Mariama Keita

Mariama Keita, a freelance journalist, is an intern in CPJ's Africa program.

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A raid raises deeper press concerns in Czech Republic

March 30, 2011 2:56 PM ET

When it comes to press freedom offenders, the Czech Republic is not among the countries that come to mind. So what happened to the main national television channel on March 11 left many flabbergasted. I arrived in Prague that day with a group of New York University graduate students to...

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Bob Stan, Liberia press pioneer, captivates at 80

March 10, 2011 11:04 AM ET

Veteran journalist Stanton B. Peabody, a pioneer of press freedom in Liberia, turned 80 last month. Peabody, known to family and friends as "Bob Stan," is a captivating figure full of wisdom and humor. We talked recently about his journalism career, one that has tracked the blossoming of the...

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As Uganda election nears, fear among reporters

February 11, 2011 4:29 PM ET

As Ugandan journalists prepare to cover presidential elections on February 18 amid political tensions and security concerns, uncertainty and fear are on the minds of reporters. That's particularly so after a year in which 52 press freedom abuses--ranging from physical and verbal intimidation to state censorship and murder--were recorded,...

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With media plan, ANC copies Nigeria's military rulers

September 24, 2010 10:21 AM ET

While South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) discusses the party's proposal for a media appeals tribunal, delegates should take note of a landmark ruling in Nigeria this year in which a High Court judge declared a government-dominated press council unconstitutional. ...

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View from a Somali photojournalist's blood-stained lens

July 2, 2010 12:29 PM ET

On Tuesday, several journalists were wounded when missiles were fired on a press conference in the battlefield of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. When the National Union of Somali Journalists broke news of the attack, I immediately checked in with local reporters. I obtained the phone number of photojournalist Ilyas Ahmed Abukar, expecting to speak to a...

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