African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX)

Contradictions by top officials coupled with misinformation and disinformation has characterised Liberia’s fight against COVID-19.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed breaks his promise to uphold freedom of expression and media rights as incidents of internet shutdowns and the persecution of journalists mount up.

Somalia remains one of the most dangerous places for the media to operate in, with reporters facing the risk of arbitrary arrests, assaults, threats and even death from state agents and rebel groups.

Media practitioners and media outlets are coming under increasingly callous attacks while trying to cover the deadly #ENDSARS protests gripping Nigeria.

Experts in Africa have urged civil society and the public to maintain vigilance on the COVID-19 laws, policies and practices on data protection and freedom of expression adopted in their various countries in order to advocate for their repeal once the situation no longer demands such measures.

The presidential appointment of Boubabacar Yacine Diallo as the new head of Haute Autorité de la Communication (HAC) is being seen as a move to control Guinea’s media sector.

IPC says the imposition of a fine by the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission on radio station 99.3FM Lagos, for remarks made by a guest on the morning show, is both excessive and unfair.

The regional coalition Africa Freedom of Expression Exchangen has called on the Zimbabwean government to immediately drop charges against Chin’ono and ensure an enabling environment for journalists to work in.

The Gambia Press Union awaits adoption of the Access To Information draft bill 2019, recently tabled for consideration at the National Assembly.

Diverse, free and independent media is under severe threat as the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the financial viability of media outlets in the region.

South African journalist Paul Nthoba was forced to seek refuge in neighbouring Lesotho following intimidating behaviour by police in Ficksburg.

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange condemns the killing of Said Yusuf Ali and expresses concern at the relentless attacks on journalists.

Regional organisation AFEX is calling on Burundian authorities to reconsider the sentencing handed out to the #IWACU4 and unconditionally release the journalists.

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) commemoration of IDEI with Zimbabwean partners and stakeholders focused on “Journalists’ Security for Free, Open and Informed Societies”.