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As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive
As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope aliveArticle

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, let us remember that 2020 was terrible for the press in many parts of the world...

Wambui Wamunyu 3 May 2021

Why working as a journalist in Uganda is particularly tough
Why working as a journalist in Uganda is particularly toughArticle

Ugandan journalists are subject to state intimidation and violence almost on a daily basis. During the recent presidential elections, media crews covering opposition candidates - often in protective gear - were targets of physical assault for weeks...

Karen McIntyre and Meghan Sobel Cohen 9 Mar 2021

WAN-IFRA announces New Media Freedom Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa
WAN-IFRA announces New Media Freedom Programme for Sub-Saharan AfricaArticle

The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has announced a new partnership with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support media freedom in nine countries across Sub-Saharan Africa...

27 Jan 2021

Jordanian journalist Etaf Roudan named Editorial Leadership Award Laureate
Jordanian journalist Etaf Roudan named Editorial Leadership Award LaureateArticle

WAN-IFRA Women in News has named Etaf Roudan, director of Radio al-Balad in Jordan as its 2020 WIN Editorial Leadership Award Laureate for the Arab Region...

5 Nov 2020

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/GIAN EHRENZELLER.
Wan-Ifra concerned over proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression - UkraineArticle

Wan-Ifra is concerned over a new proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression in the Ukraine...

14 Apr 2020

Police officers detain Sahara Reporters journalist Victor Ogungbenro during a protest in Lagos, Nigeria, on August 5, 2019. Staff at the online newspaper report sustained harassment targeting them and their website. Credit: CPJ/AP/Sunday Alamba.
US-Nigeria website censoredArticle

US-Nigerian Sahara Reporters website reports assets frozen amid surveillance, censorship...

12 Dec 2019

Fighting breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist and journalist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, on December 6, 2019. Sowore and other activist-journalists have been jailed in Nigeria and Ethiopia amid a crackdown on free expression. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde.
Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expressionArticle

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework, don't tell the whole story of their governments' crackdowns on freedom of expression...

Muthoki Mumo and Jonathan Rozen 11 Dec 2019

Journalist Nazli Ilicak is embraced after her release from prison in Istanbul in November 2019, after a court ordered her free on time served at a retrial. Two of her colleagues remain in prison on terrorism related charges, among the 47 journalists jailed in Turkey. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir.
The world's worst jailers of journalistsArticle

The number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work in 2019 remains near record highs. China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists...

Elana Beiser 11 Dec 2019

Police officers are seen near Lagos, Nigeria, on September 3, 2019. Journalists in Kogi and Bayelsa states reported being harassed and threatened during recent elections. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Temilade Adelaja.
Nigerian journalists attacked and threatenedArticle

Nigerian journalists attacked and threatened while covering Bayelsa and Kogi state elections...

10 Dec 2019

IPFA winners, New York.
International Press Freedom Awards announcedArticle

CPJ gala recognises courageous journalists from developing democracies, celebrates press freedom...

27 Nov 2019

CPJ deepens database of attacks on the press
CPJ deepens database of attacks on the pressArticle

A newly updated database on visualises the trend of media attacks in recent times - and how it combines and contrasts with other trends in decades of research on journalists who have been imprisoned or killed or who have gone missing because of their work since 1992...

Elana Beiser 12 Nov 2019

Maxence Melo Mubyazi.
CPJ announces 2019 International Press Freedom AwardsArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists will honour journalists from Brazil, India, Nicaragua, and Tanzania with the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards...

23 Oct 2019

Algerian demonstrators chant and wave their country's national flag as they take part in an anti-government protest in the capital Algiers on October 15, 2019. Authorities have detained at least three more journalists in recent days. Credit: CPJ/AFP.
Algeria detains three journalists who covered protestsArticle

Journalists who covered recent protests, as well as alleged corruption in Algeria have been detained ahead of elections...

18 Oct 2019

Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdown
Egypt arrests 3 more journalists amid crackdownArticle

Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalists Alaa Abdelfattah, Nasser Abdelhafez, Engi Abdel Wahab, and all others who have been imprisoned for their reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

2 Oct 2019

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Wan-Ifra backs call for UN investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's murderArticle

It's a been one year since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey...

