Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo abducted by unidentified men

Dakar, January 19, 2023 – In response to news reports that unidentified individuals kidnapped Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for a fast and thorough investigation into his whereabouts: “The recent abduction of Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo is deeply concerning, and authorities must do everything in…

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Zambian journalist Evans Liyali assaulted by soccer players, team employees

Lusaka, January 18, 2023 — Zambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the recent assault of journalist Evans Liyali and ensure that members of the press can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On January 14, members of the Green Eagles Football Club attacked Liyali, a sports reporter for the privately owned broadcaster Byta…

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Radio Tokomi Wapi

DRC broadcaster Radio Tokomi Wapi suspended, police shutter station

On January 9, 2023, Congolese authorities ordered the suspension of the broadcaster Radio Tokomi Wapi, according to news reports, a copy of that order, which CPJ reviewed, and people familiar with the case who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Pascal Ernest Mulumba Kalende, the minister of communication and media for Lomami province, ordered Radio…

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Authorities in Tigray release 3 journalists, 2 others remain in detention

Nairobi, January 17, 2023—In response to news reports that authorities in the northern Ethiopian state of Tigray recently released three employees of the broadcaster Tigrai TV but continue to hold two more in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for the remaining staffers’ release: “While it is a great relief…

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Four years since murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, Ghana’s journalists still attacked with impunity

The January 16, 2019, murder of Ghanaian journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, who was gunned down by unidentified men months after threats by a local politician, sent shockwaves through the country’s press corps and yielded promises from leaders to find the killers and bring them to justice. But four years later – despite police assurances of progress and two arrests – nobody has been…

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Kennedy Sikazwe

Supporters of Zambia’s ruling party raid 2 radio stations for hosting opposition party leader

On December 31, 2022, and January 1, 2023, supporters of Zambia’s ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) raided two radio stations and disrupted broadcasts by Chilufya Tayali, president of the opposition Economic and Equity Party, according to news reports and journalists who spoke to CPJ. On December 31, a group of about 10 people…

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Joseph Ebondo and Sylvain Kiomba

DRC authorities detain 2 journalists for 48 hours over reporting on alleged secret jails

On January 5, 2023, Congolese authorities detained Sylvain Kiomba, editor-in-chief of the privately owned radio station Shilo FM, and Joseph Ebondo, a reporter at the station, in the city of Lubao in the country’s south-central Lomami province, according to Ebondo, who spoke to CPJ by phone, and a report by the local press freedom organization…

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Senegalese journalist Pape Alé Niang released again from custody under tight bail restrictions

Dakar, January 10, 2023 — In response to news reports that Pape Alé Niang, director of the privately owned Senegalese news website Dakarmatin, was released Tuesday on bail under the condition that he refrains from traveling or speaking about his case, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for those restrictions to…

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Ugandan constitutional court strikes down criminalization of ‘offensive communication’

Nairobi, January 10, 2023 — In response to news reports that Uganda’s constitutional court on Tuesday, January 10, struck down Section 25 of the country’s Computer Misuse Act, which criminalized “offensive communication,” the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement welcoming the decision:  “The Ugandan constitutional court’s decision to nullify provisions of a law…

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Benin journalist Virgile Ahouansè held for 2 days, charged with spreading false news

Dakar, January 10, 2023 — Beninese authorities should drop the false news charges against journalist Virgile Ahouansè and ensure that members of the press do not face legal harassment for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On December 19, an officer with the police criminal brigade called Ahouansè, news director of the…

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