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Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo charged with treason

September 5, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Abuja, September 5, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against publisher Agba Jalingo, release him from detention, and stop using the country’s state security laws to harass government critics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera in need of medical attention

August 30, 2019 11:45 AM ET

Nairobi, August 30, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about reports that detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s health is failing and called for Tanzanian authorities to release him immediately....

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Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo detained since August 22 without charge

August 28, 2019 10:28 AM ET

Abuja, August 28, 2019 – Nigerian authorities should immediately release publisher Agba Jalingo and halt their harassment of journalists reporting on alleged corruption and other issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Police in Nigeria assault, arrest journalists covering #RevolutionNow protests

August 26, 2019 2:39 PM ET

On August 5, 2019, Nigerian police arrested and detained at least four journalists covering protests that took place across Nigeria in connection with the hashtag #RevolutionNow, according to journalists who spoke with CPJ and media reports....

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Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police

August 23, 2019 5:36 PM ET

Nairobi, August 23—The Committee to Protect Journalists today said it is concerned for the welfare of investigative journalist Joseph Gandye, who was arrested yesterday and handed over to police on whom he had reported critically, alleging they had abused other detainees....

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Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in Benin

August 23, 2019 4:32 PM ET

New York, August 23, 2019--The government of Benin should act to decriminalize press offenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after journalist Ignace Sossou was convicted of false news for reporting on corporate finances....

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Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

August 20, 2019 1:00 PM ET

Nairobi, August 20, 2019--Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists

August 16, 2019 12:32 PM ET

CPJ writes to the executive secretary and heads of state of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit, urging them to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists in SADC.

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Somaliland police arrest Eryal TV journalists filming corruption story

August 14, 2019 4:09 PM ET

On July 30, 2019, police in the breakaway region of Somaliland arrested four journalists from privately owned Eryal TV, according to statements issued by the press rights group Somaliland Journalists Association (SOLJA) and the non-governmental organization Human Rights Centre-Somaliland....

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Cameroon’s military detains pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi

August 13, 2019 4:13 PM ET

New York, August 13, 2019--Cameroonian authorities should immediately release without charge pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Wazizi, whose legal name is Samuel Ajiekah Abuwe, 11 days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without...

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