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Somaliland bans operations of privately owned newspaper

June 21, 2018 5:58 PM ET

New York, June 21, 2018--Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately lift a ban on the operations of Waaberi newspaper, a privately owned daily, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A Hargeisa regional court issued an order suspending the newspaper on June 19 on allegations of...

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Nigerian president Buhari must ensure release of journalist Jones Abiri

June 20, 2018 5:33 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 20 other organizations call for the release of journalist Jones Abiri, who has been held by Nigeria's Department of State Security (DSS) for nearly two years, and the DSS to be held accountable for its attacks against journalists in Nigeria.

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Ugandan president, officials verbally attack and threaten media

June 18, 2018 3:15 PM ET

Nairobi, June 18, 2018--Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should stop making statements that denigrate and threaten the press, and ensure that his government does not take actions that conflate journalism with terrorism or national security threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzania forces forums, blogs, and streaming websites to comply with draconian regulations

June 12, 2018 5:48 PM ET

Nairobi, June 12, 2018-- Authorities in Tanzania should immediately rescind regulations that force online forums, blogs, and streaming websites to register with the government--a process that requires them to pay large entry fees and comply with draconian regulations--and withdraw threats of legal action for noncompliance, the Committee to Protect...

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In Ghana, investigative film crew faces death threats, harassment

June 4, 2018 5:57 PM ET

New York, June 4, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ghanaian member of parliament Kennedy Agyapong to stop threatening investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and those perceived as close to his undercover investigative film, "Number 12," about corruption and football in Ghana....

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Somaliland arrests journalists, bans TV stations

June 1, 2018 12:04 PM ET

Nairobi, June 1, 2018--Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should desist from detaining and harassing journalists covering a conflict with Puntland and lift an operations ban on two television stations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan authorities arrest blogger after posts on alleged official corruption

May 30, 2018 5:11 PM ET

Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi was arrested on May 14, 2018, on allegations of publishing "alarming" content about senior civil servants, according to court documents seen by the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was released on May 17 following the intervention of the director of public prosecutions, the blogger and...

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Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

May 22, 2018 4:04 PM ET

New York, May 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed yesterday's ruling by Lesotho's Constitutional Court that criminal defamation is unconstitutional, calling it a significant step toward safeguarding press freedom in the country....

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Puntland authorities detain journalist without charge

May 18, 2018 12:31 PM ET

Nairobi, May 18, 2018--Authorities in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in Somalia, should immediately release journalist Ibrahim Obo Daud, also known as Suldan Godogodo, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ibrahim was arrested on May 4 in Garowe, the administrative capital of Puntland, according to Media Association of Puntland...

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Gambia declares criminal defamation unconstitutional, keeps some laws on sedition, false news

May 10, 2018 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Gambian Supreme Court's decision yesterday to declare criminal defamation unconstitutional, but is dismayed that segments of the country's criminal code on sedition and false news were upheld....

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