Attacks on the Press   |   Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Attacks on the Press 2001: Africa Analysis

Silence reigned supreme in Eritrea, where the entire independent press was under a government ban and 11 journalists languished in jail at year's end. Clamorous, deadly power struggles raged in Zimbabwe over land and access to information, and in Burundi over ethnicity and control of state resources. South Africa, Senegal, and Benin remained relatively liberal from a press freedom perspective, while corruption and fear pervaded newsrooms in Mozambique and Togo.

March 26, 2002 12:12 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Comoros

Attacks on the Press 2001: Comoros

Mediators from the Organization of African Unity (OAU) tried to broker a peace plan for the three-island Islamic republic starting in January, after members of the self-styled parliament of the breakaway island of Anjouan asked Colonel Said Abeid, the island's military leader, to relinquish power.

Anxious to prevent bloodletting, OAU mediators brokered a unity agreement that military rulers and politicians signed on February 17. The signatories agreed to draft a new constitution that would include the rights to free speech and freedom of the press.

March 26, 2002 12:09 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Canada, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kuwait, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2001: Journalists in Prison

There were 118 journalists in prison around the world at the end of 2001 who were jailed for practicing their profession. The number is up significantly from the previous year, when 81 journalists were in jail, and represents a return to the level of 1998, when 118 were also imprisoned.

Letters   |   Comoros

Radio journalist jailed over controversial talk show

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned that Comoran authorities continue to hold a respected independent journalist in jail for his work. On November 10, 2001, Izdine Abdou Salam, a host and director of programming for the private station Radio Karthala, was detained and interrogated by police officers in the capital, Moroni.

March 25, 2002 12:00 PM ET
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