Monthly Archives: March 2020

IFEX-ALC condemns arrest of journalist Darvinson Rojas, calls for his release

Rojas was arrested at his home in Caracas on 21 March by Bolivarian National Police Special Action Forces officers. The officers apparently said they were looking into a presumed COVID-19 case. They later, however, referred to tweets Rojas had published, according to a statement made by the journalist before being held incommunicado. In addition to

Niger journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni arrested for COVID-19 report

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 24 March 2020. Authorities in Niger should immediately release journalist Kaka Touda Mamane Goni and halt legal proceedings against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 5, police arrested Kaka Touda, an independent journalist who publishes news reports on his Facebook and Twitter pages,

DRC police run down TV reporter Tholi Totali Glody covering COVID-19 lockdown

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 26 March 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the use of violence by police against a reporter who was covering a coronavirus lockdown in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urges the authorities to allow journalists who respect public health requirements to keep working at a time

Journalists’ safety of utmost importance during COVID-19 pandemic, says HRNJ-Uganda

This statement was originally published on hrnjuganda.org on 24 March 2020. Since the outbreak of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) in different countries of the world and subsequently Uganda, several measures have been undertaken to contain its spread and therefore minimize the extent of the scourge. We should all observe the health guidelines as put in place.

Guinea’s deep decline into repression sealed by contested referendum

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 24 March 2020. About ten people are reported killed, several arrested, including one journalist, and the internet was disrupted as Guinean authorities went ahead with legislative elections and a referendum on removing term limits, amidst fierce protests by the main opposition parties. Ahead of the polls, there

Journalists assaulted by police amid coronavirus lockdown in India

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 24 March 2020. Authorities in India must stop assaulting journalists and allow them to do their work freely and without restrictions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Hyderabad and Delhi assaulted at least four journalists yesterday, as India began a nationwide lockdown to contain

Sri Lanka media owners urged to prioritize safety of journalists during COVID-19 coverage

This statement was originally published on fmmsrilanka.lk on 23 March 2020. As the COVID-19 virus spreads globally as a pandemic, Sri Lanka is also seriously feeling its impact. In such a context, all media groups play an extremely important and admirable role in delivering accurate and reliable news and information in protecting the public’s right

Top