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Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

To mark World Refugee Day, CPJ reflects on the experiences faced by the many journalists forced to flee each year after being persecuted for their reporting. Journalists such as Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan; Sanna Camara, from Gambia, and Sevgi Akarçeşme, from Turkey, are forced to choose between prison and exile. Bob Rugurika, a radio director from Burundi, has been forced to flee his country three times. Pictured: his release from prison in early 2015 is celebrated at his radio station.

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Letters   |   Gambia

CPJ seeks meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow

CPJ seeks a meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow to discuss ways in which he can improve the climate for media freedom in Gambia after 22 years of Yahya Jammeh's policies.

February 1, 2017 10:54 AM ET

Alerts   |   Gambia

Seven journalists denied entry to Gambia ahead of contested inauguration

People board a ferry leaving Banjul in Gambia on January 18, amid the threat of military intervention after President Yahya Jammeh refused to concede defeat in elections. Gambia has denied entry to several journalists planning to cover the January 19 inauguration of Adama Barrow. (AP)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 18, 2017--Seven international journalists planning to report on the inauguration of Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow tomorrow were denied entry to the country on January 16, according to reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the obstruction as a deliberate attempt to silence the press during a period of political unrest.

Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia orders three radio stations to cease broadcasting

Lagos, Nigeria, January 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Taranga FM, Hilltop Radio, and Afri Radio stopped broadcasting on January 1 on the orders of national security agents, who did not give any explanation for the measure, according to news reports.

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

Case   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist sentenced to two years in prison

A Gambian court on November 8, 2016, convicted Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, an exiled radio journalist and manager of community station Taranga FM, of three counts of sedition and spreading false news, according to media reports. The court, convicting the journalist in absentia, sentenced Ceesay to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 Gambian dalasi (US$4674). Ceesay risks an additional two years in prison if he fails to pay the fines, the reports said. The trial judge said an order would be served on Gambia's Inspector General of Police to "apprehend and arrest [Cessay] as a fugitive to be brought to serve his sentence," news reports said.

November 23, 2016 2:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist, broadcast executive held without charge

Abuja, Nigeria, November 18, 2016--Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests came in the run-up to presidential elections scheduled to take place on December 1.

Blog   |   Azerbaijan, Burundi, Gambia, Turkey

World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

In August 2014 two journalists living more than 4,000 miles apart slipped across a border to find safety: one with his wife and three children, the other alone. Idrak Abbasov, from Azerbaijan, and Sanna Camara, from Gambia, faced imprisonment because of their reporting. Neither has been able to return home.

Blog   |   Gambia, Iraq, Russia, USA

Global Magnitsky Act could be powerful weapon against impunity in journalist murders

The funeral of Sergei Magnitsky is held in Moscow on November 20, 2009. The lawyer died in state custody after exposing official corruption. (Reuters/Mikhail Voskresensky)

Last week, the proposed Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act emerged from the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee with approval. The bill was passed by the Senate last year. If passed by the full House of Representatives and signed into law by the president, it has the potential to offer partial redress to one of the most chilling truths facing journalists today: in 90 percent of cases, the murders of journalists go unpunished.

Blog   |   Gambia

Gambia should free ailing, arbitrarily detained journalist

CPJ today joined with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to call on Gambia to free Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, managing director of the independent radio station Teranga FM, who has been charged with sedition and "publication of false news." Ceesay has been hospitalized twice since the beginning of 2016. Read the full statement here.

March 9, 2016 11:20 AM ET

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China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists

Egypt is second only to China as the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2015. Worldwide, the number of journalists behind bars for their work declined moderately during the year, but a handful of countries continue to use systematic imprisonment to silence criticism. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

The Egyptian photojournalist known as Shawkan appears before a court in Cairo in May 2015 for the first time after more than 600 days in jail. A record number of journalists are imprisoned in Egypt in 2015. (AP/Lobna Tarek)

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