Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais faces defamation charges over a book which describes how Angolan military officials and private security companies committed human rights abuses against Angolan villagers in the course of diamond mining operations.
During his trial, the judge told Mohamed Mkhaïtir that he was accused of apostasy for "speaking lightly" of the Prophet Mohamed. This is the first death sentence imposed in Mauritania for apostasy since independence in 1960.
"The Congolese Government must make a determined effort towards guaranteeing freedom of expression, including media freedom, and freedom of association and assembly in line with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights in the country."
They don't write for The New York Times
or The Daily Mail
. And the Swazi government is counting on just that to keep Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko in jail for criticizing the judiciary.
The proposed bill would mandate the National Security Service to monitor communications systems, newspapers and radio stations "in respect to security interest so as to prevent misuse by users."
Mike Mukebayi Nkoso was arrested on 21 August by a group of police officers in plain clothes. He faces charges of “detrimental allegations” after publishing an article entitled "Monsengwo: shame and dishonour of a cardinal who has sold out to the government."
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.
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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.