Africa

2019


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Nigerian security forces fire on journalists, protesters

November 15, 2019 5:13 PM ET

Abuja, November 15, 2019 – Nigerian authorities should investigate attacks by security forces on journalists at a recent protest in Abuja, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Congolese journalist detained for five days over defamation complaint

November 6, 2019 3:56 PM ET

On October 21, 2019, police arrested Achiko Ngaya, editor of the privately owned newspaper Les Nouvelles du Soir, in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ngaya told CPJ. The journalist said he was detained for five days and charged with criminal defamation....

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Three journalists beaten by Sierra Leone presidential bodyguards in September

November 1, 2019 1:41 PM ET

On September 8, 2019, bodyguards of Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio attacked three journalists who were covering a football match in Freetown, the capital, according to the journalists, who spoke to CPJ, and news reports....

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Nigerian journalists charged with criminal defamation, breach of peace

October 29, 2019 12:07 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2019—Authorities should drop all charges against journalists Joe Ogbodu and Prince Amour Udemude, and reform Nigeria’s penal code to ensure that journalism is not criminalized, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Sierra Leone journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo charged with criminal defamation

October 25, 2019 4:23 PM ET

Mahmud Tim Kargbo, a freelance reporter in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained twice in September 2019 after Miatta Samba, an appeals court judge, lodged a complaint with the police against him for a report published September 9, 2019, on his Facebook page and in a WhatsApp group that...

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Nigerian court grants anonymity to witnesses testifying against journalist Agba Jalingo

October 24, 2019 2:00 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a Nigerian court’s decision to grant anonymity to witnesses set to testify against journalist Agba Jalingo and deny the public access to the courtroom during the trial....

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Congolese radio journalist attacked by ruling party supporters at Kinshasa rally

October 23, 2019 5:55 PM ET

On October 5, 2019, Dominique Dinanga, a reporter for the privately owned Top Congo FM radio station, was attacked by supporters of the ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party at a rally in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where former Prime...

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Burundi police arrest Iwacu journalists covering unrest

October 23, 2019 4:12 PM ET

Nairobi, October 23, 2019—Authorities in Burundi should immediately release four journalists and a media worker from the privately-owned news outlet Iwacu, whom police detained in the western Bubanza province yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said....

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Nigerian police beat two Inspiration FM journalists after covering protest in Uyo

October 9, 2019 2:17 PM ET

Owoidoho Udofia and Okodi Okodi, two journalists with the privately owned Inspiration FM radio station in Akwa-Ibom State, in southern Nigeria, on September 24, 2019, were forced by police to take off their shirts and roll on the ground, and were beaten with sticks after covering a protest in...

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Journalists fined, one jailed over criminal defamation complaint in Chad

September 25, 2019 4:25 PM ET

Dakar, September 25, 2019 -- Authorities in Chad should not challenge the appeals of journalists Martin Inoua Doulguet and Abdramane Boukar Koyon, and should take immediate action to repeal legislation that criminalizes acts of journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland authorities block HadhwanaagNews website, arrest 2 employees

September 18, 2019 8:49 AM ET

Nairobi, September 18, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately release two HadhwanaagNews employees and unblock the outlet’s website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

September 16, 2019 1:06 PM ET

Nairobi, September 16, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Tanzania’s use of false news and journalist accreditation laws to arrest Sebastian Atilio....

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Police hold 2 journalists for 13 days without charge in Equatorial Guinea

September 9, 2019 4:06 PM ET

On August 27, 2019, police in Bata, in central Equatorial Guinea, arrested and detained presenter Milanio Ncogo and reporter Ruben Dario Bacale, both employees of the privately owned broadcaster Asonga TV, and held them without charge until September 8, according to Ncogo, who spoke to CPJ over messaging app....

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Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices, arrest owner Mohamed Osman Mireh

September 9, 2019 1:43 PM ET

Nairobi, September 9, 2019 -- Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately free Mohamed Osman Mireh and allow Horyaal 24 TV to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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 11 days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without access to his lawyer or family in...

