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Botswana police use Israeli Cellebrite Tech to search another journalist’s phone

JONATHAN ROZEN TSAONE Basimanebotlhe was not expecting security agents to appear at her home in a village outside Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, in July 2019, she told CPJ in a recent interview. But they didn’t come to arrest or charge her, she recalled – they came for her devices, hunting for the source for an article published by her employer, Mmegi newspaper. Basimanebotlhe, a politics reporter, said she surrendered her phone and password to the agents after they presented a warrant and could not find her computer. A…
CPJ announces 2021 International Press Freedom awardees

CPJ announces 2021 International Press Freedom awardees

The Committee to Protect Journalists will honor four courageous journalists from Belarus, Guatemala, Mozambique, and Myanmar with the 2021 International Press Freedom Awards. All four have reported during a historically turbulent time, covering protests and political upheaval in their countries. “In the midst of a battle over the control of information, these journalists are on the side of the people, covering events, informing communities, and ensuring accountability,” said Joel Simon, CPJ executive director. “They have paid a price, confronting violence, harassment, repression, and…

Trial of Moroccan journalists raises fears of repression

AHMED ELJETCHTIMI NEW hearings have taken in the trials of two dissident journalists in Morocco accused of sexual assault, whose detention rights groups see as evidence of increasing state repression and a push to silence dissent. The two men, Soulimane Raisouni and Omar Radi, who both deny the accusations against them, have spent a year in pre-trial detention and Raisouni has been on hunger strike for over two months, raising concerns about his health. The cases have brought into focus fears that the…

Al-Jazeera TV says Tunisian police storm its office

Al-Jazeera television has revealed that Tunisian police had stormed its bureau in the capital Tunis, expelling all the staff, after President Kais Saied late on Sunday ousted the government in a move his foes called a coup. – Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Unresolved: Three years on, police officer who killed cameraman Abdirizak Qasim Iman is not yet apprehended

Sahra Ismail Ali, mother of Abdirizak holds a mobile phone with the photo of her deceased son Abdirizak during an interview with SJS. | Photo Credit/SJS. Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) has called for Somali federal authorities and those in Galmudug State to arrest the police officer who shot dead SBS TV cameraman, Abdirizak Qasim Iman in Mogadishu on 26 July, 2018.   Abdirizak, then 19-year-old, was returning from a normal assignment at the SIMAD University in Mogadishu, after covering the graduation event there. On the way to his home a police officer stopped Abdirizak’s bajaj, a three-wheeled auto rickshaw taxi and then shot…

Ethiopia's media regulator suspends Addis Standard

The Ethiopian media regulator suspended the license of popular English-language online news website, the Addis Standard, on Thursday, July 15, for allegedly “advancing the agenda of a terrorist group”. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the suspension as a grave threat to media freedom and called on the Ethiopian authorities to revoke the decision. According to a statement issued by the Ethiopia Media Authority (EMA) “the media has been a platform to advance the terrorist group’s agenda” in what is considered to be a likely reference to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The Ethiopian Government designated the TPLF as…

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