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Press freedom crisis in Cameroon

As protests and labor strikes continue in Cameroon's Anglophone western regions, the government cuts internet access to affected areas, detains reporters, suspends dozens of newspapers and broadcasters, permanently shutters at least three outlets, equates social media with terrorism, and continues to hold Radio France Internationale journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism charges while his trial before a military tribunal is repeatedly delayed.

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Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian blogger, publisher jailed on defamation charges

Abuja, Nigeria, March 24, 2017--Nigerian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release blogger Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo and newspaper publisher Samuel Welson, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The two have been held in a maximum security prison for more than a week as they await trial on charges of defamation and publishing false news.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist released from prison

New York, March 13, 2017--Authorities responsible for overseeing implementation of Ethiopia's state of emergency today released Ethiopian commentator Anania Sorri.

March 13, 2017 12:43 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Chad

Chad journalists in hiding after threats

Chadian President Idriss Deby sits in the presidential palace in N'Djamena, December 29, 2017 (Reuters)

Abuja, Nigeria, March 6, 2017--Chadian domestic intelligence officers should cease harassing and attempting to intimidate journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two journalists have gone into hiding following harassment from National Security Agency (ANS) officers in recent weeks, and another was detained and forced to apologize for his work.

Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean journalists charged with insulting Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks to supporters gathered to celebrate his 93rd birthday near Bulawayo, February 25, 2017. (Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo)

New York, March 6, 2017--Zimbabwean authorities should immediately drop all charges against News Day editor Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza, and should cease threatening journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Letters   |   Cameroon

CPJ requests information on jailed Cameroonian journalists

March 1, 2017 Issa Tchiroma Bakary Minister of Communication Hotel de Ville Yaoundé Via fax: +237 222 23 30 22; Your Excellency, We at the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy organization, are concerned about compounding reports of measures to restrict the media in Cameroon, and request...

Case   |   Somalia

Three Somaliland journalists detained in one week

Somaliland security forces on February 20, 2017, arrested Mohamed Baashe Hassan, a journalist for the independent broadcaster Star TV, in Hargeisa, the capital of the semi-autonomous region.

Alerts   |   Togo

Togolese journalist beaten, victim of hit-and-run

Lagos, Nigeria, February 22, 2017--Togolese authorities should ensure the safety of a journalist beaten by security forces and should fully and credibly investigate that assault, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Robert Avotor, a journalist for the biweekly newspaper l'Alternative, told CPJ that a vehicle intentionally hit him on February 19, in what he believes was retaliation for his legal complaints against the officers he accuses of beating him.

February 22, 2017 2:15 PM ET

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Case   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast detains six journalists for reporting on mutiny

A sign for Adiake stands by an empty road in the Ivory Coast. Six journalists face charges of spreading false news for reporting on a settlement reached to end a military mutiny in the town. (Reuters/Luc Gnago)

Police in the Ivory Coast on February 12, 2017, detained Vamara Coulibaly, the publisher of the independent Soir Info and L'Inter newspapers; Hamadou Ziao, editor-in-chief of L'Inter; Jean Bédel Gnago, a journalist with Soir info; Bamba Franck Mamadou, the publisher of the pro-opposition newspaper Notre Voie; Yacouba Gbané, the publisher of the pro-opposition newspapers Le Temps and LG Info; and Ferdinand Bailly, a journalist with Le Temps, for reporting that the government had negotiated a settlement to end a military mutiny in the southeastern city of Adiake on February 7, according to media reports.

Letters   |   Somalia

CPJ calls on Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to safeguard journalists

CPJ writes to Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to seek ways to work with his new administration to improve the climate for the media in Somalia, and in particular to ensure that those who murder journalists are brought to swift and fair justice.

February 15, 2017 1:50 PM ET

Statements   |   Kenya

Kenyan court finds criminal libel laws unconstitutional

Lawyers confer on the floor of Kenya's High Court in Nairobi, next to a copy of the country's constitution, March 8, 2013. (Reuters/Steve Crisp)

New York, February 6, 2017--Today's ruling by Kenya's High Court that the country's criminal defamation law is unconstitutional is a welcome step toward safeguarding press freedom and free speech, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

February 6, 2017 1:30 PM ET

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