surrounded the Kampala offices of two private newspapers for seven hours on Monday, barring access to the premises, disabling printing presses, and effectively halting publication indefinitely, according to news reports. The police said they had search warrants to find documents related to a letter...

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At AU summit, Kerry should speak out for a free press

May 16, 2013 5:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing to bring to your attention the deteriorating state of press freedom in Ethiopia, where you will attend this year's African Union Summit. A vibrant press and civil society is fundamental to hold governments accountable and to ensure long-term development and stability. As we mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, we ask that you include the issue of press freedom in your discussion of the challenges that Africa will face in the next half-century.

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Ethiopian editor questioned over story on Meles' widow

May 15, 2013 4:08 PM ET

New York, May 15, 2013--Ethiopian police in Addis Ababa questioned an editor for several hours today in connection with a story published in October about the widow of the late Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi, according to news reports....

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Cameroon shuts down station over secessionist interview

May 13, 2013 4:13 PM ET

New York, May 13, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closure of an independent radio station on April 22 in retaliation for its broadcast of an interview that authorities said incited secessionism....

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CPJ urges President Zuma to block secrecy bill

May 12, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Dear President Zuma: We are writing to express our concern about South Africa's Protection of State Information Bill and join with civil society organizations in your country in urging you to send the bill back to the National Assembly for further revision when it comes to you for confirmation.

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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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Nigerian journalists could face life in jail on forgery charges

April 19, 2013 3:13 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 19, 2013--Two Nigerian journalists and their employer have been charged with forgery in connection with their publication of a memo reported to be from President Goodluck Jonathan, according to news reports. If convicted, the journalists could face life terms....

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Nigeria bans film on oil corruption, warns director

April 17, 2013 2:34 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 17, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film on corruption in the state's management of oil wealth, "Fuelling Poverty."...

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CPJ urges Burundi to reject restrictive media law

April 16, 2013 11:23 AM ET

Dear President Nkurunziza: We are writing to bring to your attention restrictive amendments to Burundi's 2003 Press Law that were passed in the National Assembly on April 3. The bill will go before the Senate and if passed, will soon come to you for confirmation. We ask that you use the power of your office to reject this severely restrictive bill, thus reaffirming your government's commitment to press freedom.

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Nigeria police harass Leadership staff over memo

April 10, 2013 5:39 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 10, 2013--Nigerian police should stop harassing the staff of the leading independent daily Leadership over a story critical of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Monday, police in the capital Abuja summoned four Leadership journalists for questioning over an April 3...

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Ethiopia threatens journalist with solitary confinement

April 10, 2013 11:45 AM ET

Dear Minister Birhan Hailu: We are writing to bring to your attention the case of Ethiopian journalist and teacher Reeyot Alemu, whose health has deteriorated since her imprisonment in June 2011 on terrorism charges and who is now being threatened with solitary confinement. The Ethiopian Ministry of Justice has publicly subscribed to a vision in which "human and democratic rights are respected," yet Reeyot's full human rights are being denied to her in Kality Prison.

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In Somalia, police claim questions in reported killing

April 5, 2013 11:24 AM ET

New York, April 5, 2013--Police in Somalia say they have been holding a woman in custody for much of this week after they say questions were raised about the veracity of reports that a journalist was fatally shot in Mogadishu on March 24....

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Freelance Togolese journalist attacked in hit-and-run

April 4, 2013 4:59 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, April 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Togo to investigate an apparently deliberate hit-and-run attack Wednesday on freelance photojournalist and videographer Koffi Djidonou Frédéric Attipou. ...

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Cameroon bans five broadcast programs, suspends hosts

April 3, 2013 6:20 PM ET

New York, April 3, 2013--In a wave of censorship, Cameroon has indefinitely banned two TV programs for what regulators considered violent content and another three radio programs on vague charges of ethics violations, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the move, which also includes the...

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Malian journalist Boukary Daou released on bail

April 2, 2013 2:44 PM ET

New York, April 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by a judge in Mali to grant bail to a journalist who was jailed for 27 days in connection with his paper's publication of a letter critical of a military leader. CPJ calls on the public prosecutor...

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Kenyan reporter, 27, found dead in his home

April 1, 2013 4:15 PM ET

Nairobi, April 1, 2013--A correspondent for The Star daily newspaper was found dead Sunday morning in his house in the coastal city of Mombasa, local journalists told CPJ. A housemate found reporter Bernard Wesonga with blood on his nose and mouth at around 11:30 a.m., Star Deputy Editor Charles...

