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Remembering Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela

Remembering Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela

January 2022 marks 3 years since investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela was killed in Accra, Ghana. The perpetrators of this heinous act have not been brought to book. #LetsTakeAMoment to remember him. Three years ago, two men on a motorcycle shot and killed Divela, a member of the investigative journalism outlet Tiger Eye Private Investigations while he was driving in the Madina neighborhood of Ghana’s capital, Accra. Divela had told CPJ in September 2018 that people had attempted to attack him and that…
14 people, including six journalists, killed in a road crash in Tanzania

14 people, including six journalists, killed in a road crash in Tanzania

FOURTEEN people, including six journalists and a senior government media liaison officer, have died in a horrific car accident near Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has offered her condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed for a quick recovery of the injured. In a statement, the African Editors Forum also sent its sympathies to the families and colleagues of the three journalists and two media officers who died in a motor vehicle accident in Tanzania while on…
State of Press Freedom in Somalia 2021: Silencing Journalists through Targeted Attacks, Restrictions and Censorship Amid Precarious Working Conditions

State of Press Freedom in Somalia 2021: Silencing Journalists through Targeted Attacks, Restrictions and Censorship Amid Precarious Working Conditions

By Abdalle Ahmed Mumin Somali journalists were once again subjected to violence and deliberate attacks by the security forces of the federal government, regional states and the militant group al-Shabaab. Covering insecurity, the continued deadlock in federal elections and the reports concerning allegations of human rights violations, power abuse and corruption within the government are key red line for media professionals in Somalia. Journalists seeking to cover these issues often face arbitrary detention, death threat, harassment and intimidation and many are forced to…
Hirshabelle police attack and close independent radio station, detain seven journalists in Beledweyne over critical interviews

Hirshabelle police attack and close independent radio station, detain seven journalists in Beledweyne over critical interviews

Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS) and its partner the Somali Media Association (SOMA) has condemned the raid and closure on the local independent radio in Beledweyne and detention of its seven journalists by Hirshabelle police in Beledweyne on 21 January 2022 following interviews with local armed resistance who oppose the Hirshabelle authorities. According to CCTV footage seen by SJS and SOMA and interviews with journalists, around 2:58pm Friday local time heavily armed police officers led by Beledweyne police commissioner Mohamed Hussein Mohamud (Duur dage) attacked and took over Radio Hiiraan Weyn and put the radio off-air before detaining seven journalists on duty.  The seven journalists…
RSF condemns authoritarian turn in Tunis

RSF condemns authoritarian turn in Tunis

Around 20 journalists were the targets of major police violence during last Friday’s protest in Tunis against President Kais Saied. The correspondent of three French media outlets, Libération, Jeune Afrique and RFI, was badly beaten and sprayed with gas at close range. Nothing like this has been seen in the capital since President Ben Ali’s ouster in 2011. The day after this crackdown, RSF sounded the alarm and published a report entitled Journalism in Tunisia: hour of the truth, which highlights concerns about the president’s commitment to freedom of the press. The slowness with which the Tunisian media sector has been transformed during the past 11 years…
Ethiopia detains three journalists for 'promoting terrorism'

Ethiopia detains three journalists for 'promoting terrorism'

A freelance video journalist accredited to the Associated Press and two other local journalists have been detained in Ethiopia, according to police and the country’s media regulator. Federal police accused the journalists in a statement late on Wednesday of “promoting terrorism” by interviewing members of the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), which parliament has designated a terrorist group. The AP reported that its freelancer, Amir Aman Kiyaro, was detained on Nov. 28 under the country’s war-related state of emergency after returning home from a reporting trip. He has not been charged, the report said. “These are baseless allegations. Kiyaro is an…

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