Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
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.
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.
Reporters Without Borders and Journalist en Danger held a joint news conference in Kinshasa on the eve of the Francophonie summit to present their report on the state of freedom of information in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central Africa.
On the eve of President Alassane Ouattara's first state visit to France, RSF congratulates him on making necessary improvements but says that much more still needs to be done.
ARTICLE 19 is concerned over a spate of assaults on and threats against journalists and is calling on the authorities to take immediate action to protect them.
The declaration identifies criminal defamation and 'insult' laws as among the most severe obstacles to the future of the independent press in Africa.
On the first anniversary of its independence, South Sudan should address impunity, release unlawfully detained prisoners and guarantee freedom of speech, says a new report by Human Rights Watch.
There has been a disturbing accumulation of incidents and isolated acts of repression or intimidation that end up undermining the climate in which journalists and media operate, RSF said.
The meeting drew attention to key issues that are relevant to how the media can function more effectively in the nascent democracy.
Press freedom and human rights groups condemn politicised trial.
Rights groups organised a national conference in Accra to intensify their long campaign for passage into law of the long-delayed bill.
Representatives of key stakeholders met to develop strategies and action plans for effective implementation of the country's FOI Act.
Arbitrary arrests and other forms of intimidation have become the order of the day for Somaliland's press, CPJ reports.
In a two-hour meeting, the delegation expressed concern about continuing prosecutions of journalists, particularly under the 2009 anti-terrorism statute, which independent publishers and reporters say has a chilling effect on Ethiopia's small private media sector.
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government downplays food crises by denying journalists access to sensitive areas and censoring independent coverage.