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Cameroonian journalist jailed on defamation charge

March 28, 2013 5:02 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2013--An appellate court in Cameroon should overturn the defamation conviction and jail sentence handed to a newspaper editor on Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Central African Republic, rebel forces ransack outlets

March 26, 2013 5:27 PM ET

New York, March 26, 2013--At least two news outlets were raided in the Central African Republic on Sunday when rebel groups ousted the president from power, according to news reports and local press freedom groups....

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Rwandan editor, jailed for opinion piece, fails in appeal

March 26, 2013 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2013--An appellate court judge in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Monday upheld the criminal conviction of an editor who is serving a one-year prison sentence in connection with an opinion column, according to local journalists....

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Visiting Somali journalist shot dead in Mogadishu

March 25, 2013 12:31 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Subsequent to the publication of this report, questions were raised about the veracity of the account given by the primary sources. CPJ has published two follow-up reports detailing those questions, which raise doubts as to whether a killing took place as described. CPJ continues to monitor the case.Nairobi,...

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Zimbabwe must heed rule of law in Beatrice Mtetwa case

March 21, 2013 5:03 PM ET

Dear Minister: We are writing to express our concern about the arrest on Sunday of award-winning human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa and her subsequent detention by police in defiance of an order issued by a high court judge. We believe this invalidates the criminal proceedings instituted against her on Wednesday and constitutes an affront to the constitution and legal system of your country.

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In Togo, court rejects repressive press law amendments

March 21, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 21, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Togo's Constitutional Court to reject repressive amendments to a media law that granted the state-run media regulator sweeping powers of censorship....

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Violence in Guinea leads to attacks on journalists, outlets

March 20, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Several journalists and news outlets covering political unrest in the capital, Conakry, were attacked in late February and March 2013, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Mali charges editor jailed for publishing critical story

March 19, 2013 4:53 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 19, 2013--A journalist in Mali was charged on Monday with incitement to mutiny and publishing false information in connection with his publication of an article that was critical of a former coup leader, according to news reports.Boukary Daou, a top editor for the daily Le Républicain, has...

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In Togo, police attack journalists protesting media law

March 18, 2013 3:35 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 18, 2013--Togolese police on Thursday fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse journalists protesting new censorship authority granted to the government media regulator, according to news reports and local journalists....

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Puntland authorities ban three radio stations

March 18, 2013 12:53 PM ET

Nairobi, March 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a recent directive from authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region banning local broadcasters from airing content produced outside the region....

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Police beat journalists attending court case in Mogadishu

March 12, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, March 12, 2013--Somali police attacked and obstructed more than a half-dozen journalists who were seeking to cover a rape trial in Mogadishu on Saturday, as authorities continue to struggle in meeting law enforcement and free expression demands in sexual assault cases. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attacks...

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In Mali, a journalist stabbed for his critical reporting

March 11, 2013 5:45 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, March 11, 2013--Authorities in Mali must investigate an attack on a critical radio journalist that came two weeks after he received threats warning him to resign from the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist beaten by unknown assailants in Tanzania

March 7, 2013 5:01 PM ET

Nairobi, March 7, 2013--Authorities in Tanzania must immediately investigate a vicious attack on a veteran journalist in Dar es Salaam, the capital, on Tuesday night, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist detained by security agents in Mali

March 6, 2013 5:31 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2013--State security agents in Mali detained an editor today in connection with his newspaper's publication of an open letter criticizing a financial package awarded to a former coup leader, according to news reports and local journalists. Six agents of State Security, Mali's intelligence agency, arrested...

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Burundi journalist Ruvakuki freed from jail

March 6, 2013 3:46 PM ET

Nairobi, March 6, 2013--Burundian authorities today released Hassan Ruvakuki, a reporter who has been imprisoned for 16 months on charges related to his interview with a rebel leader. The circumstances of the release were not immediately clear, and the Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to vacate Ruvakuki's...

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Somali appellate court upholds journalist's conviction

March 4, 2013 3:40 PM ET

Nairobi, March 4, 2013--Sunday's decision by an appellate court in Mogadishu to uphold the conviction of a freelance Somali journalist in connection with his interview of a reported rape victim prolongs a miscarriage of justice and is a direct assault on press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Nigerian broadcast regulator closes down radio station

March 4, 2013 3:12 PM ET

New York, March 4, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by Nigeria's media regulatory body to shut down a radio station in connection with a broadcast that questioned the local government's motives in an anti-polio vaccination program....

