Assaults on Journalists Mount

In countries ranging from Ethiopia and Burundi to Egypt and the Gambia, journalists are being jailed for long prison terms, arrested and even assaulted while interviewing newsmakers.

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  • Burundi:  Court Drops Terror Charge But Jails Journalist

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 8 January 2013

    An appeals court in Burundi today dropped terrorism charges against jailed journalist Hassan Ruvakuki and reduced his sentence from life to three years in prison, according to ... read more »

  • Burundi:  Court Jails Journalist

    Radio France Internationale, 8 January 2013

    RFI journalist Hassan Ruvakuki was sentenced to three years in prison by a judge in Burundi on Tuesday, at the end of an appeal against an earlier life sentence. read more »

  • Burundi:  Hardline Court Jails Journalist (press release)

    Reporters sans Frontières, 8 January 2013

    Reporters Without Borders is deeply disappointed to learn that an appeal court in the central city of Gitega today imposed a three-year jail sentence on the journalist Hassan ... read more »

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  • Gambia:  Intelligence Agency Frees Journalist

    International Press Institute, 11 January 2013

    After three days in detention, The Gambia's National Intelligence Agency has freed journalist Abdoulie John. read more »

  • Gambia:  Intelligence Agents Kidnap Journalist, Says IFJ (press release)

    International Federation of Journalists, 8 January 2013

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) to mobilize and address the ... read more »

  • Gambia:  The IFJ Calls on Govt to Stop Harassment of Journalist (press release)

    International Federation of Journalists, 4 January 2013

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has vigorously condemned the permanent harassment of a journalist in The Gambia, who is obliged since December 10, to report ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Reporter Says Official Assaulted Him

    International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House, 7 January 2013

    Anthony Masamba, a journalist with one of Malawi's major radio stations, Malawi Institute of Journalism FM (MIJ FM), was assaulted on 5 January 2013 while conducting a face-to-face ... read more »

  • Malawi:  Malawian Journalist Assaulted During Radio Interview (press release)

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 7 January 2013

    Malawian authorities must immediately investigate and bring all appropriate charges in connection with the reported assault of a radio journalist who said he was punched by a ... read more »

  • Ghana:  Journalists Report Attacks After Presidential Elections (press release)

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 7 January 2013

    Several journalists reported being attacked in the aftermath of Ghana's contested presidential elections on December 7, 2012, according to CPJ interviews, news reports, and local ... read more »

  • Senegal:  Journalist Handed Suspended Prison Sentence

    International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House, 4 January 2013

    On December 18, 2012, a judge convicted editor El Malick Seck of weekly news magazine L'Exclusif of criminal defamation over a column critical of Sidy Lamine Niasse, the chief ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Radio Show Suspended Over Comments About Presidency

    International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House, 8 January 2013

    The Costa Show, a weekly radio program hosted by Henry Costa with guest Menipakei Dumoe, has been sanctioned by the Hot FM station management. Both Costa and Dumoe are said to have ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  South Sudan Release Journalists After 'Interrogations' in Wau

    Sudan Tribune, 7 January 2013

    South Sudan's security apparatus in its border state of Western Bahr el Ghazal have released two journalists after questioning them for failing to cover President Salva Kiir's ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  IFJ Condemns Arrests of Two Journalists in South Sudan (press release)

    International Federation of Journalists, 8 January 2013

    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today condemned the arrest and detention of two journalists in South Sudan. The authorities claim the reporters were involved ... read more »

  • South Sudan:  Two Journalists Detained in Wau (press release)

    Committee to Protect Journalists, 4 January 2013

    Authorities in South Sudan have been holding two state broadcast journalists without charge since Tuesday, according to local journalists and media reports. read more »

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