Central and Eastern Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
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.
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.
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.
Shocking abduction and killing of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others causes alarm in the face of reports suggesting police officers were involved.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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."
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."
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.