Press behind bars as Presidents unleash their wrath at the independent media this November.
Nkutu said that the authorities had also put pressure on the paper through informal channels to fire reporter Andrew Mwenda, who wrote the article which ran on Sunday. “We haven’t been closed down but there’s a threat to close us down,” Nkutu said. He said the paper would not comply with the request to fire Mwenda, a political affairs specialist who already faces criminal charges for a talk show program that led to the closure of Monitor group radio station KFM for a week in August.
Tunisia – French journalist stabbed –
Reporter Christophe Boltanski of the French leftist daily LibÃ©ration was beaten and stabbed by four men late Friday near his hotel in the capital’s diplomatic quarter, which is heavily patrolled by police. He needed several stitches in a stab wound in his back. He returned to Paris Saturday and is recovering, his paper said.
The government began a crackdown on independent media and threatened to charge some journalists with treason, an offense that carries the death penalty, after the protests erupted. International news organizations said that more than 40 people were killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters who accused Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of rigging polls in May which returned him to power.
Cameroon – Australian freelance journalist detained and released after 2 days.
Mueller was arrested in the town of Kumbo on Friday after interviewing members of the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC), which claims a separate state for Anglophone Cameroonians. He was later transferred to the nearby town of Bamenda.
Zambia – Award winning editor of the Zambian Post charged with criminal defamation.
Fred M’membe for criticizing Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa. M’membe, editor of Zambia’s leading daily The Post, was charged and released on bail after six hours in policy custody. He is due in court tomorrow, Sam Mujuda, a lawyer for The Post, said. He faces prison if convicted.
Democratic Republic of Congo– Journalist and his wife murdered
Franck Kangundu, a veteran political affairs journalist at the independent daily La RÃ©fÃ©rence Plus, was shot dead shortly after midnight by unidentified assassins who accosted him at his home in the capital, Kinshasa. The attackers also killed Kangundu’s wife, HÃ©lÃ¨ne Mpaka