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Zimbabwe police raid station studios, detain journalist

March 1, 2013 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2013--Authorities in Zimbabwe have stepped up their crackdown on independent news coverage in the country by raiding the production studios of a radio station and confiscating radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Zimbabwean police seize radios in run-up to elections

February 28, 2013 11:08 AM ET

Nairobi, February 28, 2013--Zimbabwean authorities' seizure of hand-cranked and solar-powered radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations prevents local citizens from accessing diverse sources of information in the run-up to the country's general elections in July, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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DRC journalist jailed after story on Chinese-run hospital

February 15, 2013 4:43 PM ET

New York, February 15, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should release pending appeal a journalist who was sentenced to six months in prison in December on defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist was taken into custody on Tuesday. Police arrested Joachim Diana...

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Nigeria harasses, intimidates journalist for critical weekly

February 15, 2013 4:02 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 15, 2013--Authorities should halt their harassment of a Nigerian journalist whose paper published allegations of extrajudicial detentions being carried out by the country's special army unit, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Armed officers of Nigeria's Joint Task Force and members of the State Secret Service...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: CPJ Risk List Video

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

CPJ's Robert Mahoney identifies the 10 countries where press freedom suffered the most in 2012. They include Syria, the world's deadliest country for the press; Russia, where repressive laws took effect; Brazil, where journalist murders soared; and Ethiopia, where terror laws are used to silence the press. (3:26)...

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Attacks on the Press: Oil, Money, and the Press

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

New oil deals drive optimism, but the public knows little about the details. By Tom Rhodes...

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Attacks on the Press: Between Insurgents, Governments

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The rise of extremist groups who target journalists is a potent risk. By Mohamed Keita...

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Attacks on the Press: Beyond Article 19

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

The right to news and opinion is enshrined in international law. It's not enough. By Joel Simon...

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Attacks on the Press: Misusing Terror Laws

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Governments exploit national security laws to punish critical journalists. By Monica Campbell...

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Attacks on the Press: A Moving Target

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

Your cellphone allows authorities to locate you and uncover your sources. By Danny O'Brien...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: The Year in Photos

February 14, 2013 12:05 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Uganda

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Police assaulted and obstructed numerous journalists covering opposition demonstrations, repeating an abusive pattern set during the previous year’s presidential campaign. Police officials repeatedly professed determination to investigate the attacks but ultimately held no officer publicly accountable. Several journalists began to seek redress in the courts, although no cases had been...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Togo

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

President Faure Gnassingbé and his allies used the multiple levers of power to dominate the political and media landscapes. Coverage of dissenting political views came under attack from government regulators who censored critical programming, and from security agents who violently obstructed journalists covering protests. Government regulators barred a popular current...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Tanzania

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

A journalist was killed in the line of duty in September, the first Tanzanian work-related fatality documented by CPJ in the 20 years it has kept detailed records. Police attacked veteran TV reporter Daudi Mwangosi, who was shot point-blank with a tear-gas canister and died at the scene, witnesses said....

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Somalia

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Despite a relatively peaceful presidential election and the government’s continuing control of the capital, Mogadishu, a record number of Somali journalists were killed in 2012. Amid comparative calm in the capital, targeted killings of journalists and political figures continued, most notably in a deadly September blast at a café frequented...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Rwanda

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

President Paul Kagame used his August address before the East African Community Media Summit to cast the domestic press “as an important partner in our country’s development” while accusing Western journalists of misrepresentation that “derails our progress or even fuels conflict.” The dual theme--calling on domestic journalists to advance a...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Nigeria

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

President Goodluck Jonathan struggled to maintain stability as Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group based in northern Nigeria, carried out a wave of terrorist attacks against churches, government buildings, and, for the first time, news outlets. In April, the group staged coordinated attacks on offices of three newspapers in two...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Mali

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

After an extended period of relative calm and freedom, the Malian press faced severe threats amid a military coup and an armed insurrection. In March, a junta ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré just weeks before his second and final term would have expired. Touré had been the target of public...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Kenya

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

In the run-up to the March 2013 elections, tensions ran high among local journalists, who feared a repeat of the violent aftermath of the disputed 2007 vote in which the press was targeted and harassed in connection with news coverage. Several journalists were threatened or attacked throughout 2012 in reprisal...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Ethiopia

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in August in a Belgian hospital brought an end to a 21-year rule characterized by repression of dissent and iron-fisted control of the independent press. His fatal illness was shrouded in secrecy. After Meles disappeared from public view in June, the government played...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Eritrea

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

CPJ identified Eritrea as the most censored country in the world in 2012. No independent domestic news outlets have been allowed to operate since a widespread September 2001 government crackdown on dissent. The last accredited foreign news reporter was expelled in 2007. State media operate under the rigid control of...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Journalists reporting on renewed conflict in the east were repeatedly censored and intimidated by local officials, the national government, and rebel forces. Fighting resumed in the east after President Joseph Kabila said his government would try to arrest Bosco Ntaganda, a former warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court on...

