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Mali 

Mali silences critics with harsh prison sentences

A court in Mali has handed a two-year prison sentence to Dr Etienne Fakaba Sissoko to crown two months of harassment of the economist...
Nigeria 

MRA condemns abduction of journalist by police

LAGOS, Friday, May 24, 2024: Media Rights Agenda (MRA), today condemned as appalling and unacceptable, Wednesday’s abduction of Mr. Madu Onuorah, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief...
Zimbabwe 

Statement on the recently reported internet throttling in Zimbabwe

Internet access should be guaranteed at all times and most importantly during election periods such as the by-elections slated for 26 March 2022 in...
Ghana 

Ghana: MFWA Welcomes High Court Ruling on Personal Data Collection by Government

A High Court in Ghana has ordered the state agency, National Communications Authority (NCA), to stop collecting personal information from mobile phone subscribers. The...
Zambia 

Zambia: New Cyber Law Impedes Civil Liberties

Zambia is increasingly repressing the exercise of civic rights, a trend that is growing as the country heads to general elections in August 2021....
Uganda 

Uganda Abandons Social Media Tax But Slaps New Levy on Internet Data

By Daniel Mwesigwa | Uganda has ditched the Over-The-Top (OTT) tax that it introduced three years ago on the use of social media services after...
Africa 

AFEX Calls on African Governments to Ensure Safety of Journalists, Respect Digital Rights

The Eighth General Meeting of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression and media development organisations which...
Nigeria 

MFWA salutes court order restraining Nigerian government from prosecuting Twitter users

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) welcomes the ruling by the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja on June 22, 2021, in which...
Nigeria 

Nigeria: MRA, IPC Condemn Federal Government’s Twitter Ban

Lagos, Monday, June 7, 2021:  Two non-governmental organizations, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Centre (IPC) today condemned the Federal Government’s indefinite...
Sierra Leone 

How Sierra Leone is Hiding Behind the Fight Against Cybercrime to Abuse Digital Rights

The Sierra Leonean government has introduced a Cyber Crime Bill (2020) in what it claims to be an attempt to tackle cybercrime and boost...
Benin 

Elections in Benin: AFEX Calls on Authorities to Keep the Internet Open and Secure

As the people of Benin head to the polls on April 11, 2021, in Benin, the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), is calling...
Liberia 

CEMESP bemoans the Jailing of Opposition Politician over Facebook Posts

The Center of Media Studies and Peace-building (CEMESP) has deplored the jailing of key opposition politician Mo Ali over a Facebook post which it...
Chad 

Authorities in Chad Must Refrain from Repetitive Internet Disruptions during Elections

Ahead of the Presidential elections campaigning in Chad, the authorities disrupted the internet on February 28, 2021, and attempted to restrict access to social...
Africa 

Annual Internet Rights Report 2020

The Internet has become a pivotal communication medium across all sectors of life, business, bank, education, governance, and politics, just to name a few....