Gambia should disclose whereabouts of radio journalist

Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Gambian authorities to disclose the whereabouts, health, and legal status of Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay, a radio journalist who was last seen on July 2 with individuals reported to be Gambian state security agents. "Gambian security agents have long stoked a climate of fear for journalists working in the country," said Peter Nkanga, CPJ West Africa representative. "We call on Gambian authorities to immediately release Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay and to stop trying to silence the media through intimidation." Ceesay, the managing director of…Read more

Uganda Communications Commission directive threatens election reporting

Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda A directive issued to all broadcasters by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) poses a serious threat to freedom of expression and the media, as it attempts to restrict journalists' ability to report freely on the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections in Uganda. “As a media rights organization, we believe that this is a bold step by UCC solely intended to gag the media and compromise its independence ahead of the upcoming political developments in the country,” observed the HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala. Freedom…Read more

Nigerian journalists investigating smuggling are beaten

Committee to Protect Journalists The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns an attack on two journalists who, according to one of the journalists and news reports, were left with serious injuries after being beaten and threatened on the grounds of the Nigeria Customs Service offices on June 25. Yomi Olomofe, executive director of the privately owned community monthlyPrime Magazine, and McDominic Nkpemenyie, a correspondent with the state-funded Tide Newspaper, were assaulted by a group Olomofe claimed were smugglers, according to news reports. Olomofe told CPJ the attackers threatened to kill them to serve as…Read more

Jail term and radio station raid fuel concern in Zimbabwe

Reporters without Borders Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s government seems to be taking a tougher line with the media, raiding a community radio station and imposing a prison sentence on a journalist in the space of a week. The latest events follow weeks of gathering storm clouds for the media in Zimbabwe, a country that saw 22 media freedom violations in 2014 and whose president who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” “The two latest developments have sounded a new alarm for media freedom, which is already very…Read more

Ugandan press freedom group’s office raided for second time in 2 years

Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda A media rights body, Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has lost vital information and property to unknown persons who broke into their office premises in Kayanja Triangle Zone in Rubaga, a Kampala suburb, and made away with all desktop computers, laptops, documents and unspecified amount of money for project activities. “It is hard for us to comprehend. This was a highly sophisticated intrusion. The organization is paralyzed, a lot of our important information was taken, we can't tell what they intend to use it for.…Read more

In India, second journalist killed, burned in two weeks

Committee to Protect Journalists The burned body of a journalist was found in the Indian state of Maharashtra on Saturday, the day after he had been kidnapped, according to news reports. The murder of Sandeep Kothari is the second such one of a journalist in India in less than two weeks. "The horrific murder of another journalist in less than two weeks is alarming and is symptomatic of India's entrenched culture of impunity," said CPJ Asia Program Research Associate Sumit Galhotra. "We call on Indian authorities to launch an independent investigation into Sandeep…Read more

Journalist shot and thrown out of a car in Assam, India

International Federation of Journalists The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) in condemning the attack on a journalist in Assam, India on Thursday night, June 18, 2015. The IFJ and IJU are extremely concerned about the rise in attacks on journalists in India in recent weeks and call on the Indian Government to take immediate action. Prasanta Kumar, the Khairabari correspondent of Assamese daily Asamiya Pratidin, was shot and attacked by a group of five people while returning home from dropping a friend on his motorbike.…Read more

The Gambia must implement judgment on missing journalist Ebrima Manneh

Media Foundation for West Africa June 5 marks seven years since the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice ordered the government of The Gambia to release “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, a journalist who has been missing since July 2006, and pay his family damages of US$100,000. Unfortunately, Manneh's whereabouts remain unknown and the government has not paid the mandated compensation.Ebrima Manneh, a journalist with the Daily Observer, was arrested by plainclothes officers from the notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) at his newspaper's office on July 7, 2006. The NIA officers asked Manneh to come to…Read more

Commonwealth Secretariat celebrates 50 years

The Commonwealth Secretariat this year celebrates 50 years since it was established, and on 25 June will mark the 50th anniversary of the day in 1965 on which Arnold Smith assumed office as the first Secretary-General. The decision to establish the Secretariat had been taken a year before at a meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers in London to carry forward the innovative suggestion of setting up an impartial, independent, intergovernmental ‘central clearing house.’ It was to be ‘a visible symbol of the spirit of co-operation which animates the Commonwealth’ with core values of…Read more

Indian journalist beaten and dragged behind motorbike

Committee to Protect Journalists An Indian journalist was beaten by a group of men and dragged behind a motorcycle in Uttar Pradesh state on June 13, in apparent reprisal for his critical reporting, according to reports. The attack comes days after freelance journalist Jagendra Singh was killed in the same state in a case that local police and a minister are accused of being involved in, according to local news reports. Haider Khan, a stringer for a local TV news channel in Pilibhit district, told reporters he was attacked while following up on…Read more