Journalism Safety


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18 Apr 2016

Making Africa safe for journalism – The Plan

The killing of journalists around the world remains an all too common problem and Africa has not been immune. The United Nations endorsed a Plan of Action in 2012 to try to make the practice of journalism safer. In 2013 and 2014, 178 journalists were killed around the world. Of those, 23 were murdered in sub-Saharan Africa. It doesn’t have to be that way. African...

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A month in the life of journalists in Eastern Africa
17 Apr 2016

A month in the life of journalists in Eastern Africa

Article 19 Eastern Africa issues a monthly bulletin on the status of freedom of expression in the region. This is the slightly shortened January 2016 edition: Burundi 28 January: Foreign journalist Jean-Philippe Remy and photojournalist Philip Edward Moore, while on assignment for French daily newspaper Le Monde in the capital city Bujumbura, were arrested and detained by police. Pressure from international human rights and media...

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A year in the life of journalists in West Africa
17 Apr 2016

A year in the life of journalists in West Africa

Across West Africa, critical journalists have had to face parliamentary and judicial enquiries, arbitrary arrests and detentions in 2015. In what appears to be an emerging pattern of attempts at censorship and restrictions on critical reporting, journalists in various countries have had to face questioning by authorities for their reports. Since the beginning of 2015, 23 journalists from different countries in the region have been...

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Getting away with murder – violence against journalists
22 May 2015

Getting away with murder – violence against journalists

The practice of journalism in Africa is not for the faint hearted. Journalists are intimidated, attacked, jailed, or even killed for doing their job. Eighty-two were murdered between 2012 and 2015 alone – most of the crimes have gone unpunished. Violence against journalists in Africa has a long history. Before the 1990s, most media outlets were state owned, and very few journalists practiced independent journalism....

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