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The Uganda High Court is in Kampala on May 14, 2018. CPJ today called for Ugandan authorities to intervene and end the criminal case against editor Pidson Kareire. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Isaac Kasamani.
Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel

Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately-owned news website, The Drone Media...

1 day ago

CPJ joins call for UN to scrutinise human rights situation in Eritrea
CPJ joins call for UN to scrutinise human rights situation in Eritrea

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organisations yesterday sent a letter to the UN HRC, urging them to scrutinise the human rights situation in Eritrea...

14 Jun 2019

RIP Raymond Louw
RIP Raymond Louw

NEWSWATCH: Media legend and Sanef Council member Raymond Louw and his wife, Jean died within 24 hours of each other...

5 Jun 2019

Al-Jazeera studio.
Sudan's military rulers shut down Al-Jazeera Khartoum bureau

Sudan's military rulers yesterday ordered the Khartoum bureau of Al-Jazeera to be shut down and banned its staff from working in the country...

3 Jun 2019

Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of Freedom
Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

The Golden Pen of Freedom has been awarded posthumously to Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi...

3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns
Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns

South Africa's hard-won constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of legitimate political protest are under mounting pressure from both the state and private companies...

By John Yeld 29 May 2019

The National Assembly is seen in Abuja, Nigeria, on August 7, 2018. Authorities recently announced strict new requirements for obtaining press credentials to cover the assembly. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde.
Nigeria's restrictive new press accreditation process

New accreditation requirements restrict press access to Nigeria's National Assembly...

28 May 2019

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri, left, and Alagoa Morris, pictured in Abuja after Abiri's release from detention in 2018. A court on May 22, 2019 charged Abiri on three counts and ordered him detained. Credit: CPJ/Alagoa Morris.
Re-arrest of editor Jones Abiri in Nigeria

Nigeria charges Weekly Source editor Jones Abiri under cybercrimes, terrorism acts...

27 May 2019

Libreville, Gabon, is seen on January 16, 2017. The country's media regulator recently suspended two newspapers over defamation claims. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Mike Hutchings.
Gabon media regulator suspends two newspapers over defamation claims

Gabon's media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L'Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest...

22 May 2019

Prison guards are seen at Somaliland's Hargeisa prison on March 29, 2011. Television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed was recently arrested by police in Somaliland and is being held without charge in a prison in Las Anod. Credit: CPJ/AP/Katharine Houreld)
Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without charge

Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub...

22 May 2019

A banner of Tanzanian President John Magufuli hangs on a wall around a tanzanite mine, in April 2018. CPJ and other organizations are calling on the Human Rights Council to address a crackdown on journalists, human rights defenders, and other groups in the country. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Joseph Lyimo.
Human Rights Council should address Tanzania crackdown

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 37 other non-governmental organisations this week sent a letter to member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council...

15 May 2019

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen in a court in Kampala, Uganda, on May 2, 2019. Uganda's media regulator suspended staff from 13 broadcast outlets for covering his arrest. Credit: CPJ/AP/Ronald Kabuubi.
Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi Wine

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Uganda's media regulator to immediately rescind an order suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations over their coverage of opposition politician, Bobi Wine...

10 May 2019

A billboard for Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. Credit: CPJ/Jonathan Rozen.
Nigerian journalists speak out on press freedom

'You cannot muzzle the media' - Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari...

By Jonathan Rozen 8 May 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa, in August 2018. Since Abiy's election, conditions for Ethiopia's journalists have improved, but some challenges remain. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
How the media is faring in Ethiopia

Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain...

By Muthoki Mumo 7 May 2019

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A mixed bag of media freedom in southern Africa - SAEF

As we commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019, the Southern African Editor's Forum (SAEF) reports a mixed bag of media freedom within its chapters and southern Africa as a whole...

3 May 2019

Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa
Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa

Freedom is weakening across Africa and more worrying is the considerable willingness to accept government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security...

By Peter Penar and Carolyn Logan 3 May 2019

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes
How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes

It's pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as "satisfactory". Satisfactory is the second best category after "good"...

By Glenda Daniels 3 May 2019

Image via : A woman is reflected next to a poster outside a community hall hosting a night vigil for kidnapped photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, on January 18, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Community members, friends, family and colleagues of photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed held a night vigil at the Lenasia South Civic Centre. Mohamed was abducted in Syria on 10 January while working with the aid mission Gift of the Givers. (Photo by Gallo Images / Dino Lloyd)
South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, kidnapped in January 2017, is shown alive in new video

A video sent to the NGO Gift of the Givers shows South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, abducted in Syria in early 2017, to be alive. In the video, dated 13 April, Mohamed said he fears for his life and begs for help from a number of people and organisations...

By Jonah Dylan 2 May 2019

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Reporting on China in Africa is too binary

The accuracy of reporting on China's involvement in Africa can be "deeply misleading". What needs to be done to fix it...

By Yu-Shan Wu 30 Apr 2019

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state
Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

Unidentified men arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa...

18 Apr 2019

Traffic flows in Mogadishu's Hodan district in 2018. On March 30, 2019 armed men raided the offices of Somalia's Universal TV station. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Feisal Omar.
Armed men raid Somalia's Universal TV, fire guns in station

Authorities in Somalia should urgently investigate an attack on the privately-owned station Universal TV and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

15 Apr 2019

Soldiers stand guard on April 2, 2019, in Moroni, the capital of the Comoros. Journalists have been detained and newspapers have been disrupted surrounding the country's recent presidential election. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Youssouf Ibrahim.
Comoros authorities detain journalist, censor newspapers amid political crisis

Authorities in the Comoros should stop detaining journalists and censoring the press in the wake of the disputed March 24 presidential election...

15 Apr 2019

Military police patrol the streets of Gorongosa, in central Mozambique, on November 19, 2013. A radio journalist in Mozambique has been held in pretrial detention since January, 2019. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg.
Mozambique National Journalist's Day marred by detention

CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist, Amade Abubacar...

12 Apr 2019

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Attack on Zim 263 Chat website a blatant attempt to muzzle the media

Police fired tear gas into the 263 Chat newsroom after chasing reporter Lovejoy Mtongwiza to the website's offices...

12 Apr 2019

A radio station is seen in Bujumbura, Burundi, on March 19, 2015. Burundi authorities recently banned the BBC and suspended VOA from broadcasting within the country. Source: CPJ.
Burundi media regulator bans BBC and VOA

Authorities in Burundi should fully restore broadcasting rights to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America...

11 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business
Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business

The adoption continues for the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gLTD) as Africa's biggest multi-industry website, Bizcommunity, announced the launch of its dotAfrica website...

Issued by dotAfrica 9 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines
Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines

Bizcommunity is proud to announce the launch of BIZ | Daily - a daily top story round-up, curated from across 18 industry sectors by most impressions and social media shares...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 8 Apr 2019

Still missing: Azory Gwanda.
#WhereIsAzory campaign launched to find missing Tanzania journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists' #WhereIsAzory campaign launches to highlight the fact that the Tanzanian journalist has been missing for 500 days ...

5 Apr 2019

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