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Case   |   Mexico

Gunmen shoot at home of Mexican reporter

Unidentified assailants attacked the home of Mexican journalist Gabriel Valencia Juárez at about 10:15 p.m. on December 31, 2016, according to media reports. Valencia, who was inside at the time of the attack, was only a meter from where one of the 9mm caliber bullets struck a piece of furniture, the reports said.

Case   |   Chad

Chad police close radio station, detain manager

Police in Kelo, some 400 kilometres (249 miles) south of the capital N'Djamena, on November 14, 2016, arrested Edmond Oueidigue Kandi, the manager of the community radio station Radio Bargadje, and ordered the station closed, Kandi told the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to Kandi and media reports, local administrative authorities ordered the station closed and the journalist's arrest in response to Radio Bargadje's November 10 reporting on violence between herders and farmers over land use in the area. Police accused Kandi of fomenting conflict, the reports said.

Case   |   Democratic Republic of the Congo

Congolese television journalist detained for four days

Police in Bunia, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's border with Uganda, on December 1, 2016, detained Adèle Uvon, a television journalist for the privately owned broadcaster Radio-TV Lobiko (RTVL), at an opposition movement press conference launching a campaign to encourage Congolese President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the end of his term on December 19, the U.N.-funded Radio Okapi reported. Police released Uvon without charge four days later, the station reported.

Uvon's lawyer, Augustin Yaogonda, told French publication Jeune Afrique that authorities filed no charges against the journalist, but that the five activists arrested alongside her would be prosecuted for "inciting disobedience to the state."

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been wracked by unrest since Kabila announced that presidential elections scheduled to take place November 27 would be delayed until April 2018 to allow voter rolls to be completed, a move seen by his detractors as a ploy to prolong his rule, according to news reports.

The Kinshasa-based media watchdog, Journalist en Danger (JED), reported in early November that at least 87 cases of media freedom violations occurred in 2016 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to online news reports.

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.

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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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.

Case   |   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan government blocks Tamil website

Sri Lankan regulators blocked access to a Tamil-language news website on October 26, 2016, over allegations that the website carried false information and incited ethnic hatred, according to news reports and the website's editor, who is based overseas and who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal. The order to block the site inside Sri Lanka was issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media.

November 14, 2016 10:55 AM ET

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Case   |   Brazil

Brazilian journalist convicted of criminal defamation for environmental reporting

A Salvador court sentenced Brazilian journalist Aguirre Talento to six months and six days in jail for criminal defamation on October 31, 2016, reduced to community service and a fine, according to the journalist and his lawyer. The case was the second of three separate defamation cases filed the same day over a 2010 story written by Talento and published in the newspaper, A Tarde, in the northeastern state of Bahia, according to reports.

November 10, 2016 3:38 PM ET

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Case   |   India

Activists harass and attack photojournalist in Uttar Pradesh

Hindu activists in Vrindavan, in India's Uttar Pradesh state, assaulted Sarvesh, a freelance photographer who goes only by one name, during a protest outside a meeting of atheists, on October 14, 2016.

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