Central and Eastern Africa - IFEX Member Campaigns
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.
As President Kabila remains in power past his established mandate, DRC instructs telecom companies to block access to social networks and suspend internet access.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.