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23 June 2016 |

Students detained without charge by Sudanese intelligence agency

Students detained without charge by Sudanese intelligence agency The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado since May 2016, following a protest at the University of Khartoum.
14 June 2016 |

Lack of accountability for NGO attacks breeds impunity in Uganda

Lack of accountability for NGO attacks breeds impunity in Uganda
The severity of one of the recent attacks, in which intruders beat a security guard to death, demonstrates the urgency of addressing these attacks, for which no-one has been held responsible.
7 June 2016 |

Sagal Salad Osman, producer of a children's programme, murdered in Somalia

Sagal Salad Osman, producer of a children's programme, murdered in Somalia "The perpetrators have not only deprived a family of a breadwinner but have also deprived society of a promising journalist whose activities were anchored towards youth empowerment,” said AFEX Steering Committee Chairperson, Zoé Titus.
30 May 2016 |

African free expression network calls on Museveni to safeguard free speech

African free expression network calls on Museveni to safeguard free speech The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is calling on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to protect free speech. AFEX's petition highlights 26 incidents of freedom of expression violations that have been perpetrated with impunity in Uganda in 2016 alone.
11 May 2016 |

DRC soldiers storm radio stations, arrest journalists in South Kivu province

DRC soldiers storm radio stations, arrest journalists in South Kivu province 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.
21 April 2016 |

Radio journalist beaten by members of DRC national intelligence agency

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.
4 April 2016 |

Ahead of elections, Equatorial Guinea must cease suppression of independent voices

Ahead of elections, Equatorial Guinea must cease suppression of independent voices 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.
2 March 2016 |

Release journalist detained in violation of African Court ruling

Release journalist detained in violation of African Court ruling 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.
17 February 2016 |

Human rights violations increase as Ugandans head to polls

Human rights violations increase as Ugandans head to polls 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.
16 February 2016 |

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda's elections, says IFEX

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda's elections, says IFEX 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.
4 February 2016 |

African free expression groups to engage stakeholders on Internet rights and freedoms

African free expression groups to engage stakeholders on Internet rights and freedoms

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.
1 February 2016 |

Government closes opposition TV stations owned by former governor of Katanga

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.
22 January 2016 |

African free expression groups hold digital rights advocacy workshop

African free expression groups hold digital rights advocacy workshop 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.
9 September 2015 |

Congolese government bans documentary about surgeon who treats rape victims

Congolese government bans documentary about surgeon who treats rape victims 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.
27 August 2015 |

Journalists and media outlets hounded in DRC as tension mounts

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.
5 August 2015 |

Authorities urged to investigate attacks on journalists, human rights defenders in Burundi

Authorities urged to investigate attacks on journalists, human rights defenders in Burundi 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.
11 June 2015 |

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday 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.
26 March 2015 |

Drop defamation charges against author of "Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola"

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.
23 March 2015 |

Mauritania: Release Mohamed Mkhaïtir, blogger sentenced to death for apostasy

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.
19 March 2015 |

AFEX condemns arrest of journalists covering civil society event in DRC

"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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