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From the Communiqué


17 June 2009

Sudan

New press law will lead to "more suppression"

Sudan's approval of a new press law "is a severe strike" against press freedom in Sudan and is "paving the way for more suppression," says the Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI). Other IFEX members, including the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have also expressed concern about the law.
10 June 2009

/Somalia

Radio director assassinated in busy market

Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe was killed on 7 June A radio director was shot in the head five times while strolling through a bustling Mogadishu market with a colleague on 7 June, report the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
3 June 2009

Sudan

Journalists protest press law before parliament

Sudan's draft press law will seriously impede journalists' ability to access and disseminate information if passed, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). ARTICLE 19 and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have also expressed concern about the repressive provisions of the draft.
27 May 2009

/Somalia

Journalists die amid renewed violence

Nur Muse Hussein A radio producer was gunned down last week in crossfire in Mogadishu, while another journalist died on 26 May from gunshot wounds suffered while covering fighting in central Somalia in April. They are the third and fourth journalists to be killed in Somalia this year, report the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
20 May 2009

Kenya

Triumph for journalists as government agrees to amend media law

Kenyan journalists protested in Nairobi last year against the Communications (Amendment) Bill 2008 Following a concerted campaign, the Kenyan government has published amendments to the Communications Act, which will delete a controversial clause that allows the government to raid broadcasting stations, report the Africa Free Media Foundation, the Media Institute and local news reports.
22 April 2009

Somalia

NUSOJ unveils bulletproof gear for journalists

In recognition of Somalia being the most dangerous country in Africa for journalists, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has got their journalists' backs covered - literally. This month, NUSOJ distributed 20 bulletproof jackets and helmets to independent journalists and targeted news organisations in the most volatile areas of the country.



Campaigns and Advocacy


19 December 2008

Kenya

Twenty-eight IFEX members call for president to reject draconian media bill

(Media Institute/IFEX) - The following is a joint appeal by 28 IFEX members:
2 June 2008

Uganda

Regional free expression group calls on president to respect press freedom

(MFWA/IFEX) - The following is a 29 May 2008 joint statement by eight IFEX members and other members of the Network of African Freedom of Expression Organisations (NAFEO):
21 February 2008

Somalia

Twenty-seven IFEX members call for end to repression of journalists, revision of media law

(NUSOJ/IFEX) - The following is a joint letter of appeal from NUSOJ, 26 other IFEX members and one partner network:
14 January 2008

Kenya

Twenty-three IFEX members call on President Kibaki to end suppression of media freedom

(Media Institute/IFEX) - The following is a joint action by 23 IFEX members:

Alerts

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Cameraman beaten and stripped naked by police in Kinshasa 24 June 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Government blocks French international radio broadcasts in Bukavu 15 June 2009 CANADA/SOMALIA/AUSTRALIA: CPJ urges Canada, Australia to step up efforts to free Somalia captives 15 June 2009 SOMALIA: Two broadcast journalists badly beaten by militiamen 12 June 2009 SUDAN: ANHRI concerned over parliament's approval of draft press law 11 June 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Journalist summoned for questioning in Kongolo 10 June 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Journalist summoned for questioning in Kindu 9 June 2009 KENYA: Key witnesses in journalist's murder go into hiding amid death threats 8 June 2009 SOMALIA: Fifth journalist assassinated, another seriously wounded; UNIVERSAL TV director released 8 June 2009 SOMALIA: UNIVERSAL TV director kidnapped 3 June 2009 SOMALIA: CPJ concerned about well-being of kidnapped journalists 27 May 2009 SOMALIA: Journalist succumbs to bullet wounds sustained in targeted shooting 27 May 2009 RWANDA: President sends media bill back to Parliament 27 May 2009 MADAGASCAR: Radio Mada reporter freed after two weeks in detention 26 May 2009 SUDAN: Parliament debates harsh new press law; RSF and human rights lawyer call for amendments 25 May 2009 SOMALIA: Journalist killed during fighting in Mogadishu 22 May 2009 KENYA: Expand free expression rights in new draft constitution, says ARTICLE 19 21 May 2009 KENYA: Government to dispel repressive clause in media law 14 May 2009 KENYA: Civil society adopt the Machakos Declaration on Freedom of Expression 12 May 2009 SOMALIA: Four journalists injured in press conference shelling 12 May 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Government suspends French public radio broadcasts 11 May 2009 MADAGASCAR: Detained Radio Mada reporter charged and transferred to prison 8 May 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Broadcast ban on two independent media outlets lifted 7 May 2009 ETHIOPIA: On World Press Freedom Day, journalists in exile call on international community to pressure government to lift ban on free press 4 May 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Press still exposed to threats, pressure and censorship that undermines its credibility, says JED on World Press Freedom Day 4 May 2009 SOMALIA: Journalists commemorate World Press Freedom Day; government disbands Media Council 4 May 2009 RWANDA: Government suspends BBC radio service for "unacceptable speech" in programme on genocide 29 April 2009 SOMALIA: Three journalists arrested; radio station ordered closed 28 April 2009 SOMALIA: "Ogaal" newspaper reporter sentenced to one year in prison 28 April 2009 MADAGASCAR: Media under attack one month after new president installed 24 April 2009 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Daily suspended for two weeks 24 April 2009 SOMALIA: Journalist Nur Muse Hussein shot while covering fighting between rival militia forces 22 April 2009 SUDAN: Two newspapers censored by police 21 April 2009 SOMALIA: Journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte pardoned and released 17 April 2009 SUDAN: ARTICLE 19 voices serious concerns on draft press law 15 April 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Journalist Tuver Wundi Muhindo threatened by armed intruders 15 April 2009 REPUBLIC OF CONGO: CB Plus television station suspended in response to political coverage 14 April 2009 SOMALIA: Private radio station ordered to shut down for 24 hours by Al-Shabaab forces 9 April 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Journalist Jean-Pierre Katende briefly detained following broadcast of controversial programme 7 April 2009 SOMALIA: Journalist Jama Ayanle Feyte sentenced to two years in prison for libel and dissemination of false information 30 March 2009 SUDAN: WPFC protests illegal incarceration of Alhaj Warrag, editor-in-chief of "Ajras El-Hurriyya" independent newspaper 26 March 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: JED denounces attempts to silence the media during political crisis 24 March 2009 SOMALIA: Editor Mohamed Abdi Guled sentenced to five months in prison, concerns that the sentencing was "politically-motivated" 20 March 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: CAPSULE REPORT: RSF releases report on investigation into the murder of journalists in Bukavu 20 March 2009 BURUNDI: News website editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu acquitted of defamation after six months in detention 20 March 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Three human rights activists and one CNTV cameraman arrested for attempting to organise peaceful march 18 March 2009 MADAGASCAR: More journalists attacked, five newspapers cease publishing as political crisis continues 13 March 2009 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Three independent radio and television stations in Likasi face closure following mayor's orders 13 March 2009 MADAGASCAR: Viva broadcaster raided by security forces, several other media outlets face broadcasting challenges during political crisis 11 March 2009