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Nigeria 

Nigeria: Police Arrest Publisher of Online News Portal for Alleged Defamation

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on January 14, 2014. Nigerian police have arrested Desmond Utomwen, publisher of FreshNews, an online journal, following a...
Gambia 

The Gambia: Seven Foreign Journalists Expelled

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on January 17, 2017. Seven journalists who had gone to The Gambia to cover the upcoming inauguration of...
Niger 

Niger: Shirking Accountability – Municipal Authorities Ban Protest March against Maladministration

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on January 14, 2017. The municipal authorities in Niamey have prohibited a demonstration planned by civil society in...
Nigeria 

Nigeria: Journalists Barred from Abuja High Court

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on January 12, 2017. Journalists who went to the Federal High Court in Abuja to cover a case...
Ghana 

West Africa: Attacks by Security Personnel, Impunity for Crimes Remain Top Challenges to Free Expression Rights

This statement was originally published by mfwa.org on December 8, 2016. Constant acts of physical attacks, and arbitrary arrests and detentions of journalists and other...
Ghana 

MFWA Continues to Monitor Hate Speech on Ghana’s Radio ahead of Elections

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has released its latest language monitoring report covering the month of September. During the month, a total...
Liberia 

Liberia: Journalist Detained for Republishing Story on President of Equatorial Guinea

This statement was originally published by mfwa.org on September 20, 2016. On September 15, 2016, Festus Poquie, a journalist and editor of New Democrat, in...
Guinea 

MFWA Remembers Journalists, Others Killed in Guinea

This statement was originally published on www.mfwa.org on September 16, 2016. Two years ago today, amidst the ravages of Ebola in Guinea, three journalists and...
Togo 

Togo: Security Forces Brutally Suppress Peaceful Protest by Locals

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on August 29, 2016. Scores of indigenes of a Togolese community protesting against the activities of a new...
Mauritania 

Mauritania: 13 Anti-Slavery Activists Jailed

This statement was originally published by mfwa.org on August 25, 2016 Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from...
Mali 

Mali: Social Media Blackout

This statement was originally published by MFWA on August 19, 2016. There has been a suspected social media shutdown in Mali since August 17, 2016. Reports...
Mali 

Mali: One Dead, Several Others Injured for Protesting Arrest of Radio Presenter

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on August 18, 2016. One person is reported dead and several others injured after supporters of a popular...