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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somaliland attorney general pursues journalists acquitted of publishing false news

New York, January 20, 2017--Somaliland Attorney General Hasan Ahmed Hasan should immediately drop his appeal of a court's acquittal of two journalists charged with publishing false news and operating an unlicensed newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Nigeria

Nigerian police raid investigative news website's office

Lagos, Nigeria, January 19, 2017--Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against Dapo Olorunyomi, publisher of the news website Premium Times, and Evelyn Okakwu, who covers the judiciary for the website, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Plainclothes police officers raided the website's office in the capital Abuja and arrested the two today, holding them for hours before releasing them on condition they answer defamation charges in court tomorrow morning, the website reported.

Alerts   |   Gambia

Seven journalists denied entry to Gambia ahead of contested inauguration

People board a ferry leaving Banjul in Gambia on January 18, amid the threat of military intervention after President Yahya Jammeh refused to concede defeat in elections. Gambia has denied entry to several journalists planning to cover the January 19 inauguration of Adama Barrow. (AP)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 18, 2017--Seven international journalists planning to report on the inauguration of Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow tomorrow were denied entry to the country on January 16, according to reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the obstruction as a deliberate attempt to silence the press during a period of political unrest.

Alerts   |   Republic of Congo

CPJ calls on Congolese authorities to release Talassa editor

New York, January 13, 2017--Congolese authorities should immediately release Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The Republic of Congo's security services arrested Bemba in Brazzaville on January 11, Radio France Internationale reported.

January 13, 2017 6:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Cameroon

Cameroon suspends radio station, seals office

Cameroonian President Paul Biya leaves the podium after addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York, September 22, 2016. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

Lagos, Nigeria, January 11, 2017--Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, yesterday sealed the station's office, its manager told CPJ.

January 11, 2017 5:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Gambia

Gambia orders three radio stations to cease broadcasting

Lagos, Nigeria, January 5, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Gambian authorities to allow three independent radio stations to resume full broadcasting. Taranga FM, Hilltop Radio, and Afri Radio stopped broadcasting on January 1 on the orders of national security agents, who did not give any explanation for the measure, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Ethiopia

Two Radio Bilal journalists sentenced in Ethiopia on terror charges

New York, January 4, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the prison sentences handed down to two journalists from the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Khalid Mohamed and Darsema Sori were sentenced yesterday to prison terms of five years and six months and four years and five months respectively, the independent news website Addis Standard reported.

Alerts   |   Angola

In Angola, two journalists charged over report on corruption

New York, December 29, 2016--Angolan authorities should immediately drop charges against two journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras, of the weekly, O Crime, were charged with "crimen injuria," which is similar to insult laws, the journalists told CPJ.

Statements   |   Ethiopia

Two Ethiopian radio journalists convicted on terror charges

Darsema Sori, left, and Khalid Mohammed are convicted on terror charges in relation to their coverage of protests. (Bilal Communication)

Nairobi, December 21, 2016--Ethiopian radio journalists Khalid Mohammed and Darsema Sori, who have been imprisoned since February 2015, were today convicted on terrorism charges by the High Court's 19th Criminal Bench, according to the independent Addis Standard newspaper.

Reports   |   Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Iraq, Libya, Mexico, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen

Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

Osama Jumaa, a photographer and video journalist, was killed while covering the aftermath of a bombardment in Syria. (Images Live)
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