Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)

Articles by Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)

Catholic faithfuls run for cover after police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration calling for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down, in Kinshasa, 31 December 2017, JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

DRC’s descent into chaos, Ahmed Abba’s release, and Sudan’s fear of ‘indecency’: December in Africa

DRC’s descent into chaos, Ahmed Abba’s release and Sudan’s fear of ‘indecency’ are among the top stories in Africa at the end of 2017.


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.

26 year old Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore in August 2015. , Facebook

The Pakistani government must release Zeenat Shahzadi from custody

Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was recently recovered from a kidnapping. Rather than releasing her to her family, the Pakistani government is arbitrarily holding her in custody.

Ghana President elect Nana Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party, smiles on being declared the winner of the presidential election in Accra, Ghana, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016., Sunday Alamba / AP

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.

A still image taken from a video shot on 1 October 2017, shows protesters waving Ambazonian flags in front of a road block in the English-speaking city of Bamenda, Cameroon, REUTERS/via Reuters TV

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.

A protestor holds a bunch of flowers during a demonstration in Harare, Zimbabwe, 18 August 2016, AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Broken hearts and stifled words: July in Africa

Suna Venter’s broken heart, silencing Sudan’s FIFA suspension, the unsolved case of Burundi’s Jean Bigirimana, policing police in Zimbabwe and more from Somalia, Senegal, Nigeria and South Sudan.

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, listens during the London Somalia Conference, at Lancaster House, in London, 11 May 2017, Jack Hill/Pool Photo via AP

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.

Two reporters at "The Citizen" newspaper work at their desks in Juba, South Sudan, 18 June 2012, REUTERS/Adriane Ohanesian

Media websites blocked; South Sudanese denied access to information

AMDISS is concerned by the blockage of some websites namely Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj and others. This action comes on the heels of two incidents of attacks and harassment of journalists.