Press Uncuffed: support jailed journalists

Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan, who was serving a 10-year sentence for her critical writing, is released early after spending more than 1,470 days in prison in Vietnam. Tan, who features in CPJ's Press Uncuffed campaign, is one of the many journalists jailed around the world by authorities seeking to silence their critics. Five Press Uncuffed journalists are released, but two more are added to the campaign: Gao Yu, pictured, a reporter from China imprisoned for more than 500 days, and Eskinder Nega, from Ethiopia, who has been held for more than 1,400 days.

Data: journalists imprisoned globally
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Case   |   Uganda

Ugandan journalist severely injured covering peaceful procession

Isaac Kugonza, a cameraman with the privately owned station Delta TV, was seriously injured while covering a peaceful procession led by Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago on November 16, 2015, in Uganda's capital, Kampala, according to news reports. Lukwago is seeking re-election as mayor of Kampala, reports said.

November 24, 2015 11:59 AM ET


Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Journalist attacked while covering student protest in Kinshasa

Francine Bishti, a reporter for the privately owned station Radio Télévision par Satellite 1 was attacked on November 16, 2015 while covering student protests in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to reports. Bishti was filming a group of about 16 students, who were protesting an increase in academic fees, when she was attacked by a group who started hitting and kicking her, news reports said.

Alerts   |   Somalia

Puntland authorities arrest Somali Channel TV presenter

A screen shot of Jama Yusuf Deperani, left, interviewing Information Minister Mohamoud Hassan on Somali Channel TV

Nairobi, November 20, 2015--Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland arrested Jama Yusuf Deperani, a reporter and presenter with Somali Channel TV, on Thursday, according to one of his colleagues and a member of the Media Association of Puntland, who both spoke to CPJ.

Alerts   |   Togo

CPJ calls on Togo president to reject law that would impose jail terms for journalists

Abuja, Nigeria, November 12, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the president of Togo to block a proposed article in the country's penal code that would threaten press freedom. Under the proposed law, journalists could face jail sentences and fines for "false news," according to news reports.

November 12, 2015 8:45 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Kenya

CPJ condemns detention of Kenyan journalist over protection of sources

Nairobi, November 10, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of John Ngirachu, the parliamentary editor of independent daily The Nation. Authorities arrested Ngirachu Tuesday evening and demanded that he reveal his sources for a report on alleged procurement irregularities by the interior ministry, journalists at The Nation and other Kenyan outlets told CPJ. The Nation said Ngirachu's report was based on proceedings at the national assembly.

November 10, 2015 10:55 AM ET


Alerts   |   Burundi

Radio journalist arrested and held without charge in Burundi

New York, November 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Burundian authorities to release radio journalist Blaise Célestin Ndihokubwayo, who was arrested Friday, according to reports.

Case   |   Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, three journalists investigating elephant poisoning charged with slander

Three journalists from Zimbabwe's state-owned weekly newspaper Sunday Mail were arrested in the capital, Harare, on November 2, 2015, after the paper published a report about more than 60 elephants being poisoned in Hwange National Park, according to news reports.

Case   |   Ethiopia

Ethiopia denies imprisoned journalist visitation rights, medical treatment

Local friends and relatives of journalist Temesghen Desalegn, who is serving a three-year jail term, said that Ethiopian prison authorities in Ziway Prison have denied him medical treatment and all prison visits.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian journalist threatened for alleging rape at a boys' school

Abuja, Nigeria, October 30, 2015--A radio journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday that he had been threatened by three men after he reported on the alleged rape of students in a boys' school in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.

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Burundian journalist arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo

New York, October 19, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of Egide Mwemero, a Burundian journalist who, according to the managing director of his radio station and local reports, was arrested in Uvira in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on October 13.

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