In stable East Africa, journalists and their freedoms become targets

By Sudarsan Raghavan, November 21, 2013

NAIROBI — In Kenya, one of the continent’s bastions of democracy, a new bill threatens to impose stiff penalties on journalists for articles deemed harmful by the government. In neighboring Tanzania, where President Obama visited this past summer, the government has shut down independent newspapers. And in Burundi, a new law forces journalists to reveal sources or face heavy fines.

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