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July 18, 2010

Burundi journalist detained for questioning security forces

Burundi police arrested a journalist for alleged "treason" Saturday over an article questioning whether the security forces could deal with an attack like one that hit Uganda a week ago, an official said, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). The July 11 bombings in Kampala claimed by Al Qaeda-inspired rebels killed at least 73 people watching the World Cup final in what the insurgents said was retaliation for Ugandan troops serving in Somalia, where Burundi also has soldiers participating... MORE
July 16, 2010

Journalists in Guinea are the forgotten victims of violence, ARTICLE 19 report says

Journalists in Guinea are forgotten victims of violence, says a report released by ARTICLE 19 after the first round of presidential elections in the country, the first free presidential elections in 52 years since independence. The report findings are based on a mission undertaken by ARTICLE 19 in the aftermath of the events of September 28, 2009, when more than a hundred and fifty people were killed or wounded, and women and girls were subjected to sexual violence including rape for taking... MORE
July 16, 2010

Newspaper fined for publishing opinion poll results in Côte d'Ivoire

The National Press Council (CNP), the print media regulatory body in Côte d'Ivoire, imposed a fine of three million CFA francs (about US$6,000) on Regie Cyclone Company, publishers of Le Temps , a pro-government daily newspaper, according to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). MFWA's correspondent reported that the fine was as a result of the newspaper's publishing of the results of opinion polls conducted by a research group, Tns-Sofres, on the country's presidential aspirants in the... MORE
July 16, 2010

Journalist briefly detained in Ghana, manages to escape

Dauda Mohammed, a newspaper photographer in Ghana who was reportedly abducted on July 12 by unidentified men for taking pictures of a private mansion of former president Jerry John Rawlings, reportedly escaped from his abductors, after about an hour in detention, according to the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Mohammed, a reporter for the privately-owned newspaper The Insight , told Accra-based Joy FM in an interview that as he was taking the pictures, a man wielding a knife emerged... MORE
July 16, 2010

Ivory Coast detains three journalists over sources

Three journalists have been detained in Ivory Coast since Tuesday, after they refused to disclose sources for an investigative report detailing the results of a government probe into corruption in the coffee and cocoa export trade, according to local journalists and news reports. Ivorian State Prosecutor Raymond Tchimou, who summoned staffers from the private daily Le Nouveau Courrier —Managing Editor Stéphane Guédé, News Editor Théophile Kouamouo, and Editor-in-Chief Saint-Claver Oula—on... MORE
July 12, 2010

Nigeria: Gunmen abduct 3 prominent journalists

Gunmen abducted three prominent Nigerian journalists and a driver traveling through the country's oil-rich, but volatile southern delta, a colleague said Monday, the latest troubling sign of insecurity in the West African nation, according to Associated Press (AP). The reporters had just left a conference in Akwa Ibom state Sunday afternoon and were forced to stop their bus by a speeding car filled with gunmen, said Mohammed Garba, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. The gunmen got... MORE
July 12, 2010

Rwandan editor arrested after criticising President Kagame

Police in Rwanda arrested the editor of a private newspaper on Thursday last in connection with a series of articles critical of the government, according to local journalists. Agnès Uwimana was taken into custody in the capital, Kigali, over allegations that her Kinyarwanda-language weekly Umurabyo had published stories “inciting the public to disobey,” “articles related to division and ethnicity,” and “rumours that can cause disturbance in the country,” Rwandan National Police spokesman Eric... MORE
July 3, 2010

Somali government harassing journalists as fighting rages

Somali government forces have been increasingly harassing independent journalists covering violent fighting in Mogadishu, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Somali reporters targeted for their reporting included a New York Times correspondent and a CPJ International Press Freedom Award winner, while nine other journalists were injured this week while reporting during deadly clashes between government troops and Islamist rebels, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. On... MORE
July 2, 2010

Rwanda arrests two over journalist killing

Rwandan authorities said Monday they have arrested two people in connection with the killing of a journalist critical of President Paul Kagame's government, and that one of the two has confessed, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. Jean-Leonard Rugambage, who had accused the Rwandan government of being behind an assassination attempt on a dissident general in South Africa, was gunned down in Kigali on Thursday. The details: [ Link ] "Two people implicated in the killing of the journalist... MORE
July 2, 2010

Insurgents warn Somali journalists not to cover independence celebrations

The Somali Islamist insurgent group Hizbul Islam warned Somali media against covering celebrations of the country’s 50th anniversary Thursday, according to news reports. Hizbul Islam chief Mo’allin Hashi Farah told local radio stations that if they covered today’s celebrations they would “face bad consequences,” a report from Sapa-AFP said. “We call on the Muslim people to avoid commemorating what they call the national day, as it was inherited from the infidels,” Farah reportedly said. Both... MORE