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Archives 2005-1014: Press Freedom

November 7, 2014

In Sierra Leone, journalist imprisoned after criticizing president

A journalist in Sierra Leone has been imprisoned after criticising President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, according to news reports and local journalists. David Tam Baryoh was arrested on Monday. Baryoh, host of the popular weekly "Monologue" radio programme aired on the independent Citizen FM, was arrested in his office by police who did not have a warrant, according to news reports and local journalists. Baryoh was initially detained overnight at the Police Criminal... MORE
November 7, 2014

Kenyan journalist covering police detained, harassed

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Kenyan police to stop harassing and threatening a journalist in Kisumu city, western Kenya. Last month, police threatened and briefly detained Justus Ochieng , a reporter for the privately owned daily The Star, in connection with a story he wrote that alleged criminal activity by police officers in the region, the journalist told CPJ. Ochieng told CPJ that in Kisumu on October 2, three police officers with Kenya's Criminal Investigations... MORE
November 7, 2014

Brazil: Journalists’ safety and media ownership – two challenges for Rousseff

Freedom of information has made important progress in Brazil during the past 12 years under President Lula da Silva and (since 2011) his successor Dilma Rousseff, who was reelected on 26 October, winning a fourth consecutive term for the Workers’ Party (PT), but much remains to be done. Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to highlight the two major challenges facing the government in the years ahead as regards freedom of information – journalists’ safety and a skewed media... MORE
November 4, 2014

Journalists arrested after covering protest in Somaliland

Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ. Authorities arrested Horn Cable TV reporter Mukhtar Nouh Ibrahim on October 30 and SomSat TV reporter Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud the following day, news reports said. Police arrested Mukhtar and Mohamed for covering a protest on October 30 where locals... MORE
November 4, 2014

CPJ calls on authorities to explain no-fly zone in Ferguson

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm over a news report that law enforcement authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, sought a no-fly zone during unrest in August with the intent of blocking access for the press. In an article published Sunday, The Associated Press reported on recorded telephone conversations between officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which the news organisation obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. In the conversations,... MORE
November 4, 2014

CPJ welcomes Facebook move to enable access via Tor hidden service

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed Facebook's move to enable access via a Tor hidden service, which came into effect on Friday. The step protects journalists and other users who are at risk of surveillance, censorship, or online attack. "Facebook's decision to enable access via a dedicated Tor hidden service provides journalists with substantial additional protection against network-based attacks," said CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Geoffrey King. "This bold move is... MORE
November 4, 2014

Cameroon journalists questioned in military court for withholding information

Two journalists in Cameroon accused of withholding information from the state have been interrogated by a military court and ordered not to leave the country, according to news reports. A closed military court in Yaounde on Tuesday questioned for several hours Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola , a senior reporter for the privately owned daily newspaper Mutations and the president of Cameroon's National Union of Journalists, and Rodrigue Tongue , a senior reporter and the head of the political desk for... MORE
November 4, 2014

Azerbaijan jails yet another critical reporter

A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday last sentenced Khalid Garayev , a reporter for the embattled opposition newspaper Azadliq and the technical director of "Azerbaijani Hour," Azadliq's online TV programme, to almost a month in prison on charges of hooliganism and disobeying the police, according to news reports. The Binagadi District Court in Baku found Garayev guilty and sentenced him to 25 days, according to the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The journalist was detained... MORE
November 4, 2014

Colombia: Neo-Nazi groups have been threatening journalist for two years

Gustavo Rugeles , the editor of the Bogotá-based news website Las 2 Orillas , has been receiving threats from neo-Nazi groups for the past two years and is still getting them, although the protection he receives from the state was recently reduced after a risk evaluation. In the latest instance, Alberto Acosta, a member of the far-right group Restauración Nacional, called Rugeles on October 29 to demand the withdrawal of a recent post, and threatened to come and “deal with you” personally when... MORE
November 4, 2014

Investigative journalist receives threats from EU Kosovo mission

Vehbi Kajtazi , an investigative journalist with the Kosovan newspaper Koha Ditore , says he was directly threatened by members of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (Eulex) over his reports that senior mission officials were suspected of corruption. Earlier last week, Koha Ditore began running a series of articles on suspected corruption on the part of senior Eulex officials in the country. The mission’s head, Gabriele Meucci, told a press conference October 30 that the... MORE