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Deyda Hydara’s daughter: ‘I am still crying’ for murdered Gambian journalist

August 2, 2019 4:16 PM ET

At Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on July 22, army officer Lieutenant Malick Jatta named former President Yahya Jammeh as the mastermind behind the murder of prominent editor Deyda Hydara on December 16 , 2004. He said Jammeh had given the direct order to assassinate Hydara, an...

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CPJ joins call for U.N. Human Rights Council to extend mandate of Burundi Commission of Inquiry

August 2, 2019 11:35 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 other civil society organizations in calling on member and observer states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to extend for a year the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi....

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In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press

July 9, 2019 3:42 PM ET

On June 22, Ethiopia was plunged into an internet blackout following what the government described as a failed attempted coup in the Amhara region. In the aftermath at least two journalists were detained under the country's repressive anti-terror law, part of an uptick in arrests that CPJ has noted...

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Discredited, threatened, attacked: challenges of covering South Africa's election in the digital age

July 1, 2019 3:10 PM ET

In the lead up to South Africa's elections in May, the Electoral Commission of South Africa accredited CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal as an international observer, monitoring press freedom. Quintal found that unlike 1994--when she covered the violence of the country's first democratic elections--journalists in 2019 cited online...

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CPJ joins call for UN to continue scrutinizing human rights situation in Eritrea

June 11, 2019 11:15 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organizations today sent a letter to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to continue to scrutinize the human rights situation in Eritrea. The letter was sent ahead of the 41st session of the Human Rights...

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CPJ joins call for UN Security Council to act on Cameroon crisis

June 3, 2019 6:30 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and eight other civil society organizations sent a letter to members of the United Nations Security Council about the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Cameroon. The letter was sent ahead of the U.N. Regional Office for Central Africa briefing to the Security...

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Human Rights Council should address Tanzania crackdown

May 13, 2019 2:35 PM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other non-governmental organizations today sent a letter to member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council, asking them to address the crackdown on human rights in Tanzania at the 41st session of the council....

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Under Abiy, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain

April 29, 2019 3:00 PM ET

During a trip to Addis Ababa in January, it was impossible to miss the signs that Ethiopian media are enjoying unprecedented freedom. A flurry of new publications were on the streets. At a public forum that CPJ attended, journalists spoke about positive reforms, but also openly criticized their lack...

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'You cannot muzzle the media': Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari

April 15, 2019 11:59 AM ET

When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo,...

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CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist Amade Abubacar

April 11, 2019 10:36 AM ET

Johannesburg, April 11, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other civil society groups today issued a joint statement urging Mozambican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release community radio journalist Amade Abubacar, who has been in pre-trial detention since his arrest on January 5....

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