Africa

2010

Alerts   |   Uganda

At least 5 Ugandan journalists wounded covering protest

New York, March 19, 2010At least five journalists were wounded while covering violent clashes between security personnel and protesters outside the capital, Kampala, on Wednesday. Scores of protestors and mourners came to Kasubi, a Kampala suburb, after a fire of unknown origin destroyed the historically significant royal tombs of the Buganda kingdom on Tuesday.   

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Prime minister says Ethiopia plans to jam VOA broadcasts

New York, March 19, 2010Ethiopia is preparing to jam the Amharic-language broadcasts of the U.S. government-funded Voice of America (VOA), Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared Thursday in a press briefing with international media correspondents based in the capital, Addis Ababa. 

March 19, 2010 3:14 PM ET

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Blog   |   Gambia

Durbin, Senate colleagues press for Manneh’s release

Gambia Press Union

For more than two years, U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin and a group of Senate colleagues have been pressing for the release of Gambian journalist “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, left. In July 2006, security agents arrested Manneh at his workplace at the Daily Observer and have since held him incommunicado and without charge. On Thursday, Durbin and four other senators sent a letter to Kamalesh Sharma, secretary-general of the Commonwealth of Nations, urging him to launch an investigation into the case. 

March 19, 2010 10:15 AM ET

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Blog   |   Uganda

Ugandan photographers take heat after fire at royal tombs

A Ugandan soldier quells a protest after fire destroyed the tombs of Bagandan kings. (Reuters)

It seemed like déjà vu. Another major protest erupts in Uganda and journalists face the wrath of authorities and the public alike. Tensions between the government and the traditional kingdom of the Baganda, the largest ethnic group based in central Uganda, flared again Tuesday evening after a fire of unknown origin ravaged the tombs of traditional kings, a UNESCO World Heritage site on Kasubi Hill near the capital, Kampala. Last September, a number of journalists were attacked or harassed while covering deadly clashes between the government and Baganda protesters.

March 18, 2010 6:34 PM ET

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Blog   |   Uganda

Ugandan plan would punish media for ‘economic sabotage’

Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has received considerable international attention, particularly concerning its harsh criminal sanctions, but another piece of repressive legislation threatens to criminalize the activities of another maligned group: the vibrant independent press in this East African nation at the confluence of Africa’s largest lake (Victoria) and the world’s longest river (Nile). 

March 15, 2010 1:34 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian reporter assaulted at mass funeral

Mourners in Dogo Nahawa. (Reuters)

New York, March 11, 2010An angry crowd of mourners attending a mass funeral in Dogo Nahawa, central Nigeria, assaulted state radio reporter Murtala Sani on Monday. Sani, a reporter for the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, was assigned to cover the funeral of more than 40 people killed during a bloody March 7 attack on four villages in central Nigeria

March 11, 2010 4:52 PM ET

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Letters   |   Cameroon

CPJ alarmed by harassment of journalists in Cameroon

Dear President Biya: We are writing to express our alarm at the harassment and abuse of at least a dozen journalists in Cameroon. These reporters each raised questions about your administration’s management of public finances, the progress of an anti-corruption drive dubbed Operation Sparrowhawk, and local government affairs. We call on you to hold members of the administration accountable for using security forces and criminal laws to settle scores with the media. We further urge you to initiate reforms that would refer matters of defamation to civil courts.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia reinstates hefty fines against publishing houses

New York, March 10, 2010The Ethiopian Supreme Court reinstated fines on Monday against four newspaper publishing companies over their coverage of the disputed 2005 national election. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ethiopian authorities to end their continuing pursuit of politically motivated charges related to the election.

March 10, 2010 4:29 PM ET

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Blog   |   Rwanda

Rwanda's Kagame tries to link bombs to critical press

APJournalists in Kigali are on tenterhooks after President Paul Kagame, left, made new accusations of their supposed involvement in a bomb attack in Rwanda. Just months before Rwanda’s presidential elections, Kigali was recently hit by two grenade attacks that killed two people and injured 30 others, according to news reports.

March 10, 2010 3:19 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Voice of America news broadcasts jammed in Ethiopia

New York, March 4, 2010Voice of America (VOAreported today that its transmissions to Ethiopia are being electronically jammed. The Ethiopian government denied responsibility.

March 4, 2010 5:55 PM ET

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