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Attacks on the Press   |   Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone

Amid Ebola outbreak, West African governments try to isolate media

A man walks past a burial report including known Ebola cases at the Western area emergency response center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on December 16, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

On the first Saturday of November 2014, when media owner and broadcaster David Tam Baryoh switched on the mic for his weekly "Monologue" show on independent Citizen FM in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he had no idea that criticizing the government's handling of Ebola would mean 11 days in jail.

Attaques contre la presse

Sur fond d'épidémie du virus Ébola, les gouvernements d'Afrique de l'ouest cherchent à isoler les médias

Par Sue Valentine

Un homme passe devant un tableau de recensement des décès et des cas connus de virus Ébola au centre d'intervention d'urgence de la Western Area à Freetown, Sierra Leone, le 16 décembre 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Le premier samedi du mois de novembre 2014, quand le présentateur David Tam Baryoh a allumé son micro à l’occasion de son émission hebdomadaire « Monologue », sur Citizen FM, la station de radio indépendante qu’il possède à Freetown, Sierra Leone, il n'avait aucune idée que sa critique de la gestion du virus Ébola par son gouvernement lui vaudrait de passer 11 jours en prison.

27 avril 2015 11h00 ET

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Dans les pays touchés par le virus Ebola, autorités et journalistes doivent collaborer

Peter Nkanga, représentant du CPJ pour l'Afrique de l'ouest

La crise de l'Ebola qui touche actuellement l'Afrique de l'ouest se poursuit et les journalistes chargés de documenter le virus sur le terrain sont pris entre les autorités désireuses de contrôler la façon dont la flambée épidémique est relatée, et le risque d'être eux-mêmes victime de cette maladie.

17 octobre 2014 18h26 ET

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Blog   |   Liberia, Sierra Leone

In Ebola-stricken countries, authorities and journalists should work together

Liberians wash at an Ebola information station in Monrovia. The government has implemented restrictions on journalists reporting on the outbreak. (AFP/Pascal Guyot)

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is unrelenting, and journalists on the frontline of reporting on the virus are caught between authorities wanting to control how the outbreak is reported, and falling victim to the disease themselves.

October 17, 2014 4:14 PM ET

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Blog   |   Liberia

In attempts to contain Ebola, Liberia censors its press

Security forces guard a checkpoint in an area of Monrovia that was in quarantine for several days as part of government efforts to try to contain Ebola in Liberia. (Reuters)

With the Ebola epidemic predicted to get worse, the Liberian government has taken action to silence news outlets critical of its handling of the health crisis which, according to Liberia's Information Ministry, has claimed more than 1,000 lives in the country since March. Publishers have been harassed and forced to cease printing, and journalists were initially not exempt from a curfew, making it difficult for them to work, according to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).

Blog   |   Liberia

Liberian press boycotts Sirleaf over aide's comments

Liberian newspapers protest threatening remarks by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's security chief. (Wade Williams/FrontPage Africa)

Most governments, even repressive ones, at least give lip service to supporting freedom of the press--especially on World Press Freedom Day, May 3. But in Liberia this month, Othello Daniel Warrick, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's chief security aide, shocked local journalists by threatening them and calling them "terrorists" at a public event to mark the occasion, according to news reports and local media groups.

Attaques contre la presse

Attaques contre la presse en 2012: La puissance de l'ordinaire

Qui est autorisé à parler? Que sont-ils autorisés à dire? Les lauréats cherchent les réponses. Par Kristin Jones

(AFP/Michael Nagle)

14 février 2013 0h04 ET

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Ataques contra a imprensa

Ataque à Imprensa em 2012: Poder nos relatos ordinários

Quem está autorizado a falar? O que estão autorizados a dizer? Os premiados buscam as respostas Por Kristin Jones

(AFP/Michael Nagle)

fevereiro 14, 2013 12:03 AM ET

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CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, November 2012

Journalists honored at IPFA

Thanks to David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, who chaired CPJ's 2012 International Press Freedom Awards dinner on November 20, the organization raised a record-breaking $1.57 million to support persecuted journalists.

The nearly 900 distinguished guests at the event also pledged support for CPJ's Campaign Against Impunity during a special appeal that raised more than $100,000. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has generously pledged to match two-to-one $100,000 of the funds.

The event, held at New York's Waldorf-Astoria, was hosted by CPJ board member and PBS senior correspondent Gwen Ifill. The ceremony paid tribute  to the reporting of Mauri König (Gazeto do Pozo, Brazil), Mae Azango, (New Narratives and FrontPage Africa, Liberia) as well as jailed journalists Dhondup Wangchen (Filming for Tibet, imprisoned in China) and Azimjon Askarov (Ferghana News, Kyrgyzstan), who were awarded in absentia. Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, was awarded the Burton Benjamin Award for his lifetime commitment to press freedom. 

November 30, 2012 11:42 AM ET

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