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Somali journalist arrested, held without charge

February 9, 2018 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, February 09, 2018--Somali authorities should immediately release Sabir Abdulkadir Warsame, a broadcast journalist with the privately owned Somali Cable TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sabir was arrested by regional security forces in the semi-autonomous state of Jubbaland on February 8 and has been held without...

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Ethiopia's Eskinder Nega refuses to sign false confession in exchange for prison release

February 9, 2018 11:58 AM ET

New York, February 9, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Ethiopian government's attempts today to compel Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to sign a false confession before releasing him under a presidential pardon. Eskinder, who has spent almost seven years in jail for his work, was one...

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Kenyan government ignores court order over broadcasting ban

February 2, 2018 2:01 PM ET

New York, February 2, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Kenyan government to obey a court order suspending a broadcasting ban on four privately owned television stations. A high court yesterday ordered the government to lift the ban on Citizen TV, Inooro TV, NTV, and KTN...

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Chad arrests local journalist over satire piece

January 31, 2018 4:47 PM ET

Judicial police in Chad's capital N'Djamena on January 29, 2018, released Mahamat Abakar Issa, the director of the weekly newspaper Alchahed, after detaining him for seven days, according to Djimet Witche Wahili, the director of the privately owned news site Alwihda Info....

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Kenya cuts TV transmissions over live coverage of opposition's Odinga

January 30, 2018 4:14 PM ET

Nairobi, January 30, 2018--Authorities in Kenya should immediately allow four privately owned television stations to resume broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Officials from the broadcast regulator the Communications Authority, accompanied by police, switched off transmitters today while the stations were broadcasting live coverage of an opposition...

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DRC journalist detained, accused of "compromising" president over bread truck photos

January 25, 2018 5:16 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the harassment and detention of Willy Akonda, a reporter with the privately owned ACTUALITE.CD news outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Benin media regulator threatens to prosecute online outlets over registration

January 24, 2018 2:58 PM ET

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), on December 21, 2017, threatened to shut down online publications that did not have authorization to distribute content, according to an HAAC press statement and the news website Beninwebtv....

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Two Nigerian journalists assaulted after denied access to Buhari appearance in Kaduna

January 19, 2018 11:59 AM ET

Nigerian police on January 4, 2018, denied at least 10 journalists access to the public commissioning of a dry port in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna state, and then assaulted at least two of the reporters, according to accounts form the two reporters, Enemaku Ojochigbe and Taye Adeni, and the Daily Trust...

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Tanzania slaps fines on 5 TV stations after they report on alleged human rights abuses

January 12, 2018 4:09 PM ET

Nairobi, January 12, 2018--Tanzanian authorities should immediately annul fines levied against five television stations that the country's regulatory commission accused of broadcasting seditious and unbalanced content, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Appeal hearing for Niger journalist postponed

January 9, 2018 1:52 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2018--An appeals court in Niger's capital, Niamey, yesterday postponed a hearing for Baba Alpha until March 12, the broadcast journalist's lawyer, Amadou Boubacar Mossi, told CPJ. Alpha, a reporter for the privately owned radio and television news agency Bonferey, is serving a two-year sentence for...

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