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From the Communiqué

8 December 2010

Côte d'Ivoire

Officials ban news broadcasts in wake of election chaos

Queuing to vote in this year's election in Côte d'Ivoire The authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have banned some international news broadcasts and blocked the movement of the media amid continuing chaos following the presidential election, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Both the incumbent and an opposition leader have claimed victory.
1 December 2010


Editors released conditionally on orders of President

Cameroonian journalist Robert Myinta Cameroonian journalists Robert Mintya and Serge Sabouang were released conditionally on 24 November on the order of President Paul Biya, report Journaliste en danger (JED), Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). They had been in prison since March 2010.
6 October 2010


President shows free expression commitment by signing FOI Act, opening women's radio station

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf signed into law the long-awaited freedom of information act this week, the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) is pleased to report. Coupled with her recent launch of an all-women owned radio station, it's just another example of her commitment to shifting the free expression landscape in Liberia.

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Campaigns and Advocacy

30 November 2010

Côte d'Ivoire

RSF releases assessment of media's coverage of campaign for presidential election second round

RSF is pleased with the neutral and unbiased coverage of leading state-owned broadcasters La Première and La Nationale.
25 November 2010


CJFE welcomes release of journalists Serge Sabouang and Robert Mintya

"The fact they were released the day before they were to receive their awards is proof to us that bringing international pressure to bear can have an incredible impact," said CJFE.
22 November 2010

Côte d'Ivoire

RSF's media monitoring resumes as second-round campaign gets underway

RSF is concerned to see that several newspapers have revived story subjects and slogans that are likely to fuel tension.

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2 September 2010

West Africa

Annual state of the media report

For the thirteen years that MFWA has been monitoring attacks on free expression in West Africa, 2009 was the most regrettable.
2 March 2010


CEMESP launches 2009 annual press freedom report

The state of the Liberian media in 2009 is a far cry from the freedom of expression heralded by President Sirleaf at her inauguration in 2006, says CEMESP.

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THE GAMBIA: Six years after journalist's murder, authorities urged to let media breathe 22 December 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Pro-Ouattara newspapers back on newsstands in Abidjan 21 December 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Local and international media hit by battle between rival camps for control of news 21 December 2010 GHANA: Court issues arrest warrant for radio journalist 20 December 2010 THE GAMBIA: Editor tortured under dictatorship of President Jammeh wins case at ECOWAS Court 17 December 2010 SIERRA LEONE: Minister orders arrest of several newspaper journalists 16 December 2010 BURKINA FASO: Call to combat impunity on 12th anniversary of journalist's murder 15 December 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Broadcasting regulator suspends local transmission of international news stations 6 December 2010 SENEGAL: Court convicts police officer for assaulting journalists 1 December 2010 CAMEROON: Two journalists released conditionally after nine months in prison 25 November 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Presidential election campaign turns ugly as French journalist attacked 25 November 2010 GUINEA: News media prevented from working because of post-election violence 23 November 2010 SENEGAL: Unfair libel trial ends in heavy fine, suspended jail sentence for leading journalist 18 November 2010 LIBERIA: Newspaper editor harassed by Supreme Court 11 November 2010 GUINEA: Online journalist held incommunicado, violently assaulted 8 November 2010 GABON: Managing editor released from prison 4 November 2010 LIBERIA: Newspaper faces US$5 million lawsuit 3 November 2010 GABON: Editor arrested for not paying six-year-old fine 29 October 2010 THE GAMBIA: Politically motivated ban on preacher's activities lifted 21 October 2010 NIGERIA: AMARC welcomes community radio breakthrough 21 October 2010 SIERRA LEONE: Journalist beaten by police, briefly detained 20 October 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: RSF begins monitoring media's coverage of presidential election campaign 18 October 2010 SENEGAL: Several journalists assaulted by police while covering demonstration 7 October 2010 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Prime minister calls for fair access to public media for presidential candidates 7 October 2010 LIBERIA: President signs freedom of information law 6 October 2010 See all alerts: West Africa
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