Africa

2018


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Lesotho military spokesman threatens investigative journalist

December 21, 2018 4:24 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2018--Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane must repudiate threats made by the military against Lesotho Times investigative journalist Pascalinah Kabi and ensure that the press can function without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Zambia, journalist jailed for 18 months for contempt of court

December 21, 2018 1:47 PM ET

Nairobi, December 21, 2018--Zambia's Supreme Court yesterday sentenced Derrick Sinjela, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Rainbow Newspaper, to 18 months in prison for contempt of court. Sinjela was convicted in September in relation to articles that accused the Supreme Court of corruption and questioned its handling of a case...

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CPJ calls on Cameroon's Biya to release critically ill journalist

December 19, 2018 3:35 PM ET

CPJ calls on Cameroon's president, Paul Biya, to release critically ill imprisoned journalist Thomas Awah Junior, the Northwest correspondent for privately owned Afrik 2 Radio in Yaoundé and publisher of the monthly Aghem Messenger magazine, on humanitarian grounds.

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One year after disappearance, CPJ calls for credible investigation into Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda's fate

November 21, 2018 2:37 PM ET

New York, November 21, 2018--One year after freelance journalist Azory Gwanda disappeared in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists reiterated its call for a credible investigation and public accounting of his fate....

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CPJ raises mistreatment of Africa team with Tanzania's president

November 16, 2018 11:40 AM ET

CPJ writes to President John Magufuli to express concern about the treatment of two members of our Africa program team who were detained by Tanzanian officials on November 7.

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CPJ outraged at Tanzania's treatment of its Africa program team

November 12, 2018 6:21 PM ET

New York, November 12, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed indignation at statements from Tanzanian authorities and South Africa's foreign minister justifying the detention of CPJ's Africa team in Dar es Salaam on November 7. Officials from both countries falsely claimed CPJ's Africa program coordinator Angela Quintal and sub-Saharan...

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CPJ calls on Cameroon to release and drop charges against Mimi Mefo

November 8, 2018 5:31 PM ET

Abidjan, November 8, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release and drop all charges against Mimi Mefo, the head of English news and a presenter for the privately owned Equinoxe television and radio station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mefo, who also runs Mimi Mefo Info, her own...

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Detained CPJ staffers released in Tanzania

November 8, 2018 8:09 AM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release of Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, from detention in Tanzania and called for Tanzanian authorities to halt their ongoing crackdown against a free press....

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CPJ calls on Tanzania authorities to release staff Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo

November 7, 2018 3:31 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2018--Authorities in Tanzania should immediately release Angela Quintal, Africa program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Muthoki Mumo, CPJ's sub-Saharan Africa representative, and return their passports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Cameroon authorities summon journalist Mimi Mefo

November 2, 2018 5:26 PM ET

New York, November 2, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should halt their intimidation of journalist Mimi Mefo and ensure that she can work safely without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Radio journalist gunned down in Somalia

October 31, 2018 5:42 PM ET

Nairobi, Kenya, October 31, 2018--Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate the killing of radio journalist Abdullahi Mire Hashi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two unidentified gunmen shot Abdullahi in the town of Elasha Biyaha, about 17 km from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on October 27,...

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Cameroon detains journalist for a week, fails to disclose charge

October 30, 2018 4:24 PM ET

Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 30, 2018--Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release or disclose charges against Michel Biem Tong, editor of the privately owned Hurinews website, who was detained on October 23 after being summoned to the State Secretariat for Defense in the capital, Yaoundé, the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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Qatar embassy in Swaziland briefly detains two journalists

October 25, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Security staff detained two Times of Swaziland journalists for more than an hour at the Qatar Embassy in Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, on October 5, 2018, according to a statement by the local chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). The journalists were detained after a senior diplomat...

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DRC authorities close two opposition radio stations

October 17, 2018 4:04 PM ET

Goma, October 17, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately reopen two opposition-owned radio stations--Radio Liberté Lisala and Radio Mwana Mboka (Rammbo)--and halt the intimidation of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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DRC newspaper editor detained for criminal defamation

October 12, 2018 6:19 PM ET

Goma, October 12, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Sylvanie Kiaku, editor of the privately owned weekly newspaper La Percée, who was arrested on October 10 in the capital, Kinshasa, and drop charges of criminal defamation against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Somali authorities detain journalist accused of spreading 'false news'

September 26, 2018 1:46 PM ET

Nairobi, September 26, 2018--Authorities in the Somali state of Galmudug should immediately release broadcast journalist Mohamed Abdiwali Tohow without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. Intelligence personnel detained the journalist on September 22 over a report broadcast the previous day for the Mogadishu-based Radio Kulmiye, according to...

