Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is appalled by the endorsement, by the Somali Council of Ministers, of a repressive media bill that severely restricts media operations and content.
The African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms is intended to promote human rights standards and principles of openness in Internet policy formulation and implementation on the continent.
The chairman of Shabelle Media Network and the director of SkyFM have been detained in the National Intelligence and Security Agency's underground prison, a place where suspected terrorists are being kept.
It's been 20 years since Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew the Gambian government and proclaimed himself President of the Republic. Some of the human rights violations recorded over the last 20 years include the killing of 14 protesters in April 2000 and the killing of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004.
In the resolution, the ACHPR "strongly condemns the serious violations of the right to life committed against journalists and media practitioners" and appeals for "the immediate cessation of harassment and intimidation aimed at independent media organisations" in Somalia.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange condemns the 27-year sentence imposed on Mohamed Aweys Mudey and notes that the Ethiopian media environment is characterized by the arrest of journalists.
A group of nine civil society organisations has urged countries without access to information legislation, such as Ghana, to take urgent steps to put a law in place.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange, a network of organisations who are also IFEX members, has deplored the current state of attacks, arrests, and harassments meted out to journalists in many countries on the continent, especially in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Somalia.
Representatives of freedom of expression organisations in Africa that are members of IFEX met in Accra, Ghana, on 9 and 10 December 2013 to develop a framework for regional networking in Africa.
The International Press Institute (IPI) and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) urged the Ethiopian government to release five journalists imprisoned under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, ahead of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) taking place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
Dozens of media freedom groups are calling on the Prime Minister of Somalia to rescind the arbitrary eviction order currently faced by the Shabelle Media Network. The eviction would place Radio Shabelle staff in immediate physical danger.
IFEX members issued a joint call for amendments to a deeply-flawed draft media law in Somalia before it goes to parliament for approval in August.
IFEX members sent a joint letter to President Museveni calling for an end to impunity in cases of police violence against the media, after a violent crackdown on a demonstration in May over media closures.
In a letter to Gambian president Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, a group of organization calls for and end to the harassment of Abdoublie John. Since December 2012, The National Intelligence Agency has twice arbitrarily detained John, editor of the online news website Jollof News
and a contributor to The Associated Press.
Radio Okapi was jammed after failing to submit its programme schedule to the Congolese High Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC).
Somali journalists are working in extreme conflict zones with risks that include small arms and explosives attacks, as well as the ever-increasing possibility of murder or abduction.
MFWA welcomes the move by Gambian authorities to drop charges against two journalists for seeking permission to peacefully protest the execution of death row inmates, but calls for investigation into death threats against journalists.
Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger wrote to the political coordinator of the M23 rebel movement, voicing concern about the dangers for journalists working in M23-controlled territory.
Free expression is under threat in Cameroon, according to a report submitted this week to the UN Human Rights Council by PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Internet Sans Frontières.
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Over 40 IFEX members worldwide call for the new President of Somalia to help combat impunity in the killing of journalists, revise media laws and uphold UN and African resolutions to help protect journalists.