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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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#WHK25 –  History made in Namibia: The Windhoek Declaration

#WHK25 – History made in Namibia: The Windhoek Declaration

The principles of the Windhoek Declaration on an independent and pluralistic press are still relevant 25 years after they were adopted. As authorities in Africa continue to undermine media freedom, it’s important to outline steps to strengthen a free press for the coming years. Nobody arriving at the Safari Hotel in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on 29 April 1991 – journalists all over Africa, UN...

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#WHK25:  A declaration that still packs a punch for a free press

#WHK25: A declaration that still packs a punch for a free press

All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the Windhoek Declaration is different, and its impact is still being felt today. In 1991, the winds of change were blowing for a second time after the liberation from colonial rule as many countries in Africa embarked on a path toward more democracy. Until then, efforts at independent, professional journalism had...

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#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

Rights such as freedom of expression and access to information are often associated with journalists, but they belong to everyone. It takes strong commitment to ensure they become reality, not just words on paper. 2016 is a significant year for Africa. It marks the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on press...

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Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

As the World marks Press Freedom Day today under the theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is your Right!” the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) network wishes to highlight the situation of Access to Information (ATI) on the continent. Access to Information (ATI) has been recognised as an important anti-corruption tool and a cornerstone for development. When citizens have access to information,...

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MISA laments state of the media on World Press Freedom Day 2016

MISA laments state of the media on World Press Freedom Day 2016

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2016, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), salutes all the champions of media freedom and freedom of expression across the world who have assumed the risks associated with such an effort. We wish to pay our deepest respects to all journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty; our thoughts go out their...

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MISA launches website; free content for media to celebrate 25 Yrs of Windhoek Declaration

MISA launches website; free content for media to celebrate 25 Yrs of Windhoek Declaration

MISA hereby advises all print, online and broadcasting media editors, as well as specialist media publications, newsletters and journalism initiatives, that a portfolio of over 40 quality articles and audio-visual content on free media, free expression and access to information in sub-Saharan Africa is available to them for print and online publication or broadcasting at no charge. The articles, written by journalists and media experts...

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MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia strongly condemns the detention, questioning and confiscation of equipment belonging to journalists Motoi Araki and David Bush at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday, 15 April. Bush and Motoi were in Windhoek to investigate the existence of a munitions factory built by North Korean labourers for Japan’s biggest television network Asahi. Their detention happened approximately two hours after they interviewed Deputy Prime...

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