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Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

Civic space restrictions continue in Iran with human rights defenders and journalists facing prosecution and detention. Read more

Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

A series of peaceful demonstrations took place in between May and August 2017, to demand jobs, service delivery and against corruption. On Friday 26th May 2017, a cross section of Ghanaians staged a peaceful demonstration in Accra, organised by radio station Adom FM, to protest the rising levels of corruption within the government and public services. Protesters delivered a petition to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) demanding an investigation of persons engaged in acts of corruption, and to recover the stolen funds. The leaders of the protest also gave the EOCO 310 supporting documents, and promised to stage another protest within three months if the EOCO did not heed their request. Read more

President promises the passage of the long-awaited Right to Information Bill

Armed gunmen abduct journalist as Yemen conflict rages on

Journalists and human rights activists continue to be subject to human rights violations. Read more

 Armed gunmen abduct journalist as Yemen conflict rages on


Singer and journalist arrested for insulting the president

In the tense political atmosphere surrounding the legislative elections on 30th July, singer Amy Collé Dieng and journalist Ouleye Mané were arrested for uploading and sharing content 'insulting' President Macky Sall on social media. Read more

Singer and journalist arrested for insulting the president

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes

Changes to the electoral system within the constitutional reforms have caused particular concern among some in Georgian civil society. Read more

Georgian civil society concerned over threats to democracy in election law changes

Two journalists face ongoing judicial harassment in Niger

Mr. Ali Soumana, journalist and publisher of weekly Le Courrier, was detained on 29th June 2017. He is accused of 'obtaining judicial documents through fraudulent means' under the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison if found guilty. Soumana published a document from the prosecution that relates to a five year legal dispute between the State of Niger and the Lebanese company Africard on a breach of contract for biometric passports. The charges under the Penal Code violate Niger's 2010 Press Law which de-penalizes press offenses, and guarantees the confidentiality of sources in its article 16. Soumana experienced judicial harassment before: in June 2016 he and owner of Le Courrier Moussa Dodo were detained for 10 days and received a three months suspended sentence. Read more

Two journalists face ongoing judicial harassment in Niger

Three journalists arbitrarily arrested in Somaliland and Puntland

In the span of five weeks, three journalists were arrested in Puntland and in Somaliland. Journalist and founder of Puntlandone.com Ahmed Ali Kilwe was arrested by security forces in Garowe, the administrative capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland, on 2nd July 2017. His arrest is related to a Facebook he wrote on 23rd June, criticizing the president of Puntland, Abdiweli Ali, and his use of public funds. According to the Media Association of Puntland, who spoke with officials, Ali Kilwe was arrested by counter terrorism police on a directive of the President for "posting articles impertinent to the Puntland President". He was released on 16th July. Read more

Three journalists arbitrarily arrested in Somaliland and Puntland


Authorities block news sites and blogs for publishing "subversive" content

The ban imposed on 20 foreign journalists on 8th June 2017, as previously reported on the Monitor, was lifted in late June, after the pressure of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, a group of veteran politicians tasked with consultations to restore peace in the country. The Media Authority claimed earlier in June that the journalists were denied entry due to their "unsubstantiated and unrealistic stories". Read more

Authorities block news sites and blogs for publishing "subversive" content