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Of foxes and paradoxes in the media henhouse

Future historians may well scramble to understand what was going on at the Media Freedom Conference in London and the simultaneous Social Media summit at the White House (held earlier this year in July). They will surely be confounded by media policy in the post-broadcast era by looking at these two events. And they will struggle to reconcile what is claimed to be policy against what is actually practised on the ground...

By Derek Abdinor 17 Sep 2019

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 16, 2018. A recent thawing of relations between the two countries did not lead to improved conditions for the media in Eritrea. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Tiksa Negeri.
10 most censored countries

In Africa, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea make the list of the Committee to Protect Journalists' special report on the Top 10 Most Censored Countries in the world...

13 Sep 2019

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How Uganda is using old and new laws to block activists on social media

Activists who use digital media are protected by international law and protocols that guarantee freedom of expression...

By Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala 10 Sep 2019

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Spotlight on human rights in Mozambique

Human rights and freedom of expression organisations sent an open letter to Pope Francis on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique...

5 Sep 2019

The statue of founding president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in Tanzania’s political capital Dodoma. Credit: WikiCommons.
Why Tanzania's attacks on free speech break with Nyerere's legacy

Nyerere often argued that Tanzanians should not be afraid to challenge authority. He also spoke out strongly for freedom of speech...

By Nick Westcott 4 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

In Africa new data suggests citizens' support for press freedoms is in sharp decline...

By Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
Onslaught against press freedoms in Tanzania

CPJ says Kabendera, Gwanda cases highlight Tanzania's decline in press freedom and human rights...

26 Aug 2019

Sphelele Mjadu, Unilever Personal Care Senior Public Relations Manager for Africa and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, in the UN Women-Dove masterclass panel at the Loeries. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Our responsibility of better representation in advertising, media

The media and advertising industries play an important role in stirring the way society is portrayed. Here's why UN Women and Dove's masterclass session at Loeries 2019 called for the creative industry as a whole to take a stand and work actively towards better representation, particularly in terms of gender...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists...

19 Aug 2019

Freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, who is detained in Tanzania. Credit: CPJ/Jamii Forums.
Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket...

7 Aug 2019

A local market in Dar es Salaam, pictured in May. A group of armed men forcefully took an investigative journalist, Erick Kabendera, from his home outside the city on July 29. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Said Khalfan.
Journalist Erick Kabendera abducted in Tanzania

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of investigative reporter Erick Kabendera, who was forcefully removed from his home...

30 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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Wan-Ifra explores how news media is adapting business models to promote press freedom

Wan-Ifra has released a new report that looks into how news media companies are adapting their business models to ensure press freedom...

22 Jul 2019

Maxence Melo Mubyazi from Tanzania's Jamii media.
Tanzanian among annual press freedom awards honourees

CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honour courageous journalists from around the world...

17 Jul 2019

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Donor-funded journalism is on the rise in Africa: why it needs closer scrutiny

An enormous and increasing portion of the foreign development aid coming into Africa annually is for media development...

12 Jul 2019

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Fake news and the role of the ordinary citizen

Fake news is eroding trust in the media in Africa, fuelling hate speech and leading to violence in extreme instances...

12 Jul 2019

Sudanese protesters are seen with their smartphones in Khartoum on April 21, 2019. CPJ has called on South African telecommunications company MTN Group to end its role in Sudan’s internet shutdowns. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Ozan Kose.
MTN Group urged to end participation in internet shutdowns in Sudan

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 22 other organisations in calling on MTN Group, to end its role in Sudan's internet shutdowns...

By Justin Shilad 12 Jul 2019

In an interview today, Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi said that journalist Azory Gwanda (pictured), who has been missing since 2017, is dead. Credit: CPJ/Mwananchi.
In BBC interview, Tanzanian foreign minister says journalist Azory Gwanda is dead

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday called on the Tanzanian government to provide a detailed public account of the fate of freelance journalist Azory Gwanda...

11 Jul 2019

Ethiopians read newspapers in Addis Ababa on June 24. Following what the government refers to as a failed attempted coup, access to the internet was cut and journalists were arrested. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Tiksa Negeri.
In era of reform, Ethiopia still reverts to old tactics to censor press

While internet shutdowns and anti-terror laws being turned against journalists are nothing new in Ethiopia, their use in recent weeks is in stark contrast to the Ethiopia that welcomed the international media community for World Press Freedom Day...

By Muthoki Mumo 10 Jul 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendments

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Tanzanian lawmakers to revise a set of proposed legislative amendments which restrict freedom of expression...

27 Jun 2019

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Media continues to tell the 'Forbidden Stories'

The Namibian and 14 media organisations around the world have partnered with Forbidden Stories - to combat the deliberate silencing of journalists in various parts of the world...

19 Jun 2019

CPJ joins call for UN to scrutinise human rights situation in Eritrea
CPJ joins call for UN to scrutinise human rights situation in Eritrea

The Committee to Protect Journalists and 29 other civil society organisations yesterday sent a letter to the UN HRC, urging them to scrutinise the human rights situation in Eritrea...

14 Jun 2019

RIP Raymond Louw
RIP Raymond Louw

NEWSWATCH: Media legend and Sanef Council member Raymond Louw and his wife, Jean died within 24 hours of each other...

5 Jun 2019

Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of Freedom
Jamal Khashoggi awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

The Golden Pen of Freedom has been awarded posthumously to Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi...

3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns
Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns

South Africa's hard-won constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of legitimate political protest are under mounting pressure from both the state and private companies...

By John Yeld 29 May 2019

Nigerian journalist Jones Abiri, left, and Alagoa Morris, pictured in Abuja after Abiri's release from detention in 2018. A court on May 22, 2019 charged Abiri on three counts and ordered him detained. Credit: CPJ/Alagoa Morris.
Re-arrest of editor Jones Abiri in Nigeria

Nigeria charges Weekly Source editor Jones Abiri under cybercrimes, terrorism acts...

27 May 2019

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A mixed bag of media freedom in southern Africa - SAEF

As we commemorate this year's World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2019, the Southern African Editor's Forum (SAEF) reports a mixed bag of media freedom within its chapters and southern Africa as a whole...

3 May 2019

Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa
Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa

Freedom is weakening across Africa and more worrying is the considerable willingness to accept government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security...

By Peter Penar and Carolyn Logan 3 May 2019

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes
How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes

It's pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as "satisfactory". Satisfactory is the second best category after "good"...

By Glenda Daniels 3 May 2019

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