14 Media & freedom of expression
GAMBIA: PRESIDENT PARDONS SIX JOURNALISTS
Six Gambian journalists imprisoned on charges ranging from defamation to
"seditious publication" were released on 3 September on a presidential
pardon, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and other IFEX
members. The journalists were convicted for issuing a joint statement
holding President Yahya Jammeh's government responsible for journalist Deyda
Hydara's murder in 2004.
GUINEA: IFJ CONDEMNS THREATS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the
harassment and intimidation campaign against journalists in Guinea and the
consistent threats on freedom of expression since the advent of the military
junta in the country. "Since the advent of the military junta, we have
witnessed more and more threats, and arrests that are squarely designed to
intimidate journalists," declared Gabriel Baglo, Director of IFJ Africa
NIGER: NEW LAW GRANTS PRESIDENT ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER MEDIA REGULATORY BODY
On August 28, 2009, President Mamadou Tandja signed into law a bill granting
him absolute control over the Supreme Council for Communications (CSC), the
country's media regulatory body. Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s
correspondent reported that Article 130 of the new Constitution that was
recently adopted under a controversial referendum in early August has
reduced the previous 11 members to seven. It also gives the president the
power to appoint four members, including the CSC's president.
SOMALIA: RADIO HORYAAL DIRECTOR JAILED IN SOMALILAND
Police should release Mohamed Osman, director of Radio Horyaal, who has been
held without charge since his arrest on Saturday outside parliament in
Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, the Committee to
Protect Journalists has said.
SUDAN: TROUSER-WEARING JOURNALIST RELEASED
A Sudanese journalist was convicted on 7 September of "sensational dressing"
and jailed for wearing trousers, report the Arabic Network for Human Rights
Information (ANHRI) and the International Press Institute (IPI). Protesters
in support of Lubna Ahmed Hussein were beaten outside the court and
reporters barred from the proceedings.
UGANDA: FOUR RADIO STATIONS CLOSED
The Government of Uganda has closed four independently-
and suspended their operating licenses for what it called "flouting rules by
inciting people, mainly the Baganda tribe, against President Yoweri
Museveni, his government and against other tribes".
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