August 2019

Detained Tanzanian journalist’s health worsens

Journalists in Tanzania have reported that detained journalist Erick Kabendera’s health is failing and the Tanzanian government has denied all requests by human rights groups to allow Kadendera access to a his own doctor. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today issued a statement expressing concerns over Kabendera’s health situation and called for …

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Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo detained without charge

Human rights groups have asked Nigerian authorities to immediately release publisher Agba Jalingo and halt their harassment of journalists reporting on alleged corruption and other issues of public interest. The latest demands follow the arrest on August 22 in Lagos of Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the online news outlet Cross River Watch.  Jalingo’s lawyer Attah Ochinke, and …

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Cameroon detains news anchor Samuel Wazizi

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has today called on Cameroonian authorities to immediately release, without charge, pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi. Police arrested Wazizi eleven days ago and handed him over to the military, which has since held him without access to his lawyer or family in Buea, the capital of the country’s English-speaking …

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CPJ writes Tanzania’s Magufuli to drop charges against Kabendera

The following is a letter sent to Tanzania’s president John Magufuli by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) demanding that Tanzanian authorities drop all charges brought against freelance journalist Eric Kabendera and also account for the fate of missing journalist Azory Gwanda. Africanist Press publishes the letter as part of our support to the global demand for …

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South Sudan continues its detention of Al-Watan editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists  has called on authorities in South Sudan to immediately release Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan, and halt its harassment of his publication. Christopher was detained at the National Security Service headquarters in the capital Juba, on July 17, after responding to a summons, according to a report on the website …

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Senegalese journalist Adama Gaye arrested in Dakar

Authorities in Senegal should immediately release and drop all charges against journalist Adama Gaye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Gaye, an independent journalist and commentator who has contributed to Senegalese and international news agencies including Kapital Afrik, Jeune Afrique, France24, TV5Monde, and Al-Jazeera, was arrested on July 29 at his home in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, by the police’s …

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Ethiopia arrests journalists amid southern unrest

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Ethiopia to disclose the charges against three media workers from the Sidama Media Network or release them immediately, and to guarantee that journalists operating in southern Ethiopia can report freely. On the evening of July 18, security personnel in Hawassa, the capital of Ethiopia’s Southern …

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Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over ‘citizenship’

The Committee to Protect Journalists has 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 journalist failed to obey a …

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Daughter of murdered Gambian journalist recalls her father’s death

By Angela Quintal At Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on July 22, army officer Lieutenant Malick Jatta named former President Yahya Jammeh as the mastermind behind the murder of prominent editor Deyda Hydara on December 16 , 2004. He said Jammeh had given the direct order to assassinate Hydara, an outspoken critic who was the managing editor and co-owner of independent …

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