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Kenyan Court Knocks Down Criminal Defamation, Safeguards Freedom of Expression

Kenyan Court Knocks Down Criminal Defamation, Safeguards Freedom of Expression

This Statement is originally published on Cyber Clinic Law website on 08/Feb/2017 Efforts to create more space for free expression in Africa have been strengthened by the Kenyan Judiciary. In the case of Jacqueline Okuta & Anor vs. AG & Others, the High Court of Kenya on 6 of February 2017 annulled section 194 of

Tolbert Edait Photo Credit: Facebook

Pastor assaults New Vision Journalist

This statement is originally posted on Teso Karamoja Journalists Association website on 20/01/2017 By Elizabeth Akiror A senior preacher at Jehovah Witness Church in Mukura Sub County, Ngora district  has assaulted and caused serious bodily harm to a popular New Vision journalist. Tolbert Edait, 52, attached to Etop Radio and newspaper in Soroti was, assaulted by

Kadaga, legislators moot plan to gag media

This statement was originally published on the Daily Monitor on 16th/September/2016 PARLIAMENT– Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga yesterday ordered Parliament’s Committee on Rules and Privilege to investigate journalists who write what she considers negative stories against the institution. Giving the order, the Speaker said the investigation should be with the aim “of charging the reporters

Call for probe into media freedom perpetrators

“When we report these cases, Police always claims to be doing their work, saying journalists are not above the law.”  This statement is originally published on New Vision on 23rd/August/2016. KAMPALA – Local journalists have called on government to establish a special committee to investigate all perpetrators of media freedom. They say continued threats and

NUSOJ denounces judicial harassment of journalists and independent media in Somaliland

This statement was originally published on NUSOJ on 15 August 2016. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns concerted attempts by Somaliland authorities to criminalize journalism and punish journalists over spurious, frivolous and vexatious legal cases. A series of court cases filed against journalists and independent newspapers in Somaliland constitute judicial harassment and

US Journalist Arrested as Turkey Continues to Harass Reporters

This statement was originally published on www.jewishpress.com on 9th/August/2016. A U.S. journalist has been detained, allegedly for trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria, according to a report posted on the Hurriyet Daily News website. The report by the official Anadolu News Agency quoted southern Hatay province governor Ercan Topaca on August 7, and said journalist

S.E. M. Omar el-Béchir lors de la cinquième session du Parlement le 9 avril, 2012 à Khartoum. Photo - Ashraf Shazly/Getty Images

AFEX Urges Sudanese Government to End Massive Crackdown on Free Speech

This Statement was originally published on africafex.org on 5th/July/2016. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is deeply concerned about the continued wave of attacks on freedom of expression in Sudan. Series of press freedom violations have been recorded in Sudan over the past years. Some of these violations include arbitrary arrest and detention of

Human Rights activists protesting the closure of Daily Monitor Publications in 2013

Uganda’s plot to forcefully register journalists riles human rights activists

This statement was originally published on the Sunrise.ug on 25th/June/2016. By Henry Lutaaya The government through the Uganda Media Council recently launched a nation-wide campaign aimed at implementing a widely discredited registration exercise for all journalists in the country. But the Media Council’s drive is being implemented alongside a parallel campaign funded by the United

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