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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…

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Journalist found stabbed and killed in Liberia

A black vehicle was seen by at least one witness dropping the journalist's body outside his home at 3 a.m. in the eastern Paynesville suburb of Monrovia on April 16

Liberian authorities should thoroughly investigate the killing of Tyron Brown, a video editor and camera operator with Super Communications, a privately owned outlet that runs Super FM and Super Television, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A black vehicle was seen by at least one witness dropping the journalist's…

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Committee to Protect Journalists concerned with developments in trial against Angolan journalists

Marques de Morais told CPJ that the trial judge, Josina Falcão, today ruled that proceedings will continue in the office of the attorney general, Hélder Fernando Pitta Grós, on April 24

The Committee to Protect Journalists today (April 16, 2018) condemned a decision by Angolan authorities to continue the trial of journalists Rafael Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption news website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenco, a correspondent for the newspaper O Crime, behind closed doors instead of in open court.…

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Liberia should reform libel laws in wake of $1.8 million civil lawsuit against Front Page Africa

The lawsuit relates to an advertisement about land administration published in March by Front Page Africa

The Committee to Protect Journalists today (April 11, 2018) expressed concern over a US$1.8 million civil defamation lawsuit against Front Page Africa, a privately owned Liberian newspaper that has long been the subject of complaints and harassment for its critical reporting on successive governments. The lawsuit relates to an advertisement about…

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Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Niger to stop persecuting journalist Baba Alpha

Broadcast journalist Baba Alpha was accused of using false identity documents in retaliation for his reporting

Nigerien authorities should reverse the expulsion of journalist Baba Alpha and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today (April 5, 2018). After jailing him for a year, authorities on April 3 released Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency Bonferey, and…