Cybercrime Law

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Tanzania police arrest cartoonist, journalists on cybercrime and illegal assembly allegations

Nairobi, October 7, 2021—Tanzanian authorities should unconditionally release cartoonist Opptertus John Fwema, and drop investigations into Mgawe TV journalist Harold Shemsanga and the media outlet’s owner, Ernest Mgawe, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 24, police arrested Fwema at his home in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and have since detained…

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#HoldTheLine Coalition calls for new cyber libel charge to be dropped and pressure ceased against Maria Ressa

The #HoldTheLine Coalition condemns new legal threats against Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa and calls for a second, trumped-up criminal cyber libel charge to be dropped. Ressa posted bail after the new arrest warrant was filed on November 27, and will appear in court on Friday, December 4. The new cyber libel case was…

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Niger journalist Samira Sabou jailed, charged with cybercrime over Facebook post

New York, June 12, 2020 — Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Samira Ibrahim Sabou and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities arrested Sabou, editor with the privately owned Niger Search news website and manager of the Mides-Niger news website, on June 10 after she responded to…

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Nigerian journalist held under cybercrime act for COVID-19 coverage

Abuja, June 10, 2020 – Nigerian authorities should immediately release journalist Saint Meinpamo Onitsha, drop all charges against him, and reform the country’s cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 4, officers with Nigeria’s Department of State Services detained Onitsha, founder…

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Security forces are seen in Niamey, Niger, on March 15, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni over his posts on social media about the COVID-19 pandemic. (AFP/Boureima Hama)

Journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni arrested in Niger over COVID-19 report

New York, March 24, 2020 — Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni and halt legal proceedings against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan police officers are seen in Kampala on April 23, 2019. Police recently arrested Joseph Kabuleta for allegedly posting

Ugandan commentator arrested over Facebook post critical of president

On July 12, 2019, plainclothes police in Kireka, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, arrested Joseph Kabuleta, a local minister and former reporter who regularly posts political commentary on social media, for allegedly posting “offensive communication against the person of the President” online, according to a July 12 police statement reviewed by CPJ and Fred…

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People gather around a newspaper stand in Kano, northern Nigeria, on February 24, 2019. Journalist Obinna Don Norman was recently charged under Nigeria's 2015 cybercrime act. (Ben Curtis/AP)

Journalist arrested, charged under cybercrime law in Nigeria

New York, March 7, 2019 — Nigerian authorities should immediately drop charges against journalist Obinna Don Norman, release him from prison, and reform the 2015 cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People walk past street vendors outside a mosque in Amman, Jordan, on June 6, 2018. A journalist was imprisoned over an article on a private hospital on January 2, 2019. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)

Jordanian journalist imprisoned over article on private hospital

Beirut, January 17, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the imprisonment of Nidal Salameh, a journalist for the website Gerasa News, who was convicted of violating Jordan’s Press and Publications Law and the Cybercrime Law.

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A sunset over Amman in 2012. Two Jordanian journalists are facing charges in the city over their reporting. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Jordan arrests two journalists over report on finance minister

Beirut, January 17, 2018–Authorities should immediately release two journalists from the independent news website Jfranews who have been charged under Jordan’s Press and Publication Law and Cybercrime Law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Proposed cyber-security bill threatens media freedom in Bangladesh

Bangkok, August 24, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists called today on Bangladesh’s legislature to scrap proposed cyber-security legislation that would impose severe penalties for disseminating online material deemed to be anti-state or a threat to national security or public order. The Digital Security Act 2016 was approved on August 22 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s…

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