Media

Advancing Consumer Protection across Africa in the Digital Age

By CIPE Writer |

Consumer protection serves as an avenue for promoting transparency, accountability, and trust in the digital age, helping shield both consumers and small businesses from unfair practices online. According to a report by the International Finance Corporation and Google, “Africa’s internet economy has the potential to reach $180 billion by 2025, accounting for 5.2% of the [Continent’s] gross domestic product…

AFEX Condemns Military Brutality Against Journalists in Uganda

News Update Uganda |

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) condemns the brutal attack by the Ugandan military on journalists and calls for immediate investigations and punishment for the officers involved.

The incident happened on February 17, 2020, when former presidential candidate, Robert Kyagunlanyi Ssentamu’s popularly known as Bobi Wine, and his party officials were going to the UN Office in Kampala…

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: Media Regulatory Body Lifts Suspension on News Website

Guinea News Update |

The Media Foundation for West Africa welcomes the lifting of the one-month suspension imposed on online press, Guineematin, by the Haute Autorité de la Communication (HAC), Guinea’s media regulatory body.

the suspension of guineematin.com followed the refusal of the general administrator of the website to stop a live broadcast on the site’s Facebook page of official polling station results during the…

Guinea Bissau: New Government, Old Repressive Attitude Towards the Media

Guinea Bissau News Update |

Freedom of the press and of expression received some impetus with the advent of democracy in 1994 when the first presidential elections were held with General Joao Bernardo Vieira emerging victorious. The national radio, the RDN and the Nö Pintcha Journal were the only state news organizations that had held a news monopoly since independence in 1974.…

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…

Ghana’s Parliament Still Drags on with Passage of Right to Information Bill

Nigeria News Update |

The high expectations of millions of Ghanaians that the long-awaited Right to Information Bill (RTI) could be passed before Parliament goes on recess this weekend may be dashed. This follows a disclosure by the Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, that the Bill may not be passed before the House rises.

Speaking at a Meet-the-Press event in…

Building Collaborations in Research for Internet Policy Advocacy in Africa

By Juliet Nanfuka |

Many African countries are caught between developing policies that support the unfettered use of the internet as a tool for social, economic and political growth, and laws that threaten citizens’ rights and use of digital technologies. Often, this is partly due to limited evidence upon which to base policies and decision-making, which results from the scant availability…

Ugandan Journalist Seized in Kampala Following Investigative Report

News Update|

Nairobi, February 14, 2018–Ugandan authorities must make every effort to secure the safe release of Charles Etukuri, an investigative journalist for the state-owned New Visionnewspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Five unidentified men dressed in military camouflage seized Etukuri outside the newspaper’s office in Kampala yesterday, days after he published an investigation into the murder of a foreign national in…

Challenges Ugandan Journalists Face in Reporting on ICT Policy-Making

By Evelyn Lirri |

Journalists covering parliament in Uganda are facing challenges in reporting legislative developments on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) due to limited knowledge and poor access to information.

According to journalists from the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association (UPPA), the challenges are further exacerbated by some legislators’ limited knowledge and interest in ICT,  and by  the commercial interests of media…