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Assailants attack Rave Television journalist, break camera during Nigeria protest

December 23, 2019 6:14 PM ET

On November 9, 2019, a group of people attacked Jimoh Ogirima, a journalist with the privately owned broadcaster Rave Television, in Nigeria’s southern Edo State, and damaged his camera while he filmed a protest, according to the news website Newspad, the Ghana-based press freedom organization Media Foundation for West...

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Benin authorities arrest journalist Ignace Sossou, question him about Facebook posts

December 23, 2019 5:47 PM ET

Vancouver, Canada, December 23, 2019 -- Authorities in Benin should immediately release and halt efforts to intimidate journalist Ignace Sossou and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somali authorities shut down radio station City FM, seek to question owner

December 23, 2019 5:08 PM ET

Nairobi, December 23, 2019 -- Somali authorities should immediately allow local broadcaster City FM to reopen and let its staffers work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship

December 10, 2019 6:00 PM ET

New York, December 10, 2019—Nigerian authorities should halt all efforts to intimidate journalists working with the U.S.-headquartered, Nigeria-focused Sahara Reporters news website and ensure they are permitted to continue working to report the news, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian journalists attacked and threatened while covering Bayelsa and Kogi state elections

November 19, 2019 4:33 PM ET

Abuja, November 19, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the harassment of journalists working to cover the November 16 gubernatorial and federal assembly elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today...

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Somaliland police shut down Horn Cable TV, arrest its editor

November 19, 2019 2:44 PM ET

Nairobi, November 19, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland to immediately allow the privately owned Horn Cable TV to operate freely and to unconditionally release its chief editor, Abdiqaadir Saleban Aseyr, also known as Coday....

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Nigerian security forces fire on journalists, protesters

November 15, 2019 5:13 PM ET

Abuja, November 15, 2019 – Nigerian authorities should investigate attacks by security forces on journalists at a recent protest in Abuja, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Congolese journalist detained for five days over defamation complaint

November 6, 2019 3:56 PM ET

On October 21, 2019, police arrested Achiko Ngaya, editor of the privately owned newspaper Les Nouvelles du Soir, in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ngaya told CPJ. The journalist said he was detained for five days and charged with criminal defamation....

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Three journalists beaten by Sierra Leone presidential bodyguards in September

November 1, 2019 1:41 PM ET

On September 8, 2019, bodyguards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio attacked three journalists who were covering a football match in Freetown, the capital, according to the journalists, who spoke to CPJ, and news reports....

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Nigerian journalists charged with criminal defamation, breach of peace

October 29, 2019 12:07 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2019—Authorities should drop all charges against journalists Joe Ogbodu and Prince Amour Udemude, and reform Nigeria’s penal code to ensure that journalism is not criminalized, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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