Central African Republic / Africa

  
Sandy and Bambou are free after spending weeks in jail for covering public protests.(Centrafrique-Presse)

Central African Republic journalists released, fined

New York, July 12, 2011– Two Central African Republic journalists were fined and released from custody Monday after being jailed for weeks in connection with their coverage of public protests by retired military officers who say the government failed to direct European Union funds to them as intended, according to news reports and local journalists.

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Central African Republic editor charged with incitement

New York, June 7, 2011–Central African Republic authorities have charged the director of the independent weekly The Hills of Bangui, Faustin Bambou, with inciting hatred and disorder among the military forces and insulting the government, Bambou told CPJ. The director was sent directly to Ngaragba Prison in the capital, Bangui. Four military policemen arrested Bambou at his…

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CPJ, African groups call for press freedom commitment

Your Excellencies: As you gather in Paris for festivities that celebrate your nations’ 50 years of independence, we, the undersigned African press freedom advocates petition for your public commitment to a free, vibrant, and self-sustaining press as a cornerstone of the development of francophone Africa in the next five decades.

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In CAR, private daily suspended for a month

In a ruling issued on January 9, 2009, the state-run media regulator, the High Communication Council, suspended from circulation the private daily Le Citoyen for one month for allegedly violating journalism ethics, according to news reports and local journalists.  

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Africa Developments

Angola | Burundi Central African Republic| Chad | Gabon| Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Ivory Coast | Lesotho | Nigeria | Republic of Congo| Sierra Leone | South Africa | Togo ANGOLA • Three journalists for national state broadcaster Rádio Nacional de Angola were suspended indefinitely in October after questioning President José dos Santos’…

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Newspaper publisher pardoned after serving 43 days of 6-month prison term

UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2008 Posted March 14, 2008 Original alert: January 29, 2008Faustin Bambou, Les Collines de l’OubanguiIMPRISONEDDirector Faustin Bambou of the private biweekly Les Collines de l’Oubangui was released from prison on a partial presidential pardon, according to news reports and local journalists. Bambou told CPJ he contracted the flu and malaria while sharing a cell…

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Africa Snapshots

Attacks & developments throughout the region

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CAR editor sentenced to jail for defamation

New York, January 29, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday’s six-month prison sentence given by the Bangui Magistrates’ Court to the editorial director of a private weekly in the Central African Republic. The editor of Les Collines de l’Oubangui, Faustin Bambou, was found guilty of inciting revolt, abuse, and defamation.

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CAR journalist imprisoned over corruption editorial

New York, January 15, 2008—A court in the Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, today sent the director of a private newspaper to prison to await trial on criminal charges in connection with an editorial about a political scandal. Faustin Bambou of the biweekly Les Collines de l’Oubangui was transferred to Bangui’s main Ngaraba prison after…

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CAR: Private press group president freed after 2 months in prison

 UPDATE  May 15, 2007 Original alert:  March 13, 2007 Michel Alkhaly Ngady, Les Temps Nouveaux

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