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Ethiopia crackdown snares editor, blogger

Ethiopian authorities jail a newspaper editor and detain two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, releasing one after a few days. The Zone 9 group has faced continuous legal harassment on terrorism and incitement charges. A fourth journalist is missing; his family fears he is in state custody. The detentions and come amid a mass arrest campaign that has netted more than 11,000 people since the government declared a state of emergency in October.

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Alerts   |   Kenya

Kenya detains British newspaper correspondent Jerome Starkey

Nairobi, December 9, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Kenyan authorities to release Jerome Starkey, the Africa correspondent for The Times of London, who was detained shortly after arriving in Nairobi last night.

December 9, 2016 12:52 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Sudan

CPJ condemns South Sudan's expulsion of Associated Press reporter

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, shown on the left in this September 12, 2016, file photo, has severely cracked down on the country's news media. (AP/Jason Patinkin)

Nairobi, December 7, 2016--South Sudanese authorities should immediately reverse the expulsion of U.S. journalist Justin Lynch, a freelancer for The Associated Press, and should cease interfering with journalists' ability to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers yesterday arrested the journalist and put him on a flight to Uganda, the AP reported.

December 7, 2016 1:50 PM ET

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Case   |   Zambia

Zambian police arrest five radio journalists

Police on November 15, 2016, detained five journalists who work for Zambia's private Mano Radio station, before releasing them roughly 17 hours later, pending trial on insult charges, according to a written account the station emailed to the Committee to Protect Journalists on November 18, and a report on the news website Lusaka Times.

Alerts   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist Joy Doreen Biira charged with 'abetting terrorism'

TV journalist Joy Doreen Biira walks out of the Kasese police station in Uganda, November 28, 2016. (Arne Gillis/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Nairobi, November 30, 2016--Ugandan authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Kenya Television Network (KTN) reporter and anchor Joy Doreen Biira, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police detained Biira on November 27 after she reported on a deadly battle between police and a traditional monarch's royal guard, charged her with "abetting terrorism," and released her pending trial the following day, she and her lawyer told CPJ.

Case   |   Mozambique

Mozambican journalist detained for 34 days

Police arrested Arcénio Sebastião Macuene, a Mozambican freelance journalist, on October 8, 2016, and held him on charges of defaming a police official until press freedom advocates paid his bail on November 11, Mozambican journalists and press freedom advocates told the Committee to Protect Journalists.

November 29, 2016 12:54 PM ET

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Case   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist sentenced to two years in prison

A Gambian court on November 8, 2016, convicted Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, an exiled radio journalist and manager of community station Taranga FM, of three counts of sedition and spreading false news, according to media reports. The court, convicting the journalist in absentia, sentenced Ceesay to two years in prison and a fine of 200,000 Gambian dalasi (US$4674). Ceesay risks an additional two years in prison if he fails to pay the fines, the reports said. The trial judge said an order would be served on Gambia's Inspector General of Police to "apprehend and arrest [Cessay] as a fugitive to be brought to serve his sentence," news reports said.

November 23, 2016 2:06 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambian journalist, broadcast executive held without charge

Abuja, Nigeria, November 18, 2016--Gambian authorities should immediately release a journalist and the head of the state-owned broadcaster who have been held without charge or access to their families or lawyers for a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests came in the run-up to presidential elections scheduled to take place on December 1.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian newspaper editor, bloggers caught in worsening crackdown

Members of the Zone 9 blogging group. (Endalkachew H/Michael)

Nairobi, November 17, 2016--Ethiopia should immediately release all journalists detained amid an intensifying crackdown on the media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In recent weeks, Ethiopian authorities have jailed a newspaper editor and detained two members of the award-winning Zone 9 bloggers' collective, which has faced continuous legal harassment on terrorism and incitement charges. A fourth journalist has been missing for a week; his family fears he is in state custody.

Case   |   Gabon

Gabon newspaper raided, deputy editor alleges torture

On November 3, 2016, officers from Gabon's domestic intelligence agency, the Directorate of Documentation and Immigration (DGDI, by its French acronym), armed with semi-automatic weapons, raided the office of the weekly newspaper Echos du Nord in the capital, Libreville, and arrested nine journalists and four other staff members, according to press reports.

November 16, 2016 2:13 PM ET

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Alerts   |   South Sudan

South Sudan station Eye Radio forced to cease broadcasting

Nairobi, November 11, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on South Sudanese authorities to allow the independent station Eye Radio to resume broadcasting.

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