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August 3, 2010

Cameroon journalist fights deportation from UK

Charles Atangana, a Cameroonian journalist who has been living in the UK since 2004, is facing deportation after losing his case for asylum. He believes he will be killed if he returns to Cameroon. UK's National Union of Journalists is trying to stop Glasgow-based Atangana from being deported to Cameroon where he is likely to face detention, torture or worse. The union has temporarily stopped the forced removal of Atangana in a last minute reprieve. However, he may still be deported soon, NUJ... MORE
August 2, 2010

Alarm over increasing legal and security threats to journalists in Africa

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) has expressed concern at the growing tendency towards enactment and enforcement of more repressive, complicated legal sanctions against journalists. In Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia and Burundi, journalists and their leaders face constant harassment and threats to their safety as part of a brazen campaign to curb the right to freedom of expression in Africa. "African journalists are increasingly facing governments- inspired violence that is intended to... MORE
July 29, 2010

Congolese journalist under arrest; stations forced off air

Authorities arrested a journalist on Tuesday on criminal defamation charges in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hours earlier, in an unrelated incident, armed men briefly forced the city’s three main opposition broadcasters off the air, according to local journalists and news reports. Pascal Mulunda, editor of weekly Le Monito r, has been held in Kinshasa's Penitentiary and Reeducation Centre since police officers picked him on Tuesday with an arrest warrant, defence lawyer Joel... MORE
July 27, 2010

Swazi prince threatens journalists who ‘write bad things'

A member of Swaziland’s royal family has made death threats and outrageous claims against local journalists over their critical coverage of the country's leadership. During a July 21 public forum called the Smart Partnership National Dialogue in the central commercial city of Manzini, Prince Mahlaba, brother of Swaziland’s absolute ruler King Mswati III, was quoted by local media as saying: “I want to warn the media to bury things that have the potential of undermining the country rather than... MORE
July 27, 2010

Ivorian journalists acquitted on criminal charges, due to be released

An Abidjan criminal court has acquitted the editor, managing editor and publisher of the Nouveau Courrier d’Abidjan newspaper, who had been originally been charged with theft of an official document, publishing information about a judicial case that has not yet been tried and revealing a confidential document. The three journalists, editor Saint Claver Oula, publisher Stéphane Guédé and managing editor Théophile Kouamouo, who were arrested on July 14, were however convicted Monday on a lesser... MORE
July 26, 2010

Liberian House of Representatives passes Freedom of Information Law

The House of Representatives of Liberia has passed into law the Liberia Freedom of Information Law, according to the Monrovia-based Centre for Media Studies and Peace Building (CMSPB). The House, during its regular plenary session held on July 22, unanimously voted to pass the FOI law which has been in the Legislative room for over two years. The passage of the law by members of the House of Representatives was preceded by intense lobbying and advocacy by members of the Liberia Freedom of... MORE
July 23, 2010

South Africa's 'New Age' daily newspaper to be rartnered by TOI group

South Africa’s The New Age newspaper, a daily that plans to start production in September, said the Times of India Group has taken a stake in the business and it will have an initial print-run of 170,000 copies, Bloomberg News has reported. The details: [ Link ] The Gupta Group, the family which controls Sahara Computers Ltd., control the newspaper, which will compete with at least five large daily newspapers in the country’s major cities including Independent News & Media Plc’s Star... MORE
July 22, 2010

Radio journalist in Guinea stabbed by armed men

Colleagues of a Guinean radio journalist who was attacked by unknown assailants on July 16 are suspecting the military of being behind the attack. Etienne Mansaré, a military reporter of privately-owned Conakry-based Sabari FM, was stabbed in the back while on his way home after signing off from his political programme "Sous le Cocotier." "Mansaré must have been a victim of an action carried out by persons hostile to his reports possibly, it is a settlement of scores," according to a colleague... MORE
July 22, 2010

Ghana: News editor charged for "publishing false information"

Ato Kwamena Dadzie, news editor of Joy FM, an Accra-based independent radio station, was charged with a criminal offence for refusing to reveal the station's sources of information for a July 5 news item, according to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). The station had carried a report to the effect that an umbrella body of local contractors, the Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA), had been threatened with death if they did not withdraw a petition that they had sent to... MORE
July 18, 2010

Nigerian abductors free four journalists held for a week

Nigerian gunmen who abducted four journalists in the country's oil-rich south a week ago released the group Sunday from an ordeal that one of them described later as "traumatic". The captors dumped the four unhurt in a forest in a remote area of Abia State, a government official said, as police and a journalists' union said no ransom was paid. "They dragged us about in the bush and blindfolded us. It was a harrowing experience," Sylva Okereke told private TV channels hours after he and his... MORE