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Congolese journalist jailed for one year for insulting governor

Iwewe, a reporter at the privately owned broadcaster Radio Television Sarah, was convicted on March 1 in the Mbandaka criminal court

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should not oppose journalist Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe's appeal of a year-long prison sentence for insulting a provincial governor, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Iwewe, a reporter at the privately owned broadcaster Radio Television Sarah, was convicted on March 1 in the…

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The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) joins calls to end social media block in Chad

The Committee to Protect Journalists this week joined at least 79 rights organizations to urge African Union and United Nations experts to take action to end the government of Chad's nearly year-long block on social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The letters, addressed respectively to the African Union Special…

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Journalists in Nigeria detained, harassed, and assaulted while covering state elections

Journalists covering the elections told Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) they were detained and harassed by security services or other armed individuals

Nigerian authorities should investigate and hold accountable those responsible for the detention, harassment, and assault of journalists nationwide during the March 9 gubernatorial and state assembly elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Journalists covering the elections told CPJ they were detained and harassed by security services or other…

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Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections

Nigeria has two sets of elections scheduled in the coming weeks: federal elections on February 16 and state elections on March 2

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 15 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for Nigerian authorities to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during upcoming elections, and safeguard internet speeds of websites and messaging applications. In early February, Nigeria's federal government denied rumors…

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In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

Oti said that 15 people were arrested in connection with the incident and that the investigation was ongoing

Nigerian authorities should rigorously investigate violence at a political rally in Lagos on January 8, during which at least three journalists were injured by gunfire, and ensure the safety of reporters covering political events, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Emmanuel Oladesu, an editor of The Nation Newspaper, Temitope Ogunbanke,…

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In Ethiopia, mobile internet cut in the capital amid clashes and protests

Berhan told Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on September 18 that she was able to verify access to the internet had been cut by analyzing traffic data and speaking with about 20 people across the city

The Committee to Protect Journalists today urged Ethiopian authorities to ensure internet is available, including during times of unrest when access to information provided by journalists is crucial. Mobile internet was unavailable in the capital Addis Abba, from September 17 to the morning of September 19 amid protests and clashes, according to media reports and…

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Lesotho Constitutional Court declares criminal defamation unconstitutional

African countries where criminal defamation has been ruled unconstitutional since 2010 include Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Gambia

The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed yesterday's ruling by Lesotho's Constitutional Court that criminal defamation is unconstitutional, calling it a significant step toward safeguarding press freedom in the country. The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) supported an application by Lesotho Times owner and publisher Basildon Peta to have Section 104 of the penal code declared…

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Gambia declares criminal defamation unconstitutional, keeps some laws on sedition, false news

Supreme Court's decision contradicts a February 2018 ruling by the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States that directed Gambia to immediately repeal laws on libel, sedition, & false news

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the Gambian Supreme Court's decision yesterday todeclare criminal defamation unconstitutional, but is dismayed that segments of the country's criminal code on sedition and false news were upheld. According to the news website Front Page International and the secretary general of the Gambia Press Union, Saikou Jammeh, the…

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Kenyan president should not sign cybercrime bill into law

Clause 12 of the bill provides for a five million Kenyan shilling (US$50,000) fine and/or up to two years in prison for publishing "false" or "fictitious" information

The Committee to Protect Journalists today (May 10, 2018) called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill that was recently passed by the National Assembly because it will stifle press freedom. On April 26, 2018, the National Assembly approved the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017. The bill, among…

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Cameroon military court orders radio journalist to be held for at least 6 months

Police on March 20 arrested McCarthy while he filmed police allegedly harassing taxi drivers and commuters in Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest region, according to the independent Cameroon News Agency

Cameroonian authorities must immediately release broadcaster Akumbom Elvis McCarthy from detention and ensure that the country's military courts are not used to prosecute journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A military tribunal on April 10 ordered that McCarthy, a news broadcaster for Abakwa FM Radio, a privately owned broadcaster based…