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20 November 2017 |

45 days and counting: Cameroon's internet shutdown

45 days and counting: Cameroon's internet shutdown Within the past year, the government of Cameroon has shut down the internet in its attempt to clamp down on demonstrations in English-speaking regions of the country.
12 October 2017 |

Urgent Call on the Advancement of Citizens' Access to Information in Ghana

Urgent Call on the Advancement of Citizens' Access to Information in Ghana 34 NGOs call on the government of Ghana to ensure its citizens' right to access to information.
7 October 2017 |

Security forces kill unarmed protestors in anglophone regions of Cameroon

Security forces kill unarmed protestors in anglophone regions of Cameroon AFEX has denounced the brutality of Cameroon's security forces against unarmed civilians, reportedly killing 12 people and injuring many more in the country's English-speaking regions, as well as the government's decision to shut down the internet for the second time this year amidst protests.
21 August 2017 |

Pressure on Cameroon to release jailed RFI journalist who reported on Boko Haram

Pressure on Cameroon to release jailed RFI journalist who reported on Boko Haram Reporters Without Borders and other NGOs have formed a committee to press for the release of RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba, who was given a 10 year jail term in April 2017.
24 July 2017 |

New bill could compromise independence of Somalia Media Commission

New bill could compromise independence of Somalia Media Commission
If adopted, a new law will allow the Somali government to establish a statutory media regulatory body - the Somali Media Commission - by nominating, approving and appointing its 9 members, and compromising its independence.
6 July 2017 |

Network of African free expression groups calls for end to impunity for crimes against journalists

Network of African free expression groups calls for end to impunity for crimes against journalists AFEX deplores the increasing incidents of killings, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and detentions, threats and harassment of journalists, media professionals and activists in Africa as a threat towards the enjoyment of free expression and the ultimate development of the continent.
2 May 2017 |

Is Dawit Isaak alive?

Is Dawit Isaak alive? That's the question 33 NGOs are asking Eritrea this World Press Freedom Day, after the Cano prize-winning journalist remains unheard from since 2005.
21 April 2017 |

English-speaking Cameroonians get their internet back

English-speaking Cameroonians get their internet back What could cause a government to block the internet to specific regions for three months? In Cameroon's case, it was a conflict over the imposition of the French language in anglophone areas.
19 April 2017 |

AU Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression asked to intervene in Cameroon crisis

AU Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression asked to intervene in Cameroon crisis The African Freedom of Expression Exchange has petitioned the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
18 April 2017 |

Radio station employee shot dead in Nigeria

Radio station employee shot dead in Nigeria Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Famous Giobaro on 16 April 2017 at his residence in Yenagoa, a local government area in the Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
11 April 2017 |

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for "anti-national activity"

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for Independent journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon was accused of allegedly making comments against Somaliland's president while expressing support for the president of Somalia on social media.
10 April 2017 |

Uganda's glimpse of hope

Uganda's glimpse of hope 2017 is turning out to be a hopeful year for Uganda, as justice is finally being served for numerous violations against journalists.
5 April 2017 |

African free expression network concerned for safety of journalists in Somalia

African free expression network concerned for safety of journalists in Somalia Between 25 January and 1 April 2017, a total of 11 journalists and one media organisation have been attacked in Somalia, making it one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist in Africa.
21 March 2017 |

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016 A total of 183 deaths were recorded from July to December 2016 following clashes between protestors and security agents in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. To date, not one security agent has been prosecuted for any of the killings in the three countries.
15 March 2017 |

Somali cameraman wounded in Mogadishu car bomb attack

Somali cameraman wounded in Mogadishu car bomb attack Abdihamid Mohamed Osman, a Somali cameraman and video editor with Universal TV, was seriously wounded on 12 March 2017 when a bomb attached to his car exploded in Mogadishu’s Hamar-weyne district while heading to work
28 February 2017 |

Sierra Leone authorities arrest anti-corruption activist, confiscate passport

Sierra Leone authorities arrest anti-corruption activist, confiscate passport On 31 January 2017, anti-corruption activist Abdul Fatoma was arrested without a warrant, shortly after speaking on the radio about a national corruption scandal. Police confiscated Fatoma's passport the following day.
24 February 2017 |

39 days on, English internet still blocked in Cameroon

39 days on, English internet still blocked in Cameroon Internet shut down in two anglophone regions follows protests over government decision to impose French in schools and courts.
13 February 2017 |

A message to Africa on World Radio Day

A message to Africa on World Radio Day On World Radio Day, members of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) send an audio message calling on governments in the region to ensure that radio operates freely and independently.
8 February 2017 |

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation 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.
24 January 2017 |

Cameroon responds to free expression concerns with...an Internet shut down

Cameroon responds to free expression concerns with...an Internet shut down Tensions continue to rise after the government cracks down on dissent following its decision to introduce the use of French language in courts and schools in English-speaking regions.


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