Civic Participation

Tanzania: 38 NGOs Call on States To Express Concern Over The Human Rights Situation

Press Release |

Today, DefendDefenders and 37 Tanzanian, African and international human rights organisations publish a letter calling on states to use the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to raise concern over Tanzania’s situation in order to prevent a further deterioration.

Since a group of 30 NGOs first wrote a letter on Tanzania, in August 2018, the space for human rights defenders…

CNC Suspends Commentary Column of Iwacu News Paper

Burundi News|

Burundi Media Regulator CNC has suspended this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the online commentary column of Iwacu newspaper for three months. Iwacu newspaper direction says to be saddened by the decision.

Iwacu has gone against professional standards, the reason why CNC decides to suspend the column for three months from now”, says Karenga Ramadhani, Chairman of Burundi Media Regulator- CNC.


Internet shutdown as Sierra Leone votes

Sierra Leone News Update |

Sierra Leone’s telecom regulatory body, NATCOM, has denied claims it shut down internet access ahead of the country’s presidential elections.

The first round election on 7 March failed to produce an outright winner with no candidate securing 55% of votes as required by local electoral laws. A run-off election was called for Saturday 31 March.

As counting started, internet access…

Scrapping of Broadcasting and Access to Information Laws Long Overdue

Zimbabwe News Update|

MISA- Zimbabwe welcomes remarks by Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Simon Khaya Moyo, that his ministry is in the process of aligning the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) with the Constitution.

Moyo was speaking at the launch of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe’s elections programme on…

BAKE condemns the shutdown of TV stations & Threats to Media Freedoms

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) is alarmed by the blatant disregard of the law, draconian practices, respect for media freedoms and freedom of expression in the country by the Kenyan Government. In moves that return the country to the dark past, the government is enhancing regressive practices that infringe on fundamental right of Kenyans.

Allegations that the President and his…

Minister Calls for News Content in Local Languages to Promote Access to Information– Zambia

By Brenda Bukowa|

With 68 percent of Zambians living in poverty and literacy levels standing at 55.3 percent with more pronouncement in females than males, publication of newspapers and magazines in various local languages can be key to information dissemination to the general public.

This can further increase public understanding of national issues and in turn strengthen the practice of freedom of…