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2016

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In Angola, two journalists charged over report on corruption

December 29, 2016 4:01 PM ET

New York, December 29, 2016--Angolan authorities should immediately drop charges against two journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras, of the weekly, O Crime, were charged with "crimen injuria," which is similar to insult laws,...

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Two Ethiopian radio journalists convicted on terror charges

December 21, 2016 12:11 PM ET

Nairobi, December 21, 2016--Ethiopian radio journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori, who have been imprisoned since February 2015, were today convicted on terrorism charges by the High Court's 19th Criminal Bench, according to the independent Addis Standard newspaper....

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Chad police close radio station, detain manager

December 16, 2016 6:25 PM ET

Police in Kelo, some 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital N'Djamena, on November 14, 2016, arrested Edmond Oueidigue Kandi, the manager of the community radio station Radio Bargadje, and ordered the station closed, Kandi told the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to Kandi and media reports, local administrative...

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Press freedom under attack in Cameroon

December 16, 2016 5:23 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, December 16, 2016--The Cameroonian government and security services should immediately reverse a series of repressive measures that have produced a crisis of media freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Congolese television journalist detained for four days

December 15, 2016 1:21 PM ET

Police in Bunia, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda, on December 1, 2016, detained Adèle Uvon, a television journalist for the privately owned broadcaster Radio-TV Lobiko (RTVL), at an opposition movement press conference launching a campaign to encourage Congolese President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the...

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Tanzania police raid popular website's office in effort to learn users' identities

December 14, 2016 3:35 PM ET

Nairobi, December 14, 2016--Tanzanian security forces should immediately and unconditionally release Maxence Melo, the co-founder of popular online discussion portal Jamii Forum, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the website's office in the capital Dar es Salaam today, after detaining Melo yesterday....

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Kenya detains British newspaper correspondent Jerome Starkey

December 9, 2016 12:52 PM ET

Nairobi, December 9, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kenyan authorities to release Jerome Starkey, the Africa correspondent for The Times of London, who was detained shortly after arriving in Nairobi last night....

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CPJ condemns South Sudan's expulsion of Associated Press reporter

December 7, 2016 1:50 PM ET

Nairobi, December 7, 2016--South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of U.S. journalist Justin Lynch, a freelancer for The Associated Press, and should cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers yesterday arrested the journalist and put him on...

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Zambian police arrest five radio journalists

December 5, 2016 1:01 PM ET

Police on November 15, 2016, detained five journalists who work for Zambia's private Mano Radio station, before releasing them roughly 17 hours later, pending trial on insult charges, according to a written account the station emailed to the Committee to Protect Journalists on November 18, and a report on the...

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Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira charged with 'abetting terrorism'

November 30, 2016 6:09 PM ET

Nairobi, November 30, 2016--Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Biira on November 27 after she reported on a deadly battle between police and a traditional monarch's...

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