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Gabonese radio journalist, union leader convicted of defamation

July 28, 2017 5:49 PM ET

An appeals court in Gabon on July 26, 2017, upheld a lower court's conviction of Gildas Biviga, a journalist for Radio Gabon, on defamation charges, but reduced his sentence to time served and ordered his release, according to media reports....

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Gabon newspaper raided, deputy editor alleges torture

November 16, 2016 2:13 PM ET

On November 3, 2016, officers from Gabon's domestic intelligence agency, the Directorate of Documentation and Immigration (DGDI, by its French acronym), armed with semi-automatic weapons, raided the office of the weekly newspaper Echos du Nord in the capital, Libreville, and arrested nine journalists and four other staff members, according to...

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Gabon suspends 3 newspapers

July 1, 2013 6:13 PM ET

Gabon's state-run media regulatory agency, the National Communications Council, suspended three newspapers on May 29, 2013, according to news reports. ...

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Gabon opposition TV station reports attack

September 10, 2012 5:54 PM ET

On September 5, 2012, the studios of TV+, a private television station in the capital, Libreville, owned by André Mba Obame, the country's main opposition leader, were attacked by six unknown assailants, Agence France-Presse quoted Editor-in-Chief Ismaël Obiang Nze as saying. In the attack around 3 a.m. local time, a security...

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In Gabon, gunmen burn opposition TV station's transmitter

August 16, 2012 4:46 PM ET

Lagos, Nigeria, August 16, 2012--Unidentified gunmen today stormed a private television station owned by Gabon's main opposition leader and burned down its transmitters, according to local journalists and news reports. It was the second armed attack on the broadcaster since 2009....

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Gabon suspends 2 newspapers critical of government

August 6, 2012 4:51 PM ET

New York, August 6, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Friday's decision by Gabon's state-run media regulator to suspend two private newspapers for six months over criticism of top officials.  In a press statement obtained by CPJ, the National Communications Council accused weeklies Ezombolo and La Une of disrespecting...

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Gabon journalists summoned over critical articles

March 20, 2012 6:11 PM ET

New York, March 20, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Gabon's authorities to drop legal proceedings against six journalists in connection with articles raising questions about use of a presidential plane. Two of the journalists have fled the country fearing arrest after being summoned by police for interrogation....

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Two Gabon outlets suspended for opposition coverage

January 5, 2012 4:15 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2012--The government of Gabon, led by President Ali Bongo, on Tuesday imposed suspensions on a TV station and a newspaper for coverage of opposition leader André Mba Obame, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Gabon: Civil damages are not a tool for punishment

October 29, 2010 1:20 PM ET

New York, October 29, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Gabonese authorities to free a journalist who was jailed on Tuesday for failing to pay exorbitant damages stemming from a 2004 civil libel suit....

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CPJ, African groups call for press freedom commitment

July 8, 2010 11:20 AM ET

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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