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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 freedom

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

By Jonathan Rozen 8 May 2019

Image source: Gallo/Getty.
A mixed bag of media freedom in southern Africa - SAEF

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...

3 May 2019

Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa
Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa

Freedom is weakening across Africa and more worrying is the considerable willingness to accept government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security...

By Peter Penar and Carolyn Logan 3 May 2019

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

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"...

By Glenda Daniels 3 May 2019

Image via : A woman is reflected next to a poster outside a community hall hosting a night vigil for kidnapped photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, on January 18, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Community members, friends, family and colleagues of photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed held a night vigil at the Lenasia South Civic Centre. Mohamed was abducted in Syria on 10 January while working with the aid mission Gift of the Givers. (Photo by Gallo Images / Dino Lloyd)
South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, kidnapped in January 2017, is shown alive in new video

A video sent to the NGO Gift of the Givers shows South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, abducted in Syria in early 2017, to be alive. In the video, dated 13 April, Mohamed said he fears for his life and begs for help from a number of people and organisations...

By Jonah Dylan 2 May 2019

Image source: Gallo/Getty.
Reporting on China in Africa is too binary

The accuracy of reporting on China's involvement in Africa can be "deeply misleading". What needs to be done to fix it...

By Yu-Shan Wu 30 Apr 2019

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state
Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri arrested again in Bayelsa state

Unidentified men arrested Jones Abiri, the editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, in the Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa...

18 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business
Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business

The adoption continues for the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gLTD) as Africa's biggest multi-industry website, Bizcommunity, announced the launch of its dotAfrica website...

Issued by dotAfrica 9 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines
Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines

Bizcommunity is proud to announce the launch of BIZ | Daily - a daily top story round-up, curated from across 18 industry sectors by most impressions and social media shares...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 8 Apr 2019

Still missing: Azory Gwanda.
#WhereIsAzory campaign launched to find missing Tanzania journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists' #WhereIsAzory campaign launches to highlight the fact that the Tanzanian journalist has been missing for 500 days ...

5 Apr 2019

Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain
Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain

Bizcommunity, the wholly independently owned media brand made in Africa for Africa, is proud to announce the launch of the Bizcommunity.africa domain...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Apr 2019

#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally
#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally

The Committee to Protect Journalists releases 'The Last Column' book to highlight the human cost of journalism around the globe. The book features the final articles and photographs of fallen journalists...

19 Mar 2019

Nigerian elections. Credit: CPJ Africa.
Journalists in Nigeria detained, harassed, and assaulted

Journalists covering the elections told Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) they were detained and harassed by security services or other armed individuals...

14 Mar 2019

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, center, is hugged by his parents at his home in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, March 4, 2019. Shawkan was released after five years in prison. Credit: CPJ/AP Photo/Amr Nabil.
Egyptian photojournalist Shawkan finally free

After five years in jail, Eqyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been released...

5 Mar 2019

An electoral worker prepares identity card and biometric verification readers, at the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kano, northern Nigeria, on February 14, 2019. CPJ joined a call for Nigeria to ensure that internet and social media services remain connected during the upcoming elections. Credit: CPJ/AP Photo/Ben Curtis.
Nigeria urged not to cut social media during elections

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) joins call for Nigeria to ensure internet and social media services remain connected during elections...

15 Feb 2019

Zimbabwe must be held accountable for rights abuses
Zimbabwe must be held accountable for rights abuses

Security forces must be held accountable for the brutal assault on human rights, including press freedom, in Zimbabwe, said Amnesty International...

28 Jan 2019

The Accra International Conference Centre screened a documentary by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in Accra, Ghana, on June 7, 2018. Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela, who was involved in the film, was murdered on January 16. Credit: CPJ - Francis Kokoroko/Reuters.
Investigative journalist Ahmed Divela shot dead in Ghana

Authorities in Ghana should immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ahmed Hussein Suale Divela...

18 Jan 2019

Protesters block the main route to Zimbabwe's capital Harare from Epworth township on January 14, 2019, after the government more than doubled the price of fuel. On January 15, CPJ joined more than 20 rights organizations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for authorities in Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media services. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Jekesai Njikizana.
CPJ joins call for Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media access

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined more than 20 rights organisations and the #KeepItOn Coalition to call for authorities in Zimbabwe to restore internet and social media services...

16 Jan 2019

A campaign poster for Nigeria's incumbent president and candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, pictured in Lagos, on January 4. Credit: AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei. Source: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
In Nigeria, three journalists injured by gunfire while covering political rally

A shooting at a political rally in Nigeria injured three journalists - 15 people were arrested in connection with the incident. The investigation was ongoing...

14 Jan 2019

Number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting nearly doubles
Number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting nearly doubles

The year 2018 was the deadliest year for journalists in the past three years, with Afghanistan topping the list as the deadliest country for journalists worldwide in 2018...

4 Jan 2019

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds
Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

Turkey, China, and Egypt are responsible for jailing more than half of all journalists detained worldwide...

13 Dec 2018

87% of journalists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia view the industry negatively
87% of journalists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia view the industry negatively

Journalists from 52 countries reflect on their biggest fears about their industry, their personal feelings regarding the profession and why freedom of the press must be protected...

12 Dec 2018

Josephine Achiro Fortelo.
Freedom of speech award for South Sudan journalist

Radio journalist, Josephine Achiro Fortelo from South Sudan, receives global freedom of speech award...

29 Nov 2018

A screen shot from December 2017 displaying the front pages of Tanzanian newspapers Mwananchi and The Citizen, calling on the Tanzanian government to help find missing journalist Azory Gwanda.
Where is journalist Azory Gwanda?

One year after disappearance, CPJ calls for credible investigation into Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda's fate...

22 Nov 2018

Angela Quintal of the CPJ. Image ©
My nasty encounter with Tanzanian repression

Muthoki Mumo and I embarked on a 10-day visit to Tanzania, primarily as a networking and fact-finding mission to gauge media freedom in Magufuli's Tanzania. We had nothing to hide, and even had a letter of invitation from the government-recognised press regulator. But then I heard a knock on my hotel room door...

By Angela Quintal 14 Nov 2018

Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Howard University. © .
The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

It's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018

Muthoki Mumo and Angela Quintal, Committee to Protect Journalists' Africa team.
Detained CPJ staffers released in Tanzania

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed the release of staffers Angela Quintal and Muthoki Mumo, who have safely left Tanzania...

9 Nov 2018

Media activist Angela Quintal reported to be safe
Media activist Angela Quintal reported to be safe

Media activist and former South African journalist and editor, Angela Quintal, has been interrogated in Tanzania...

By Louise Marsland 8 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: How sending girls to school changes the economy
#FairnessFirst: How sending girls to school changes the economy

Ever thought the answer to breaking the country's poverty cycle was as simple as improving basic education for females? Economist Dr Dawie Roodt explained the implications at last week's Ads24 Food for thought session...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Oct 2018

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