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Jailed Burkinabe journalist appeals to African Court

Lohé Issa Konaté (Lydia Ouédraogo)

Journalist Lohé Issa Konaté has been imprisoned in Burkina Faso since he was convicted in October of criminal defamation over articles in private weekly L'Ouragan alleging corruption and abuse of power at the office of the public prosecutor. In May, an appeals court rejected his appeal and upheld the 12-month sentence, according to defense counsel Halidou Ouedraogo. Now, after exhausting all domestic legal remedies, Konaté has filed a complaint with the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights in Tanzania. 

Blog   |   Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso state media journalists protest censorship

Journalists working for state media protest Tuesday in front of the Communications Ministry in Ouagadougou against authorities' meddling in their work. (AFP/Ahmed Ouoba)

In Burkina Faso, tens of journalists from state media today held a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Communications in the capital Ouagadougou to protest what they deem to be excessive government censorship of news coverage.

Blog   |   Burkina Faso

In Norbert Zongo case, 12 years of impunity

A poster for this week's commemoration.

For Geneviève Zongo, every December 13 revives excruciating memories of the loss of her husband Norbert Zongo, editor of the weekly L'Indépendant. He was assassinated in 1998 while investigating the murder of a driver working at Burkina Faso's presidential palace. More painful still is that the killers who ambushed Zongo's car, riddling it with bullets and torching it, have never been brought to justice.

December 14, 2010 4:15 PM ET

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Africa's path to press freedom goes online

The author

Fifty years ago, development journalism helped to silence dissenting voices: One had to rally to the fathers of the nation for the sake of national unity. Accordingly, the legacy of these 50 years of Francophone media in Africa is freedom of the press and opinion. Journalists prod the elites, who are allergic to criticism, and require that they account for their handling of power and assume responsibility in the face of the various scandals they cause. Recently in Burkina Faso for instance, a government minister had to resign after the print media revealed his extramarital affair with a married woman. This was unthinkable a few years ago. 

August 12, 2010 12:27 PM ET

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Un journaliste gabonais condamné à une peine de prison avec sursis

New York, le 10 juin 2010—Le Comité pour la protection des journalistes (CPJ) dénonce la condamnation cette semaine d’un journaliste gabonais à une peine de prison avec sursis pour un article ayant soulevé des interrogations au sujet de l'assassinat non élucidé d'un haut fonctionnaire.

10 juin 2010 15h02 ET

Blog   |   Afghanistan, CPJ, Colombia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, USA

Jon Lee Anderson on courage and journalism

Last week, I attended an unusual event called the Courage Forum at which half a dozen speakers, from tightrope artist Philippe Petit and Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal to Virgin founder and chairman Richard Branson, talked about about overcoming fear.

May 12, 2010 10:00 AM ET

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  |   Afrique, Asie, Burkina Faso, Europe & Asie centrale, Les Amériques, Moyen-Orient/Afrique du Nord, Rapports

Dix meurtres de journalistes non résolus

Le CPJ défie 10 gouvernements du monde de rompre avec des dénis de justice et de mettre fin au phénomène de l’impunité

Une décennie après sa mort, l’assassinat de Norbert Zongo suscite toujours l’indignation du public, telle que cette manifestation de 2008 à Ouagadougou.
(AFP)

New York,  le 29 avril 2010Aux Philippines, des membres d’un clan politique massacrent plus de 30 professionnels des médias et se débarrassent de leurs corps dans des fosses communes. Au Sri Lanka, un éminent éditeur qui a critiqué les autorités est tellement sûr d’être la cible de représailles qu’il prédit son propre assassinat. Au Burkina Faso, des agresseurs criblent de balles un journaliste enquêtant sur l’affreux meurtre d’un employé de la présidence et brulent sa voiture. Dans tous ces cas, ainsi que dans des centaines d’autres meurtres de journalistes dans le monde, personne n'a jamais été condamné.

29 avril 2010 14h41 ET

Reports   |   Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka

Ten Journalist Murder Cases to Solve

CPJ challenges authorities in 10 nations
to bring justice and reverse culture of impunity

Protesters in Manila seek justice in the Maguindanao massacre. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) New York, April 29, 2010—In the Philippines, political clan members slaughter more than 30 news media workers and dump their bodies in mass graves. In Sri Lanka, a prominent editor who has criticized authorities is so sure of retaliation that he predicts his own murder. In Pakistan, a reporter who embarrassed the government is abducted and slain. In these and hundreds of other journalist killings worldwide, no one has been convicted.

  |   Américas, Informes, México

Diez asesinatos de periodistas por resolver

El CPJ exhorta a las autoridades de 10 países
a garantizar justicia y revertir la cultura de impunidad

Homenaje al periodista asesinado Armando Rodríguez. (El Diario)

Nueva York, 29 de abril de 2010—En Filipinas, integrantes de un clan político asesinaron a más de 30 trabajadores de la prensa y sepultaron sus cuerpos en fosas comunes. En Sri Lanka, un prominente editor, crítico de las autoridades, estaba tan seguro de una eventual represalia por su labor que pronosticó su propio asesinato. En Pakistán, un reportero que puso en apuros al gobierno fue secuestrado y asesinado. En estos y otros cientos de asesinatos de periodistas en el mundo, nadie ha sido condenado. 

27 de Abril 2010 3:16 PM ET

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