2 Oct 2019

Police officers are seen in Cairo, Egypt, on September 21, 2019. Police recently arrested several journalists covering protests in Cairo and other cities, and authorities blocked news websites and Facebook Messenger. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed.
Egypt authorities arrest 3 journalists, block websites, amid protestsArticle

Egyptian authorities must immediately release any journalists arrested covering protests and stop restricting access to news and social media websites, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

25 Sep 2019

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Of foxes and paradoxes in the media henhouseArticle

Future historians may well scramble to understand what was going on at the Media Freedom Conference in London and the simultaneous Social Media summit at the White House (held earlier this year in July). They will surely be confounded by media policy in the post-broadcast era by looking at these two events. And they will struggle to reconcile what is claimed to be policy against what is actually practised on the ground...

Derek Abdinor 16 Sep 2019

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 16, 2018. A recent thawing of relations between the two countries did not lead to improved conditions for the media in Eritrea. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Tiksa Negeri.
10 most censored countriesArticle

In Africa, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea make the list of the Committee to Protect Journalists' special report on the Top 10 Most Censored Countries in the world...

13 Sep 2019

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Sanef addresses recent bombardment of journalists, that P-word incidentArticle

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has responded to the recent incidents affecting the journalism community of South Africa...

12 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across AfricaArticle

In Africa new data suggests citizens' support for press freedoms is in sharp decline...

Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

Protesters from two of Benin's unions take part in a demonstration after the parliament approved a law restricting to 10 days public sector employees’ right to strike, on September 13, 2018, in Cotonou. Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in Benin on August 12, 2019. Crdit: CPJ/AFP/Yanick Folly.
Journalist Ignace Sossou convicted of false news in BeninArticle

The government of Benin should act to decriminalise press offenses, the Committee to Protect Journalists said last week, after journalist Ignace Sossou was convicted of false news for reporting on corporate finances...

27 Aug 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
Onslaught against press freedoms in TanzaniaArticle

CPJ says Kabendera, Gwanda cases highlight Tanzania's decline in press freedom and human rights...

26 Aug 2019

Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police
Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of policeArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it is concerned for the welfare of investigative journalist Joseph Gandye...

26 Aug 2019

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC statesArticle

CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists...

19 Aug 2019

A man rides a motorcycle as young people of the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, celebrate at Hawassa city over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama, in Awasa, July 15, 2019. Authorities arrested three media workers from the Sidama Media Network on July 18. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
Ethiopia detains journalists amid southern unrestArticle

Ethiopian authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest...

13 Aug 2019

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir.
Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six yearsArticle

A Mauritian blogger who had been held for more than five and a half years and who was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released...

5 Aug 2019

A screenshot of Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa, left, speaking at a July 30 press conference. Mambosasa said that police have detained freelancer Erick Kabendera. Credit: CPJ/YouTube/Kwanza TV.
Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over 'citizenship'Article

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera...

31 Jul 2019

A local market in Dar es Salaam, pictured in May. A group of armed men forcefully took an investigative journalist, Erick Kabendera, from his home outside the city on July 29. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Said Khalfan.
Journalist Erick Kabendera abducted in TanzaniaArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of investigative reporter Erick Kabendera, who was forcefully removed from his home...

30 Jul 2019

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Wan-Ifra explores how news media is adapting business models to promote press freedomArticle

Wan-Ifra has released a new report that looks into how news media companies are adapting their business models to ensure press freedom...

22 Jul 2019

Maxence Melo Mubyazi from Tanzania's Jamii media.
Tanzanian among annual press freedom awards honoureesArticle

CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honour courageous journalists from around the world...

17 Jul 2019

Justice must be done for death of journalist Azory Gwanda
Justice must be done for death of journalist Azory GwandaArticle

Activists and fellow journalists have been asking about Gwanda's whereabouts for months, including on #WhereIsAzory on Twitter, with no answer from the Tanzanian government...

16 Jul 2019

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Donor-funded journalism is on the rise in Africa: why it needs closer scrutinyArticle

An enormous and increasing portion of the foreign development aid coming into Africa annually is for media development...

