Journalist Safety


ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

On 29 September 2017, journalists Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko who work for the privately owned Daily News sustained injuries after being reportedly assaulted by the police while covering demonstrations in Harare’s central business district. An editor with the Daily News said the journalists had been rushed to hospital for treatment following the assault. The severity of their injuries could not be immediately ascertained. MISA...

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MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

PRESS STATEMENT: MISA Zambia has received disturbing reports of a violent attack on journalists by unruly UPND (United Party for National Development) cadres at the party’s press briefing at its secretariat. As an institution that stands for freedom of expression and media freedom, we strongly condemn the attack on the journalists, among them one Silumesi Malumo of Radio Phoenix and Priscilla Banda of Millennium radio. It is unfortunate...

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MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

* See below for Portuguese translation MAPUTO, November 2, 2016: Journalists and members of the judiciary are defending the need to promote press freedom and free expression as pillars of democracy. The remarks were made during a conference commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held on 2 November. The Chairperson of the Bar Association of Mozambique, Flávio Lopes Menete noted...

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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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FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

The new face of Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli, is taking the continent by storm. He’s won the hearts of many for his efforts to clamp down on excessive government spending. However, a closer look reveals a sinister campaign against the media and freedom of expression. President Magufuli’s entry onto the political scene was as a fairly unknown player yet in a short time the...

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Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda ahead of the country’s 2016 polls. AFEX has noted with dismay the increased hostility of state officials and security agents in Uganda towards the media and opposition elements in the run-up to the February 18, 2016 general elections. From October 2015 to date, more than 15 journalists have...

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Rafael Marques’ blood diamonds book online

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has decided to publish the Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais’ censored book online. According to RSF, the book can be downloaded in English and in Portuguese from the organisation’s website. Marques’ book named “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola” has been censored in the country since its publication in 2011. The author was faced with charges of defaming several...

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