Journalists

Togo: Prominent Activist Targeted With Indian-made Spyware Linked to Notorious Hacker Group

Togo Update |

Togolese activist targeted with spyware by the Donot Team hacker group.
Amnesty International exposes links between the Donot Team attacks and Innefu Labs, a cybersecurity company based in India.
First time Donot Team publicly linked to cyberattacks targeting activists outside of South Asia.
Spyware-loaded emails and fake Android applications could access device’s camera and microphone, steal photos and files, and read WhatsApp…

Empowering Journalists to Deescalate Conflict and Hate Speech at Election Times

By CIPESA Staff |

Elections are an essential democratic process during which citizens need access to a range of credible information in order to participate meaningfully and to make informed choices. But elections can also be highly charged affairs and, with the increasing proliferation of digital technologies, there is always a danger of rising cases of online hate speech.

This scenario requires…

President Guelleh Insults Only Independent Media Outlet Operated by Djiboutian Journalists

News update in Djibouti |
Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s scathing attack on media outlet “La Voix de Djibouti” points to the country’s continued suppression of independent and alternate voices.
This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 9 December 2020.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by Djiboutian President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh’s defamatory comments in a magazine interview about the only independent media outlet operated…

Guinea Bissau: 30 Radio Stations Suspend Broadcast Over Attack on One Station

News Update in Guinea Bissau |

Thirty radio stations in Guinea Bissau suspended broadcast for 24 hours. The act was in solidarity with Radio Capital FM after a disturbing attack on the media outlet.

Seven privately-owned and 23 community radio stations across Guinea Bissau took part in the act termed “a day of silence”. About thirty journalists also gathered in front of Capital…

Online Abuse Stifles Women Journalists Around The Globe

In the third post of the online violence against women series, Dr Michelle Ferrier – founder of Trollbusters – explains the consequences of online abuse for women journalists and how the absence of redress has changed the way they approach their work.

For many journalists, critiques and insults are a badge of honor. A few slings and arrows are considered part…

Somalia: Journalists Arrested, Radio Station Closed in Crackdown on Media Freedom

Two journalists were arrested and one private radio station was closed on 9 July in Somalia.
The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called on the authorities to immediately free the journalists and lift the ban on City FM, a radio station in the Middle Shabelle region.

The regional administration ordered the arrest…

CIPESA Promotes Digital Safety Awareness and Skills for Media Practitioners in Kenya

By Marilyn Vernon and Liz Orembo |

Threats to citizens’ access to information, privacy, security and freedom of expression online are increasingly coming under scrutiny in East Africa. According to the World Press Freedom Index, Kenya who was ranked number 71 out of 180 countries in 2013, dropped 29 places to number 100 in 2014. Meanwhile, cybercrime is also on the rise in the country. The Kenya…

East African Court Declares Sections of Burundi’s Media Law ‘Undemocratic’

By Wairagala Wakabi

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled that sections of Burundi’s Press Law of 2013 violate democratic principles and should be repealed. However, the court upheld several other clauses, including those related to regulation of print and online media.

Delivered on May 15 at the Arusha, Tanzania-based court, the ruling found two articles (19 & and 20)…

World Press Freedom: Ugandan Journalists Convened for Digital Security Training

By Juliet Nanfuka

On May 2, a total of 27 Ugandan journalists were trained in digital security procedures. The training was held in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), which this year was celebrated under the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”.

The training, which was organised by the Collaboration on…