“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.
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.
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.
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.
MISA-Zimbabwe is asking governments preparing to hold elections in the SADC region to ensure access to information and guarantee safety of journalists.
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.
This has been a grim month for Egyptians who seek a better life and believe in dignity and freedom.
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.
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.
At their annual general meeting held recently, AFEX discussed the increasing attacks on media freedoms and freedom of expression across the continent.
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.
Threats, insults and attacks are now part of the “occupational hazards” for journalists in many countries.
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.
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.
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.