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Biram Dah Abeid is an award-winning anti-slavery activist, the descendant of former slaves, and the founder of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania. In 2014, he was jailed for "illegal assembly and rebellion", "encouraging rebellion" and "refusal to carry out orders given by the administrative authorities,” and finally released from prison in May 2016. His release has been followed by a crackdown on other anti-slavery activists.
Jelili Atiku uses his art and body to take on extrajudicial murders, the oil industry and Boko Haram. And he is not afraid to unleash "Aragamago" to end conflict in Nigeria.
One of the few women journalists in Liberia, Mae Azango has taken on the taboo topic of female genital mutilation (FGM). Her tenacity and fearlessness has led a previously reluctant Liberian government to move towards banning the practice.
The Cameroonian poet who got himself kicked out of prison.
Hear how the Media Foundation for West Africa's project is helping those who report on Ebola, and those who rely on that reporting to stay healthy.
Media crackdowns in Liberia and Sierra Leone may be cutting off access to potentially life-saving information about Ebola.
Listen to some of the music that Mali's musicians have put out in the face of musical censorship by religious extremists.
An overview by Freemuse of how music and musicians in Mali fared after a religious ban on music in the north.
See our timeline of what's happened since Nigeria adopted a Freedom of Information Act in May 2011.
Less than a week after bomb attacks on media houses killed at least eight in Abuja and Kaduna, the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram has released a video claiming responsibility and threatening further attacks against media groups, reports Media Rights Agenda (MRA).
The coup against the government of Guinea-Bissau has been followed by "grave" media freedom violations, including threats to journalists, a news blackout and media censorship, say the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Freedom House.
Eight years after Franco-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer mysteriously disappeared in Abidjan, his case might get a second wind with Côte d'Ivoire's new President promising a special commission of enquiry, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Mutinous soldiers who seized power last week from Mali's President Amadou Toumani Touré also occupied the headquarters of the state radio and TV broadcaster and interrupted other TV and radio shows, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Human Rights Watch. Some citizens turned to Twitter to get their news updates, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
After nearly two years of debate, the executive board of UNESCO last week approved a life sciences prize sponsored by Africa's longest-serving dictator, despite intense lobbying by IFEX members and other international and African rights groups, as well as findings from UNESCO itself that the prize violates the organisation's own rules.
A woman journalist who reported on the practice of female genital mutilation in Liberia has gone into hiding after receiving death threats, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
A former Gambian information minister has been sentenced to life for conspiring to overthrow the President with T-shirts demanding an end to dictatorship, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and ARTICLE 19.
A TV reporter was gunned down in Kano, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings on 20 January by the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
In the wake of run-off elections in Liberia, seven broadcasters were closed down after three people died during fighting between riot police and opposition supporters, reports the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP). The radio and television stations, which are perceived to be pro-opposition, have been accused of "disseminating hate speech."
A journalist was gunned down in front of his house by militants from the radical Islamic sect Boko Haram, report Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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In the week leading up to Cameroon's national elections, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) conducted a press freedom mission that concluded both the country's media laws and democratic participation require a major overhaul. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), meanwhile, reports on the detention and assault of journalists just one day before the elections.