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Nigeria charges Weekly Source editor Jones Abiri under cybercrimes, terrorism acts

May 22, 2019 11:59 AM ET

Berlin, May 22, 2019 --A federal court today charged Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in -chief of the Weekly Source, under Nigeria's cybercrimes act, anti-sabotage act, and terrorism prevention act for crimes allegedly carried out in 2016, and ordered the journalist to be detained, according to his lawyer, Samuel...

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New accreditation requirements restrict press access to Nigeria's National Assembly

May 21, 2019 2:45 PM ET

Berlin, May 21, 2019 -- Authorities in Nigeria should withdraw new media accreditation requirements for accessing the National Assembly, the country's legislature, and ensure that future regulations do not unduly limit freedom of the press and access to information, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without charge

May 17, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Nairobi, May 17, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub, and investigate the police officer who fired a shot that injured the journalist during his arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gabon media regulator suspends two newspapers over defamation claims

May 17, 2019 11:47 AM ET

Goma, Congo, May 17, 2019 -- Gabon's media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L'Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi Wine

May 2, 2019 10:57 AM ET

Addis Ababa, May 2, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Uganda's media regulator to immediately rescind an order yesterday suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations in connection to their coverage of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine....

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Radio station and show hosts sued for defamation in Liberia

May 1, 2019 4:25 PM ET

Cape Town, May 1, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a $500,000 civil defamation lawsuit filed against the Roots 102.7 FM radio station and two of its hosts by the Liberian minister of state for presidential affairs, Nathaniel McGill....

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Journalist Casimir Kpedjo detained, facing false news accusations in Benin

April 30, 2019 3:55 PM ET

Goma, Congo, April 30, 2019 -- Beninese authorities should drop their investigation into Casimir Kpedjo, editor of the privately owned daily Nouvelle Economie, and allow him to report and publish news without fear of harassment or being jailed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Comoros authorities detain journalist, censor newspapers amid political crisis

April 10, 2019 2:08 PM ET

Nairobi, April 10, 2019 -- Authorities in the Comoros should stop detaining journalists and censoring the press in the wake of the disputed March 24 presidential election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Armed men raid Somalia's Universal TV, fire guns in station

April 3, 2019 2:11 PM ET

Nairobi, April 3, 2019--Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate an attack on the privately-owned station Universal TV and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

April 2, 2019 12:10 PM ET

Nairobi, April 2, 2019 -- Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, and allow journalists in the country to contribute to the two organizations, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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