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2 May 2017 |

Is Dawit Isaak alive?

Is Dawit Isaak alive? That's the question 33 NGOs are asking Eritrea this World Press Freedom Day, after the Cano prize-winning journalist remains unheard from since 2005.
11 April 2017 |

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for "anti-national activity"

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for Independent journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon was accused of allegedly making comments against Somaliland's president while expressing support for the president of Somalia on social media.
10 April 2017 |

Uganda's glimpse of hope

Uganda's glimpse of hope 2017 is turning out to be a hopeful year for Uganda, as justice is finally being served for numerous violations against journalists.
5 April 2017 |

African free expression network concerned for safety of journalists in Somalia

African free expression network concerned for safety of journalists in Somalia Between 25 January and 1 April 2017, a total of 11 journalists and one media organisation have been attacked in Somalia, making it one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in Africa.
21 March 2017 |

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016 A total of 183 deaths were recorded from July to December 2016 following clashes between protestors and security agents in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. To date, not one security agent has been prosecuted for any of the killings in the three countries.
15 March 2017 |

Somali cameraman wounded in Mogadishu car bomb attack

Somali cameraman wounded in Mogadishu car bomb attack Abdihamid Mohamed Osman, a Somali cameraman and video editor with Universal TV, was seriously wounded on 12 March 2017 when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Mogadishu’s Hamar-weyne district while heading to work
8 February 2017 |

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation Based in Nairobi for the past five years, British correspondent Jerome Starkey was detained without explanation at Nairobi airport on his return from a visit to the United Kingdom in December 2016 and was put on a flight back to London the next day.
16 December 2016 |

Presidential mandate ends, major censorship begins

Presidential mandate ends, major censorship begins
As President Kabila remains in power past his established mandate, DRC instructs telecom companies to block access to social networks and suspend internet access.
18 November 2016 |

Congolese journalist murdered in own home

Congolese journalist murdered in own home On 15 November 2016, a group of armed men in military uniforms stormed the residence of Marcel Lubala Kalala and killed him. Journaliste en Danger has called on the provincial and judicial authorities to expeditiously investigate the matter.
16 November 2016 |

South Sudanese radio station arbitrarily shut down by security service

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) to strongly condemn the arbitrary closure of Eye Radio station by the South Sudan National Security Service (NSS).
9 November 2016 |

Radio France Internationale and Radio Okapi's airwaves jammed in DRC

The jamming of Radio France Internationale (a French station) and Radio Okapi (a station operated by the United Nations mission in the DRC) began on Friday without any warning or explanation.
8 November 2016 |

Caught in the crossfire: Radio journalist killed in central Somalia

Mahad Ali Mohamed was hit in the head by a stray bullet as he left his house for work in Galkayo. He is the third journalist to be killed in Somalia in this year.
1 November 2016 |

African free speech network calls on South Sudan's president to reopen newspaper

African free speech network calls on South Sudan's president to reopen newspaper The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has petitioned President Salva Kiir over the closure of the country’s leading private paper, The Nation Mirror. In September, the National Security Service ordered the indefinite closure of The Nation Mirror without any explanation.
28 September 2016 |

Radio Shabelle reporter second journalist shot and killed in Somalia this year

Radio Shabelle reporter second journalist shot and killed in Somalia this year Reporter Abdiasis Mohammed Ali was shot on 27 September 2016, on his way to visit his uncle in Mogadishu. Ali had worked with Radio Shabelle for more than seven years and was arrested on several occasions by the police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency in connection with his work as a journalist.
22 September 2016 |

Police brutality leaves over 30 dead

Police brutality leaves over 30 dead Live bullets rained down on protestors gathered to repudiate the postponement of DRC elections. Government officials report 32 deaths, but opposition tally tells a much grimmer story.
2 August 2016 |

Prominent South Sudanese journalist released after 2 weeks in detention

Following an outcry by the local and international community, including a statement issued by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Alfred Taban was granted bail on 29 July 2016.
28 July 2016 |

Twelve days on, South Sudanese journalist still in detention

On July 16, 2016, agents of the National Security Service arrested Alfred Taban, Editor-in-Chief of Juba Monitor, an independent English language daily newspaper in South Sudan. The security service accused the journalist of inciting violence, and consequently shutdown the Juba Monitor on the same day.
18 July 2016 |

Nine months after, Radio Publique Africaine technician still detained

Nine months after, Radio Publique Africaine technician still detained The peculiar case of a radio worker in secret detention in the Congo who is accused of both spying for Rwanda and aiming to destabilize Burundi.
11 July 2016 |

Somali journalists arrested following interviewees' criticism of food aid distribution

On 9 July 2016, security forces raided the premises of City FM, shut down the radio station and arrested the editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief. The journalists had broadcast interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who accused the administration of "misappropriating" food aid.
5 July 2016 |

AFEX urges Sudanese government to end massive crackdown on free speech

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is deeply concerned about the continued wave of attacks on freedom of expression in Sudan. Some of these violations include the arbitrary arrest of journalists and media professionals, confiscation of publications, and the suspension of media houses.


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