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CPJ calls on Tanzania’s Magufuli to drop Kabendera charges, investigate Gwanda case

August 12, 2019 2:18 PM ET

CPJ writes to Tanzanian President John Magufuli to urge his government to drop charges against freelance journalist Erick Kabendera and provide a public accounting of the fate of missing journalist Azory Gwanda.

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South Sudan detains Al-Watan editor for over 3 weeks

August 9, 2019 5:11 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2019—Authorities in South Sudan should immediately release Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan, and halt its harassment of his publication, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Senegalese authorities arrest critical journalist Adama Gaye

August 9, 2019 5:10 PM ET

New York, August 9, 2019--Authorities in Senegal should immediately release and drop all charges against journalist Adama Gaye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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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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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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CPJ calls on Liberian authorities to ensure access to internet and social media services

June 7, 2019 5:27 PM ET

Abidjan, June 7, 2019--Starting this morning, social media services including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and WhatsApp were disrupted throughout Liberia, according to data from the internet advocacy group NetBlocks and local journalists who spoke with the Committee to Protect Journalists. NetBlocks also reported disruptions to the Associated Press website...

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South African court rules Malema, EFF violated Electoral Code of Conduct in Karima Brown doxxing incident

June 6, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Johannesburg, June 6, 2019--The Johannesburg High Court ruled today that opposition politician Julius Malema and his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, had breached the country's Electoral Code of Conduct by doxxing veteran journalist Karima Brown, according to a copy of the judgment seen by the Committee to Protect...

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Nigerian journalist Kofi Bartels says police beat him, threatened him with sexual assault

June 6, 2019 3:50 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities must investigate and hold accountable the police officers responsible for allegedly assaulting and threatening journalist Kofi Bartels, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Presidential hopeful Soro should drop complaint against Ivory Coast journalist

June 6, 2019 3:14 PM ET

Abidjan, June 6, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ivory Coast politician Guillaume Soro to withdraw a criminal complaint against Sidi Tehra, director of the privately owned weekly L'Essor Ivoirien, and champion the reform of the country's penal code to ensure that journalists are not imprisoned for...

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Journalists assaulted, news vehicle burned at Kenyan high school

June 5, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Nairobi, June 5, 2019 -- Kenyan authorities should thoroughly investigate the attack on a Kenya Television Network news team at a Machakos county high school and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somali journalist Ali Adan Mumin jailed despite court order for release

May 31, 2019 2:20 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after publishing this article, CPJ learned that Ali Adan Mumin has been released from jail. The journalist was released on the condition that he could be summoned by police for questioning at any time, according to Somali Journalists Syndicate cofounder Abdalle Ahmed Mumin and Goobjoog Media...

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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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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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South African journalist doxxed by Economic Freedom Fighters leader, threatened

March 8, 2019 4:54 PM ET

Washington, D.C., March 8, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran South African journalist Karima Brown--allegedly by supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)--after her phone number was published on Twitter by EFF leader Julius Malema. CPJ also called for the...

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Two journalists detained, attacked in Ethiopia

March 8, 2019 10:45 AM ET

Two journalists with the privately owned online news outlet Mereja TV were briefly detained by regional police and then attacked by a mob in Legetafo, a town in Ethiopia's Oromia region, on February 23, 2019, Mereja TV CEO Elias Kifle told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Journalist arrested, charged under cybercrime law in Nigeria

March 7, 2019 3:56 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2019 -- Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tanzania imposes 7-day publication ban on The Citizen

March 1, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Nairobi, March 1, 2019--Authorities in Tanzania should lift a seven-day publication ban on the privately owned newspaper The Citizen and allow journalists to report on matters of public interest freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Information Services Department, which oversees newspaper licenses, temporarily suspended the publication...

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South Africa elections 2019: Journalist safety kit

February 27, 2019 10:00 AM ET

South Africa, one of the media freedom beacons in sub-Saharan Africa, will hold national and provincial elections on May 8. As the country celebrates 25 years of democracy, the press in South Africa faces old and new challenges, including physical harassment and cyber bullying. The press freedom environment, including...

