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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 | Ethiopia

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 | Kenya

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 | Ethiopia

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 | Ethiopia

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 | Uganda

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 | Sudan

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 | Ethiopia

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 | Sudan

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 | Somalia

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 | Somalia

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 | Ethiopia

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 | Somalia

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 | Somalia

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 | Ethiopia

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.
21 December 2011 | Somalia

Leading journalist murdered by man in military uniform

Leading journalist murdered by man in military uniform A leading journalist who had recently reported receiving death threats was shot and killed on 18 December by an armed man in military uniform, reports the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), along with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and other international IFEX members.
14 December 2011 | Democratic Republic of Congo

Bought-off media worsen election marred in violence

Bought-off media worsen election marred in violence Just before a brutally violent and hotly contested election, Journaliste en danger (JED) condemned the lack of media standards and inaction by DRC's broadcast regulatory that have contributed to massive divisions in the country.
7 December 2011 | Uganda

Rwandan journalist shot dead in Kampala, Uganda

Rwandan journalist shot dead in Kampala, Uganda Charles Ingabire, the Rwandan exiled editor of the online publication "Inyenyeri", was shot dead by one or more unknown gunmen in a vehicle at a bar in Kampala, Uganda on 30 November, report the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and other IFEX members. As "Inyeyeri" is highly critical of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, it is believed the early morning shooting - which killed Ingabire instantly - was carried out as a punishment for Ingabire's writings.
5 October 2011 | Burundi

Journalists defy media blackout on Gatumba massacre

Journalists defy media blackout on Gatumba massacre Journalists are courageously defying a government order not to report on the Gatumba shooting massacre that left more than 35 people dead in Burundi last month, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). It appears to be part of a pattern of censorship.
21 September 2011 | Ethiopia

Reporter named in WikiLeaks flees amid crackdown on dissent

Reporter named in WikiLeaks flees amid crackdown on dissent An Ethiopian journalist was forced to flee the country earlier this month after being named in a WikiLeaks cable - the first time a leaked cable has caused direct repercussions for a journalist, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). His case is part of a broadening crackdown on dissent in Ethiopia, say CPJ and other IFEX members.


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