Monthly Archives: October 2020

Army arrests journalist while covering the felling of trees from Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

Army arrests journalist while covering the felling of trees from Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

Kikuube, 22nd October 2020; Gad Asaba, a freelance journalist with Kazi-Nzema, an online News Agency was on Thursday afternoon arrested by men clad in the Uganda Peoples Defense Force( UPDF) uniform while covering the felling of trees at Bugoma Forest Reserve in Kikuube district, Mid-Western Uganda. Agaba alongside three other journalists to wit; Andrew Kaahwa

IPC condemns attacks on journalists and media outlets in Nigeria

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 21 October 2020. The International Press Centre, IPC, Lagos-Nigeria is extremely concerned about latest happenings in the country with respect to the #ENDSARS [referring to a now-disbanded police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad] and #ENDSWAT [regarding the new Special Weapons and Tactics team] protests, especially the targeting

Unidentified men abduct and beat journalist in eastern Russia

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 20 October 2020. Russian authorities should immediately and transparently investigate the kidnapping of journalist Sergey Plotnikov, and ensure that the press in Russia can work safely and freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 15, at about 8 p.m., seven unidentified masked men abducted

IFEX-ALC, Media Defence, and RSF support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia

The harassment started in January 2019, when FLIP released audio evidence that Juan Pablo Bieri, then manager of National Radio Television of Colombia (RTVC), a national public media outlet, had given the order to take the “Los Puros Criollos” programme off the air. This came after the programme’s presenter publicly criticized a legislative initiative on

Pakistan: Civil society groups demand transparency and consultation in the drafting of social media rules

This statement was originally published on mediamatters.pk on 13 October 2020. We, the undersigned, are concerned over the continued lack of transparency regarding the social media rules, originally Citizen Protection (Against Online Harms) Rules 2020 and recently retitled “Rules for removal and blocking of unlawful online content (procedure, oversight, and safeguards) Rules 2020”. The media

Thank you for your transparency report, here’s everything that’s missing

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 13 October 2020. Every major social media platform – from Facebook to Reddit, Instagram to YouTube – moderates and polices content shared by users. Platforms do so as a matter of self-interest, commercial or otherwise. But platforms also moderate user content in response to pressure from a

Foreign reporters describe safety concerns covering US elections and protests

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 15 October 2020. Covering elections as a foreign correspondent in the United States has traditionally meant press conferences, long days at political rallies, and road trips through rural America.This year, however, amid the spread of COVID-19, curtailed campaigns, civil unrest, visa issues, and an unpredictable political environment,

Tanzania tramples digital rights in fight against COVID-19

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 19 October 2020. Since the first case of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) was announced in Tanzania on March 16, 2020, the government has been in the spotlight for its handling of the pandemic. It has denied the severity of the pandemic, suspended media houses, and criminalised Covid-19-related

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