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Journalism in East Africa just got tougher: CPJ

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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.

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