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Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

Mesganaw, who reports for the privately owned Ethiopis weekly, was arrested shortly after he interviewed a lawyer, Henok Aklilu, outside the Arada First Instance court

Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mesganaw, who reports for the privately owned Ethiopis weekly, was arrested shortly after he interviewed a lawyer, Henok Aklilu, outside…

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Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over 'citizenship'

Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said at a press conference today that Kabendera was in custody and that police arrested him after the journalist failed to obey a summons

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, whom police said is being investigated over his citizenship status. Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa said at a press conference today that Kabendera was in custody and that police arrested him after the…

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Unidentified men take Erick Kabendera from Tanzanian home

Press freedom has deteriorated drastically in Tanzania under the presidency of John Magufuli, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of investigative reporter Erick Kabendera who was forcefully removed from his home today, and called on Tanzanian police to disclose whether they have him in custody. Kabendera's wife, who was cited in The Citizen, said that about six people who claimed to be…

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Channels TV reporter dies from injuries after shooting at Nigeria protest

Owolabi, 23, was shot while covering a confrontation between Shiite Muslim protesters and Nigerian police, and died the same day after being taken to a hospital

Nigerian authorities should immediately investigate the death of Precious Owolabi, a reporter for the privately owned Channels TV, who was shot during a protest in Abuja on July 22, and ensure those responsible are held to account. Owolabi, 23, was shot while covering a confrontation between Shiite Muslim protesters and…

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In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

Kabudi said that Gwanda had "disappeared and died" in the country's eastern Rufiji region

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda after the country's foreign minister, Palamagamba Kabudi, said in an interview that the journalist is dead. In an interview with the BBC's "Focus on Africa" program today,…

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Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins call for UN to continue scrutinizing human rights situation in Eritrea

Human rights situation in Eritrea remains dire, notwithstanding recent promising developments such as the rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organizations yesterday sent a letter to members of the United Nations Human Rights Council urging them to continue to scrutinize the human rights situation in Eritrea. The letter was sent ahead of the 41st session of the Human Rights Council, which will take…

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The Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) #WhereIsAzory campaign to highlight missing Tanzanian journalist

Tomorrow marks 500 days since he was last seen

The Committee to Protect Journalists today launched the #WhereIsAzory campaign to bring attention to the case of Tanzanian freelance journalist Azory Gwanda, as tomorrow marks 500 days since he was last seen. The campaign intends to raise awareness about Gwanda and will call on Tanzanian authorities to carry out a credible investigation and…

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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…