Africa / 2014

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Somaliland authorities arrest two journalists

May 12, 2014 2:29 PM ET

Nairobi, May 12, 2014--A regional court in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland remanded two journalists into custody on Saturday after charging them with libel, false publication, and anti-state propaganda, according to news reports and the local Somaliland Journalists' Association. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe, chairman of the Haatuf Media Network, and...

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Ethiopia jails nine journalists, renews press crackdown

April 28, 2014 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, April 28, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the Ethiopian government's arrests of nine journalists in one of the worst crackdowns against free expression in the country."With the latest arrests, Ethiopian authorities are turning the peaceful exercise of free expression into a crime," said CPJ East...

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Cameroonian journalist's car destroyed in explosion

April 24, 2014 5:01 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2014--An investigative journalist in Cameroon told CPJ today that his car had been destroyed in an explosion early this morning. Denis Nkwebo said the car was parked outside his house in the commercial capital of Douala, and that no one was hurt in the explosion. Nkwebo,...

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CPJ urges free expression be part of post-2015 MDG agenda

April 23, 2014 5:50 PM ET

Dear Ambassadors Kamau and Kőrösi: I am writing to you in your capacity as the co-chairmen of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Your work and the recommendations of your group will help frame the discussion in the coming year as United Nations member states seek to agree a set of objectives to succeed the Millennium Development Goals beyond 2015. We at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) believe it is vital that your report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon later this year include freedom of expression and access to information and independent media as part of the post-2015 agenda.

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Cameroonian newspaper editor jailed for defamation

April 15, 2014 3:09 PM ET

New York, April 15, 2014--Authorities in Cameroon should release a newspaper editor who has been imprisoned since March 29 after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Friday, a judge postponed indefinitely a bail hearing for Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus, according to news reports....

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Swaziland editor, lawyer re-arrested after release from jail

April 10, 2014 5:45 PM ET

New York, April 10, 2014--Swaziland police on Wednesday re-arrested veteran editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko three days after they had been released from prison, according to news reports. The two, who were first jailed on March 18 and held until Sunday, had written articles that criticized...

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Journalist murders silence the press

April 9, 2014 1:56 PM ET

CPJ to launch 2014 Impunity Index New York, April 9, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its 2014 Impunity Index, a global tally of countries with the highest number of unsolved press murders. The index, which calculates unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of each country's population, shows...

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Somaliland authorities shut down independent papers

April 8, 2014 2:02 PM ET

Nairobi, April 8, 2014--Police in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland on Thursday raided the Hargeisa offices of the independent Somali-language paper Haatuf  and its sister English-language weekly, Somaliland Times, and suspended them indefinitely, according to local journalists and news reports. ...

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Somali police should release Sky FM journalist

March 31, 2014 4:21 PM ET

Nairobi, March 31, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Somali authorities in the capital, Mogadishu, to release a radio journalist who has been held without charge since Sunday. Nuradin Hassan is an editor of Sky FM, as well as a news presenter, according to news reports and Sky...

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In Swaziland, two held on contempt of court charges

March 19, 2014 6:22 PM ET

Cape Town, March 19, 2014--Authorities in Swaziland should immediately release Bheki Makhubu, editor of the independent newsmagazine The Nation, and Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer, who were imprisoned earlier this week in connection with articles published in The Nation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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