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Chad publisher handed suspended jail term for critical reporting on president's brother

February 25, 2019 3:42 PM ET

Deli Nestor, publisher of the privately owned semi-weekly investigative newspaper Eclairage in Chad, was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence by a criminal court in N'Djamena on February 13, 2019, after he was convicted of defaming the brother of President Idriss Deby, according to Nestor, who spoke to the...

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Liberian radio station transmitter attacked twice in 10 days

February 15, 2019 4:20 PM ET

Abidjan, February 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Liberian authorities to ensure that those responsible for two recent attacks on independent broadcaster Roots FM are swiftly arrested and prosecuted....

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Somaliland court suspends newspaper for one year for publishing 'false news'

February 15, 2019 4:05 PM ET

Nairobi, February 15, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed deep concern about a one-year suspension imposed by a Somaliland court on the privately owned Foore newspaper, and called on authorities to drop the charges on appeal....

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Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges

February 12, 2019 1:13 PM ET

Nairobi, February 12, 2019--Ugandan authorities should withdraw a directive ordering the suspension of the Daily Monitor news website, retract a threat of criminal proceedings against the publication, and refrain from using regulations to retaliate against journalists covering sensitive political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Ugandan authorities arrest BBC journalists investigating black market drug sales

February 7, 2019 12:46 PM ET

Nairobi, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team....

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Cameroon Web reporter attacked with knife outside his home

February 1, 2019 2:57 PM ET

Abidjan, February 1, 2019--Cameroonian authorities should immediately investigate an attack on Paul Chouta, a reporter for the privately owned news website Cameroon Web, and ensure that those who assaulted him are swiftly brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Two Cameroonian journalists detained while covering opposition gathering

January 29, 2019 3:26 PM ET

Abidjan, January 29, 2019--Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release journalists Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue Nzima, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two journalists, from privately owned daily newspaper Le Jour, were arrested yesterday while covering an opposition gathering in Douala, Denis Nkwebo, their deputy editor in...

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South Sudanese media regulator bars newspaper from covering Sudan crisis

January 18, 2019 10:05 AM ET

Nairobi, January 18, 2019--South Sudan's state media regulator should immediately lift an order barring a privately-owned newspaper from covering protests in neighboring Sudan and issue a statement guaranteeing the media's right to press freedom and editorial independence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Investigative journalist Ahmed Divela shot dead in Ghana

January 17, 2019 11:40 AM ET

New York, January 17, 2019--Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela and ensure that threats against the press are taken seriously, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

January 10, 2019 3:42 PM ET

New York, January 10, 2019--Nigerian authorities should rigorously investigate violence at a political rally in Lagos on January 8, during which at least three journalists were injured by gunfire, and ensure the safety of reporters covering political events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Mozambican journalist arrested, held in military prison

January 9, 2019 5:43 PM ET

New York, January 9, 2019--Mozambique's military should immediately release Amade Abubacar, a community radio journalist for the state-owned Rádio e Televisao Comunitária Nacedje de Macomia in northern Cabo Delgado province, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Nigeria's military raids Daily Trust offices, arrests editor

January 7, 2019 7:06 PM ET

New York, January 7, 2019­­­--Nigerian authorities should immediately release Uthman Abubakar, an editor of the privately owned Daily Trust, return equipment seized in raids on the paper's offices, and cease the intimidation of news outlets covering the conflict in Nigeria's northeast, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Gabon shuts down the internet and broadcasting services following coup attempt

January 7, 2019 4:51 PM ET

Abidjan, January 7, 2019--Gabon's government on Monday morning shut down the internet and broadcasting services following an attempted coup against President Ali Bongo, according to digital rights groups Netblocks, and Internet Without Borders, news reports, and local journalists and civil society organizations with whom the Committee to Protect Journalists...

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DRC authorities cut internet and broadcast signals after election

January 3, 2019 3:30 PM ET

New York, January 3, 2019--Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately take steps to ensure citizens have access to the internet and news outlets as the country awaits the results of its election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has cut access to internet...

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