Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
Articles by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

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.

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 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.

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A directive requiring journalists in The Gambia to be screened for accreditation to cover the President was withdrawn followed by a discussion between The Gambia Press Union and the Director of Press and Public Relations.

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.

A demonstration dubbed 'Fabewoso - Bring it on' raises awareness about the high rate of corruption in the country, in Accra, Ghana, 26 May 2017, CRISTINA ALDEHUELA/AFP/Getty Images

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.