Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
In FARDC operations on 8 May, soldiers raided Radio Umoja and Radio Baraka – both based in Baraka, a city near Fizi – in search of journalists who had broadcast an appeal by civil society groups for a two-day general strike in the city in protest against violent crime.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in Democratic Republic of Congo, in condemning the beating that Radio Tomisa journalist Badylon Kawanda received from members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in the southwestern city of Kikwit on 14 April.
The government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo should immediately cease its suppression of independent voices ahead of presidential elections, scheduled for April 24, a group of human rights and democracy organisations says.
Free expression organisations join the Media Foundation for West Africa in calling on African regional body to pressure The Gambia to release journalist Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay.
The media are critical for the success of every election. As Ugandans prepare to vote in the general elections on 18 February, The African Freedom of Expression Exchange calls on security agencies to protect all stakeholders, especially the media, and allow them to carry out their duties without intimidation or interference.
The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond.
Representatives of 19 of the most prominent freedom of expression organisations in Africa have been equipped with knowledge, skills and strategies needed to engage stakeholders on digital rights issues, following a two-day capacity building workshop organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange.
Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo were closed on 28 January by the communication ministry, on the pretext that they have not paid their taxes.
Organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), the workshop aims to deepen participants' knowledge of online advocacy and develop strategies to create an Internet environment that fosters innovation, information sharing and development.
DRC Information Minister Lambert Mendé has banned a documentary about Denis Mukwege, a Congolese surgeon specializing in treating women who have been raped in the course of years of fighting in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu. Mendé insists that the film "defames" the Congolese armed forces.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journaliste in Danger (JED) are worried about a decline in the environment for journalists as Democratic Republic of Congo holds local elections, starts early campaigning for national elections, and overhauls its system of government.
The undersigned organizations denounce the continued attacks on and threats to journalists, media workers and human rights defenders, most recently the incidents in which human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa survived an attempt on his life, while journalist Esdras Ndikumana was the victim of a brutal attack by police and intelligence officials.
Four years after Sierra Leone Journalist Ibrahim Foday's death, members of IFEX join the Media Foundation for West Africa in calling for more rapid progress.
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."
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. 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."
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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.