World Press Freedom Day on May 3 is commemorated annually to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
Freelance journalist, Wilson Pondamali and media scholar, Clayson Hamasaka, are scheduled to re-appear in court within five days of each other, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has learnt.
The political crisis that erupted in the once stable and peaceful West African country of Mali in early 2012 led to significant deterioration of media and general human rights conditions in the country.
Conditions for journalists are worsening in Tanzania, with reporters increasingly being harassed, attacked and censoring their work out of fear of reprisal, a study has found.
By Kizito Makoye, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Fri 9 Aug 2013
On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2013, Reporters Without Borders released an updated list of 39 Predators of Freedom of Information – presidents, politicians, religious leaders, militias and criminal organizations that censor, imprison, kidnap, torture and kill journalists and other news providers. Powerful, dangerous and violent, these predators consider themselves above the law.
AFRICAN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM GRANTS FUND
List of winning proposals will be published soon. FAIR thanks SIDA for supporting the Grants Fund. A special website will showcase investigative content produced under the Small Grants programme 2013. Continue reading Newsletter: May 2013
Malian Tuareg rebels on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Malian government forces during the recent conflict. Continue reading Mali rebels call for ICC investigation
Officials in East Africa are gushing with anticipation over potential oil revenue: A new production agreement has been reached in South Sudan; fresh discoveries have been made and drilling deals signed in Kenya and Uganda. Continue reading Oil, Money, and Secrecy in East Africa
The piece you’re about to read – by Eskinder Nega, one of Ethiopia’s most courageous independent journalists – underscores the possibility for tyranny when dictators adopt the permissive shield of “anti-terrorism” as cover for repression Continue reading Jailed Ethopian Journalist Eskinder Nega Speaks Out
Press freedom in Uganda, often said to be the best of the region’s bad lot, is quickly losing its status. It’s been slipping down into the bottom of the ranks. Earlier this year, international media group, Reporters Without Borders, released their press freedom index and Uganda dropped not two or three places – but a whole 43 to land at 139th place.
The African Union is celebrating this year, 2012, as the year of Shared Values. These values are accepted and shared by all member States of our Union. Among them, there is one which is a fundamental human right entrenched in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Freedom of Speech. This value is of critical importance because it feeds democracy and consolidates good governance, which our world needs.