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Morocco’s king pardons journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

Morocco’s king Mohammed VI has pardoned a female journalist jailed for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Hajar Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage and jailed for a year in September. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The justice ministry said on Wednesday that the king’s intervention in…

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Gambia: Talented journalist and activist dies in car crash

A young and talented Gambian journalist, Sise Jaha Sawaneh has reportedly died in a car crash on Wednesday. Sawaneh was a very popular activist for peace and social development in Gambia. The Gambia Press Union said in a statement that she was “involved in a car accident that happened in Kiang and claimed the lives of two others.” The statement said “until her death, Sise worked as a reporter at the Gambia Radio and Television Services. She previously worked at various media organisations, including The Standard, Today Newspaper and Star…

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The Moroccan journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

A Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been jailed for a year by a court for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage, Al Jazeera reported. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The journalist was arrested on August 31 this year while leaving a…

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Ghana: Soldiers force journalist to weed as punishment

A Ghanaian journalist was this week forced by some military officers to weed for an hour as punishment. Mr James Harry Obeng, according to state newspaper, Ghanaian Times alleged that he was manhandled by the soldiers at Michelle Camp, near the capital, Accra for no reason. The journalist has now reported the case to the country’s Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). According to Mr Obeng the soldiers made him weed for one hour before asking him to go. He alleges that the incident occurred during a controversy…

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French journalist Camille Lepage killed in CAR

Ms Lepage had been working in CAR for several months French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say. The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a French patrol stopped a car driven by Christian anti-balaka militia in the Bouar region, a statement said. She had reportedly been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting. Camille Lepage’s work has been widely published, including by the BBC. She had also worked for…

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RWANDA SECURITY OPERATIVES ASSASSINATE A RWANDAN JOURNALIST IN KAMPALA, UGANDA

RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS PRESS RELEASE December 5, 2011 On Friday 2nd December 2011, Andrew Bagala of the Monitor Newspaper in Uganda reported that the editor of Rwanda’s Inyenyeri news Charles Ingabire who had sought refuge in Uganda for political reasons was shot dead at a Kampala pub. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Mr Ibin Ssenkumbi confirmed the murder. On Sunday 4th December 2011, Andrew Bagala again reported in the Monitor that mourners at the requiem of Ingabire funeral were hiding their faces. Andrew Bagala further reported ‘One by one, the mourners…

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