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    CPJ announces 2019 International Press Freedom Awards

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

    23 Oct 2019

    Mahlatse Mahlase delivering her speech at the Sanef Black Wednesday Dinner. Image credit: Sanef.
    #BlackWednesday: Sanef chair Mahlatse Mahlase calls on journos to continue to fight for media freedom

    The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) hosted a gala dinner on Friday, 18 October in honour of those who fought for the freedom of the press, and those who continue to do so...

    21 Oct 2019

    A police van is seen in Alexandria, Egypt, on September 27, 2019. Security forces recently arrested and allegedly tortured journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh.
    Egyptian journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah arrested on false news charges

    Egyptian authorities must immediately release imprisoned journalist Esraa Abdel Fattah, drop all charges against her, and investigate allegations that she was tortured...

    16 Oct 2019

    People look at front pages at a newspaper stand in Port Harcourt, after Nigeria's presidential election results were announced on February 27, 2019. Nigerian police beat two Inspiration FM journalists after covering a protest in Uyo, in Akwa-Ibom State, on September 24, 2019. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba.
    Nigerian police beat two Inspiration FM journalists at protest

    The two journalists said they were attacked after covering a protest in the Mbierebe Obio community of Akwa-Ibom State, that was demanding justice for a youth allegedly killed by police...

    11 Oct 2019

    Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
    Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

    New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

    Issued by 2 Oct 2019

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

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

    2 Oct 2019

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    Of foxes and paradoxes in the media henhouse

    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...

    By Derek Abdinor 17 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 countries

    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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    How Uganda is using old and new laws to block activists on social media

    Activists who use digital media are protected by international law and protocols that guarantee freedom of expression...

    By Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala 10 Sep 2019

    Police officers are seen in Lagos, Nigeria, on August 5, 2019. Lagos police recently arrested publisher Agba Jalingo, who has been charged by federal authorities with treason. Credit: CPJ/AP/Sunday Alamba.
    Nigerian publisher charged with treason

    Nigerian authorities should drop all treason charges against publisher Agba Jalingo, release him from detention, and stop using the country's state security laws to harass government critics...

    9 Sep 2019

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    Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo detained without charge

    On August 22, in Lagos, police officers with Nigeria's special anti-robbery squad arrested Jalingo, publisher of online news outlet CrossRiverWatch...

    4 Sep 2019

    The statue of founding president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in Tanzania’s political capital Dodoma. Credit: WikiCommons.
    Why Tanzania's attacks on free speech break with Nyerere's legacy

    Nyerere often argued that Tanzanians should not be afraid to challenge authority. He also spoke out strongly for freedom of speech...

    By Nick Westcott 4 Sep 2019

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    Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

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

    By 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 Benin

    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 Tanzania

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

    26 Aug 2019

    Sphelele Mjadu, Unilever Personal Care Senior Public Relations Manager for Africa and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, in the UN Women-Dove masterclass panel at the Loeries. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
    #Loeries2019: Our responsibility of better representation in advertising, media

    The media and advertising industries play an important role in stirring the way society is portrayed. Here's why UN Women and Dove's masterclass session at Loeries 2019 called for the creative industry as a whole to take a stand and work actively towards better representation, particularly in terms of gender...

    By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

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    Guinea media leader arrested

    The African Editors Forum (TAEF) strongly condemns the arrest of one of the leading lights of African media, Souleymane Diallo of Guinea Conakry...

    21 Aug 2019

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    'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

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

    19 Aug 2019

    A Cameroonian elite Rapid Intervention Battalion member walks along an empty street in the city of Buea in Cameroon's Anglophone southwest region on October 4, 2018. Cameroon’s military detained pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi on August 2, 2019, in Buea. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Zohra Bensemra.
    Cameroon's military detains pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi

    Cameroonian authorities should immediately release without charge, pidgin news anchor Samuel Wazizi, the Committee to Protect Journalists has demanded...

    15 Aug 2019

    A man looks at newspaper front pages in Dakar, on February 25, 2019, one day after Senegal's presidential elections. Senegalese authorities arrested critical journalist Adama Gaye on July 29. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Seyllou.
    Senegalese authorities arrest critical journalist Adama Gaye

    Authorities in Senegal should immediately release and drop all charges against journalist Adama Gaye, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

    14 Aug 2019

    Freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, who is detained in Tanzania. Credit: CPJ/Jamii Forums.
    Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

    Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket...

    7 Aug 2019

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

    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 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 Tanzania

    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

    Members of the National Youth Service Corp carry the body of their colleague, the reporter Precious Owolabi, in Abuja on July 23. Owolabi was shot while covering protests in the Nigeria capital. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Kola Sulaimon.
    Channels TV reporter dies from injuries after shooting at Nigeria protest

    Nigerian authorities should immediately investigate the death of Precious Owolabi, a reporter for the privately-owned Channels TV, who was shot during a protest...

    29 Jul 2019

    3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
    3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

    Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

    Issued by 23 Jul 2019

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

    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 honourees

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

    17 Jul 2019

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

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

    12 Jul 2019

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    Fake news and the role of the ordinary citizen

    Fake news is eroding trust in the media in Africa, fuelling hate speech and leading to violence in extreme instances...

    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 Sudan

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

    By Justin Shilad 12 Jul 2019

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