Africa / 2014

Congolese journalist killed in Goma, North Kivu

December 29, 2014 1:53 PM ET

Nairobi, December 29, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of state radio reporter Robert Chamwami Shalubuto in the eastern capital Goma, North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday and bring those responsible to justice....

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Benin's parliament should expunge criminal defamation from the media bill

December 23, 2014 4:46 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 23, 2014--Benin Republic's parliament is set to vote on a media bill that threatens to jail journalists for insulting the president or other government officials, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on parliament to scrap any measures in the bill that could send...

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Two Somali journalists killed and three injured in twin bombings

December 8, 2014 5:26 PM ET

Nairobi, December 8, 2014--Two journalists were killed and three were wounded in a twin bombing in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa on December 5, which targeted a restaurant where journalists and officials frequently congregate....

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African Court upholds appeal against criminal defamation

December 5, 2014 12:44 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in Addis Ababa that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. The court also upheld the...

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South African court rules that criminal defamation is in line with constitution

December 5, 2014 12:01 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the decision by the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to uphold journalist Cecil Motsepe's appeal against a conviction of criminal defamation, but disapproves of the court's ruling that the crime of defamation for journalists falls in line...

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Authorities order radio stations to be closed in the DRC

November 24, 2014 2:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 24, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stop meddling with radio station broadcasts in the country. The Congolese Information Minister Lambert Mende has called for the shutdown of several radio stations in recent weeks, and a few...

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Somali journalist in Puntland killed by gunmen

November 19, 2014 3:14 PM ET

Nairobi, November 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland to do their utmost to arrest and prosecute the killers of a Somali journalist and identify the motive behind the murder....

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In Sierra Leone, journalist imprisoned after criticizing president

November 4, 2014 6:10 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, November 4, 2014--A journalist in Sierra Leone has been imprisoned after criticizing President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to news reports and local journalists. David Tam Baryoh was arrested on Monday....

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Kenyan journalist covering police detained, harassed

November 4, 2014 1:49 PM ET

Nairobi, November 4, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kenyan police to stop harassing and threatening a journalist in Kisumu city, western Kenya. Last month, police threatened and briefly detained Justus Ochieng, a reporter for the privately owned daily The Star, in connection with a story he wrote...

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Journalists arrested after covering protest in Somaliland

November 3, 2014 5:33 PM ET

Nairobi, November 3, 2014--Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ. Authorities arrested Horn Cable TV reporter Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim on October 30...

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