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Attacks on the Press 1999: Africa Analysis

By Claudia McElroy

All over Africa, conflict continued to be the single biggest threat to journalists and to press freedom itself. Both civil and cross-border wars were effectively used as an excuse by governments (and rebel forces) to harass, intimidate, and censor the press--often in the name of "national security"--and in some cases to kill journalists with impunity. CPJ confirmed that in 1999 13 journalists were killed in Africa specifically because of their work--10 of them in Sierra Leone and three in Nigeria.
March 22, 2000 12:10 PM ET


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Attacks on the Press 1999: Namibia

Namibia's reputation as a role model for press freedom in southern Africa, thanks largely to its liberal constitution, took another beating in 1999, as both domestic and foreign conflict had negative repercussions on local media.

In January, Prime Minister Hage Geingob admitted in a letter to the independent daily Namibian that the Ministry of Defense was deliberately withholding information from all domestic media concerning Namibia's involvement in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The prime minister claimed that the Namibian press had published "distortions" about the conflict in the DRC and that news published in the Namibian also appeared on the Internet and was therefore accessible to DRC rebel forces.
March 22, 2000 12:04 PM ET
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