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Attacks on the Press in 2012: Africa

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Analyses and data chart press freedom conditions throughout the region. Mohamed Keita examines the growing risk from media-savvy insurgents, while Tom Rhodes probes oil, money, and secrecy in East Africa....

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Attacks on the Press: Prison Census 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Worldwide tally reaches highest point since CPJ began surveys in 1990. Governments use charges of terrorism, other anti-state offenses to silence critical voices. Turkey is the world's worst jailer. A CPJ special report...

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Attacks on the Press: Killed in 2012: A Worldwide Roundup

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press: The Power of the Ordinary

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Who is allowed to talk? What are they allowed to say? Award winners seek the answers. By Kristin Jones...

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Attacks on the Press: Journalism and Religion

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Editors think twice, reporters do not dig deeply, columnists choose words carefully. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Attacks on the Press: Divided, Journalists Are at Risk

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

No amount of security training can make up for a lack of professional solidarity. By Frank Smyth...

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Attacks on the Press: Missing

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

Police never bothered to look for cartoonist Prageeth Eknelygoda. It's not unusual. By María Salazar-Ferro...

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Attacks on the Press: CPJ Risk List

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

From conflict-ridden Syria to aspiring world leader Brazil, 10 nations on a downslope. By Karen Phillips...

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Nigerian journalists charged for criticizing polio campaign

February 13, 2013 5:17 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, February 13, 2013--Authorities in Nigeria's northern state of Kano should drop the criminal charges filed on Tuesday against two radio journalists who have been detained since Sunday in connection with their criticism of local officials' handling of a polio vaccination campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Gunmen harass two journalists from Chadian paper

February 13, 2013 10:37 AM ET

Two editors of the private trimonthly Abba Garde (The Sentinel) were harassed and attacked in N'Djamena, the capital, in December 2012, according to local journalists and news reports. Local journalists told CPJ they believed the attacks were in reprisal for the paper's critical coverage of the government....

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Three journalists briefly detained in Nigeria

February 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET

Four men in plainclothes claiming to be police officers briefly detained three journalists inside an office of a college in Aka Offot, a suburb of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom state, on February 6, 2013, according to local journalists and news reports. The journalists were reporting on allegations of...

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Charges renewed against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen

February 8, 2013 2:30 PM ET

Nairobi, February 8, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the revival of criminal charges against Ethiopian journalist Temesghen Desalegn today in what appears to be a politicized court hearing designed to censor one of the few critical voices left in the country....

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Benin TV director pardoned for offending president

February 8, 2013 10:34 AM ET

Berthe Cakpossa, director of the private Canal 3 TV, was pardoned by President Boni Yayi on January 31, 2013, two weeks after a court sentenced her to jail and fined her for "offending the head of state," according to news reports....

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Somali court hands journalist one-year jail term

February 5, 2013 1:19 PM ET

Nairobi, February 5, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the conviction and prison sentence handed down today against a Somali freelance journalist charged with insulting the government by interviewing a woman who said she was raped by government forces. CPJ calls for the sentence to be overturned and for...

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Ethiopian journalist arrested for covering Muslim protests

February 1, 2013 3:04 PM ET

Nairobi, February 1, 2013--Ethiopian security forces have detained for two weeks without charge the editor of a newsmagazine and accused him of incitement to terrorism, according to local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to release Solomon Kebede immediately and halt their harassment of journalists affiliated...

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UK should press Somalia on journalist's jailing, murders

February 1, 2013 11:50 AM ET

Dear Prime Minister Cameron: In anticipation of your meeting with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud next week, we would like to bring to your attention recent actions taken by the Somali government, as well as the increasing number of unsolved journalist murders in the country.

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Somalia should free jailed reporter, solve press murders

January 28, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Dear President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud: We are writing to express our concern about a Somali journalist who has been imprisoned since January 10 for interviewing a woman who claimed she was raped by government soldiers. We are also concerned by recent statements you made in Washington indicating your administration will not tolerate negative coverage by the local press. We urge you to ensure the journalist is released immediately and to follow up on your commitment to create a task force to investigate Somalia's unsolved journalist murders.

