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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.

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.

Benin President Patrice Talon speaks during a visit to the Regional stock exchange (Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières - BRVM) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 11 January 2017, ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities in Benin arrested Casimir Kpédjo, editor of newspaper Nouvelle Economie, from his home in Cotonou over an article on Benin’s debt.

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.

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 school janitor folds the Mozambican national flag at sunset inside a Public School in Nacala, 4 July 2018, GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Member organisations of the AFEX together with regional and international organisations advocating for media freedom are calling on authorities in Mozambique to unconditionally release journalist Amade Abubacar who has been in jail since January this year.

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.

Policemen stand guard outside a courthouse, in Harare, Zimbabwe, 22 August 2018, JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers intentionally shot three teargas canisters into the offices of a local media organisation in Harare and then barricaded the doors preventing staff from exiting.

Senegal's president Macky Sall (L) and The Gambia's President Adama Barrow (R) talk as they take part in the inauguration of a bridge in Farafenni, The Gambia, 21 January 2019, SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images

A directive requiring journalists in The Gambia to be screened for accreditation to cover the President was withdrawn followed by a discussion between The Gambia Press Union and the Director of Press and Public Relations.

Comoros Gendarmerie officers stand on the back of a car as they disperse opposition supporters, in Moroni, 25 March 2019, GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Journalists in the Comoros are being censored and intimidated amid a continuing political crisis in the wake of the country’s presidential election on 24 March.

People watch on TV in Mogadishu, Somalia, 15 June 2018, MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images

Armed individuals claiming to be with Somalia’s revenue authority forced their way into Universal television offices in Mogadishu and started shooting.

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz delivers a speech during the launching of a Festival, in Oualata, 20 November 2018, THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Two popular bloggers in Mauritania, Abderrahmane Weddady and Sheikh Ould Jiddou, have been detained for republishing and commenting on a story that had made the headlines in various international media outlets.

A policeman stands guard at the main gate to the residence of the presidential candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo, in Accra, Ghana, 9 December 2016, PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

Police officers involved in an altercation with journalists following a minor road accident have been suspended while an investigation is carried out. MFWA are encouraged by the action taken by the Ghana Police Service to improve the relationship between the media and the police.

Security officers stand guard during a campaign by Burundi's ruling CNDD-FDD party for a referendum, in Bujumbura, 14 May 2018, STR/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities in Burundi have expanded the suspension of the Voice of America, withdrawn the BBC’s operating licence and forbidden citizens from directly or indirectly providing information to the two institutions.

Somali soldiers arrest a civilian close to the scene of two explosions in Mogadishu, 23 March 2019, MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images

The arrest of 2 Somalian soldiers on charges of torturing and threatening two reporters, will go a long way in the fight against impunity.