Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
A total of 183 deaths were recorded from July to December 2016 following clashes between protestors and security agents in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. To date, not one security agent has been prosecuted for any of the killings in the three countries.
Abdihamid Mohamed Osman, a Somali cameraman and video editor with Universal TV, was seriously wounded on 12 March 2017 when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Mogadishu’s Hamar-weyne district while heading to work
On 31 January 2017, anti-corruption activist Abdul Fatoma was arrested without a warrant, shortly after speaking on the radio about a national corruption scandal. Police confiscated Fatoma's passport the following day.
Internet shut down in two anglophone regions follows protests over government decision to impose French in schools and courts.
On World Radio Day, members of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) send an audio message calling on governments in the region to ensure that radio operates freely and independently.
Based in Nairobi for the past five years, British correspondent Jerome Starkey was detained without explanation at Nairobi airport on his return from a visit to the United Kingdom in December 2016 and was put on a flight back to London the next day.
Tensions continue to rise after the government cracks down on dissent following its decision to introduce the use of French language in courts and schools in English-speaking regions.
As President Kabila remains in power past his established mandate, DRC instructs telecom companies to block access to social networks and suspend internet access.
On 15 November 2016, a group of armed men in military uniforms stormed the residence of Marcel Lubala Kalala and killed him. Journaliste en Danger has called on the provincial and judicial authorities to expeditiously investigate the matter.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) to strongly condemn the arbitrary closure of Eye Radio station by the South Sudan National Security Service (NSS).
Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed faces the death penalty following a conviction on blasphemy charges.
The jamming of Radio France Internationale (a French station) and Radio Okapi (a station operated by the United Nations mission in the DRC) began on Friday without any warning or explanation.
Mahad Ali Mohamed was hit in the head by a stray bullet as he left his house for work in Galkayo. He is the third journalist to be killed in Somalia in this year.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has petitioned President Salva Kiir over the closure of the country’s leading private paper, The Nation Mirror
. In September, the National Security Service ordered the indefinite closure of The Nation Mirror
without any explanation.
Reporter Abdiasis Mohammed Ali was shot on 27 September 2016, on his way to visit his uncle in Mogadishu. Ali had worked with Radio Shabelle for more than seven years and was arrested on several occasions by the police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency in connection with his work as a journalist.
On 14 September 2016, five Internet users were arraigned before a Tanzanian Court on charges of insulting President John Magufuli on social media.
Live bullets rained down on protestors gathered to repudiate the postponement of DRC elections. Government officials report 32 deaths, but opposition tally tells a much grimmer story.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) held its 4th Annual General Meeting in Grahamstown, South Africa, on 31 August 2016. The AGM was preceded by a two-day capacity building workshop on Digital Rights Advocacy, as a follow up to a similar workshop held in Ghana in January 2016.
Following an outcry by the local and international community, including a statement issued by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Alfred Taban was granted bail on 29 July 2016.
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On July 16, 2016, agents of the National Security Service arrested Alfred Taban, Editor-in-Chief of Juba Monitor
, an independent English language daily newspaper in South Sudan. The security service accused the journalist of inciting violence, and consequently shutdown the Juba Monitor on the same day.