Africa

2019

  
People look at front pages at a newspaper stand in Port Harcourt, after Nigeria's presidential election results were announced on February 27, 2019. Nigerian police beat two Inspiration FM journalists after covering a protest in Uyo, in Akwa-Ibom State, on September 24, 2019. (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

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

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 Uyo, the state capital, according to…

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A police officer is seen in N'Djamena, Chad, on July 11, 2015. A N'Djamena court recently charged two Chadian journalists with criminal defamation and sentenced one to jail. (Reuters/Moumine Ngarmbassa)

Journalists fined, one jailed over criminal defamation complaint in Chad

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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Police are seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on May 18, 2015. Hargeisa police recently arrested two employees of HadhwanaagNews after a court ordered the outlet's website to be blocked. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

Somaliland authorities block HadhwanaagNews website, arrest 2 employees

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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A Tanzanian police officer is seen in Dar es Salaam on October 28, 2015. Tanzanian authorities recently arrested Sebastian Atilio on false news charges. (AP/Khalfan Said)

Tanzanian authorities charge Sebastian Atilio with false news over WhatsApp posts

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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10 Most Censored Countries

The list addresses only those countries where the government tightly controls the media. The conditions for journalists and press freedom in states such as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are also extremely difficult, but not necessarily attributable solely to government censorship. Rather, factors like violent conflict, insufficient infrastructure, and the role of non-state actors create conditions that are dangerous for…

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Police forces are seen in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on February 3, 2015. Police in Bata recently arrested two journalists and held them for 13 days without charge. (AFP/Issouf Sanogo)

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

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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A police officer is seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on May 16, 2016. Police in Hargeisa recently arrested Horyaal 24 TV owner Mohamed Osman Mireh. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

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

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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Police officers are seen in Lagos, Nigeria, on August 5, 2019. Lagos police recently arrested publisher Agba Jalingo, who has been charged by federal authorities with treason. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo charged with treason

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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Pope Francis is seen with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi at the Vatican on September 14, 2018. The pope recently began a visit to Mozambique, which has seen a crackdown on journalists over the past year. (Alberto Pizzoli/Pool via AP)

CPJ joins letter to Pope Francis urging focus on human rights during Mozambique visit

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 14 other human rights and freedom of expression organizations sent an open letter to Pope Francis yesterday, on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique, urging the pontiff to publicly support the protection and promotion of human rights as the country prepares for its general elections on October…

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Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera is seen in Dar es Salaam on August 19, 2019. Kabendera has experienced health problems while in detention, his lawyer said. (Reuters/Emmanuel Herman)

Detained Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera in need of medical attention

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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2019