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On May 20, officers with the Nigeria Police Force-National Cybercrime Center summoned Nurudeen Akewushola, a reporter with the nonprofit ICIR news agency, for questioning in connection with a police investigation “into a case of cyberstalking and defamation of character." (Photo courtesy of Nurudeen Akewushola)

In Nigeria, 2 ICIR journalists summoned, questioned over corruption report

Abuja, May 31, 2024—Nigerian police authorities should immediately drop their criminal investigation into journalist Nurudeen Akewushola and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), and allow them to work free of harassment and fear of arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.  On May 20, officers with the Nigeria Police Force-National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC)…

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On February 6, journalist Bruno François Bidjang was detained on allegations of "rebellion" in connection with a video posted and later removed on TikTok. (Still image taken from video: Vision 4)

Cameroonian journalist Bruno Bidjang detained for alleged ‘rebellion’

Dakar, February 15, 2024—Cameroonian authorities must immediately release journalist Bruno François Bidjang, drop legal proceedings against him for alleged rebellion, and allow journalists to comment freely on public affairs, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Thursday. On February 6, gendarmes from the Yaoundé State Secretariat for Defense (SED) summoned Bidjang, managing director of the privately-owned…

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Iranian authorities rearrest journalist Nazila Maroofian

Washington, D.C., July 11, 2023—Iranian authorities should release journalist Nazila Maroofian and drop any charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On Saturday, July 8, authorities arrested Maroofian, a Kurdish Iranian investigative reporter for the state-run news website Rouydad24, after she responded to a summons at a court in Evin prison in…

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Liberia’s FrontPageAfrica summoned to defend bribery report or face contempt of court

Abuja, June 12, 2023—Liberian authorities should ensure that journalists are able to cover court cases without fear that they will be forced to expose their sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday.  In a summons dated May 31, which CPJ reviewed, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court C in the Liberian capital Monrovia ordered…

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Lebanese authorities summon 2 journalists in separate cases

On March 30, 2023, two officers with Lebanon’s General Directorate of State Security stopped Jean Kassir, founder of the news website Megaphone, while he was driving in the capital city of Beirut, according to Megaphone and Kassir, who spoke to CPJ in person. The officers summoned Kassir to attend questioning at the directorate’s office the…

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Bangladeshi journalist Mamunur Rashid Nomani faces hearing over Digital Security Act charges

New York, March 22, 2023–Police in Bangladesh’s southern city of Barisal should immediately drop all charges against journalist Mamunur Rashid Nomani and allow him to report without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. Nomani, chief news editor of the privately owned newspaper The Daily Shahnama and editor of the Barisal Khabar…

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Israeli authorities shutter Voice of Palestine radio’s Israel operations, question 5 journalists

New York, March 20, 2023 – Israeli authorities should immediately reverse their order to shut down the Israeli operations of the Voice of Palestine radio station and should cease harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On Monday, March 20, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir ordered Voice of Palestine, the…

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Venezuelan authorities question 2 El Nacional employees, summon 3 others

Bogotá, January 27, 2023 — Venezuelan authorities must drop their criminal investigation into two editors, three reporters, and an administrative employee of the El Nacional news website and allow them to continue their work free of intimidation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On Wednesday, January 25, officers of Venezuela’s investigative police unit detained…

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French intelligence agency summons 3 journalists for questioning

Berlin, December 12, 2022 — The General Directorate for Internal Security, France’s domestic intelligence agency, should immediately withdraw summonses issued to journalists Benoît Collombat, Jacques Monin, and Geoffrey Livolsi, and refrain from questioning members of the press over their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. On December 7, the agency issued summonses for…

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Egyptian authorities summon 4 Mada Masr journalists for interrogation

New York, September 6, 2022 – In response to news reports that Egyptian authorities recently summoned four journalists from the independent news website Mada Masr for interrogation, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement calling for authorities to cease harassing the outlet and its staff: “Egyptian authorities should drop their attempt to interrogate…

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