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Journalist dies in Puntland of injuries sustained in knife attack

September 21, 2018 2:13 PM ET

Nairobi, September 21, 2018--Police in Puntland, a semi-autonomous region in Somalia, should rigorously investigate the killing of Abdirisak Said Osman, a reporter and photographer with the privately owned radio station Codka Nabada, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests

September 21, 2018 12:34 PM ET

Nairobi, September 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure internet is available, including during times of unrest when access to information provided by journalists is crucial. Mobile internet was unavailable in the capital, Addis Ababa, from September 17 to the morning of September 19...

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Malian radio station suspended for 11 days for alleged incitement to revolt

September 20, 2018 6:14 PM ET

Bamako's governor, Colonel Déberekoua Soara, indefinitely suspended Renouveau FM, a privately owned radio station in Bamako, Mali's capital, on August 1, 2018. The station was accused by Soara of alleged incitement to hatred and revolt on a popular current affairs show, the broadcaster's director, Sidi Mohamed Dicko, told CPJ....

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Ugandan police arrest at least 8 journalists covering opposition MP Bobi Wine

September 20, 2018 4:18 PM ET

Nairobi, September 20, 2018--Police in Uganda detained at least eight journalists covering the return of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from the U.S, according to media reports and local journalists. The arrests are the latest incident of Ugandan security personnel assaulting, harassing, or arresting journalists...

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Abuja court dismisses case against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

September 17, 2018 2:36 PM ET

New York, September 17, 2018--An Abuja magistrate's court today struck out a case against Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Weekly Source, Samuel Ogala, a lawyer who represents Abiri, told CPJ. The court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over the state where the alleged wrongdoing...

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DRC journalist jailed for criminal defamation

September 14, 2018 3:10 PM ET

Goma, September 14, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo should immediately release Tharcisse Zongia, editor-in-chief of the satirical weekly Grognon, who was jailed on September 6 in Kinshasa for criminal defamation, and take action to abolish the country's criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Newspaper journalist assaulted and briefly abducted in Kenya

September 6, 2018 12:27 PM ET

Nairobi, September 6, 2018--Authorities in Kenya should carry out a thorough investigation and bring to justice those responsible for the September 3 assault and abduction of Daily Nation journalist Barrack Oduor and the death of his source, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Burundi, three journalists attacked and prevented from covering protest

September 6, 2018 12:00 PM ET

Police on August 27 allegedly attacked three journalists with the privately owned station Radio Culture and prevented them from reporting on a land dispute in Ngagara, a neighborhood in the capital, Bujumbura, according to two of the journalists and a Facebook post by SOS Médias Burundi, a collective of...

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Benin newspaper suspended over its critical reporting of the president

September 5, 2018 10:35 AM ET

Goma, September 5, 2018--Authorities in Benin should immediately reverse an order to suspend indefinitely the privately owned daily, La Nouvelle Tribune, and allow it to continue operating without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ghanaian journalist abducted and beaten over critical story on opposition politician

August 31, 2018 5:19 PM ET

New York, August 31, 2018--Ghanaian authorities should thoroughly investigate and bring to justice all those responsible for an attack on Jerry Azanduna, a reporter with the government-funded Ghana News Agency (GNA), and ensure his belongings are returned, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria's Fresh FM radio station partially demolished following critical reporting

August 27, 2018 5:56 PM ET

Fresh FM, a privately owned radio station based in Ibadan city, in Nigeria's southwestern Oyo state, was partially demolished by bulldozer during the early hours of August 19, 2018, upon the order of the Oyo state government, Samson Akindele, head of news for Fresh FM, and David Ajiboye, station...

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Ugandan police arrest and detain radio presenter overnight

August 27, 2018 2:50 PM ET

Ugandan police on August 17, 2018 detained Samuel Kyambadde, a political show host and news presenter with the privately owned Metro FM, on allegations that he incited violence during his program, Kyambadde told CPJ on August 22. The journalist was released on bond the following day and is required...

