Abdoulaye Bakayoko

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kazakhstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, Zimbabwe

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


Attacks on the Press   |   Burkina Faso, France, Togo

Attacks on the Press 1999: Ivory Coast (Côte D'ivoire)

"Press freedom will be total," promised Gen. Robert Gueï, Côte d'Ivoire's new head of state. General Gueï, 58, who overthrew the government of President Henri Konan Bedie on Christmas Eve, made this announcement just hours after his nine-man junta imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in this west African country, historically noted for its political stability.

However, the general warned local reporters against reporting "garbage," a practice that flourished, he claimed, under the Bedie regime. "We should not confuse press freedom, the fourth estate in any sound democracy, and irresponsible journalism," he said.
March 22, 2000 12:05 PM ET


Reports   |   Burkina Faso, France, Ivory Coast, Togo

CPJ Briefing: Gueï 's Way

Cote d'Ivoire's new dictator pledges to respect press freedom -- up to a point
December 28, 1999 8:17 PM ET


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