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Niger’s news media: From ‘décor’ to dynamism

July 16, 2010 3:25 PM ET

On August 3 1960, Niger’s Independence Day, I had no inkling that I would one day take up a career in journalism. I was only 11 years old then and my village was very far from the capital and any media outlet. It is only later, when I began...

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50 years on, Francophone Africa strives for media freedom

July 13, 2010 2:22 PM ET

CPJ has joined with African press freedom groups to urge African leaders to end repression of the media as they celebrate 50 years since the end of colonial rule. We will publish a series of blogs this week by African journalists reflecting on the checkered history of press freedom over that...

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In Niger, a watchful press and a tolerant junta, for now

May 20, 2010 6:11 PM ET

When a coup occurs somewhere in the world, journalists are usually the first to be sidelined. Beyond the classic scene of a new leader addressing the nation and promising democracy, stability, and wealth, reporters are usually simply undesirable within the new leadership's entourage....

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Niger president tightens grip on media with amendment

August 4, 2009 6:10 PM ET

In Niger today, the government is holding a public referendum on a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for President Mamadou Tandja to run for office indefinitely. It would also further increase the former army colonel's control over the press. Tandja, at left, has charged ahead with the referendum despite...

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