Authorities in Ethiopia’s Somali region suspend 15 media outlets, revoke media association’s license

Nairobi, February 17, 2023— Authorities in Ethiopia should reverse the recent suspensions of more than a dozen news outlets and let members of the press and journalist advocacy groups work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Since late January, authorities have suspended 15 foreign media outlets operating in Somali Regional State, and also…

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CPJ joins call for Nigeria to maintain internet, social media access during 2023 elections

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined an open letter by the KeepItOn coalition of press freedom and human rights groups on February 16, 2023, calling on Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other officials to “ensure that the internet, social media platforms, and all other communication channels remain free, open, secure, inclusive, and accessible” during the…

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Rosário Cardoso

Mozambique border police detain, beat radio journalist Rosário Cardoso

On January 15, 2023, five Mozambique border police officers detained and beat journalist Rosário Cardoso, according to media reports, statements by the National Forum of Community Radios and the Mozambican chapter of the regional press freedom group Media Institute of Southern Africa, and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ by phone. Cardoso left the community…

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‘Like going to the war front’: Nigerian journalists offer tips for covering 2023 elections

In the early hours of February 1, unknown gunmen set fire to an office of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission and a police station in the country’s southeastern Anambra state. Days earlier, gunmen had attacked and killed soldiers and policemen at checkpoints along a road that connects nearby Enugu and Ebonyi states. The incidents underscored…

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Cameroonian police arrest businessman investigated by murdered journalist Martinez Zogo

Dakar, February 6, 2023 — In response to news reports that Cameroonian police on Monday arrested Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga and two of his associates in connection to the investigation into the murder of journalist Martinez Zogo, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement reiterating demands for a transparent investigation: “It is a welcoming…

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CPJ calls for transparency, public accountability in Cameroon’s investigation into Martinez Zogo’s death

Dakar, February 2, 2023–In response to multiple news reports that police arrested several people, including prominent members of Cameroon’s security forces, in connection to their investigation into the murder of the Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Cameroonian authorities must ensure transparency in the investigation into the brutal…

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Marcelino Intupe

Guinea-Bissau presidential security officer attacks radio commentator Marcelino Intupe

On November 29, 2022, a group of men including the head of security for Guinea-Bissau’s president abducted Marcelino Intupe from his home and assaulted him, according to media reports and Intupe, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app.  Earlier that day, during his weekly commentary slot on the current affairs radio show Alô Guiné (Hello…

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CPJ joins demand for investigation into death of Rwandan journalist John Williams Ntwali

CPJ on Tuesday joined about 100 other human rights and press freedom organizations in a joint statement calling on the Rwandan government to ensure an “independent, impartial, and effective investigation” into the death of journalist John Williams Ntwali. Authorities said that Ntwali died on January 18 in a road accident in Kigali. However, the organizations…

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Saviour Imukudo

Nigerian journalist Saviour Imukudo receives death threats over construction project reporting

On January 5, 2023, Saviour Imukudo, a regional reporter with the privately owned news website Premium Times, received death threats over the phone from the supervisor of an allegedly poorly executed government-commissioned construction project in Nigeria’s southern Akwa Ibom State, according to Imukudo, who spoke with CPJ by phone, and a report he wrote for…

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CPJ calls for credible investigation into death of Rwandan journalist John Williams Ntwali

Nairobi, January 26, 2023—Rwandan authorities must provide a credible account of the circumstances surrounding the death of journalist John Williams Ntwali, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Police said that Ntwali was killed in the early morning of January 18 in Kigali, the capital, after a car hit a motorcycle taxi he was riding,…

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