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January 25, 2014

Journalists' equipment seized in Equatorial Guinea

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of grave anti-press violations in Equatorial Guinea ahead of an investment symposium planned for early February. Armed security agents arrested Javier Blas , Africa editor for the Financial Times , and Peter Chapman , a senior writer for the paper, on January 20 in the capital Malabo, Blas told CPJ. The journalists were in a taxi headed to an interview with a minister at the time of the arrest. They were taken to the Ministry of... MORE
June 17, 2011

Equatorial Guinea deletes German TV crew's footage

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea. On Saturday, plainclothes state security agents led by Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, the director of the state-controlled broadcaster TVGE, arrested reporter Jorg Brase, cameraman Michael Berger, camera assistant Stanley Oriaro, and their fixer (identified only as "Robert") while they were filming a... MORE
March 6, 2011

In wave of censorship, Equatorial Guinea suspends state radio broadcasts, journalist

There has been a wave of government censorship in the past few days at Radio-Télévision Nationale de Guinée Équatoriale (RTVGE), a state-owned broadcaster that is kept under very close surveillance by information minister Jeronimo Osa Osa. On Thursday, the state radio’s French-language broadcasts were “temporarily suspended on the orders of a higher authority,” the head of the station, José Esono Bacale, said in a statement that gave no explanation for the decision. His communiqué added that... MORE
August 13, 2010

Groups urge UNESCO to cancel prize in name of Equatorial Guinea dictator

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation should cancel the Obiang prize at its next session in October 2010, 96 press freedom and human rights groups have said in a letter to UNESCO Executive Board members. At its last meeting, on June 15, UNESCO agreed to delay the prize to allow for further consultation, following a public outcry from a diverse group of scientists, health professionals, press freedom advocates, and rights groups around the world. A total of 96... MORE