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The Independence Arch is pictured in Accra, Ghana. Authorities have failed to hold anyone to account in recent attacks on journalists. (CPJ/Jonathan Rozen)

Ghana won’t have press freedom without accountability

Three bullets, fired at close range by two assassins on a black and blue Boxer motorbike on January 16, 2019, killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela, according to Sammy Darko, a lawyer working on Divela’s case. Darko told CPJ over the phone that bystanders saw it happen. Ghana’s media community, international rights groups (including CPJ),…

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A 2018 FIFA World Cup sign in central Moscow, Russia on May 31, 2018. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

CPJ Safety Advisory – FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup will take place June 14 to July 15 at 12 venues in 11 different cities across Russia. Under FIFA rules, it will be difficult for the Russian authorities to bar individual reporters or deny visas for specific media, but those who do cover the tournament may come under surveillance. Journalists are…

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A November 13, 2015, file photo shows newspapers on display at a newsstand in Khartoum. (Reuters/Mohamed Noureldin Abdallah)

Sudan confiscates, censors newspapers for reporting FIFA suspension

New York, July 13, 2017–Sudanese authorities should stop confiscating newspapers and censoring their coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent days, the country’s security service has confiscated or censored the coverage of at least five newspapers, according to press reports.

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Supporters of Bahraini Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa hold signs reading "Supporting the clean man" and "FIFA will be safe with Salman" in Zurich, Switzerland, February 26, 2016. (AP/Michael Probst)

German reporter denied Bahrain visa to cover FIFA congress

New York, May 10, 2017–Bahraini immigration authorities should grant freelance journalist Robert Kempe a visa and ensure that journalists are able to cover international events in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Kempe told CPJ that Bahrain denied him a visa to cover FIFA’s 2017 Congress, which is being held in the…

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