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Glimmer of hope in Norbert Zongo murder case in Burkina Faso

December 14, 2015 2:09 PM ET

New York December 14, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrests on Saturday of three people in Burkina Faso in connection with the 1998 murder of Norbert Zongo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper L'Independant....

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Resistance over the airwaves: Pirate station's vital role during Burkina Faso coup

October 6, 2015 3:45 PM ET

Radio Resistance was a pirate radio station born out of necessity. During Burkina Faso's short-lived military coup last month, in which many local radio stations were forced off air, it kept citizens informed and gave them the courage to stand up against the attempted takeover, Burkinabe journalists said....

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Radio station burned down in Burkina Faso

August 27, 2015 3:50 PM ET

Abuja, August 27, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an arson attack on the independent Radio Manegmoogo in Burkina Faso on Monday and calls on authorities to identify and prosecute the perpetrators. The attack comes in the run-up to elections scheduled in October in a country that spent almost three...

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Burkina Faso suspends live political broadcasts by media

May 19, 2015 3:57 PM ET

Abuja, Nigeria, May 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burkina Faso authorities to lift its suspension of live political broadcasts in the country. The three-month ban comes as Burkina Faso prepares to hold elections in October....

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Ban of India's Daughter and other films silences debate on key issues

March 6, 2015 4:01 PM ET

What do Delhi, Beijing, and Villiers-sur-Marne have in common, but Ouagadougou does not? The first three recently banned access to films their governments deemed inappropriate. But a film festival in the fourth, the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa, is stepping up security to show an acclaimed but...

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African Court upholds appeal against criminal defamation

December 5, 2014 12:44 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, December 5, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights in Addis Ababa that criminal defamation should be used only in restricted circumstances and that imprisonment for defamation violates freedom of expression. The court also upheld the...

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Press in Burkina Faso must be protected amid anti-government protests

October 30, 2014 1:46 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, October 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that protesters stormed and looted the offices of Burkina Faso's national broadcaster Radiodiffusion Television du Burkina in the capital, Ouagadougou, today. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest a constitutional amendment that would allow President...

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Police in Burkina Faso seize journalist's camera, deletes images

July 28, 2014 12:47 PM ET

A police officer on July 24, 2014, seized the camera of Hippolyte Sama, a photojournalist with the independent newsmagazine Fasozine, while he was photographing relatives of victims of an Air Algeria plane that crashed in northern Mali, according to news reports....

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Jailed Burkinabe journalist appeals to African Court

July 29, 2013 3:19 PM ET

Journalist Lohé Issa Konaté has been imprisoned in Burkina Faso since he was convicted in October of criminal defamation over articles in private weekly L'Ouragan alleging corruption and abuse of power at the office of the public prosecutor. In May, an appeals court rejected his appeal and upheld the 12-month...

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Burkina Faso state media journalists protest censorship

July 16, 2013 2:25 PM ET

In Burkina Faso, tens of journalists from state media today held a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Communications in the capital Ouagadougou to protest what they deem to be excessive government censorship of news coverage....

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