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Somalia 

Somali authorities must end judicial harassment of journalist Abdalle...

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) strongly condemns the prolonged detention and harassment of Somali media rights advocate, Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, and calls...
Nigeria 

IPC condemns threat on journalist’s life

The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos- Nigeria is greatly concerned about the reported threats on the life of Premium Times Journalist, Saviour Imukudo. A report...
Africa 

CIPESA Announces 2020 Fellows

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) is pleased to announce the nine recipients of its 2020 fellowship awards....
Eastern AfricaSouthern AfricaWest Africa 

Coalition of Civil Society Groups Launches Tool to Track Responses to Disinformation in Sub Saharan Africa

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) together with Global Partners Digital (GPD), ARTICLE 19, PROTEGE QV and  the...
Zimbabwe 

Government Surveillance Should Be Lawful, Justified and Necessary

MISA Zimbabwe takes note of the chain of events that have transpired in these last few months in Zimbabwe, which seem to point to...
Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill Entrenches Surveillance

Introduction The advent of the Internet and related technological developments have been celebrated for providing platforms for widespread and ‘unrestricted’ exercise of freedom of expression...
Uganda 

Uganda’s Social Media Tax Undermining COVID-19 Fight

Globally, in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), social media has played various roles, such as  filling information vacuums and providing...

Liberian Police seize Journalist’s Phones and Demand Deletion of Live Video

Police in Monrovia have seized broadcast equipment belonging to the editor of the local daily and online publisher FrontPage Africa (FPA). National security forces executing...
Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe’s Broadcasting Service’s Act Requires Extensive Amendment

MISA Zimbabwe on the occasion of the commemorations of World Radio Day on 13 February 2020 urges the government of Zimbabwe to urgently prioritise...
Democratic Republic Of CongoSouth SudanUganda 

Building Digital Literacy and Security Capacity of Women Refugees in Uganda

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on December 9, 2019. By Ashnah Kalemera | Statistics on the prevalence of cyber harassment of women in Africa remain...

Needless Network Disruptions: A Continuing Menace to Online Rights in Africa

In what constitutes a serious violation of the digital rights of their citizens, governments in Africa are increasingly disrupting the Internet and social media...
Liberia 

Disenchanted Liberians Recount First Social Media Blackout Experience

The Liberian government on June 7, 2019 ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,...

AFEX Joins Its Member, CEMESP to Condemn Social Media Blackout in Liberia Amidst Protests

This statement was originally published by CEMESP on June 7, 2019.  In the wake of the June 7th protest in Liberia there has been noticeable...
Chad 

80 Press Freedom Organisations across the Globe Call on AU/UN Special Rapporteurs to Intervene in Ongoing Social Media Blackout in Chad

Eighty freedom of expression and media rights organisations across the world have called on the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression...