Monthly Archives: May 2021

Guinean journalist Amadou Diouldé released after 3 months in prison

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 19 May 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes Guinean journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo’s release today after nearly three months in prison on a charge of insulting President Alpha Condé although Guinea has decriminalised press offences. The Guinean authorities must stop detaining journalists arbitrarily, RSF said. A reporter

“New York Times” reporter kicked out of Ethiopia

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 21 May 2021. In response to Ethiopia’s expulsion yesterday of New York Times reporter Simon Marks following allegations of “fake news” about the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Ethiopia’s decision to expel Simon Marks, without warning or explanation, exposes the government’s

Mauritanian reporter arrested for questioning government spending

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 20 May 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Mauritanian reporter’s arrest for 48 hours over nothing more than a Facebook post questioning government spending. The authorities must safeguard press freedom in Mauritania, RSF said. Abdellahi Mohamed Ould Atigha, the editor of the independent newspaper Al Hoora, was

Armed security officers swoop down on Citi TV premises to arrest staff

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org The Media Foundation for West Africa condemns the invasion of Citi TV premises by seven armed security officers on May 11, 2021, in an attempt to arrest Zoe Abu-Baidoo, a journalist with the Accra-based media organisation. The female broadcast journalist had been accused of receiving some video files

New telecommunications operator licensed in Ethiopia

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 24 May 2021. By Juliet Nanfuka Ethiopia, one of the world’s last closed telecommunications markets, has been liberalised. On May 22, 2021, the Ethiopian government announced that a new telecommunications license had been awarded to the Global Partnership for Ethiopia – a consortium comprising Kenya’s Safaricom PLC, Vodacom Group, Vodafone Group,

Thailand: Child prosecuted for insulting monarchy

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 27 May 2021. Drop politically motivated charges against children Thai authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop insulting the monarchy and other politically motivated charges against children who peacefully express their opinions, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 24, 2021, the Central Juvenile and Family Court informed 17-year-old

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