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2019

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Authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest

August 9, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, August 9, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely....

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Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

August 5, 2019 1:22 PM ET

Nairobi, August 05, 2019—Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket, according to a copy of the charge sheet. When he was detained on July 29, the Dar es Salaam police chief said at a press conference...

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Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over 'citizenship'

July 30, 2019 5:44 PM ET

Nairobi, July 30, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, whom police said is being investigated over his citizenship status....

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Unidentified men take Erick Kabendera from Tanzanian home

July 29, 2019 5:51 PM ET

Nairobi, July 29, 2019-- The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of investigative reporter Erick Kabendera who was forcefully removed from his home today, and called on Tanzanian police to disclose whether they have him in custody....

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Banned from broadcasting since 2018, BBC closes bureau in Burundi

July 26, 2019 9:00 AM ET

On July 16, 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation said it had closed its bureau in Burundi, more than one year after its transmissions had been banned in the country, according to a report by the broadcaster and a BBC statement sent to CPJ....

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Channels TV reporter dies from injuries after shooting at Nigeria protest

July 25, 2019 4:04 PM ET

New York, July 25, 2019--Nigerian authorities should immediately investigate the death of Precious Owolabi, a reporter for the privately owned Channels TV, who was shot during a protest in Abuja on July 22, and ensure those responsible are held to account....

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Gambia ex-President Jammeh ordered Deyda Hydara's murder, truth commission told

July 22, 2019 6:13 PM ET

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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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