East Africa

Journalists in Uganda face accreditation hurdles ahead of election

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ugandan authorities to ensure that members of the press can freely cover the country’s national elections scheduled on January 14, 2021. On December 10, 2020 the Media Council of Uganda, a statutory body, said that local and foreign journalists would be barred from covering electoral events …

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The impact of Chinese debt on health outcomes in Kenya

By Patrick Mbullo News about inflation or increased tax on basic commodities were common features in 2019. Leading newspapers reported hard economic times, introduction of new tax and government’s efforts to raise more revenue and meet targets on tax returns. As search tax, one would say has been one of the words that received the …

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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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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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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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The facade of press freedom in Magufuli’s Tanzania

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah The facade of press freedom in Tanzania was exposed on Wednesday November 7 following the arrest of two journalists and press freedom campaigners, Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Quintal and Mumo were detained yesterday at their hotel in Dar es Salaam by …

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Radio journalist killed in Somalia

A Somali radio journalist, Abdullahi Mire Hashi has been killed by two unidentified gunmen in the town of Elasha Biyaha, some 17km from the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Reports say Abdullahi, the producer and host of a daily show broadcast on the privately owned radio station Darul Sunnah, was shot after attending afternoon prayers at a mosque near …

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Tanzanian police arrest journalist

Human rights organizations are demanding the immediate release of a  Tanzanian journalist, Sitta Tumma. Tumma  was arrested on August 8 while covering an opposition campaign rally in the Tarime district of northern Tanzania ahead of a local authority by-election. The journalist is a reporter and regional bureau chief for the privately owned Tanzania Daima newspaper. Independent eye-witnesses confirm …

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Journalists harassed for exposing corruption in Kenyan Parliament

Ken Bosire, the managing editor of Kenya’s People Daily newspaper has reported harassment and intimidation against two journalists assigned by his newspaper to cover parliamentary proceedings in Nairobi. Journalists Dinah Ondari and Anthony Mwangi were reportedly criticized during a parliamentary session and threatened with a ban from covering parliamentary proceedings during a parliamentary session on July 31. A July …

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