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Somaliland court jails journalist for 18 months

October 10, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Nairobi, October 10, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the conviction and sentencing of Somaliland journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir during a one-day trial held without the journalist's lawyer....

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Cartoonist detained in Equatorial Guinea for weeks without charge

October 6, 2017 5:09 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2017--Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should immediately release cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, whom they have held without charge for weeks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Zimbabwe arrests NewsDay journalist over story on first lady's underwear donation

October 3, 2017 12:59 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him. Nyangani was arrested yesterday and charged with criminal nuisance for reporting that First Lady Grace Mugabe had donated used underwear to supporters...

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Somaliland journalist detained on false news accusation

September 27, 2017 11:16 AM ET

Nairobi, September 27, 2017--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Adan Dirir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested the Somali journalist on September 16 on allegations of incitement and publishing false news, local journalist groups told CPJ....

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Cameroon publisher detained for more than eight months

September 18, 2017 6:11 PM ET

Police arrested Mofor Ndong, the Bamenda-based publisher of the independent bi-monthly newspaper, Voice of the Voiceless, on February 9, 2017 in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking Southwest region, according to media reports....

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Calls for Republic of the Congo president to free jailed Talassa editor

September 18, 2017 11:25 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières write to Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, about Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, who has been jailed without charge since January.

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Somali journalist dies after suicide bomber targets café

September 14, 2017 5:54 PM ET

Nairobi, September 14--Somali broadcast journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim died yesterday from injuries sustained on September 10 when a suicide bomber attacked a café in Beldweyne where members of the press gather, Somalia's Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and the journalist's colleagues, told CPJ....

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DRC journalist faces defamation charge over report on minister

September 1, 2017 4:56 PM ET

New York City, September 1, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should drop all charges against Jeef Mwingamb, editor-in-chief of the weekly Le Fédéral, and release him immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroon releases three journalists jailed under anti-terror law

September 1, 2017 1:57 PM ET

New York, September 1, 2017--The office of President Paul Biya announced August 30 that Cameroon is ending criminal proceedings against those detained during unrest in the country's two English-speaking regions. Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, political editor of The Sun, Tim Finnian, editor of Life Time magazine, and Hans Achomba, a...

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Cameroon arrests journalists on terror charges

August 31, 2017 7:01 PM ET

Police arrested Atia Tilarious Azohnwi, the political editor of The Sun, and Amos Fofung, a bureau chief at The Guardian Post, on February 9, 2017, in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking Southwest region, according to media reports. Their arrest came a few hours after police detained a third Cameroonian,...

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