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Benin TV director convicted for offending president

January 24, 2013 5:40 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 24, 2013--An appellate court in Benin should overturn the conviction and toss out a prison sentence handed to the director of a private television station last week in connection with a broadcast of a press conference in September in which a former presidential adviser criticized President Boni...

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In Nigeria, soldiers attack journalist covering demolition

January 23, 2013 10:01 AM ET

Two soldiers beat Laolu Harolds, assistant editor of the daily Nigerian Tribune, on January 8, 2013, while he attempted to take pictures of soldiers demolishing local shops in Oyo state, according to news reports. The soldiers were affiliated with the government's demolition task force team, the reports said....

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Kenyan journalists attacked while covering Kibera clashes

January 22, 2013 2:58 PM ET

Nairobi, January 22, 2013--Kenyan authorities must hold to account soldiers with the General Service Unit, Kenya's paramilitary force, in connection with their reported assault of two journalists on Sunday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Shabelle journalist gunned down in Somalia

January 18, 2013 12:03 PM ET

Nairobi, January 18, 2013--A veteran producer for the Shabelle Media Network was gunned down today in Mogadishu, the fifth Shabelle journalist killed in 13 months. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this murder and calls on Somali authorities to not only investigate, but to follow up on the investigative...

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Unidentified assailants shoot dead a Nigerian editor

January 15, 2013 4:50 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 15, 2013--Nigerian authorities should determine the motive behind the murder of an editor on Saturday and bring the perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Togo protests, journalists report being targeted by police

January 14, 2013 2:01 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 14, 2013--At least four journalists were reported injured by police while covering an anti-government protest in Togo's capital, Lomé, on Thursday, according to news reports. Several of the journalists, along with local press freedom group SOS Journalistes en Danger, said police had targeted a group of...

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Journalist arrested for interviewing reported rape victim

January 11, 2013 2:26 PM ET

Nairobi, January 11, 2013--Somali authorities should immediately release a freelance journalist who has been in custody in Mogadishu since Thursday for interviewing a woman who claimed she was raped by government soldiers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzanian journalist found murdered in forest

January 9, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 9, 2013--A journalist was found murdered in northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, according to local journalists and local reports....

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DRC soldiers attack Radio Tujenge Kabambare

January 9, 2013 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2013--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should bring to account soldiers involved in a raid on a radio station in the eastern town of Kabambare, and the arbitrary detention and beating of two of the station's journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gambia's NIA harasses, detains journalist without charge

January 9, 2013 3:45 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, January 9, 2013--Gambian authorities should immediately release Abdoulie John, a journalist who has been detained without charge in Banjul since Monday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. John has been harassed by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency since early December, news reports said. John, editor of...

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Ethiopian judge rejects Reeyot Alemu's final appeal

January 8, 2013 5:58 PM ET

In a ruling that lasted five minutes, a new judge appointed to the Ethiopian Court of Cassation in the capital, Addis Ababa, rejected on January 8, 2012, an appeal filed on behalf of award-winning journalist Reeyot Alemu, according to local journalists. ...

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Burundian court reduces journalist's jail term

January 8, 2013 3:51 PM ET

Nairobi, January 8, 2013--An appeals court in Burundi today dropped terrorism charges against jailed journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and reduced his sentence from life to three years in prison, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Malawian journalist assaulted during radio interview

January 7, 2013 5:32 PM ET

Nairobi, January 7, 2013--Malawian authorities must immediately investigate the reported assault of a radio journalist who said he was punched by a business leader angered by an interview question....

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In Ghana, journalists attacked after presidential elections

January 7, 2013 2:48 PM ET

Several journalists reported being attacked in the aftermath of Ghana's contested presidential elections on December 7, 2012, according to CPJ interviews, news reports, and local press freedom organizations....

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In South Sudan, two journalists detained in Wau

January 4, 2013 4:28 PM ET

Nairobi, January 4, 2013--Authorities in South Sudan have been holding two state broadcast journalists without charge since Tuesday, according to local journalists and media reports. The journalists were picked up in a sweep of arrests following protests and ethnic clashes last month in the northwestern town of Wau in Western...

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Senegalese journalist handed suspended prison sentence

January 3, 2013 6:34 PM ET

On December 18, 2012, a judge convicted editor El Malick Seck of weekly news magazine L'Exclusif of criminal defamation over a column critical of Sidy Lamine Niasse, the chief executive of private media group Walf, according to news reports....

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Nigerian journalists freed, but equipment still held

January 2, 2013 2:48 PM ET

New York, January 2, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS) to return laptops and cell phones confiscated from two journalists who were illegally detained for more than a week without charge....

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