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Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

March 30, 2019 5:35 PM ET

New York, March 30, 2019--Unidentified men today arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, according to news reports, as well as a local activist with whom CPJ spoke and posts on social media....

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East African court rules that Tanzania's Media Services Act violates press freedom

March 28, 2019 5:06 PM ET

Nairobi, March 28, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed a ruling today by the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) that multiple sections of Tanzania's Media Services Act restrict press freedom and freedom of expression, and called on the Tanzanian government to repeal the act....

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Two journalists held in pretrial detention since February in Comoros

March 26, 2019 2:56 PM ET

Nairobi, March 26, 2019 -- Authorities in the Comoros should immediately release journalists Abdallah Abdou Hassane and Oubeidillah Mchangama, who have been held in pretrial detention on an array of charges for over a month, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Zambia suspends independent TV broadcaster for 30 days

March 22, 2019 3:50 PM ET

Cape Town, March 22, 2019 -- Zambia's minister of information and broadcasting should grant an appeal requested by the privately owned Prime TV broadcaster and allow the station back on air after the country's media regulator suspended its license for 30 days for alleged unprofessionalism, the Committee to Protect...

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Zimbabwe must release filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele

March 21, 2019 5:02 PM ET

New York, March 21--State security today arrested documentary filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele and charged him with "possession of offensive weapons at public gatherings," under Section 43 of Zimbabwe's Criminal Law Code, according to his lawyers and news reports. Security officers found a used tear gas canister in the journalist's car...

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Ghanaian police beat, arrest journalist Malik Sullemana

March 21, 2019 12:50 PM ET

Dakar, Senegal, March 21, 2019 -- Authorities in Ghana should hold to account the police officers responsible for beating journalist Malik Sullemana, ensure a thorough investigation into their actions, and protect the safety of the press during interactions with police, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Southern Africa

March 20, 2019 2:31 PM ET

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall during the night of March 14 and 15 in the Sofala province of Mozambique. The storm continued inland, causing flooding across Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe and Malawi. The port city of Beira, Mozambique's fourth largest city, has been flattened and the humanitarian crisis...

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Congolese journalist jailed for one year for insulting governor

March 14, 2019 2:55 PM ET

Cape Town, March 14, 2019 -- Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not oppose journalist Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe's appeal of a year-long prison sentence for insulting a provincial governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalists in Nigeria detained, harassed, and assaulted while covering state elections

March 13, 2019 9:10 AM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 13, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the detention, harassment, and assault of journalists nationwide during the March 9 gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigerian authorities should allow Jay FM in Jos, Plateau state, to broadcast

March 12, 2019 5:05 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, March 12, 2019--Nigerian authorities should lift the ban on Jay FM radio station in the city of Jos in Plateau state and stop trying to intimidate its staff, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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