Africa

2017

  

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

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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Residents pass a burning barricade in Kibera, Nairobi, on October 25, the day before presidential re-elections are held. Journalists covering the vote should take safety precautions. (AFP/Marco Longari)

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

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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President Paul Biya of Cameroon addresses the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters on September 22, 2017. A trial judge on October 9 charged three journalists with criminal defamation for their

Three Cameroonian journalists charged with criminal defamation

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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A general view of Hargeisa in May 2016. A court in the city sentenced a Somaliland journalist to 18 months in prison. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Somaliland court jails journalist for 18 months

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 and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé, pictured at the Bienal de Curitiba in October 2015, is critical of Equatoguinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. (Eloísa Vaello Marco)

Cartoonist detained in Equatorial Guinea for weeks without charge

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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Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses party supporters in Gweru, Zimbabwe, on September 1. Police detained a journalist, Kenneth Nyangani, for reporting that Mugabe allegedly donated used underwear and women's nightgowns to ruling party supporters. (AP/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

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

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 of the country’s ruling ZANU-PF party,…

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Somaliland police ride horses during independence celebrations in Hargeisa in 2013. Authorities in the region are detaining a journalist on false news accusations. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somaliland journalist detained on false news accusation

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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Journalists Not Terrorists

Video: Ahmed Abba’s sister appeals for his release

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Journalists Not Terrorists

Video: Cameroon’s journalists face suppression

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Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least…

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2017