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20 November 2017 |

45 days and counting: Cameroon's internet shutdown

45 days and counting: Cameroon's internet shutdown Within the past year, the government of Cameroon has shut down the internet in its attempt to clamp down on demonstrations in English-speaking regions of the country.
12 October 2017 |

Urgent Call on the Advancement of Citizens' Access to Information in Ghana

Urgent Call on the Advancement of Citizens' Access to Information in Ghana 34 NGOs call on the government of Ghana to ensure its citizens' right to access to information.
7 October 2017 |

Security forces kill unarmed protestors in anglophone regions of Cameroon

Security forces kill unarmed protestors in anglophone regions of Cameroon AFEX has denounced the brutality of Cameroon's security forces against unarmed civilians, reportedly killing 12 people and injuring many more in the country's English-speaking regions, as well as the government's decision to shut down the internet for the second time this year amidst protests.
21 August 2017 |

Pressure on Cameroon to release jailed RFI journalist who reported on Boko Haram

Pressure on Cameroon to release jailed RFI journalist who reported on Boko Haram Reporters Without Borders and other NGOs have formed a committee to press for the release of RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba, who was given a 10 year jail term in April 2017.
21 April 2017 |

English-speaking Cameroonians get their internet back

English-speaking Cameroonians get their internet back What could cause a government to block the internet to specific regions for three months? In Cameroon's case, it was a conflict over the imposition of the French language in anglophone areas.
19 April 2017 |

AU Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression asked to intervene in Cameroon crisis

AU Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression asked to intervene in Cameroon crisis The African Freedom of Expression Exchange has petitioned the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
18 April 2017 |

Radio station employee shot dead in Nigeria

Radio station employee shot dead in Nigeria Unidentified gunmen shot and killed Famous Giobaro on 16 April 2017 at his residence in Yenagoa, a local government area in the Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
21 March 2017 |

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016

Ethiopia, DRC & Mali: 183 killed in protests between July-December 2016 A total of 183 deaths were recorded from July to December 2016 following clashes between protestors and security agents in Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali. To date, not one security agent has been prosecuted for any of the killings in the three countries.
28 February 2017 |

Sierra Leone authorities arrest anti-corruption activist, confiscate passport

Sierra Leone authorities arrest anti-corruption activist, confiscate passport On 31 January 2017, anti-corruption activist Abdul Fatoma was arrested without a warrant, shortly after speaking on the radio about a national corruption scandal. Police confiscated Fatoma's passport the following day.
24 February 2017 |

39 days on, English internet still blocked in Cameroon

39 days on, English internet still blocked in Cameroon Internet shut down in two anglophone regions follows protests over government decision to impose French in schools and courts.
24 January 2017 |

Cameroon responds to free expression concerns with...an Internet shut down

Cameroon responds to free expression concerns with...an Internet shut down Tensions continue to rise after the government cracks down on dissent following its decision to introduce the use of French language in courts and schools in English-speaking regions.
15 November 2016 |

When fighting a caste system is a matter of life and death

When fighting a caste system is a matter of life and death Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed faces the death penalty following a conviction on blasphemy charges.
4 April 2016 |

Ahead of elections, Equatorial Guinea must cease suppression of independent voices

Ahead of elections, Equatorial Guinea must cease suppression of independent voices The government of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo should immediately cease its suppression of independent voices ahead of presidential elections, scheduled for April 24, a group of human rights and democracy organisations says.
2 March 2016 |

Release journalist detained in violation of African Court ruling

Release journalist detained in violation of African Court ruling Free expression organisations join the Media Foundation for West Africa in calling on African regional body to pressure The Gambia to release journalist Alhagie Abdoulie Ceesay.
11 June 2015 |

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday Four years after Sierra Leone Journalist Ibrahim Foday's death, members of IFEX join the Media Foundation for West Africa in calling for more rapid progress.
23 March 2015 |

Mauritania: Release Mohamed Mkhaïtir, blogger sentenced to death for apostasy

During his trial, the judge told Mohamed Mkhaïtir that he was accused of apostasy for "speaking lightly" of the Prophet Mohamed. This is the first death sentence imposed in Mauritania for apostasy since independence in 1960.
22 July 2014 |

Impunity persists: 20 years of fear in The Gambia

Impunity persists: 20 years of fear in The Gambia It's been 20 years since Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew the Gambian government and proclaimed himself President of the Republic. Some of the human rights violations recorded over the last 20 years include the killing of 14 protesters in April 2000 and the killing of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004.
1 February 2013 |

Groups call for state to stop harassing Gambian journalist

Groups call for state to stop harassing Gambian journalist In a letter to Gambian president Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, a group of organization calls for and end to the harassment of Abdoublie John. Since December 2012, The National Intelligence Agency has twice arbitrarily detained John, editor of the online news website Jollof News and a contributor to The Associated Press.
25 October 2012 |

Decision to drop charges against two Gambian journalists welcomed

Decision to drop charges against two Gambian journalists welcomed MFWA welcomes the move by Gambian authorities to drop charges against two journalists for seeking permission to peacefully protest the execution of death row inmates, but calls for investigation into death threats against journalists.
15 October 2012 |

Cameroon: UN Universal Periodic Review Submission

Free expression is under threat in Cameroon, according to a report submitted this week to the UN Human Rights Council by PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Internet Sans Frontières.


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