Seven members of the opposition have been sentenced and charged, for staging protests opposing constitutional changes that will allow Guinea’s President Alpha Conde to seek a third term.
The Media Foundation for West Africa is concerned by the Ghanian authorities’ selective application of regulations resulting in the closure of 2 radio stations aligned to the opposition.
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.
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.
A directive requiring journalists in The Gambia to be screened for accreditation to cover the President was withdrawn followed by a discussion between The Gambia Press Union and the Director of Press and Public Relations.
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.
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.
While celebrating the passing of Ghana’s Right to Information Bill, MFWA is encouraging stakeholders to put their weight behind ensuring the effective implementation of the newly passed law.