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Niger journalist Samira Sabou jailed, charged with cybercrime over Facebook post

New York, June 12, 2020 — Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Samira Ibrahim Sabou and drop all charges against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Authorities arrested Sabou, editor with the privately owned Niger Search news website and manager of the Mides-Niger news website, on June…

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Nigerian journalist held under cybercrime act for COVID-19 coverage

Nigerian authorities should immediately release journalist Saint Meinpamo Onitsha, drop all charges against him, and reform the country’s cybercrime act to ensure it is not used to prosecute the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 4, officers with Nigeria’s State Security Services detained Mr Onitsha, founder…

Soldiers are seen in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 31, 2018. Security forces recently assaulted and detained journalist Fayia Amara Fayia. (Reuters/Olivia Acland)

Sierra Leone security forces attack, charge journalist covering COVID-19

Authorities in Sierra Leone should immediately drop all charges against journalist Fayia Amara Fayia and ensure those responsible for the attacks against him are held accountable, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today. On April 1, in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kenema city, a group of at least 10 soldiers attacked…

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Togo suspends two newspapers over French complaint

Authorities in Togo should lift the suspensions of the Liberté, L’Alternative, and Fraternité newspapers and ensure all media are free to cover politics and all other newsworthy topics, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Togo’s media regulator, the Broadcast and Communications High Authority, ordered the privately owned daily Liberté…

People use computers in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 20, 2020. Nigerian journalists recently spoke with CPJ about their concerns over a proposed social media bill. (Reuters/Temilade Adelaja)

‘An attempt to gag the media’: Journalists on Nigeria’s proposed social media bill

At a public hearing on Nigeria’s social media bill held in Abuja last month, the voice of Chris Isiguzo, president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), rang clearly across the room: “This bill…seeks to pigeonhole Nigerians from freely expressing themselves.” The NUJ is “totally opposed” to it, he said.…

Prison warders stand guard in Somaliland's new maximum security prison, Hargeisa, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, refurbished with money provided by the U.N. Officials hope the facility may be able to start taking Somali pirates convicted in other countries. (AP Photo/ Katharine Houreld)

Somaliland court sentences journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Hiddig to 21 months in prison

Authorities in Somaliland should immediately release journalist Abdirahman Mohamed Hiddig from prison and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 15, authorities in the town of Erigavo, in the eastern Sanaag region, detained Abdirahman, a reporter with the privately owned broadcaster Eryal TV,…

This photo taken on June 5, 2019 shows a "media interview area" set up near the Idkah mosque on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, when Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadan in Kashgar, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. - On the morning of Eid al-Fitr, the enormous square outside of the main mosque in Kashgar was cordoned off, with reporters forced into a "media interview area" on the outer edges of the square as worshippers filed into the mosque -- whereas in previous years devotees gathered in crowds outside (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-Xinjiang-media-rights-press,FOCUS by Eva XIAO

250 journalists jailed worldwide in 2019

NEW YORK The number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work in 2019 remained near record highs, as China tightened its iron grip on the press and Turkey, having stamped out virtually all independent reporting, released journalists awaiting trial or appeal. Authoritarianism, instability, and protests in the Middle East led…

Late voters check a list in a school in Kinshasa on December 30, during Democratic Republic of Congo's general elections. Authorities have cut internet access and blocked the signals to at least two news broadcasters while the results are counted. (AFP/Luis Tato)

DR Congo authorities cut internet, broadcast signals after election

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo should immediately take steps to ensure citizens have access to the internet and news outlets as the country awaits the results of its election, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has cut access to internet and SMS services, blocked the…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

53 journalists killed for their work in 2018 – CPJ

At least 53 journalists were killed on the job this year, 34 of whom were targeted for murder in reprisal for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in its annual analysis. The numbers, which represent those killed between January 1 and December 14, make 2018 the deadliest year…

Nigerian journalists in an interview session[Photo: The Standard]

251 journalists in prisons worldwide – CPJ

For the third consecutive year at least 251 journalists are behind bars for their work, as authoritarian regimes increasingly use imprisonment to silence dissent, the Committee to Protect Journalists found. As of December 1, 2018, CPJ found 251 journalists in jail for their work. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned…

A Somali boy, pictured in August 2018, watches as soldiers for the African Union Mission leave the Mogadishu stadium they used for years as a base. Gunmen in October shot dead a radio journalist in a town about 17km from the capital. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

Radio journalist gunned down in Somalia

Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate the killing of radio journalist Abdullahi Mire Hashi, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At least two unidentified gunmen shot Abdullahi in the town of Elasha Biyaha, about 17 km from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on October 27, according to media reports and…

Jamal Khashoggi [Photo: Middle East Monitor]

How Saudi Arabia may have spied on Jamal Khashoggi

Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi Arabian dissident, can still remember the time Jamal Khashoggi, the storied Saudi journalist, unfollowed him on Twitter. It was in 2015, and Khashoggi had been tapped to head a new TV network called Al-Arab, a partnership between a member of the royal family and Bloomberg.…

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Pegasus spyware used to target journalists, civil society – CPJ

In a report published on September 18, Citizen Lab said it had detected Pegasus, a spyware created for mobile devices, in over 45 countries. Pegasus, which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station, could have been deployed against a range of journalists and civil society actors in Mexico, Saudi…

Trump DNC Lawsuit

By suing WikiLeaks, Democratic Party could endanger principles of press freedom

In 1993, WILK radio host Frederick Vopper broadcast a conversation intercepted by an illegal wiretap and sent anonymously to the Pennsylvania radio station, in which two teachers union officials discussed violent negotiating tactics. The officials sued Vopper, arguing that he should be liable for the illegal wiretap that captured their…