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Amid tensions ahead of Kenyan vote, journalists face violence and threats

August 7, 2017 12:52 PM ET

When a fight broke out during a political rally for Kenya's Orange Democratic Movement in Kakamega county on May 4, Shaban Makokha was taking pictures for his newspaper, the Daily Nation. Makokha told CPJ that when police arrived to break up the fight, they demanded that he stop taking...

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Q&A: Somali editor says efforts to make media law less restrictive don't go far enough

August 2, 2017 2:17 PM ET

On July 13, Somalia's Cabinet approved proposed changes to the country's national media law as part of a review to overhaul the regulatory framework under which journalists currently work. But Somali journalists and local media rights groups have criticized the government for not doing enough to provide journalists with...

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For Zambia's press, election year brings assaults and shut down orders

November 8, 2016 4:31 PM ET

Zambia's press has come under sustained assault in this election year, with station licenses suspended, journalists harassed or arrested for critical coverage, and one of the country's largest privately owned papers, The Post, being provisionally liquidated in a move that its editors say is politically motivated....

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Ethiopia's state of emergency cuts lines of communication and puts bloggers at risk of arrest

October 24, 2016 5:52 PM ET

On October 4, I heard that my friend Natnael Feleke had not returned home even though it was approaching midnight in Ethiopia. Family and friends were discussing where to search for the blogger, who had only been released 11 months earlier from the notorious Kilinto prison, where he was...

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Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

October 13, 2016 1:34 PM ET

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty reduction and good governance. This is why journalists on this...

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How Nigeria's cybercrime law is being used to try to muzzle the press

September 21, 2016 12:35 PM ET

Since Nigeria's cybercrime act was voted into law in May 2015 authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against at least five bloggers who criticized politicians and businessmen online and through social media....

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Journalists caught in crosshairs amid protests and unrest in Zimbabwe

August 29, 2016 6:00 PM ET

A photograph of freelance journalist Lucy Yasini trying to ward off an attack by police while covering a protest in Harare was circulated on social media last week. A day later, a photograph was shared of two reporters, Obey Manayiti and Robert Tapfumaneyi, in the back of a police...

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World Refugee Day: Fear of arrest drives journalists into exile

June 16, 2016 9:49 AM ET

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....

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

May 24, 2016 1:41 PM ET

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...

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Tanzania cuts live parliamentary coverage, ending vital news source for citizens

May 13, 2016 11:47 AM ET

On April 19, the live coverage of proceedings in the Tanzanian parliament ended as a government decision to halt the service went into effect. The move, announced by Information Minister Nape Nnauye in January, has led to protests from the opposition party and journalists' groups, who said they view...

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