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Regulator orders shutdown of all telecoms service in Nigeria’s State of Zamfara

This statement was originally published on mediarightsagenda.org on 6 September 2021. Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today condemned the September 3 directive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to telecommunications companies to immediately shut down all telecommunications services in Zamfara State, ostensibly as a result of the “pervading security situation” in the State, describing the measure

Burundi president accuses journalist of inflating COVID-19 figures

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 2 September 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye to combat a month-old surge in Covid-19 cases in the country instead of verbally attacking a Burundian journalist who has been covering it. The president has publicly attacked Esdras Ndikumana, a reporter for French public

Radio station shut down on eve of planned mass protests

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 3 September 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an increase in the harassment of journalists and media outlets in South Sudan, amid civil society calls for the resignation of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar. The targets include Radio Jonglei, which has not broadcast since 27 August,

Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator summons TV channel over interview critical of President Buhari

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 3 September 2021. In what seemed to be yet another move by the Nigerian government to suppress press freedom, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which regulates the activities of broadcasting stations in the country, on August 24, queried privately-owned Channels Television for granting interviews allegedly considered to be

“A perfect storm”: Current expression issues in the Americas

A perfect storm A recent report by ARTICLE 19 – Global expression Report: The State of Freedom of Expression Around the World – describes Brazil as a country where freedom of expression is “restricted”. “Brazil is the perfect storm of contemporary expression issues: autocratic populism, disinformation, acute inequality, and technological control. The pandemic consolidated trends

Singapore High Court rules that “The Online Citizen” bloggers defamed prime minister

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 3 September 2021. The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed alarm at the Singapore High Court’s ruling awarding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong more than US$156,500 in damages in defamation suits against bloggers Terry Xu and Rubaashini Shunmuganathan. The High Court on September 1 ruled that Xu,

India: SFLC.in asks Haryana government to reconsider internet shutdown

This statement was originally published on sflc.in on 7 September 2021. SFLC.in wrote a letter to the Haryana Government requesting them to reconsider shutting down the Internet in 5 districts in Haryana. According to an order released by the Haryana Government, Internet services were to be suspended in 5 districts – namely Karnal, Kaithal, Jind,

Nepal: Home Ministry’s statements breach citizens’ right to free expression, peaceful protest

This statement was originally published on freedomforum.org.np on 6 September 2021. Freedom Forum is alarmed over the two press statements issued by the Nepal government on 18 August and 20 August, asking the public not to speak on issues of public concern. An excerpt from the statements states: “The Home Ministry has serious concern over

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