Attacks

Threats, harassment, assaults, and worse – intimidation as a means of suppressing free expression.

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Cuban policemen walking in the Old Plaza, in Havana, 15 March 2017, Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

“The ongoing pattern of detentions of independent journalists like Roberto Jesús Quiñones shows that recent political reforms have not improved the situation for the press,” said CPJ.

A man reads a newspaper with a story on Abiy Ahmed, newly elected leader of Ethiopia's ruling coalition, in Addis Ababa, 28 March 2018, ZACHARIAS ABUBEKER/AFP/Getty Images

Though the Ethiopian press is much freer today than before Abiy took power, CPJ spoke to over a dozen journalists and rights defenders who said that challenges remain, including the risk of attack and arrest, and a proposed law that could curtail their newly found freedoms.

A man takes part in a demonstration to mark the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Burkinabe investigative reporter Norbert Zongo, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 13 December 2018, OLYMPIA DE MAISMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Against the backdrop of World Press Freedom Day commemorations in Ethiopia this year, the AFEX network is reminding African governments to actively promote and defend freedom of expression on the continent.

Zimbabwean journalists sit with their mouths taped to protest police methods at the Harare Central Police Station, 28 July 2017, JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

The Annual Freedom of Expression Situation in Africa Report for 2018 highlights the high level of impunity on the continent for crimes against journalists, based on the 208 freedom of expression violations recorded during 2018 of which only 14 of the cases received remedial action.

A SADC election observer looks on as Zimbabwe security forces queue to vote, in Harare, 14 July 2013, JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

MISA-Zimbabwe is asking governments preparing to hold elections in the SADC region to ensure access to information and guarantee safety of journalists.

Supporters of former Peruvian President Alan Garcia gather for his funeral at the APRA headquarters in Lima, 17 April 2019, Leonardo Fernandez/Getty Images

Peruvian authorities should immediately take action to ensure the safety of journalists at news website IDL-Reporteros, and officials should refrain from making inflammatory statements blaming the outlet and its director.

The head of the Egyptian National Elections Authority (NEA) attends a press conference at the NEA's headquarters to announce the results of the referendum on the constitutional amendments, in Cairo, 23 April 2019, Mohamed El Raai/picture alliance via Getty Images

This has been a grim month for Egyptians who seek a better life and believe in dignity and freedom.

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye speaks during a press conference at his office in Kampala, 22 December 2017, ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

In the space of two weeks, two radio stations in Uganda were taken off the air, minutes into their talk shows during which they were hosting Dr. Kizza Besigye, leader of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change.

Police use teargas to disperse women protesters during a demonstration against a series of bloody crackdowns on opposition demonstrations, in Conakry, Guinea, 13 November 2018, CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images

A disturbing 152 violations ranging from killings to kidnapping, physical attacks, arrests and detentions and freedom of assembly violations were recorded during 2018 and documented by MFWA in their 2018 West Africa Freedom of Expression Monitor report.

A supporter of a jailed journalist Madiambal Diagne participates in a rally in Dakar, Senegal, 23 July 2004, SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

At their annual general meeting held recently, AFEX discussed the increasing attacks on media freedoms and freedom of expression across the continent.

Women walk through a street in Homs, Syria, 31 October 2017, Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Ali Mahmoud Othman’s family was recently told he died in detention and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body.

College students participate in a protest to defend press freedom in Manila, Philippines, 17 January 2018, NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

Threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.

People demonstrate through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on 29 March 2019, demanding the removal of President Jovenel Moïse, VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP/Getty Images

The crisis in the country worsened in the last six months with mass protests against the government’s policies and state corruption. The protests resulted in almost three dozen deaths and some one hundred injuries, among them a news photographer in an incident that brought attention to the constant danger that the press faces.

Then candidate for the presidential election George Weah (C) is surrounded by the press as he arrives to cast his ballot in Monrovia, Liberia, 26 December 2017, Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Liberian Ministry of Information has promised to investigate threats made against popular talk show host T-Max Jlateh and other journalists who are critical of President George Weah and his government.

A sound engineer and a presentor take part in a live broadcast at a radio station, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 4 July 2017, STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images

The Media Foundation for West Africa reports on the assaults, arrests and detention of several journalists in the region in its latest quarterly report on freedom of expression.

Janki Mandir (temple) in Janakpur, Nepal, 2 November 2012, By Abhishek Dutta (http://abhishekdutta.org) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23217942

Several journalists in Nepal were attacked, either while covering a protest by students or in connection with a news story.