Monthly Archives: October 2020

Media targeted ahead of Ivory Coast election

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 16 October 2020. As reporters continue to be harassed and threatened over their coverage of the campaign for Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election at the end of the month, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the country’s politicians to stop regarding journalists at their opponents and let them

RSF files case against Eritrean officials over journalist Dawit Isaak

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 21 October 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint today with the office of the Swedish prosecutor for international crimes accusing Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and seven other senior Eritrean officials of a crime against humanity by holding a journalist incommunicado since 2001. Their victim, Dawit

Diverse array of technologies used to curb COVID-19

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 21 October 2020. By Melissa Zisengwe Africa has a growing civic tech community that focuses on issues such as accountability and transparency, data journalism, citizen participation, and public services monitoring. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, various technologies have been deployed by citizens, civil society organisations, start-ups, private

MFWA sets up digital literacy and advocacy training programme on women’s rights

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 23 October 2020. As the internet ecosystem in Ghana continues to expand, it offers potential for deepening the country’s democratic culture, and through that, accelerating its socio-economic development. There is, however, a wide gender gap in terms of access, affordability and utilisation of the internet in the

Nigerian media being attacked from all sides

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 23 October 2020. The Media Foundation for West Africa’s (MFWA) monitoring of the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria has recorded at least 12 protesters killed, several journalists assaulted by security forces, with five media outlets reportedly attacked by suspected hoodlums. The protests against police brutality have ballooned into

Culture of impunity in Somalia continues to grow

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 26 October 2020. Somalia remains one of the most dangerous places for journalists across the globe. For the fifth year in a row, the country has maintained the ignominious world title for impunity towards killed journalists. The Somali authorities rarely investigate cases of killings or attacks on journalists,

Algeria: Rights organisations call for the immediate release of critically-ill activist Abdallah Benaoum

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 16 October 2020. The Algerian authorities have accelerated the arbitrary detention and prosecution of activists and journalists amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most recently refusing requests to provisionally release and provide adequate medical care for Algerian activist Abdallah Benaoum, imprisoned solely for his critical views of the authorities’

India: Officials seal office of “Kashmir Times” in Srinagar

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 21 October 2020. Local officials evicted journalists from the office of the English-language Kashmir Times newspaper yesterday in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, and then sealed the premises. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by this reprisal against a leading regional daily. The eviction was carried

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