Monthly Archives: February 2021

Journalist attacked by police dog while covering protest

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 17 February 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged to learn that an Angolan radio reporter ended up in hospital after being badly bitten by a police dog while interviewing protesters in Ondjiva, the capital of the southern province of Cunene. The police officers responsible for unleashing

Gambia Press Union takes ATI and media self-regulation on road tour

This statement was originally published on gpu.gm on 9 February 2021. The Gambia Press Union, with support from the British Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is implementing a project aimed at strengthening ongoing efforts at building national consensus on Access to Information (ATI) and media self-regulation. The project seeks to address public misconceptions about

Why access to information is essential for democracy in Africa

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 17 February 2021. By Dunia Mekonnen Tegegn The importance of access to information in the electoral process and for democratic governance is documented in the African Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance, and other sub-regional treaties and standards. Without access to reliable information during the electoral process,

Serbia: Former mayor jailed for 2018 arson attack on journalist’s home

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 23 February 2021. In response to a Serbian court’s decision today sentencing former mayor Dragoljub Simonovic to more than four years in prison for ordering an arson attack on the home of journalist Milan Jovanović, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “It is welcome

Algeria: Policies silencing ‘Hirak’ activists must end

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 22 February 2021. On 18 February 2021, with the potential resumption of protests on the eve of the two-year anniversary of the “Hirak” pro-democracy protest movement, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced a presidential pardon for at least thirty Hirak detainees. As of 21 February, thirty-eight prisoners of conscience were released according to the National

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