Freedom of Expression Tracker: Censored

Censored – Incidents where governments or other actors stop information from being communicated. For example, by issuing a gagging order, forcing editorial changes, using legislation like interdicts and court orders to stop information from being published, shutting down or suspending production and confiscating equipment or materials. We report the number of media workers or media organisations involved.


The media has been awash with reports of shortage of drugs and financial challenges affecting the health sector. The warning from the Ministry of Health Principal Secretary is widely seen as an attempt to centralize information and gag district health officers from talking to the media on the challenges affecting the sector. 


Journalists covering a parliament session were forced by authorities to switch off their mobile phones during the session. One of the journalists who had queried the reason as to why they were required to switch off their phones, was escorted out of the press gallery.


The Sunday Standard has carried a series of stories regarding the alleged corruption by DIS Director Mr Isaac Kgosi. The Newspaper was ordered to return to the DCEC any materials, information from Kgosi's docket. DCEC is currently investigating Kgosi on several corruption allegations. The Newspaper had promised readers more exposes before the DCEC sought intervention.