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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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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 However,  the charges were withdrawn before plea...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 access to information law

Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on 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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Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group and other civil society organisations working on freedom of information around the globe have written to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to express their concern about reports that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda. The APAI Working Group and its campaign partners have expressed fears that without access...

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AFEX calls on Ugandan president to safeguard free speech

AFEX calls on Ugandan president to safeguard free speech

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations on the continent, has petitioned Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, calling on him to make a commitment to protect and defend free speech in the face of the deteriorating freedom of expression situation and the abuse of freedom of assembly rights in Uganda. The petition was motivated by the recent wave of...

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MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression

MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression

(Portuguese) On May 15 2016, a General of the Angolan Armed Forces and head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service labelled Rafael Marques “the enemy of Angola” and made an ‘ominous’ call on his subordinates for what he termed as “treatment as such” against journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais. [General] Zé Maria was speaking to a group of 100 officers,...

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MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems. Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished. A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive. It is for this reason that MISA attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and...

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