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2015

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CPJ calls on Democratic Republic of Congo to not extradite Burundian journalist

December 31, 2015 12:05 PM ET

New York, December 31, 2015­--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to extradite Egide Mwemero, an exiled Burundian radio journalist who has been in custody since October 13, according to reports. Bob Rugurika, director of independent Burundian station Radio Publique Africaine where...

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Ethiopia arrests second journalist in a week, summons Zone 9 bloggers

December 27, 2015 11:21 AM ET

Nairobi, December 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper, Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday, according to news reports....

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CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

December 26, 2015 8:30 AM ET

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website, www.cpj.org. But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has...

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Ethiopia arrests journalist after channel reports on protests

December 22, 2015 5:58 PM ET

Nairobi, December 22, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release news anchor Fikadu Mirkana. Fikadu, who works for the state-run broadcaster Oromia Radio and TV, was arrested at his Addis Ababa home on Saturday morning, according to news reports....

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CPJ calls on Sierra Leone to release newspaper editor

December 18, 2015 4:08 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Sierra Leone to release Jonathan Leigh, managing editor of the Independent Observer. Leigh was arrested Thursday on accusations of publishing false information, according to news reports and local journalists with whom CPJ spoke....

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In Nigeria, journalist beaten outside court, has camera seized

December 15, 2015 3:07 PM ET

At least 10 people, including officers of the Nigerian Prisons Service, allegedly beat Emmanuel Elebeke, a journalist with the independent daily Vanguard, at the premises of a high court in the capital Abuja on November 12, 2015, according to news reports. The reporter, who also takes photographs for the paper,...

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Glimmer of hope in Norbert Zongo murder case in Burkina Faso

December 14, 2015 2:09 PM ET

New York December 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests on Saturday of three people in Burkina Faso in connection with the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper L'Independant....

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CPJ urges South Africa to revise cybercrime bill that limits press freedom

December 10, 2015 4:53 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the South African government to revise provisions in the proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill that would limit journalists' ability to work. Under the bill, journalists and members of the public could be prosecuted for possessing or disclosing state information,...

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Car bomb kills broadcast journalist in Somalia

December 3, 2015 4:23 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2015--A Somali journalist with state-run media was killed today in Mogadishu when a bomb blew up her car, according to news reports. Hindia Haji Mohamed was the widow of another journalist killed in an attack in Mogadishu in 2012....

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Ugandan journalist severely injured covering peaceful procession

November 24, 2015 11:59 AM ET

Isaac Kugonza, a cameraman with the privately owned station Delta TV, was seriously injured while covering a peaceful procession led by Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago on November 16, 2015, in Uganda's capital, Kampala, according to news reports. Lukwago is seeking re-election as mayor of Kampala, reports said....

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