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Ugandan commentator arrested over Facebook post critical of president

July 17, 2019 12:55 PM ET

On July 12, 2019, plainclothes police in Kireka, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda's capital, arrested Joseph Kabuleta, a local minister and former reporter who regularly posts political commentary on social media, for allegedly posting "offensive communication against the person of the President" online, according to a July 12 police...

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In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

July 10, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Nairobi, July 10, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead....

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Two Ghanaian journalists arrested and interrogated, one allegedly tortured in custody

July 9, 2019 9:55 AM ET

New York, July 9, 2019 -- Ghana's Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice should immediately launch an independent investigation into the arrests of Modern Ghana editor Emmanuel Ajarfor Abugri and reporter Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum and security forces' alleged torture of Abugri, and hold those responsible to account, the...

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Burkina Faso parliament passes legal revisions criminalizing false news, reporting on terrorism

July 3, 2019 10:30 AM ET

New York, July 3, 2019 -- Burkina Faso authorities should prevent the enactment of revisions of the penal code that criminalize false news and reporting on terrorism or security operations, and ensure laws do not permit jail time for reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls for charges to be dropped against Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri

June 27, 2019 4:40 PM ET

New York, June 27, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Nigerian authorities to release journalist Jones Abiri and drop cybercrime, anti-sabotage, and terrorism charges against him....

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CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendments

June 21, 2019 1:25 PM ET

Nairobi, June 21, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Tanzanian lawmakers to revise a set of proposed legislative amendments, some of which would pose undue restrictions on freedom of expression....

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Cameroonian journalist detained on criminal defamation and false news charges

June 20, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Abidjan, June 20, 2019 -- Cameroonian authorities should immediately release journalist Paul Chouta and drop criminal defamation and false news charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Authorities in Somaliland shut down 2 TV stations for 'threatening national security'

June 19, 2019 4:45 PM ET

Nairobi, June 19, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately lift an indefinite ban on two privately owned television stations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police arrest, assault 2 AFP journalists in Central African Republic

June 19, 2019 2:55 PM ET

Goma, Congo, June 19, 2019 -- Authorities in the Central African Republic should investigate police who allegedly assaulted two French reporters and ensure that journalists can work freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel and 'offensive communication'

June 14, 2019 4:24 PM ET

Nairobi, June 14, 2019 -- Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately owned news website The Drone Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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