Africa / 2011

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Video: 'Living in silence: Journalists in exile'

May 19, 2011 2:49 PM ET

We write a lot at CPJ about the terrible things that happen to journalists because of their reporting, but we don't often get a chance to show you what happens to them after they are forced to flee their homes and land abroad. This video, about three such journalists, is...

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Rwanda's Kagame and journalist get into Twitter spat

May 16, 2011 2:29 PM ET

President Paul Kagame is a leader who draws sharply divided opinions--praise from some for rebuilding Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and criticism from others over a record of repression of dissent and the press. On Saturday, a tweet critical of Kagame by British columnist Ian Birrell sparked a heated...

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Tribute to Chris Hondros, who ventured far with his torch

April 22, 2011 4:49 PM ET

My dear friend Chris. In the silence, I hear the symphony of memories that was your life as I knew it. I see your waving hand gestures and wry smile as you recount stories whilst we sit together in the tropical Liberian heat discussing everything from classical music to...

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Tim Hetherington: A star inexorably, humbly rising

April 22, 2011 12:35 PM ET

I first met Tim Hetherington in Monrovia in 2005, in the run-up to Liberia's then historic elections, which officially drew the line under the country's 14-year civil war. Tim had already reported from Liberia in the chaotic final stages of that war in 2003, marching for days on end...

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Ugandan media censored over Walk to Work protests

April 19, 2011 4:33 PM ET

Freedom of the press in Uganda hit a new low late last week when the government, in response to a decision by opposition figures to demonstrate against the escalating price of food and fuel by walking to work, banned live coverage of the protests and issued a directive to...

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Veteran Liberian press freedom fighter dies

April 15, 2011 5:14 PM ET

Stanton B. Peabody, a pillar of the press in Liberia and mentor to generations of visiting foreign correspondents, died this week in Monrovia. He was 80. Stanton, affectionately called "Bob Stan" by friends and family, reported through five administrations, a coup that brought an army sergeant to power in...

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Benin journalists protest attacks

April 14, 2011 6:13 PM ET

Six associations of media professionals in Benin rallied Tuesday in Cotonou, the capital, in a protest march against what they called "the barbarity of security forces" against journalists....

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Malawi: A prying press silenced by injunctions

April 11, 2011 5:45 PM ET

In Malawi, where half the population survives on a dollar a day, it proves wise for the political elite to keep their exorbitant wealth hidden from public scrutiny.  That's why they appear to be running to the courthouse to file injunctions to silence the press....

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At NYU, South Africa's Motlanthe defends press policies

March 29, 2011 3:11 PM ET

On Monday, in a public lecture at New York University, South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe described as irreversible the democratic gains made since the end of apartheid, including the advancement of press freedom. "We have a constitution which guarantees basic human rights such as freedom of association, freedom...

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A Somali journalist still gets taunting threats in exile

March 25, 2011 4:59 PM ET

It was February 2008 when Bahjo Mohamud Abdi received her first anonymous phone call. It was a man's voice asking her to confirm who she was. Abdi was a presenter and correspondent for the state radio in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Abdi confirmed her identity and thought no...

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