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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.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of December 11

Seen through a Turkish flag, people gather outside Istanbul's Vodafone Stadium to pay respects to those killed in a bombing, December 11, 2016. Turkish authorities imposed a ban on coverage of the attack. (AP/Emrah Gurel)

Columnist jailed pending 'insult' trial for remarks on Syria
Istanbul's Ninth Court of Penal Peace this evening ordered Hüsnü Mahalli, a columnist for the leftist newspaper Yurt, jailed pending trial on charges of "insulting the president" and "insulting a board of civil servants in the course of discharging their duties," the official Anatolia Agency reported.

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.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of November 20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses farmers in Ankara, November 14, 2016. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Service/Pool/AP)

After six months, wire reporter released pending trial
Hakkari's Second Court for Serious Crimes today ordered Şermin Soydan, a reporter for the shuttered pro-Kurdish DİHA news agency, released on probation the leftist newspaper Evrensel reported.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 23

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses supporters in Istanbul, August 7, 2016. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

EU Parliament urges Turkey to release journalists
The European Parliament urged Turkey to release all journalists jailed without proof of their alleged involvement in the failed July 15 military coup, Hürriyet Daily News reported, based on the text of the resolution.

Blog   |   Turkey

Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of October 2

News anchor Banu Guven (L) gets ready for a news broadcast at a studio of IMC TV, a news broadcaster slated for closure, in Istanbul, Turkey, September 30, 2016. (Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir)

Reporter arraigned on terrorism charges for Facebook posts
The Mersin Court of Penal Peace last night arraigned Cemil Uğur, a reporter for the left-wing Evrensel newspaper, on charges of "being member of a [terrorist] organization," and "propagandizing for a [terrorist] organization," his employer reported. Police held Uğur for 16 days in August, before a court ordered him released on probation on September 7. The court in the southern city of Mersin based its order to jail him pending trial on posts to the journalist's Facebook account. The journalist denies the charges and says the posts in question were published when his account was hacked.

Alerts   |   Turkey

In Turkey, two journalists accused of creating terrorist propaganda with social media posts

Istanbul, November 18, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests of two reporters from pro-Kurdish news agencies on Friday. Idris Yılmaz, of Dicle News Agency, and Vildan Atmaca, of the women's news agency JİNHA, were detained in the Erciş district of Van, a city in eastern Turkey, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast publisher charged with defamation, insult

Joseph Titi spent almost a week in prison before being released and charged with defamation, insult, and publishing false news. (CPJ)

Abidjan, August 5, 2015--A journalist who was imprisoned for almost a week by authorities in the Ivory Coast has been charged with defamation, among other crimes, according to the journalist and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the Ivory Coast to drop the charges against Joseph Titi immediately.

A judge in the capital, Abidjan, charged Titi on Monday with defamation, insulting the president and a foreign head of state, and publishing false information, Titi told CPJ. The journalist was detained on July 29 and was released on Tuesday after being charged. Titi said he was released from prison because the charges fall under the country's Press Law, which excludes imprisonment for the offenses. If convicted, Titi faces a fine of between 10,000,000 and 20,000,000 CFA francs (US$17,000-US$34,000) under the law.

Reports   |   Kenya

Broken promises

2. Media contend with lawsuits, restrictive bills, legal limbo

Instead of passing new legislation in keeping with the new constitution’s guarantees for freedom of the press, the government has introduced a series of laws that undermine self-regulation and allow for harsh fines and even jail terms for journalists who commit perceived transgressions.

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