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23 June 2016 |

Students detained without charge by Sudanese intelligence agency

Students detained without charge by Sudanese intelligence agency The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado since May 2016, following a protest at the University of Khartoum.
14 June 2016 |

Lack of accountability for NGO attacks breeds impunity in Uganda

Lack of accountability for NGO attacks breeds impunity in Uganda
The severity of one of the recent attacks, in which intruders beat a security guard to death, demonstrates the urgency of addressing these attacks, for which no-one has been held responsible.
7 June 2016 |

Sagal Salad Osman, producer of a children's programme, murdered in Somalia

Sagal Salad Osman, producer of a children's programme, murdered in Somalia "The perpetrators have not only deprived a family of a breadwinner but have also deprived society of a promising journalist whose activities were anchored towards youth empowerment,” said AFEX Steering Committee Chairperson, Zoé Titus.
30 May 2016 |

African free expression network calls on Museveni to safeguard free speech

African free expression network calls on Museveni to safeguard free speech The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is calling on Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to protect free speech. AFEX's petition highlights 26 incidents of freedom of expression violations that have been perpetrated with impunity in Uganda in 2016 alone.
11 May 2016 |

DRC soldiers storm radio stations, arrest journalists in South Kivu province

DRC soldiers storm radio stations, arrest journalists in South Kivu province In FARDC operations on 8 May, soldiers raided Radio Umoja and Radio Baraka – both based in Baraka, a city near Fizi – in search of journalists who had broadcast an appeal by civil society groups for a two-day general strike in the city in protest against violent crime.
21 April 2016 |

Radio journalist beaten by members of DRC national intelligence agency

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in Democratic Republic of Congo, in condemning the beating that Radio Tomisa journalist Badylon Kawanda received from members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in the southwestern city of Kikwit on 14 April.
17 February 2016 |

Human rights violations increase as Ugandans head to polls

Human rights violations increase as Ugandans head to polls The media are critical for the success of every election. As Ugandans prepare to vote in the general elections on 18 February, The African Freedom of Expression Exchange calls on security agencies to protect all stakeholders, especially the media, and allow them to carry out their duties without intimidation or interference.
16 February 2016 |

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda's elections, says IFEX

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda's elections, says IFEX The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond.
1 February 2016 |

Government closes opposition TV stations owned by former governor of Katanga

Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo were closed on 28 January by the communication ministry, on the pretext that they have not paid their taxes.
9 September 2015 |

Congolese government bans documentary about surgeon who treats rape victims

Congolese government bans documentary about surgeon who treats rape victims DRC Information Minister Lambert Mendé has banned a documentary about Denis Mukwege, a Congolese surgeon specializing in treating women who have been raped in the course of years of fighting in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu. Mendé insists that the film "defames" the Congolese armed forces.
27 August 2015 |

Journalists and media outlets hounded in DRC as tension mounts

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journaliste in Danger (JED) are worried about a decline in the environment for journalists as Democratic Republic of Congo holds local elections, starts early campaigning for national elections, and overhauls its system of government.
5 August 2015 |

Authorities urged to investigate attacks on journalists, human rights defenders in Burundi

Authorities urged to investigate attacks on journalists, human rights defenders in Burundi The undersigned organizations denounce the continued attacks on and threats to journalists, media workers and human rights defenders, most recently the incidents in which human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa survived an attempt on his life, while journalist Esdras Ndikumana was the victim of a brutal attack by police and intelligence officials.
19 March 2015 |

AFEX condemns arrest of journalists covering civil society event in DRC

"The Congolese Government must make a determined effort towards guaranteeing freedom of expression, including media freedom, and freedom of association and assembly in line with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights in the country."
3 October 2014 |

South Sudan: Sweeping powers in National Security Service Bill will undermine free expression

South Sudan: Sweeping powers in National Security Service Bill will undermine free expression The proposed bill would mandate the National Security Service to monitor communications systems, newspapers and radio stations "in respect to security interest so as to prevent misuse by users."
30 September 2014 |

DRC: "Congo News" publisher held illegally over critical article

Mike Mukebayi Nkoso was arrested on 21 August by a group of police officers in plain clothes. He faces charges of “detrimental allegations” after publishing an article entitled "Monsengwo: shame and dishonour of a cardinal who has sold out to the government."
5 September 2014 |

Somali parliament urged to reject repressive media bill

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is appalled by the endorsement, by the Somali Council of Ministers, of a repressive media bill that severely restricts media operations and content.
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 |

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.


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