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Belgium TV journalists deported from DR Congo

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have deported five Belgian TV journalists on Saturday, reports from Kinshasa and Brussels said. Flemish public broadcaster VRT journalist Peter Verlinden and his two colleagues, as well as two other journalists from commercial station VTM, were arrested in Kinshasa and their passports and smartphones taken away for […]

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Germany wants to criminalise fake news

Producing and distributing fake news, the new kid on the block that has taken the media space by storm, could soon be a criminal offence in Germany, as lawmakers are weighing legal options to stop it from making further damage. German lawmaker Patrick Sensburg, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), told […]

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Radio station fosters reconciliation in conflict-hit Central African Republic

Estranged Muslim and Christian communities in war-torn Central African Republic (CAR) have begun healing their wounds and edging toward reconciliation and tolerance after years of hatred, mistrust and ethnic violence. The sectarian conflict, which the UN fears might lead to genocide, has killed thousands and displaced over 900 000 people, according to official statistics. More […]

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Gabon public broadcaster employees on strike over unpaid salaries, bonuses

SYNAPAP, the union representing employees of Gabon Television and Radio Gabon (the public broadcaster), said its members would kick off a strike on Friday 9 December to protest against poor working conditions, including unpaid salaries and performance bonuses. The strike begins against a backdrop of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, which opens here in […]

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Associated Press reporter deported from South Sudan for ‘criticising’ govt

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is vehemently protesting the deportation of an Associated Press (AP) reporter by the government of South Sudan, saying the decision is yet another illustration of how much President Salva Kiir’s government fears independent media coverage. US-born Justin Lynch (25), of Saratoga in New York, was arrested on Tuesday by […]

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