Clifford Derrick

Clifford Derrick is a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg. He has served as CPJ’s Africa correspondent.

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South Africans end week of "secrecy bill" protests

October 29, 2010 3:09 PM ET

On Wednesday, just before South African lawmakers were scheduled to debate amendments to the controversial Protection of Information Bill, thousands of protesters marched to the gates of Parliament in Cape Town to oppose the measure, which they called an "apartheid-style secrecy bill." The marchers represented a broad coalition of...

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In South Africa, echoes of Black Wednesday

October 25, 2010 1:14 PM ET

On October 19, 1977, South Africa's government banned The World newspaper, along with Weekend World, the paper's weekly magazine, and Pro Veritate, a Christian publication. Authorities also detained scores of activists and outlawed 17 anti-apartheid groups during the one-day crackdown, which came to be known as Black Wednesday....

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South Africa weighs dropping media tribunal plan

October 21, 2010 3:22 PM ET

For the first time in South Africa's months-long debate over the proposal for a government-run media appeals tribunal, a top official from the African National Congress (ANC) indicated on Friday that the plan could be dropped altogether--under certain conditions....

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Somali journalist lives under threat, in fear in South Africa

September 22, 2010 10:10 AM ET

Violence has cut through the life of 28-year-old journalist Abdulahi Ibrahim Dasar, from his high school days in Kismayo, the third-largest city in Somalia, to his life as a refugee in South Africa. The turbulence of Dasar's life also explains his entry into journalism, a profession that has made...

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Press freedom gets red card as World Cup approaches

January 26, 2010 5:08 PM ET

As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 World Cup and “soccer fever” reaches its height, press freedom may be left on the benches. Police have recently subpoenaed two journalists working for private station e.tv to reveal their sources in a story about a scheme to commit violent crimes during the...

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Q&A: Wife enters journalism after husband’s murder

October 14, 2009 1:26 PM ET

The killers of Nigerian Editor Bayo Ohu are still a mystery, three weeks after his murder. Now the family of the former Guardian newspaper journalist lives in fear. Ohu was shot dead early on Sunday morning, September 20, by a gang of five armed men and a woman in...

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