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AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado without charges. On May 3, 2016, 17 students were expelled from the University of Khartoum following a protest held on April 27, 2016 on the university campus. Two students were reportedly shot dead by agents of the NISS during...

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Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, raided The Post newspaper and reportedly seized property at the newspaper’s printing plant bringing the paper’s operations to a halt.  This was confirmed by the managing editor Joseph Mwenda. He called the move an attempt to silence the newspaper ahead of August elections. Police and tax officials physically closed the Post newspaper’s offices in Lusaka late...

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ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

The Vubwi magistrate’s court has found PF Vubwi district Chairperson Micheal Tembo guilty of assaulting Chipata-based Post Newspaper correspondent Peter Sukwa and his Fell Free Radio counterpart Kelvin Phiri. Passing judgement in Chipata on June 20, 2016, Magistrate Moses Phiri fined Tembo K 12, 000 or in default serve nine months sentence. The magistrate gave Tembo only yesterday (Monday) to pay the fine or to...

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Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

A group of suspected ruling Patriotic Front cadres on June 13, 2016, allegedly harassed and beat up Petauke Explorers Radio security officer Joseph Nyumayo and threatened to close the station. The cadres (leader’s name withheld) stormed the radio station around 16h30 on Monday and allegedly harassed and beat up Joseph Nyamuyo a Security officer for refusing them entry into the studio to fish out Petauke Central independent...

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ZIMBABWE: Zanu PF youths assault journalist

ZIMBABWE: Zanu PF youths assault journalist

Albert Masaka a journalist with the weekly Standard newspaper was on 18 June 2016 reportedly assaulted by ruling Zanu PF youths who were on the rampage in Harare’s dormitory town of Chitungwiza. According to the Standard, the youths, armed with stones and sticks, slapped and kicked Masaka before taking his bag and other valuables. Members of the riot police rescued him from the assault resulting...

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MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing  inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia has appealed to Namibian citizens to refrain from sharing images that depict children and others in unhealthy, painful, unlawful and inappropriate situations. The media advocacy group pointed to two images which it says were being shared on WhatsApp, and maybe other social media platforms, that depict the two girls reported on in today’s media, in very sickening situations. “Even though we do not now know who they are, they...

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New charges against Beitbridge journalist

New charges against Beitbridge journalist

Journalist Wellington Mukanhaire has been summoned by the State to appear in court yet again but on different charges following his February 2016 arrest in Zimbabwe’s southern border town of Beitbridge. Mukanhaire was initially charged with contravention of Section 83 (1) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) which criminalised practicing journalism without accreditation. However,  the charges were withdrawn before plea...

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MISA mourns the passing of a dear friend, Peter Schellschmidt

MISA mourns the passing of a dear friend, Peter Schellschmidt

It is with great sorrow that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) learned of the passing on June 7, 2016, of Peter Schellschmidt. He died at the age of 71, after a long battle with cancer. Peter witnessed Namibia’s transition to independence during his time as representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (from 1989 to 1993) and returned to the country as the coordinator...

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Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

The Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition today commended Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) for earnestly initiating the process of drafting both an access to information (ATI) law and updating the information policy for Namibia. This comes against the backdrop of MICT authorities having released for consultation and discussion both a draft ATI working document and a draft of the revised National Information...

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AFEX Condemns Barbaric Murder of Female Journalist in Somalia

AFEX Condemns Barbaric Murder of Female Journalist in Somalia

The African Freedom of Expression joins the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) to strongly condemn the barbaric killing of Sagal Salad Osman, a female journalist working with state-controlled Somali National Television station (SNTV). According to NUSOJ, a member of AFEX, Sagal Salad Osman (24) who worked for the government-controlled TV station was on June 5, 2016, shot dead at Banadir Junction in Hodan district....

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