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DRC radio journalist detained over defamation claim

December 21, 2017 12:39 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release broadcast journalist Benjamin Mutiya, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The national security service (ANR) arrested Mutiya, a reporter at the community station Radio Télévision Communautaire de Walikale (RTCWA), in Walikale, on December 14,...

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Ahmed Abba to be freed after Cameroonian court reduces sentence on appeal

December 21, 2017 8:28 AM ET

Durban, South Africa, December 21, 2017 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by a Cameroonian military appeal court that should result in Radio France Internationale radio journalist Ahmed Abba's immediate release from prison....

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Somaliland journalists detained, accused of "false news"

December 20, 2017 2:25 PM ET

Nairobi, December 20, 2017 - Somaliland authorities should immediately release Ahmed Sa'ed and Abdirahman Mohamed Ege, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police on December 18 arrested the Somali journalists on allegations of publishing false news about the mayor of Berbera, a port city in the semi-autonomous region...

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Somaliland journalist detained without charge over false news claim

December 20, 2017 1:43 PM ET

Police in Gabiley arrested Abdirisak Dayib Ali on December 5, 2017 for allegedly publishing a false report on the news website Gabiley News earlier that month, according to his lawyer, Guleid Ahmed Jama, and Mohamud Abdi Jama, chair of the Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA)....

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Cameroon detains U.S.-Cameroonian writer over critical commentary

December 8, 2017 4:32 PM ET

Lomé, Togo, December 8, 2017--Cameroonian authorities detained Patrice Nganang, a Cameroonian-American academic and columnist, as he attempted to fly to Zimbabwe from Douala on December 6, according to his lawyer and media reports. The lawyer, Emmanuel Simh, told CPJ that Nganang is being held in Yaoundé on accusations of...

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Uganda detains newspaper editors, directors, holds them without charge

November 22, 2017 2:47 PM ET

Nairobi, November 22, 2017--Ugandan authorities should immediately release eight employees of the national newspaper Red Pepper who are being held in government detention without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's election ruling

November 20, 2017 2:58 PM ET

Journalists covering the result of Kenya's contested elections should be aware of the risk of unrest and violent protests. The Supreme Court on November 20 upheld incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta's victory over opposition candidate Raila Odinga in last month's repeat election, according to The New York Times. Odinga said he...

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Chadian journalist imprisoned after report on airline's alleged weapons smuggling

October 26, 2017 12:43 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2017--Chadian authorities should immediately release from detention and drop all charges against Juda Allahondoum, publisher of the weekly Le Visionnaire newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Kenya's repeat election and unrest

October 25, 2017 5:12 PM ET

The risk of unrest and violent protests in Kenya has increased after the country's electoral commission announced that repeat elections will be held on October 26. The order came after Kenya's Supreme Court annulled the result of an election in August that kept President Uhuru Kenyatta in power....

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Three Cameroonian journalists charged with criminal defamation

October 12, 2017 5:49 PM ET

Cotonou, October 12, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately halt the prosecution of three journalists after a judge on October 9 changed the charges against them mid-trial....

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