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21 August 2014 |

Somalia: Shabelle Media Network journalists held in underground prison alongside suspected terrorists

Somalia: Shabelle Media Network journalists held in underground prison alongside suspected terrorists The chairman of Shabelle Media Network and the director of SkyFM have been detained in the National Intelligence and Security Agency's underground prison, a place where suspected terrorists are being kept.
9 April 2014 |

African Commission adopts resolution on media attacks in Somalia

African Commission adopts resolution on media attacks in Somalia In the resolution, the ACHPR "strongly condemns the serious violations of the right to life committed against journalists and media practitioners" and appeals for "the immediate cessation of harassment and intimidation aimed at independent media organisations" in Somalia.
14 March 2014 |

27-year jail sentence for Somali journalist in Ethiopia a "travesty of justice"

27-year jail sentence for Somali journalist in Ethiopia a The African Freedom of Expression Exchange condemns the 27-year sentence imposed on Mohamed Aweys Mudey and notes that the Ethiopian media environment is characterized by the arrest of journalists.
7 November 2013 | Ethiopia

Two IFEX members call for release of imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia

The International Press Institute (IPI) and World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) urged the Ethiopian government to release five journalists imprisoned under the country’s anti-terrorism laws, ahead of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) taking place in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.
25 October 2013 | Somalia

Somali government urged to rescind Radio Shabelle's eviction order

Somali government urged to rescind Radio Shabelle's eviction order Dozens of media freedom groups are calling on the Prime Minister of Somalia to rescind the arbitrary eviction order currently faced by the Shabelle Media Network. The eviction would place Radio Shabelle staff in immediate physical danger.
24 July 2013 | Somalia

35 IFEX members call for amendments to Somalia's draft media law

35 IFEX members call for amendments to Somalia's draft media law IFEX members issued a joint call for amendments to a deeply-flawed draft media law in Somalia before it goes to parliament for approval in August.
7 June 2013 | Uganda

IFEX members protest police attacks on journalists

IFEX members protest police attacks on journalists IFEX members sent a joint letter to President Museveni calling for an end to impunity in cases of police violence against the media, after a violent crackdown on a demonstration in May over media closures.
3 December 2012 | Democratic Republic of Congo

UN-run radio station blocked in DR Congo

Radio Okapi was jammed after failing to submit its programme schedule to the Congolese High Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC).
22 November 2012 | Somalia

Media organisations conduct safety training for journalists in Somalia

Somali journalists are working in extreme conflict zones with risks that include small arms and explosives attacks, as well as the ever-increasing possibility of murder or abduction.

Congolese rebel leader asked to protect journalists

Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger wrote to the political coordinator of the M23 rebel movement, voicing concern about the dangers for journalists working in M23-controlled territory.
15 October 2012 | Somalia

IFEX members call on new Somali government to protect journalists

IFEX members call on new Somali government to protect journalists Over 40 IFEX members worldwide call for the new President of Somalia to help combat impunity in the killing of journalists, revise media laws and uphold UN and African resolutions to help protect journalists.

Report condemns deteriorating press freedom in DR Congo

Reporters Without Borders and Journalist en Danger held a joint news conference in Kinshasa on the eve of the Francophonie summit to present their report on the state of freedom of information in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central Africa.
10 July 2012 | South Sudan

Step up urgent human rights reforms, says rights group

On the first anniversary of its independence, South Sudan should address impunity, release unlawfully detained prisoners and guarantee freedom of speech, says a new report by Human Rights Watch.
3 July 2012 | South Sudan

World's youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties, says RSF mission report

There has been a disturbing accumulation of incidents and isolated acts of repression or intimidation that end up undermining the climate in which journalists and media operate, RSF said.
27 June 2012 | Ethiopia

Eskinder Nega convicted of "terrorism"

Press freedom and human rights groups condemn politicised trial.
15 June 2012 | Somalia

Mission journal: Somaliland's press harassed, disappointed

Arbitrary arrests and other forms of intimidation have become the order of the day for Somaliland's press, CPJ reports.
12 June 2012 | Ethiopia

CPJ and Africa Media Initiative meet minister

In a two-hour meeting, the delegation expressed concern about continuing prosecutions of journalists, particularly under the 2009 anti-terrorism statute, which independent publishers and reporters say has a chilling effect on Ethiopia's small private media sector.
23 May 2012 | Ethiopia

Obama should raise press freedom in Africa food talks, says CPJ

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's government downplays food crises by denying journalists access to sensitive areas and censoring independent coverage.
4 May 2012 | Somalia

IFJ welcomes landmark ACHPR resolution on protection of journalists

The resolution calls on authorities and armed groups to end ongoing violations against journalists, media practitioners and organisations.
1 May 2012 | Ethiopia

Thirty-two IFEX members urge authorities to release journalist Eskinder Nega

On 1 May, jailed journalist Eskinder Nega, facing the death penalty, receives in absentia the 2012 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. Thirty-two IFEX members are calling for his release, and an end to the use of national security legislation against all writers and journalists.


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