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Ugandan security forces attack and detain journalists covering protests

August 23, 2018 2:27 PM ET

Nairobi, August 23, 2018--Security forces beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on August 20, and confiscated or damaged their equipment. CPJ today condemned the attacks and called on Ugandan authorities to hold those responsible to account....

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Tanzania police detain journalist overnight on allegations of unlawful assembly

August 21, 2018 3:21 PM ET

Nairobi, August 21, 2018--Police in Tanzania should drop allegations of illegal assembly against Sitta Tumma, a journalist who was arrested on August 8 and detained overnight, and investigate allegations that he was assaulted by security personnel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two Congolese journalists arrested for investigating land dispute

August 17, 2018 5:12 PM ET

Two journalists, Yolande Kusaya and Cédrick Kidimbu, with the privately owned Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV) were arrested in Nsele municipality of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on July 17, 2018, and detained for four days at the prosecutor's office in Kinkole, a suburb northeast...

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Ugandan security personnel arrest, assault journalists covering electoral unrest

August 17, 2018 11:58 AM ET

Nairobi, August 17, 2018-- Authorities in Uganda should immediately drop charges of incitement and malicious damage to property against two journalists and investigate allegations that security personnel on August 13 and August 14 assaulted members of the press reporting on political unrest in northern Uganda's Arua District, the Committee...

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Nigerian journalist jailed for refusing to reveal source

August 16, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, August 16, 2018--Nigerian police should immediately release journalist Samuel Ogundipe, drop all charges against him, and cease efforts to pressure him to reveal any journalistic sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ welcomes release of Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

August 15, 2018 5:02 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release today after over two years in detention of Jones Abiri, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source newspaper. CPJ urges Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Abiri and ensure those responsible for his over two years...

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Lesotho authorities accuse MoAfrika FM of incitement for critical reports

August 15, 2018 3:40 PM ET

Nairobi, August 15, 2018-- Authorities in Lesotho should immediately withdraw a baseless complaint of incitement against the privately owned MoAfrika FM radio station and cease trying to intimidate critical journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mozambican government imposes crippling fees on independent media

August 15, 2018 1:29 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2018--Authorities in Mozambique should immediately reverse plans to impose prohibitively high financial charges that unduly target independent media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A July 23, 2018, government decree outlined massive hikes in registration fees to be paid to the government-run Gabinete de...

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Cameroon community radio destroyed in alleged arson attack

August 9, 2018 12:39 PM ET

Johannesburg, August 9, 2018--Cameroonian authorities should speedily investigate an alleged arson attack on community radio station Sky FM in the volatile Northwest region and ensure those responsible are prosecuted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan journalist attacked twice while covering parliamentary elections

August 8, 2018 2:11 PM ET

Nairobi, August 8, 2018--Authorities in Uganda should rigorously investigate two attacks on journalist Damba Wiziri that occurred while he was covering a recent national parliamentary election in Sheema Municipality, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan parliamentarians harass journalists following corruption allegations

August 3, 2018 4:28 PM ET

Nairobi, August 3, 2018--Parliamentarians in Kenya should stop harassing journalists and allow them to report on the legislature without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Jones Abiri finally in court; Nigeria must release him

August 2, 2018 6:42 PM ET

New York, August 2, 2018--Nigerian authorities should release without delay Jones Abiri, publisher and editor in chief of the Weekly Source newspaper, and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Nigeria's state security service, known as the DSS, arrested Abiri on July 21, 2016,...

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Killing of 3 Russian investigative journalists in Central African Republic must be probed

August 1, 2018 5:17 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Central African Republic, Russia, and the U.N. to investigate the deaths of three Russian journalists killed while on assignment in CAR....

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Congolese police detain journalists, seize equipment at Kinshasa TV studio

August 1, 2018 3:49 PM ET

Goma, August, 1, 2018--Congolese police raided the privately owned television production studio Kin Lartus, detained at least 10 of the studio's journalists, and seized equipment, according to Kin Lartus journalists and a local, independent press freedom group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged authorities to return confiscated materials...

