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DRC security forces harass journalists covering Kabila protests

March 19, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 31, 2017, harassed at least three journalists who were reporting on protests in the capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to...

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South Sudan suspends broadcast of UN-backed radio station

March 9, 2018 5:40 PM ET

New York, March 9, 2018--South Sudanese authorities should allow the UN-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The South Sudanese Media Regulatory Authority ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had not acquired a broadcasting license, according to a copy...

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Ethiopia arrests critical blogger Seyoum Teshome

March 9, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Nairobi, March 9, 2018--Ethiopian authorities should immediately release Seyoum Teshome, who publishes the Ethiothinktank blog, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces yesterday arrested Seyoum at his home near the Woliso campus of Ambo University, where he lectures, according to witnesses who spoke with Voice of America...

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Three journalists arrested, equipment seized in Mali

March 9, 2018 9:51 AM ET

Malian police on February 22, 2018, arrested three journalists from the privately owned MaliActu news website, and seized equipment from the news website's office in the capital, Bamako, according to Sega Diarrah, the outlet's Paris-based owner, and local media reports. Officers did not have a warrant, according to reports....

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Equatorial Guinea releases from prison journalist Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé

March 7, 2018 12:31 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed news that Equatoguinean cartoonist and blogger Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé is free from prison after serving more than five months in a Malabo jail on false charges of money laundering and counterfeiting....

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Nigerian journalist Tony Ezimakor released; colleague remains behind bars

March 6, 2018 7:06 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the release today of Tony Ezimakor, Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, who was held by Nigeria's Department of State Services (DSS) since February 28. Ezimakor was released unconditionally from DSS custody in Abuja around 10:30...

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Nigeria's intelligence agency detains journalist to force him to reveal sources

March 6, 2018 4:59 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after distributing this alert, CPJ learned that Ezimakor was freed just prior to publication. CPJ issued a separate statement concerning his release. Lomé, March 6, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release immediately Tony Ezimakor, the Abuja bureau chief of the privately owned Daily Independent newspaper, and stop trying...

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CPJ urges Angola's president to champion press freedom

March 2, 2018 11:40 AM ET

CPJ urges Angola's President Joao Lourenco to champion the protection of journalists and news outlets, repeal criminal defamation and insult laws, and for the State to drop criminal charges against journalists who were targeted in retaliation for their work.

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Two Nigerian journalists charged with cybercrime

February 27, 2018 2:09 PM ET

Lomé, February 27, 2018--Nigerian authorities should immediately drop plans to charge Timothy and Daniel Elombah, editor and chief executive respectively, of the independent Elombah news website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Somaliland's president to prioritize press freedom

February 26, 2018 9:38 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists writes to the President of the Republic of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi urging him to free imprisoned journalists and ensure news outlets can operate freely.

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