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  • Kenya Press Releases

    kenyaAttacks and violence against journalists violate Article 33 of the Kenyan Constitution,  which guarantees freedom of expression. Attacks on journalists are also a violation of the international treaties ratified by Kenya, including Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Despite having a very progressive constitution, most of the old media laws have not been repealed. They continue to limit freedom of expression and some of them provide grounds for attacks on the media.

    ARTICLE 19 is working in Kenya to ensure the safety and protection of journalists and is campaigning for freedom of expression and information.

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  • Uganda Press Releases

    ugandaUgandan journalists face several legal obstacles when carrying out their work. In 2005  the government passed the Broadcasting Media Act, followed by the Press and Journalistic Act in 2006. These have significantly constrained freedom of expression. Journalists have also been physically assaulted, intimidated and harassed by the Ugandan Police Force, government officials and faith-based organisations. Few perpetrators have been arrested, despite the fact that many cases are brought to the attention of higher authorities, and impunity for violence against journalists is on the increase.

    ARTICLE 19 is working with journalists in Uganda, training them on safety and protection. We are also working to increase the public’s understanding of the role of free and independent media in development so as to safeguard good governance and human rights.

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  • Tanzania Press Releases

    tanzaniaOver the last few years, Tanzanian journalists have been subjected to attacks and harassment, including physical attacks, threats and intimidation. The archaic legal framework limits free speech in the country. For example, the 1976 Newspaper Act allows the authorities broad discretion in restricting media on the basis of national security or public interest. The semiautonomous island of Zanzibar also constrains media freedom through its restrictive media laws and its tight control on media ownership.

    ARTICLE 19 is working to increase the safety and security of journalists in Tanzania, promoting the respect and protection of media freedom and freedom of expression by both state and non-state actors. We are also working to encourage networking and advocacy for media freedom and freedom of expression.

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  • Burundi Press Releases

    burundiHuman Right’s Watch researcher Neela Ghoshal was told on 18 May by the Burundi government that her work permit had been withdrawn just days before the country elects a government. ARTICLE 19 calls upon the Burundi government to refrain from intimidating critical voices, and to protect freedom of expression, a vital component in democratic elections. Neela Ghoshal wrote a report titled: “We’ll Tie You Up and Shoot You” published by Human Rights Watch just days before being informed of her expulsion. The report addresses the lack of accountability for political violence in Burundi. Ghoshal has been ordered to leave by 5 June.

    The government’s move comes as part of a wider crackdown in the run up to the elections, which have been unexpectedly delayed from 21 May to 28 May for unclear reasons.

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  • Ethiopia Press Releases

    ethiopiaEthiopia’s has a poor record on media freedom and is one of the most heavily censored countries in the world. The government’s self-interest in suppressing any form of criticism is clear from:

    • The large number of journalists in prison and self-imposed exile.
    • The ruling party’s rigorous safeguarding of its monopoly over the media and telecommunications.

    ARTICLE 19 is working with Ethiopian journalists to increase freedom of expression in their country.

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  • Rwanda Press Releases

    rwandaMost journalists in Rwanda face incessant attacks and harassment. This includes arrests, detention, ill-treatment, death threats and extra-judicial killings. However, the risk of imprisonment or exile is the most frequent threat  to Rwandese journalists. Most have been found guilty of defamation and have received disproportionate sentences. This has resulted in media self-censorship.

    ARTICLE 19 is working with Rwandese journalists to mitigate these challenges and increase freedom of expression in their country.

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  • Somalia Press Releases

    somaliaThe conflict in Somalia has had a terrible impact on freedom of expression and journalists’ safety. Numerous media workers have been directly targeted and killed in Mogadishu because of their work. Many of them have therefore been forced into exile.,In the semi-autonomous regions of Somaliland and Puntland journalists are constantly arrested and detained for exercising their right to freedom of speech.

    ARTICLE 19 is working with Somali journalists to increase their capacity in safety and protection.

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  • Djibouti Press Releases

    djiboutiA climate of intolerance continues unabated in Djibouti. There is little respect for freedom of expression and violence against journalists is commonplace. Journalists and opposition activists continue to be harassed and intimidated and, in the worst cases, have been arbitrarily detained and tortured. Peaceful assembly has been brutally suppressed and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly has been suspended entirely during election campaigns.

    ARTICLE 19 is advocating for free speech and respect for the rights of journalists in Djibouti.

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  • Eritrea Press Releases

    eritreaThis is one of the worst countries in the world to exercise freedom of speech. Since 2001 when the government clamped down on the press, independent media are either nonexistent or barely able to operate. No private newspapers have been allowed to operate and no political organisation, other than the ruling People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, is allowed to exist.

    ARTICLE 19 is working with Eritrean journalists to increase their capacity to advocate effectively and to defend the universal right to freedom of expression.

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