Monthly Archives: August 2019

Indonesia urged to respect and uphold human rights of Papuan people

This statement was originally published on on 23 August 2019. We, the undersigned civil society organisations, express grave concerns over the recent escalating violence and human rights violations against the people of Papua conducted by Indonesian security forces and fundamentalist groups. We call on the Government of Indonesia to side with the victims and

Threats, violence, laws, and taxes: The many approaches to stifling access to information in Uganda

IFEX’s Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Editor spoke to Robert Ssempala of the Human Rights Journalists Network-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), Cathy Anite, executive director of the Freedom of Expression Hub (FoE Hub), Carole Beyanga, managing editor of digital content at Nation Media Uganda, and Juliet Nanfuka, head of research and communications at Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East

Nigerian authorities asked to remain committed to guaranteed constitutional rights

This statement was originally published on on 21 August 2019. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is deeply concerned about Nigerian authorities’ clampdown on freedom of expression as demonstrated in the arrest and detention of journalists, political activists and demonstrators over the past two weeks. The onslaught which began on August 3, 2019,

Guinean radio station owner and his presenter face prosecution for interview with government critic

This statement was originally published on on 21 August 2019. A presenter at a private radio station in Conakry and the owner of the station are facing prosecution after the station hosted an outspoken critic of the government in a phone radio interview. Aboubacar Algassimou Diallo, host of the prime-time show Oeil de Lynx

Moscow protests: Free press groups call on police to stop targeting journalists

This statement was originally published on on 22 August 2019. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and a coalition of seven media freedom and journalists’ organisations are calling on Russian authorities to immediately stop the harassment of journalists who have been covering the recent protests in Moscow. Since the electoral authorities rejected several opposition

Framework adopted by Ghana police set to improve relationship with the media

This statement was originally published on on 20 August 2019. The Ghana Police Service (GPS) has adopted a new framework aimed at promoting relations between the Service and the media, enhancing safety of journalists and countering impunity for crimes against journalists in Ghana. The adoption of the Framework followed over a year-long series of