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Anger as Burundi journalist is sentenced to three years in prison

Anger as Burundi journalist is sentenced to three years in prison

Outrage, shock, anger and disbelief gripped the international media fraternity early this week after a Burundi correspondent for Radio France Internationale (RFI), jailed since November 2011, was sentenced to three years in prison for ‘terrorism’. Hassan Ruvakuki has been initially sentenced to life in prison, after following a newly formed rebel group to Tanzania to […]

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Koffi Olomide attacks Zambian photographer, media activists outraged

Koffi Olomide attacks Zambian photographer, media activists outraged

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is outraged by the DRC musician Koffi Olomide’s ‘unnecessary’ attack on a Zambian freelance photojournalist at a concert in Lusaka last week Friday, and urges the country’s authorities to meticulously investigate the case. Zambian’s privately-owned newspaper The Post reported on Monday that renegade artist Olomide kicked Jean ‘Mandela’ Ndayisenga […]

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Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

Remembering journalist Norbert Zongo, asking why media killings impunity goes on

December 1998-December 2012: 14 years after Burkina Faso investigative journalist Norbert Zongo was mysteriously killed – for doing his job – the international media fraternity still wonders why the sword of media impunity continues to hang on newsrooms. Ouagadougou-based Zongo was a journalist and editor of the weekly newspaper The Independent. In 1998 he was […]

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Nigeria: Journalists, wives detained, another flees, CPJ says

Nigeria: Journalists, wives detained, another flees, CPJ says

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges Nigerian authorities to immediately release two journalists who have been detained since Monday, and allow a third journalist who has fled and was hiding to return to his home and work freely. Reporter Aliyu Saleh and editor Musa Muhammad Awwal, both from Al-Mizun, a weekly Hausa-language newspaper, were […]

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Somalis journalists in Kenya persecuted by security forces, refugee policy, CPJ says

Somalis journalists in Kenya persecuted by security forces, refugee policy, CPJ says

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is shocked by the unfair and discriminatory treatment meted out to Somali refugee journalists by Kenya security services and the country’s Department of Refugee Affairs, which have ordered all Somali refugees living in Kenya’s urban centres to report to the Dadaab refugee camp. The Dadaab refugee camp already holds […]

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Photography’s role vital to enrich media – MDDA

Photography’s role vital to enrich media – MDDA

Pictures tell a thousand stories and they have been telling them since the beginning of times. To live true to this statement, South Africa’s Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) hosted a panel discussion themed Photography as a Media Format in Newtown, Johannesburg. The aim, according to the agency CEO Lumko Mtimde, was to create […]

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Gambian journalists fear President Yahya Jammeh

Gambian journalists fear President Yahya Jammeh

Journalists operating in Gambia, where media predator and dictator Yahya Jammeh rules with an iron-fist, are living in constant fear of being the next victim of his cruel and brutal regime. “We are all living in fear of getting either killed or kidnapped and never to be seen again,” one Gambian journalist told Moon of […]

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232 journalists imprisoned in 2012, CPJ says

232 journalists imprisoned in 2012, CPJ says

A total of 232 journalists, including writers, editors and photographers, are currently languishing in prisons around the world, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has revealed, fingering Turkey (49), Iran (45) and China (32) as the world’s top countries jailing media practitioners in 2012. The number represents an increase of 53, compared to […]

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