Media Freedom & Right to Know


Appeal Court orders journalist Rugurika's release

The Court of Appeal in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, on 18 February, ordered the release on bail of the well-known journalist Bob Rugurika, according to Human Rights Watch...

19 Feb 2015 15:16

New president should prioritise press freedom

Media bodies in Zambia have called on the incoming republican president to prioritise press freedom as a prerequisite for national development...

By James Kunda 12 Jan 2015 13:02

Baa-a-d-d sheep... Egypt slammed for 'sham trial'

NEWSWATCH: Three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt are to be retried. Their original trial (the 'evidence' included footage of sheep and horses) has been slammed as a sham by international media and the international community...

2 Jan 2015 07:44

Zambian government launches code of ethics for journalists

At the launch of the Independent Broadcasting Authority in Lusaka earlier this month, Zambia's Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Joseph Katema, also launched a code of ethics for Zambian media...

23 Sep 2014 11:54

UN condemns killing of French journalist in CAR

NEW YORK, US / BANGUI, CAR: The UN Security Council has condemned the killing of a French journalist in the Central African Republic, stating those responsible "shall be held accountable". (Video)

15 May 2014 06:52

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33

Press Freedom in Africa slowed down by legislative stalling

Since 2010, there has been significant institutional progress for press freedom in Africa. The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) passed a resolution in November of that year urging governments to repeal criminal defamation.

By Katie Ebner-Landy 9 Aug 2013 08:46

Censorship reigns in areas controlled by Congolese rebel group

Fighting between M23 rebels and government forces has intensified near Goma, the capital of the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, since 20 May 2013. As well as causing new civilian casualties, the clashes and the actions of some rebels are endangering many journalists and the availability of diverse, freely-reported news and information.

28 May 2013 12:13

Times urged to open up rural offices

Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu has urged Times of Zambia to consider opening more outlets in rural areas to enable more people have access to information.

By Brian Hatyoka 27 May 2013 11:07

New bill would reduce protection of journalistic sources in Burundi

Reporters Without Borders condemn the Burundian national assembly's adoption last week, 4 April 2013, of a bill that would rein in press freedom by reducing protection for sources, increasing fines and requiring all journalists to have a university degree regardless of their work experience.

9 Apr 2013 14:02

Grand victory for Rwanda media

11 March 2013 will go down as a very significant day for the media in Rwanda. The day signaled an end to years of constant lobbying and deliberations in the corridors of power with the publication last Monday of the Official Gazette containing several new media-related laws, most of them revisions of older ones.

By Kenneth Agutamba 18 Mar 2013 13:04

Entries open for CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards.

14 Mar 2013 12:34

Search for bravest women journalists

WASHINGTON, US: The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.

22 Feb 2013 10:33

UN protests suspension of Radio Okapi

The United Nations has expressed "deep disappointment" at a 30 November 2012 decision of the Congolese media regulatory body to suspend transmissions of Radio Okapi. Broadcasts of Okapi, a partnership between the UN and Fondation Hirondelle, have been scrambled since Saturday in some parts of the country.

4 Dec 2012 11:53

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