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Ray of hope in Zambia, shadow over north-eastern DRC, and the need for stronger whistleblower protection

Zambia’s election restores hope The peaceful transfer of power in Zambia following opposition presidential candidate Haikande Hichelema’s victorious win over incumbent President Edgar Lungu in the 12 August election restored some hope. It was a far cry from the excessive violence and disruption that people were expecting. Among the many vital takeaways from the election

Thailand: Government urged to do more to protect protesters from violence

This statement was originally published on on 1 September 2021. 1 September 2021 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Royal Thai Government Government House 1 Phitsanulok Road Dusit, Bangkok Thailand Re: Concerns regarding the right to peaceful assembly in Thailand Dear Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, We, the 13 undersigned organizations, write to express our concern regarding

Mass surveillance, press crackdowns, and punishing prisoners of conscience – impunity reigns in MENA

Spyware targets Bahraini activists. Tunisia and Algeria’s worrying state of free expression. Prisoners of conscience denied medical care in Egypt and Iran amidst the pandemic. Enforced disappearances persist amidst unaddressed impunity. Spyware attacks and unchecked mass surveillance A new report from Citizen Lab and Red Line for Gulf identified nine Bahraini rights workers, including three

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

This statement was originally published on 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 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 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 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