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Journalists Not Terrorists

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Journalists Not Terrorists

In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had...

Journalists Not Terrorists

About This Report This report was written and researched by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJ’s Africa Research Associate contributed research....

Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017...

Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press

New York, September 20, 2017--Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that...

Cameroon publisher detained for more than eight months

Police arrested Mofor Ndong, the Bamenda-based publisher of the independent bi-monthly newspaper, Voice of the Voiceless, on February 9, 2017 in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking Southwest region, according to media reports....

Calls for Republic of the Congo president to free jailed Talassa editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontières write to Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso, about Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, editor of the privately owned newspaper Talassa, who has been jailed without charge since January.

Blog: Turkey Crackdown Chronicle: Week of September 17, 2017

Journalists accused of being members of terrorist organization A Turkish court on September 15 formally arrested and jailed reporter Kemal Özer on accusations of being a member of a terrorist organization, according to his employer, the daily Evrensel. Özer had been in custody since September 2, CPJ documented....

CPJ calls on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to reaffirm his commitment to ensuring journalists' safety

CPJ calls on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to publically denounce the recent SBU actions against the press and reaffirming his commitment to ensuring journalists' safety.

Bangladesh detains two Myanmar journalists covering Rohingya crisis

New York, September 15, 2017--Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release two Myanmar journalists who police detained on September 7 and drop all charges against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

CPJ to release report on Cameroon's press freedom crackdown

New York, September 15, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," on September 20. Cameroonian authorities have used a broad anti-terror law, enacted in 2014, to arrest and threaten local journalists who report...

Photojournalist charged with terrorism in Turkey

New York, September 15, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Turkish authorities to immediately release photojournalist Ça?da? Erdo?an, and drop the anti-state charges against him. An Istanbul court on September 13 formally charged Erdo?an with terrorism, according to the volunteer journalist collective 140journos....

Moroccan video blogger sentenced to 10 months in prison

A Moroccan court on August 18, 2017 sentenced video blogger Mohamed Taghra to 10 months in prison for criminal defamation after he published a report on local police corruption in the country's central Souss-Massa region, the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and the Arab Bloggers Union reported....

Radio Free Asia suspends operations in Cambodia

Bangkok, September 14, 2017--The U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) has suspended its news operations in Cambodia amid a rising clampdown on independent media, according to news reports....

Somali journalist dies after suicide bomber targets café

Nairobi, September 14--Somali broadcast journalist Abdullahi Osman Moalim died yesterday from injuries sustained on September 10 when a suicide bomber attacked a café in Beldweyne where members of the press gather, Somalia's Minister of Information, Abdirahman Omar Osman, and the journalist's colleagues, told CPJ....

Montenegrin journalist threatened

New York, September 13, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Montenegrin authorities to ensure the safety of Vladimir Otasevic, a reporter with the national opposition daily newspaper Dan (Day)....

Blog: From power cuts to powerful threats, Venezuela's indigenous journalists face a series of challenges in their reporting

Three twentysomethings huddle over a desk in a small room in Tucupita, a low-slung city of about 90,000 people that spills across the Orinoco river delta region in northeastern Venezuela. Far from the tear gas and street conflicts roiling cities including Caracas and Valencia, these journalists are focused on...

Pakistan charges two journalists under anti-terror law

Pakistani authorities charged two journalists with publishing and distributing anti-state material on September 20, 2016, according to a member of a local nongovernmental organization who is familiar with the case but did not want to be named for fear of retribution. Authorities in the northwest Gilgit-Baltistan region arrested Daulat Jan...

Indian authorities detain local photojournalist, accuse him of throwing stones

New Delhi, September 11, 2017--Indian authorities should immediately release Kamran Yousuf, a freelance photojournalist who was working in the Jammu and Kashmir region and has been held without charge since September 4, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

Blog: On the front lines of reporting in Guerrero, Mexico's most-violent state

Several months ago, during a three-day journalism congress in Mexico City, a reporter from the southern Mexican state of Guerrero took out his cell phone and scrolled through a series of pictures. The photos showed teenagers smiling at the camera, carrying automatic rifles, and sporting bulletproof vests....

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