Africa

2012

Alerts   |   Central African Republic

Two editors given jail terms in Central African Republic

Editors from both these newspapers have been convicted on charges that include defamation. (Hirondelle)

New York, January 31, 2012--The convictions of two journalists in the Central African Republic over their critical coverage of a top official constitute political censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

January 31, 2012 3:36 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali journalist shot, killed by unknown gunmen

Somali people carry the coffin of journalist Hassan Osman Abdi, who was killed on Saturday evening. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

New York, January 30, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists is saddened by Saturday's murder of a Somali journalist and calls on authorities to investigate the killing immediately and bring those responsible to justice.

January 30, 2012 10:29 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Life sentence for blogger, prison for journalists

From left: Woubshet, Reeyot, Kifle.

New York, January 26, 2012--A U.S.-based journalist convicted on politicized terrorism charges in Ethiopia was sentenced to life in prison in absentia today, while two other Ethiopian journalists received heavy prison sentences in connection with their coverage of banned opposition groups, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan photojournalist shot at from police van

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, second from left, is shielded by supporters Tuesday as security personnel try to detain him. Photojournalist Isaac Kasamani is at far left. (AFP/Michele Sibiloni)

New York, January 25, 2012--Ugandan authorities must hold to account members of security forces who fired Tuesday on a photojournalist covering their attack on the motorcade of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 25, 2012 6:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Central African Republic

Central African Republic editor jailed in politicized case

New York, January 25, 2012--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Central African Republic to immediately release a newspaper editor imprisoned since January 16 and to drop a politicized prosecution that stems from the paper's critical coverage of a presidential relative who also serves as the government's finance minister. 

January 25, 2012 4:20 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Judge confirms charges against Ethiopian dissident blogger

From left: Nega, Gellaw, Negash, Teklemariam, Yenealem, and Belew. (CPJ)

New York, January 25, 2012--Jailed Ethiopian dissident blogger Eskinder Nega will stand trial in March for all of the terrorism accusations initially advanced by prosecutors, a federal high court judge ruled yesterday, local sources said. If convicted on all charges, he could face the death penalty. 

Blog   |   Uganda

Uganda's radio closures uncover lack of independence

Former Minister Kabakumba Masiko resigned after her private radio station was found to have been illegally using UBC equipment. (CPJ)

Ugandan police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December, accusing them of misusing power supplies and equipment belonging to the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). The widespread allegations of corrupt deals between the state broadcaster and ostensibly private stations reveal more than illicit transactions--they expose a lack of independence within Uganda's broadcast sector.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian reporter murdered while covering bombings

Journalist Enenche Akogwu was shot dead today while interviewing witnesses of a terrorist attack. (Channels TV)

New York, January 20, 2012--A television reporter covering the aftermath of coordinated terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria was gunned down this afternoon, according to local journalists and news reports.

January 20, 2012 5:42 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Senegal

In Senegal, two journalists get suspended prison terms

New York, January 20, 2012--Two Senegalese journalists with the private daily Le Quotidien were handed suspended prison sentences this week in a criminal libel case over their coverage of an armed insurgency in a separatist province, according to news reports. 

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian journalist killed; colleagues suspect murder

News editor Nansok Sallah was found dead on Thursday morning. (Highland FM)
New York, January 20, 2012--Nigerian authorities should launch a thorough and transparent investigation into the murder of a radio journalist whose body was found on Thursday morning, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 20, 2012 3:38 PM ET

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