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International Press Institute joins African media stakeholders in strengthening Digital Platform for Safety of Journalists

International Press Institute joins African media stakeholders in strengthening Digital Platform for Safety of Journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, publishers, and leading journalists for media freedom, has formally joined the media stakeholders in Africa engaged in the Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists, having signed a partnership agreement to strengthen the platform. This platform is a joint effort between African media associations and networks, civil society, INGOs, the African Union Bodies with a mandate to promote media freedom on the continent, and with support from the UNESCO Multi-donor Programme on Freedom of Expression…
NUSOJ Awarded UN Special Consultative Status

NUSOJ Awarded UN Special Consultative Status

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)  has been granted Special Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), during its meeting held in New York, on 21 July 2022.The Consultative status confers special privileges and responsibilities allowing NUSOJ to access to ECOSOC, and its subsidiary bodies, as well as the UN Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies, ad-hoc processes, and special events organized by the President of the UN General Assembly.The NUSOJ said the recognition is significant and demonstrates that NUSOJ’s tireless…
Arusha Declaration: World Press Freedom Day 2022

Arusha Declaration: World Press Freedom Day 2022

AFRICA MEDIA CONVENTION: JOURNALISM UNDER DIGITAL SIEGE We, the participants at the Africa Media Convention – World Press Freedom Day, held in Arusha Tanzania, 1-3 May 2022 acknowledge the state of the media in Africa in reference to this year’s theme and make recommendations to the media stakeholders as follows: Appreciate the focus of WPFD2022 theme on the complex and restrictive impact of digital siege on journalists and human rights defenders; Acknowledge that journalists are often the soft targets of surveillance, as big data collection and the…
DRC journalist Henry Hererimana Serushago in hiding after beating, threats from M23 rebels

DRC journalist Henry Hererimana Serushago in hiding after beating, threats from M23 rebels

All parties to the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo should permit members of the press to work without fear of arrest, violence, and harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said. On the morning July 5, a group of six soldiers with the M23 rebel group detained Henry Hererimana Serushago, a reporter at La Voix de Mikeno (RACOM) community radio broadcaster, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and a report by Journaliste en Danger, a local press freedom group. Members of the M23, a rebel movement fighting the DRC government in…
Somalia: Journalists arrested while covering floods

Somalia: Journalists arrested while covering floods

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns the unprovoked violence meted out by Federal Somali Police Force (SPF) on two journalists as they reported on flooding in a Mogadishu district.The two journalists Mohamed Nur Mohamed and Munasar Abdirahaman Ahmed who are working for privately owned Arlaadi Media Network, as a reporter and cameraman respectively, were out in the field compiling a report on the floods that inundated Wadajir district and other neighbourhoods, when they were set upon by armed Police, who battered them and confiscated their equipment.Footage that captured part of the confrontation shows a police officer hitting Mohamed Nur Mohamed…
DRC: American and Congolese journalists detained

DRC: American and Congolese journalists detained

American journalist Stavros Nicolas Niarchos and Congolese journalist Joseph Kazadi Kamuanga were arrested and detained by the DRC’s intelligence services on Wednesday, 13 July for allegedly making contacts with armed groups. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the arrests. According to local media reports, Niarchos, who works for The Nation and New York magazines and Kamuanga, who worked as his fixer, were arrested in the south-eastern city of Lubumbashi by the Agence Nationale de Renseignements (ANR)  and taken to the capital, Kinshasa. Niarchos was questioned “about his close links with the armed groups, particularly Bakata Katanga”.   Niarchos had travelled to the DRC to report on nature conservation,…

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