Shehnilla Mohamed

Shehnilla Mohamed, a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg, is CPJ's southern Africa correspondent.

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For Zimbabwean journalist Saize, the absurd is routine

March 14, 2011 10:34 AM ET

For 37-year-old Zimbabwean freelance journalist Sydney Saize, left, enduring arrest and assault has become absurdly routine--and the circumstances routinely absurd. Take his most recent detention, in February. Saize was reporting on a mundane criminal case in Mutare, capital of the diamond-rich Manicaland province, when the story suddenly turned dramatic....

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Zimbabwe charges 45 with treason for viewing Egypt footage

March 4, 2011 1:56 PM ET

The right to receive and impart information is a fundamental human right enshrined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but in Zimbabwe, watching news of North African and Middle East protests apparently amounts to treason. ...

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Mauritius no heaven for news media

February 4, 2011 1:01 PM ET

American author Mark Twain once quoted a Mauritian as saying that heaven was copied after this Indian Ocean island paradise. Mauritius is cited today as one of the few havens of press freedom in Africa, but for Raj Meetarbhan, left, editor-in-chief of the island's largest newspaper L'Express, the country...

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In South Africa, judge orders probe into censorship at SABC

January 28, 2011 4:37 PM ET

In South Africa, a judge this week ordered an official investigation into allegations that a former news executive for national public broadcaster SABC had muted critical voices and skewed coverage of major events--like the aftermath of Zimbabwe's 2005 election in favor of the ruling party. The ruling comes amid...

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South Africa resumes debate on secrecy bill

January 25, 2011 3:36 PM ET

Parliamentary hearings on South Africa's Protection of Information Bill resumed last week with heated debate over provisions threatening to restrict press freedom and access to information. For journalists, much uncertainty remains over the final product and when it will be completed....

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In Zimbabwe, a rare retreat in a media attack

January 21, 2011 12:47 PM ET

In Zimbabwe, where journalists face constant harassment and repressive legislation, it's a rare occasion that the army would back off from its interference with an independent newspaper. But that's what seemed to happen this week in rural Gutu....

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