Tag Archives: Abubaker Lubowa

Malawian journalist Watipaso Mzungu interrogated over motivation for article

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 14 April 2021. On April 6, 2021, police in the Malawi capital of Lilongwe interrogated Watipaso Mzungu, the chief reporter of the privately owned news website Nyasa Times, about an article he published on April 2, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and a

Angolan journalist arrested, detained for 5 days while reporting on evictions

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 15 April 2021. Angolan authorities must refrain from arresting members of the press covering public events, and should return all equipment confiscated from journalist Jorge Manuel, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 7, police officers arrested Manuel, a reporter for the Radio Despertar broadcaster,

Zambian CSOs challenge constitutionality of newly passed cybercrime law

This statement was originally published on zimbabwe.misa.org on 6 April 2021. Zambian civil society organisations have approached the High Court in Lusaka accusing the government of violating the Constitution through the enactment of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act. Chapter One Foundation, Bloggers of Zambia, Gears Initiative, People’s Action for Accountability and Good Governance

Africa’s handling of COVID-19 marred by abuse of power

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 12 April 2021. At the onset of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the prognosis for how Africa would manage the pandemic was bleak. Many (mostly western-based) epidemiologists anticipated that the pandemic would kill millions of Africans. Researchers at the Imperial College London put the number of estimated deaths

Equitable access to digital services needed for people with disabilities

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 9 April 2021. In January 2019, after nine years in the making, Nigeria signed into law the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, 2018. In Kenya, a similar framework had been signed into law in 2003. Both laws were aimed at promoting a more inclusive society for persons

Bytes For All condemns social media suspension across Pakistan

This statement was originally published on bytesforall.pk on 16 April 2021. Bytes For All strongly condemns the arbitrary suspension of various social media platforms in Pakistan on Friday. As per a notification by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), on the directions of the Ministry of Interior, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram are being blocked

Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman Adam Bodnar removed from his post

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 15 April 2021. EU should act to halt dismantling of Poland’s democratic institutions A government-captured court has removed Poland’s Human Rights Ombudsman Adam Bodnar from his post, likely spelling the end of one of last independent checks on the country’s abusive government. The battle for the future of

Writer and Belarusian PEN member Aliaksandr Fiaduta must be released

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 15 April 2021. Aliaksandr Fiaduta, a critic of the Belarusian president, was detained in Moscow and transported to Belarus with no charges lodged against him PEN America today called for the immediate release of Belarusian PEN Center member Aliaksandr Fiaduta, a political scientist, literary critic, and former