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CPJ Newsletter: Exhibit of jailed photographer's work moves to Photoville, journalist released from jail, and we join our partners at the UN

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Next stop for exhibit of Shawkan's work: Photoville

A still from the Facebook Live video CPJ conducted at the Shawkan exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center. (CPJ/Mustafa Hameed)

In mid-September, CPJ partnered with the Bronx Documentary Center to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan, a freelance journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013. Many of Shawkan's photos--from protests and celebrations in Tahrir Square to daily life in Cairo--were taken during the Egyptian revolution.

September 21, 2016 3:21 PM ET

Blog   |   Nigeria

How Nigeria's cybercrime law is being used to try to muzzle the press

Two brothers use gaming apps on their smartphones in Lagos. Nigeria's new cybercrimes act has been used against at least five critical bloggers. (AFP/Stefan Heunis)

Since Nigeria's cybercrime act was voted into law in May 2015 authorities have used the accusation of cyber stalking to harass and press charges against at least five bloggers who criticized politicians and businessmen online and through social media.

Case   |   Nigeria

Nigerian secret police arrest online journalist

Three operatives of the State Security Service, Nigeria's secret police, on September 6 arrested Emenike Iroegbu, who runs the news website Abia Facts, from his home in Uyo, the capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on suspicion of libelling the governor of neighboring Abia state, according to news reports. The operatives searched Iroegbu's house and took away his laptops, his phones, and his wife's phones, the reports said. The SSS released him the following day, and returned all items confiscated in the arrest, according to press reports.

Alerts   |   South Sudan

South Sudan authorities order independent newspaper to close

Nairobi, September 15, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately reopen the Nation Mirror. Security services ordered the independent daily to close yesterday, according to news reports.

September 15, 2016 4:50 PM ET

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Statements   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist Yusuf Getachew released from jail

New York, September 10, 2016--Ethiopian authorities today released Yusuf Getachew, editor-in-chief of Ye Muslimoch Guday (Muslim Affairs), who has been imprisoned since his arrest in July 2012, a relative of the journalist told CPJ. Yusuf was freed on the day that several prisoners were released as part of a presidential pardon for Ethiopia's new year and Eid celebrations, according to reports.

September 10, 2016 12:32 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Tanzania

Tanzania bans two radio stations

Nairobi, August 31, 2016 - Tanzanian authorities should immediately lift a ban on two privately owned radio stations and allow them to resume broadcasts without further harassment or censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Zimbabwe

Journalists caught in crosshairs amid protests and unrest in Zimbabwe

A man carries a street sign in Harare as protesters clash with police on August 26. Journalists have been beaten and detained while covering unrest in Zimbabwe. (Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo)

A photograph of freelance journalist Lucy Yasini trying to ward off an attack by police while covering a protest in Harare was circulated on social media last week. A day later, a photograph was shared of two reporters, Obey Manayiti and Robert Tapfumaneyi, in the back of a police truck after their arrest. The incidents signaled to the world that Zimbabwean journalists are once again targets as police try to clamp down on widespread protests.

Case   |   Burundi

Burundian intelligence service detains journalist one week without charge

Burundian authorities detained Gisa Steve Irakoze, a reporter for the independent Radio Buja FM on August 18, 2016, and released him without charge a week later, rights groups and the National Union of Journalists in Burundi reported.

August 29, 2016 11:43 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Zambia

Zambia suspends licenses of three broadcasters

Supporters of Edgar Lungu in Lusaka cheer Zambia's electoral commission's announcement that he had narrowly won August 11 presidential elections, August 15, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, August 24, 2016 - Zambian regulators should immediately reinstate the broadcasting licenses of three media outlets it revoked, and police should drop all charges against four media workers arrested when police sealed the offices of the country's largest privately owned television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Case   |   Mozambique

Gunmen shoot at car carrying Mozambican journalists

Gunmen shot at a car carrying three Mozambican reporters on assignment in Mozambique's western Manica province on August 12, 2016. One journalist was injured by shards of glass, according to a report from the country's official news agency.

August 19, 2016 12:35 PM ET

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