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Somali cameraperson shot dead in Mogadishu

July 31, 2018 3:15 PM ET

Nairobi, July 31, 2018--Authorities in Somalia should rigorously investigate the killing of Abdirizak Kasim Iman, a cameraperson for the privately owned SBS TV, who was shot dead in Mogadishu on the afternoon of July 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian musician Davido's security punches reporter

July 27, 2018 3:09 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2018-- Nigerian musician Davido should hold accountable those responsible for the assault of Adekanmbi Damilola, CEO of the online entertainment news platform NoStoryTV, by a member of his private security team and ensure journalists can safely cover his events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

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Ghanaian journalist beaten by police

July 25, 2018 11:43 AM ET

Latif Iddrisu, a Ghanaian broadcast journalist for the privately owned JoyFM radio station and JoyNews television channel, was beaten by a group of police officers at the criminal investigation department (CID) headquarters in the country's capital, Accra, on March 27, 2018, the journalist told CPJ during a May 5...

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In Ethiopia, driver for news crew dies from injuries after attack

July 23, 2018 10:58 AM ET

Nairobi, July 23, 2017--Authorities in Ethiopia should investigate an attack on a news crew from the state-owned Dire Dawa Mass Media Agency that led to the death of the crew's driver, Suleiman Mahamed, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Guinean journalist detained on defamation charges

July 22, 2018 4:27 PM ET

Guinean authorities arrested journalist Saliou Diallo in the country's capital, Conakry, on June 19, 2018, and detained him in the city's central prison on defamation charges, according to his lawyer, Moussa Diallo, who is unrelated to the journalist....

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Nigerian Broadcasting Commission closes Ekiti state radio and TV

July 18, 2018 12:10 PM ET

New York, July 18, 2018--The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the federal government-run broadcast regulator, should immediately permit the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) to reopen, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 14, police acting on the order of the NBC evacuated the state government-owned radio...

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Republic of Congo releases Bemba after nearly 18 months without charge

July 3, 2018 4:24 PM ET

New York, July 3, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the release after nearly 18 months in prison without charge of Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, in Brazzaville. CPJ urged authorities in the Republic of Congo not to pursue further legal action...

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Ethiopia allows access to over 260 blocked websites

June 22, 2018 1:24 PM ET

New York, June 22, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the Ethiopian government's decision to allow access to 264 websites, including news outlets and blogs, that were blocked in the country. In a tweet today, Fitsum Arega, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff, said that the sites...

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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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Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

May 10, 2018 11:40 AM ET

Nairobi, May 10, 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom....

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Burundi media regulator suspends BBC and VOA, warns other broadcasters

May 7, 2018 5:37 PM ET

Nairobi, May 7, 2018--Authorities in Burundi should immediately lift a six-month licensing suspension imposed on radio broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Voice of America (VOA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Burundi's National Communication Council (CNC), the media industry regulator, on May 4 accused the...

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Cameroon military court orders radio journalist to be held for at least 6 months

May 7, 2018 3:22 PM ET

New York, May 7, 2018--Cameroonian authorities must immediately release broadcaster Akumbom Elvis McCarthy from detention and ensure that the country's military courts are not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ expresses concerns to Ethiopia's PM about lack of media freedom in the country

May 3, 2018 10:55 AM ET

CPJ writes to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urging him to call for reforms that will encourage a diverse and free press in Ethiopia and uphold the public's access to information.

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Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia

April 18, 2018 5:49 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2018--Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ concerned with developments in trial against Angolan journalists

April 16, 2018 5:33 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a decision by Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption news website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenco, a correspondent for the newspaper O Crime, behind closed doors instead...

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Liberia should reform libel laws in wake of $1.8 million civil lawsuit against Front Page Africa

April 11, 2018 5:46 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa, a privately owned Liberian newspaper that has long been the subject of complaints and harassment for its critical reporting on successive governments....

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CPJ calls on Niger to stop persecuting journalist Baba Alpha

April 5, 2018 2:41 PM ET

New York, April 5, 2018--Nigerien authorities should reverse the expulsion of journalist Baba Alpha and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. After jailing him for a year, authorities on April 3 released Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency...

