Africa / 2017

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Cameroonian police detain freelance documentary maker on terrorism charges

August 21, 2017 12:43 PM ET

Police arrested Hans Achomba, a Cameroonian freelance journalist and documentary film-maker, in Bamenda on January 23, 2017, according to his wife, Lilian Shiya....

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Kenyan journalists harassed, detained reporting on election violence

August 17, 2017 5:39 PM ET

Nairobi, August 17, 2017--Authorities in Kenya should credibly investigate incidents of harassment against journalists covering the aftermath of August 8's disputed elections and should reform Kenya's Firearms Act to lower the barriers on journalists' ability to wear protective gear, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police raid Congolese radio station for report on new tax

August 10, 2017 10:00 AM ET

New York, August 10, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should thoroughly and credibly investigate an August 5 police raid on Radio Télévision Chrétienne (RTC), return all seized equipment, ensure the protection of journalist José Mbuyi, and hold all those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect...

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Journalist detained without charge in Puntland

August 9, 2017 5:52 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2017--Authorities in Puntland should unconditionally and immediately release journalist Omar Saeed Mohammed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Omar, who works for the news website Horseed Media and the privately owned Somali Cable TV channel, on August 6, 2017, in Garowe, the administrative...

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Journalists detained, harassed, beaten covering Congo protests

August 3, 2017 4:11 PM ET

New York, August 3, 2017--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should cease harassing and detaining journalists and should allow them to cover protests and other events of public interest without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gabonese radio journalist, union leader convicted of defamation

July 28, 2017 5:49 PM ET

An appeals court in Gabon on July 26, 2017, upheld a lower court's conviction of Gildas Biviga, a journalist for Radio Gabon, on defamation charges, but reduced his sentence to time served and ordered his release, according to media reports....

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South Sudan authorities block access to at least four media websites

July 20, 2017 5:42 PM ET

New York, July 19, 2017 -- South Sudanese authorities should immediately unblock the websites of at least four media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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South Sudan detains director of public broadcaster for more than a week

July 18, 2017 3:19 PM ET

Nairobi, July 18, 2017--South Sudanese authorities should immediately release Adil Faris Mayat, the director of the country's public broadcaster, South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. National Security Service agents arrested Mayat in Juba on July 10, according to media reports....

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Nigerian court orders journalist facing false reporting charge to be detained

July 17, 2017 5:01 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Luka Binniyat and release the journalist from jail immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A judge ordered the journalist to be detained on charges of "breach of public peace" and false reporting over an article he wrote...

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Nigerian police raid offices of daily newspaper The Sun

July 13, 2017 4:48 PM ET

Nigerian police working with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria raided the Lagos headquarters of the daily newspaper The Sun, on the morning of June 12, 2017, according to a statement by The Sun....

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