The Committee to Protect Journalists released warnings about the safety of reporting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is on the ball these days, raising warnings about threats against journalists in the DRC and in Kenya and publishing the first of a series of reports from Burundi. Not too much to be optimistic about, though.
Congolese journalist Robert Shemahamba was taken into custody by intelligence agents after moderating a political affairs talk show program which included guests' criticisms of municipal officials of Uvira, a town in eastern Congo. The situation wedged a public split of goverment officials at the national level: The Congolese communications minister told CPJ that he hopes the interior minister will resolve the matter.
A Kenyan journalist is getting death threats for investigating – yes – the murder of another Kenyan journalists. CPJ says most Kenyan newspapers wouldn't touch the story of Francis Nyaruri, who was murdered after exposing corruption in the local administration of a Western town. Nation reporter Sam Owida was a friend of Nyaruri's and has pursued the story, which CPJ says many other journalists were afraid to touch.