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DRC journalist Eliezer Ntambwe detained without charge

April 4, 2018 5:25 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2018--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately release Eliezer Ntambwe, a journalist and presenter at the privately owned news outlet and YouTube channel Tokomi Wapi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mozambique journalist abducted, assaulted

March 28, 2018 5:49 PM ET

New York, March 28, 2018--Mozambican authorities should launch a credible investigation into the abduction and assault of Ericino de Salema, a prominent journalist and human rights lawyer, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Kenyan journalists assaulted by police at Nairobi airport

March 27, 2018 4:15 PM ET

Nairobi, March 27, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Kenya to immediately investigate the assault of journalists by police at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi yesterday. According to media reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ, police officers attacked reporters covering an opposition...

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Ethiopia arrests at least five journalists during state of emergency

March 26, 2018 4:10 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to release five journalists. Security forces yesterday arrested Eskinder Nega, Temesghen Desalegn, Zone 9 bloggers Befekadu Hailu and Mahlet Fantahun, and Zelalem Workagegnehu, who were gathered at Temesghen's house in Addis Ababa, according to reports and...

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In DRC at least six journalists detained during anti-government protests

March 23, 2018 3:21 PM ET

Congolese security forces on November 30, 2017, detained at least six local journalists and confiscated their equipment as they tried to cover countrywide protests over President Joseph Kabila's refusal to stand down when his second five-year term in office expired in 2016 and his refusal to hold elections, according...

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DRC authorities cut access to internet and SMS ahead of protests

March 22, 2018 1:34 PM ET

On December 30, 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Telecommunications Minister, Emery Okundji, ordered the country's telecommunications providers to shut internet and SMS services across the country, according to a media report and the local press freedom group L'Observatoire de la liberté de la Presse en Afrique, (the Observatory...

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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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Somaliland journalist detained without charge

February 21, 2018 3:34 PM ET

Nairobi, February 21, 2018--Somaliland authorities should immediately release Mohamed Aabi Digaale, the Hargeisa bureau chief for the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Mohamed on February 17 and have been holding him without charge, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of the advocacy organization...

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Benin suspends local paper for insulting president

February 20, 2018 5:29 PM ET

Benin's media regulator, the High Authority for Broadcasting and Communication (HAAC), ordered the privately owned daily L'Audace Info on February 8, 2018 to suspend indefinitely its print and online editions after it allegedly insulted the president, the paper's editor, Romuald Alingo, told CPJ....

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CPJ calls on Ethiopia to drop case against Zone 9 blogger

February 16, 2018 12:57 PM ET

Nairobi, February 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ethiopian authorities to drop an incitement charge against Zone 9 blogger Atnafu Berhane. Prosecutors told a court on February 14 they planned to drop the charge today, but the process was delayed by a paperwork error, Atnafu told...

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Ugandan journalist seized in Kampala following investigative report

February 14, 2018 4:22 PM ET

Nairobi, February 14, 2018--Ugandan authorities must make every effort to secure the safe release of Charles Etukuri, an investigative journalist for the state-owned New Vision newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five unidentified men dressed in military camouflage seized Etukuri outside the newspaper's office in Kampala yesterday,...

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Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye released from prison

February 14, 2018 4:11 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news that Ethiopian journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye are free from prison after each served nearly seven years....

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ECOWAS court rules Gambia violated rights of journalists

February 14, 2018 3:14 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Gambian government to act on a judgment passed today by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to immediately repeal its laws on criminal libel, sedition, and false news....

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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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Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges

January 8, 2018 4:29 PM ET

Nairobi, January 08, 2017--A Somaliland regional court yesterday sentenced journalists Mohamed Abdilaahi Dabshid and Ahmed Dirie Liltire, to two years of prison on charges of conducting propaganda against the state, bringing Somaliland into contempt and "bringing the flag or national emblem of a foreign state" into contempt, according to...

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Nigerian journalist detained over critical article he didn't write

January 8, 2018 2:53 PM ET

Lomé, January 8, 2018--Nigerian authorities should immediately release Timothy Elombah, editor of the news website Elombah, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces arrested the journalist at his home in Nnewi, a city in Anambra state, on January 1, 2018, according to his lawyer, Obunike Ohaegbu, and...

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Somali authorities arrest local journalist following critical reporting

January 4, 2018 5:23 PM ET

Nairobi, January 4, 2017--Somali authorities should immediately release Abdishakur Abdullahi Ahmed, also known as Shaasha, who works as a correspondent for the Nairobi-based RTN Somali TV channel and owns a local radio station, City FM, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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