Africa - Reports
The Angolan government should end its crackdown on peaceful protests and the media with the start of the election campaign on 1 August, says Human Rights Watch.
A report by HRNJ-Uganda indicates that the environment for frontline journalists is getting more risky, with attacks taking place at the hands of security agency personnel, especially the police.
ARTICLE 19 is pleased the bill intends to respect international standards for freedom of expression, but points out that improvements are still needed to safeguard the media's independence.
Political parties' compliance with proactive disclosure of information during 2011 fared lower in comparison to the 2005 elections.
Speaking at the launch of the report, CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm Joseph regretted that 2011 proved to be a "rather sad" year for free speech in Liberia.
In a new report, MRA highlights key observations from its monitoring of the implementation of the act over the past year and makes recommendations for improved levels of compliance with its provisions.
CPJ research shows that six journalists have been killed in Somalia in 2012 alone, and 42 have been killed in the last two decades, one of the highest tolls in the world.
The expansion comes as other, predominantly Western media houses are shrinking their media presence in East Africa.
RSF examines the first quarter of 2012, turning the spotlight on one of the most dangerous countries in Africa for journalists.
ARTICLE 19's submission focuses on Zambia’s compliance with its international obligations in respect of freedom of expression.
The current edition of So This Is Democracy?
documents numerous media freedom and freedom of expression violations that MISA recorded in Southern Africa during the course of 2011.
In the analysis, ARTICLE 19 emphasises that transparency in campaign financing is indispensible for embedding accountability and integral to the promotion of good governance and democracy.
The report also highlights numerous cases in which individuals were threatened, forced into hiding, and murdered as a result of their perceived political leanings.
Attacks on journalists have escalated in the past six months despite the government's commitment to adhere to international human rights principles, with 32 cases of attacks since the review by the UN Human Rights Council, says HRNJ-Uganda.
The Communications Regulatory Authority Bill is a major piece of legislation intended to consolidate and harmonise two existing and overlapping laws – the Uganda Communications Act and the Electronic Media Act.
ARTICLE 19 has found significant flaws in the laws regulating the media and free speech in the country, as well as persistent harassment and intimidation of journalists and human rights defenders.
The submission outlines areas where the country has failed to meet its legal obligations to protect freedom of expression.
ARTICLE 19 notes that only a few freedom of expression issues have been addressed during the first cycle of the UPR.
Journalists routinely face harassment, intimidation and violence for pursuing stories that tackle everything from corruption to security concerns.
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"We are a simulated democracy. Angola is really a dictatorship," said Elias Isaac, country director for the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (Osisa).