Monthly Archives: August 2020

Ghanian soldier assaults cameraman for filming clean-up exercise

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 14 August 2020. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) strongly condemns the assault on TV3 cameraman, Stanley Nii Blewu, by a military officer and urges the military authorities to ensure that the officer involved is brought to book. The soldier, identified only as Lieutenant Frimpong, brutalised

Exorbitant fine for Nigerian radio station for guest’s unwarranted remarks

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 13 August 2020. The International Press Centre (IPC) has expressed dismay over the imposition of a fine of N5million (about USD 13,032) on the Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos station, by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). In announcing the penalty earlier today, NBC had cited the alleged unprofessional

Tanzania’s newly passed law entrenches digital rights repression

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 19 August 2020. By Edrine Wanyama On July 17, 2020, the Tanzania government issued new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations, 2020 that apply to online content production, hosting and dissemination. The regulations entrench the licencing and taxation of bloggers, online discussion forums, radio and television

South Korea urged to release journalist who was jailed for refusing to disclose the identity of a source

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 18 August 2020. Reporter Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of South Korean journalist and political commentator Woo Jong-chang, who was recently handed an eight-month prison term on defamation charges for refusing to disclose the identity of a source. South Korean journalist and political commentator affiliated

Belarus: Authorities must unblock websites and stop preventing the free flow of information

This statement was originally published on baj.by on 22 August 2020. On Friday evening it was reported that the Ministry of Information had restricted access of Belarusian users to websites of a large number of media and political movements. Most well-known of them are Radio Svaboda, Belsat TV, Euroradio, Solidarity newspaper, Udf.by, The Village, By.tribuna.com, Vitebsk

Privacy isn’t a luxury: PI’s response to Google

This statement was originally published on privacyinternational.org on 18 August 2020. Google respond to our low-cost tech campaign. There’s some good news, some bad news, and some mediocre news. KEY POINTS Google responded to our campaign. We’re pleased to hear that Google are exploring ways to establish clearer standards for pre-installed apps and look forward

Myanmar urged to revise election broadcast rules

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 14 August 2020. The Myanmar Union Election Commission should amend rules governing political parties’ access to state-owned radio and television stations to ensure that all parties can present their positions without undue interference, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 23, 2020, the Union Election Commission announced

Pacific Freedom Forum red flags new Tonga media regulations

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum’s Facebook page on 19 August 2020. News of the quietly issued media regulations by the government of Tonga in May and much later confirmed by Tongan Prime Minister Pohiva Tu’ionetoa, is cause for concern, says the Pacific Freedom Forum. The eight regulations issued by Tonga’s Ministry

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