Case   |   Turkey

Turkey arrests two Cumhuriyet journalists over weapons claims

On November 26, 2015, an Istanbul court ordered Can Dündar, chief editor of the independent daily Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gül, the daily's Ankara bureau chief, to be held in pre-trial detention on charges of espionage and aiding a terrorist group, according to reports. The journalists' arrests are connected to reports published in Cumhuriyet in May and June 2015 that alleged Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) had transferred weapons to Syria under the cover of humanitarian aid.

December 1, 2015 12:45 PM ET


Case   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist severely injured covering peaceful procession

Isaac Kugonza, a cameraman with the privately owned station Delta TV, was seriously injured while covering a peaceful procession led by Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago on November 16, 2015, in Uganda's capital, Kampala, according to news reports. Lukwago is seeking re-election as mayor of Kampala, reports said.

November 24, 2015 11:59 AM ET


Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Journalist attacked while covering student protest in Kinshasa

Francine Bishti, a reporter for the privately owned station Radio Télévision par Satellite 1 was attacked on November 16, 2015 while covering student protests in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to reports. Bishti was filming a group of about 16 students, who were protesting an increase in academic fees, when she was attacked by a group who started hitting and kicking her, news reports said.

Case   |   Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, three journalists investigating elephant poisoning charged with slander

Three journalists from Zimbabwe's state-owned weekly newspaper Sunday Mail were arrested in the capital, Harare, on November 2, 2015, after the paper published a report about more than 60 elephants being poisoned in Hwange National Park, according to news reports.

Case   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia denies imprisoned journalist visitation rights, medical treatment

Local friends and relatives of journalist Temesghen Desalegn, who is serving a three-year jail term, said that Ethiopian prison authorities in Ziway Prison have denied him medical treatment and all prison visits.

Case   |   India

Journalist arrested in restive Chhattisgarh state in India

On September 29, 2015, police in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh arrested a journalist on what his colleagues said were fabricated charges in connection with his reporting on human rights abuses by local authorities, according to news reports.

Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

DRC government bans screening of documentary on rape

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on September 3, 2015, that it had banned the screening of a documentary about rape and a doctor who treats rape victims.

Case   |   Cameroon

Journalist detained for four days in Cameroon, accused of espionage

Simon Ateba, a freelance Cameroonian journalist, was arrested at the Minawao refugee camp in the far north of Cameroon at around noon on August 28, 2015, according to news reports.

Case   |   Iran

In Iran, journalists accused of espionage, sentenced to prison

Iranian government-run media outlets in mid-August 2015 accused Farnaz Fassihi, a New York-based senior reporter for the Wall Street Journal, of being a liaison between the U.S. government and the opposition. After Kayhan, a newspaper closely associated with the Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, accused Fassihi of conspiring against the Iranian government, the Supreme Leader-affiliated newspaper Resalat and Tasnim, a news agency closely associated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, followed suit with similar claims.

Case   |   Lebanon

Journalists assaulted in Lebanon amid violent protests

At least eight journalists were physically assaulted while covering anti-government protests in Beirut on August 22 and August 23, 2015, according to news reports, the local press freedom group Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, or SKeyes, and CPJ research. One journalist sought treatment at a local hospital for injuries.

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