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World Press Freedom Day – The Message

World Press Freedom Day – The Message

Freedom of Expression, a Human Right Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right as stated in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any […]

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s Latest Ploy To Silence Critics: A Regulatory Body To Censor Social Media

Angola’s governing MPLA party (People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola) is gearing up for a tough battle to retain its 40-year grip on power in the face of a rising tide of discontent, swelled by the biting economic consequences of low oil prices and poor governance. Its response is to tighten control by restricting […]

The Rise Of Kremlin-Style Trolling In Ukraine Must End

The Rise Of Kremlin-Style Trolling In Ukraine Must End

Ukraine’s media community has been left shellshocked after the killing of prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bomb attack last week. Although no motive has been confirmed, his friends and colleagues say his death is linked to his reporting, offering further evidence of the increasingly dangerous conditions in which many of the country’s reporters […]

Kenya Clamps Down On Journalists Covering War On Al-Shabaab

Kenya Clamps Down On Journalists Covering War On Al-Shabaab

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police. They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma […]

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi’s year-long crisis has not gone away. It started with President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to claim a third term, trampling over the constitutional arrangements that ended a decade-long civil war. Press freedom is a major casualty of the new strife; but the turmoil has also transformed the way in which Burundians get information. For better […]