Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
Articles by Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
A woman uses her smartphone to read the news on Twitter, in Lagos, Nigeria, 29 October 2018, PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill is regarded as a missed opportunity to lead in the push for digital rights in Nigeria as well as Africa.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook., Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 88 rights groups is calling for a transparent appeal process for user content that is restricted on Facebook.

Sauti Sol, a four-member Afro-fusion band from Nairobi, Kenya, performs at the SouthWest music festival in Austin, Texas, 14 March 2012, Kitra Cahana/ Getty Images

Unrelenting attacks on journalists in Uganda; subtle curbing of media freedom in Nigeria; excessive press accreditation fees in Mozambique; and musicians on the radar for articulating people’s frustrations.

A member of the Nigerian Police Force, wearing ceremonial dress, looks on during a Democracy Day parade in Freedom Square in Owerri, 29 May 2017, STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images

MRA calls for the immediate and unconditional release of journalist Samuel Ogundipe who is being detained for refusing to disclose the source of his information for a news report.

Ethiopians living in Germany call for the release of journalists during a protest in Berlin, 22 February 2018, Adam Berry/Getty Images

A Reference Group comprising ten African civil society organisations will lead the process of revising the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression under the direction and guidance of Commissioner Lawrence Mute, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) looks on during a news conference with Chad's Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif (R) in N'Djamena, Chad, 12 March 2018, JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images

For the second time this year, Chadian authorities have disrupted internet services in the country leaving internet users with no access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Professor Danjuma Gambo, university spokesperson and director of the University of Maiduguri radio station, works in his office, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, 4 July 2017, STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images

Media Rights Agenda is calling on Nigerian President Buhari to promptly sign the Digital Rights and Freedom Bill once it is passed by the National Asssembly.

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’ are among the top stories in Africa at the end of 2017.