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17 June 2016 |

DRC's peaceful waves

DRC's peaceful waves How a DRC station encouraged people to lay down arms and embrace plurality.
11 March 2016 |

From radio silence to virtual airwaves: A conversation with SOS Médias Burundi

From radio silence to virtual airwaves: A conversation with SOS Médias Burundi How the destruction of private radio stations affects access to information about the Burundi crisis, and what one anonymous media collective is doing about it.
17 February 2016 |

"Will I get hurt?" Questions journalists covering Uganda's elections are likely asking

Journalists ask questions. That’s their job. But their questions should never have to be about whether they can safely report on a matter in the public interest, or whether they will make it out of an election period alive.
27 August 2015 |

Face to face with Somalia's Warriors from the North

Face to face with Somalia's Warriors from the North Danish-Somali director Nasib Farah spoke to IFEX about his latest documentary, Warriors from the North, and what it was like getting up close and personal with young Al-Shabaab fighters and defectors.
7 May 2015 |

Murder of Somali radio journalist latest in series of attacks in Baidoa

On 30 April 2015, Daud Ali Omar and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, were shot dead by unidentified assailants while they were sleeping in their home, according to news reports and local journalists.
20 November 2014 |

Somali journalist murdered in Puntland on heels of campaign against impunity

Abdirisaq Ali Abdi was shot multiple times by unknown gunmen on 18 November 2014. His murder comes on the heels on the UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and during IFEX's End Impunity campaign.
2 May 2013 |

Reyot Alemu and the crime of courage

Reyot Alemu and the crime of courage By awarding Reyot Alemu with the 2013 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, UNESCO is recognizing the imprisoned journalist’s courage in the face of the Ethiopian government’s hostility towards press freedom.
4 March 2013 |

Ushahidi: The next Kenya election coverage challenge

Ushahidi: The next Kenya election coverage challenge Can a crowd-sourced map of election-related incidents help Kenya have a free and fair vote this month and prevent the level of violence that erupted after the 2007 elections?
27 June 2012 |

Journalists face life imprisonment on trumped-up terrorism charges

Journalists face life imprisonment on trumped-up terrorism charges A journalist in Ethiopia and another in Burundi are facing life behind bars after shocking verdicts in unrelated cases but with almost identical anti-terrorism charges, say IFEX members.
20 June 2012 |

Government to ban Skype, other online tools

To protect the state-owned telecom provider, the Ethiopian government has introduced legislation that will make using online communication tools such as Skype punishable by up to 15 years in jail, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
13 June 2012 |

Police apologise for attacks on media, promise reforms

Police apologise for attacks on media, promise reforms Following months of attacks on journalists, the head of the Ugandan police force has created a press unit that will receive and investigate complaints of press freedom violations, report the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19 and Freedom House.
23 May 2012 |

Clashes with South Sudan stoke crackdown on dissent

Clashes with South Sudan stoke crackdown on dissent In the wake of recent fighting with South Sudan, IFEX spells out five key ways that Sudan has stepped up its crackdown on critics.
9 May 2012 |

Journalist could face death penalty at verdict

Journalist could face death penalty at verdict Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega and other activists accused of inciting terrorism could face the death penalty, report PEN American Center and other IFEX members, whom Nega has worked with. The case was heard in court on 11 May and postponed to 21 June.
11 April 2012 |

Security services find new way of censoring critics

The Sudanese authorities have resorted to bankrupting the media as a new way of silencing dissent, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI).
4 April 2012 |

Seven journalists among those seriously injured in suicide bombing

Seven journalists among those seriously injured in suicide bombing At least four people were killed and scores were wounded, including seven journalists, when a bomb exploded at Somalia's national theatre at a ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of Somali National Television, report ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
7 March 2012 |

IFEX members call for UN intervention after another journalist killed

IFEX members call for UN intervention after another journalist killed So far this year, a journalist has been killed each month in Somalia. And with one of the worst impunity records worldwide, it is likely the murderers will walk free, say the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and other IFEX members, which are calling for urgent UN intervention.
1 February 2012 |

More journalists get jail time on anti-terrorism charges

In another sign of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's worsening repression, a U.S.-based journalist was sentenced to life in prison on anti-terrorism charges, while two other journalists were given heavy prison sentences, report the Ethiopian Free press Journalists' Association (EFJA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and other IFEX members.
1 February 2012 |

Journalist's murder highlights country's notoriety as most dangerous place in Africa for media

Journalist's murder highlights country's notoriety as most dangerous place in Africa for media The director of the leading private radio and television network in southern Somalia was murdered last week, report the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and other IFEX members. Hassan Osman Abdi, a senior journalist and director of Shabelle Media Network, was shot dead outside his home in Mogadishu on 28 January, after being followed by five men in a sedan, says NUSOJ.
18 January 2012 |

Independent journalists arrested in unprecedented numbers

Somalia's breakaway territory Somaliland has shut down a private television station it accuses of airing anti-government propaganda, and arrested 21 journalists who protested the move, report the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and other IFEX members.
4 January 2012 |

Swedish journalists given 11 years on terrorism charges

Swedish journalists given 11 years on terrorism charges Ethiopia sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail last week on charges of supporting terrorism after the pair illegally entered the country with a Somali rebel group, report IFEX's international members. Photojournalist Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye were arrested by Ethiopian security forces in July during a gunfight between Ethiopian soldiers and rebels in the no-go region of Ogaden, and were put on trial in October.


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