12 Jul 2019

Sudanese protesters are seen with their smartphones in Khartoum on April 21, 2019. CPJ has called on South African telecommunications company MTN Group to end its role in Sudan’s internet shutdowns. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Ozan Kose.
MTN Group urged to end participation in internet shutdowns in SudanArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 22 other organisations in calling on MTN Group, to end its role in Sudan's internet shutdowns...

Justin Shilad 12 Jul 2019

In an interview today, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said that journalist Azory Gwanda (pictured), who has been missing since 2017, is dead. Credit: CPJ/Mwananchi.
In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is deadArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda...

11 Jul 2019

Ethiopians read newspapers in Addis Ababa on June 24. Following what the government refers to as a failed attempted coup, access to the internet was cut and journalists were arrested. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Tiksa Negeri.
In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor pressArticle

While internet shutdowns and anti-terror laws being turned against journalists are nothing new in Ethiopia, their use in recent weeks is in stark contrast to the Ethiopia that welcomed the international media community for World Press Freedom Day...

Muthoki Mumo 10 Jul 2019

Somaliland bans two privately owned TV stationsArticle

Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately lift an indefinite ban on two privately owned television stations...

1 Jul 2019

The Uganda High Court is in Kampala on May 14, 2018. CPJ today called for Ugandan authorities to intervene and end the criminal case against editor Pidson Kareire. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Isaac Kasamani.
Ugandan editor charged with criminal libelArticle

Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately-owned news website, The Drone Media...

17 Jun 2019

#CannesLions2019 Print & Publishing Lions' Grand Prix winner: An-Nar's 'The Blank Edition' by Impact Porter Novelli Dubai.
#CannesLions2019: Print & Publishing Lions winners!Article

The 66th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity kicked off on 17 June, with the 2019 Cannes Print & Publishing Lions announced during the first Communication award track ceremony...

17 Jun 2019

RIP Raymond Louw
RIP Raymond LouwArticle

NEWSWATCH: Media legend and Sanef Council member Raymond Louw and his wife, Jean died within 24 hours of each other...

5 Jun 2019

Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of Freedom
Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of FreedomArticle

The Golden Pen of Freedom has been awarded posthumously to Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi...

3 Jun 2019

Libreville, Gabon, is seen on January 16, 2017. The country's media regulator recently suspended two newspapers over defamation claims. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Mike Hutchings.
Gabon media regulator suspends two newspapers over defamation claimsArticle

Gabon's media regulator should immediately lift its suspensions of the tri-weekly newspaper L'Aube and the weekly Echos du Nord, and give journalists the freedom to cover issues of public interest...

22 May 2019

Prison guards are seen at Somaliland's Hargeisa prison on March 29, 2011. Television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed was recently arrested by police in Somaliland and is being held without charge in a prison in Las Anod. Credit: CPJ/AP/Katharine Houreld)
Somaliland journalist injured during arrest, jailed without chargeArticle

Authorities in the breakaway state of Somaliland should immediately release television reporter Abdirahman Keyse Mohamed, also known as Tungub...

21 May 2019

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen in a court in Kampala, Uganda, on May 2, 2019. Uganda's media regulator suspended staff from 13 broadcast outlets for covering his arrest. Credit: CPJ/AP/Ronald Kabuubi.
Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi WineArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Uganda's media regulator to immediately rescind an order suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations over their coverage of opposition politician, Bobi Wine...

10 May 2019

A billboard for Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, who won re-election in February. Credit: CPJ/Jonathan Rozen.
Nigerian journalists speak out on press freedomArticle

'You cannot muzzle the media' - Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari...

Jonathan Rozen 7 May 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa, in August 2018. Since Abiy's election, conditions for Ethiopia's journalists have improved, but some challenges remain. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
How the media is faring in EthiopiaArticle

Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain...

Muthoki Mumo 7 May 2019

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A mixed bag of media freedom in southern Africa - SAEFArticle

As we commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019, the Southern African Editor's Forum (SAEF) reports a mixed bag of media freedom within its chapters and southern Africa as a whole...

6 May 2019

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes
How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakesArticle

It's pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as "satisfactory". Satisfactory is the second best category after "good"...

Glenda Daniels 2 May 2019

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