Saturday, 19 September 2009

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Media & freedom of expression


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the death
threats issued against Kadi Adzuba and Delphine Namuto of Radio Okapi and
Jolly Kamuntu of the privately-owned radio station, Radio Maendeleo, who
were all threatened through an unknown SMS in Bukavu, capital of South
Kivu province in the east of DRC.


The Liberian leader president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has filed a lawsuit
against the New Broom newspaper for libel, amounting to $5 million in
damages. The paper recently accused president Sirleaf of receiving US$2
million as kickback to favor a company for control of the Cavalla Robber
Plantation in the south eastern region of Liberia.


The Ugandan government should immediately allow radio stations and
programming that it closed down after protests in Kampala last week to
return to the air and should investigate the arrest and abuse of a
prominent journalist, Robert Kalundi Sserumaga, Human Rights Watch has


Media watchdog, the Media Institute for Southern Africa – Zimbabwe, has
expressed grave concern over the upsurge of hate speech against the
private media and perceived opponents, by members of ZANU PF and the state
controlled media. Earlier this week army commander, Lieutenant-General
Phillip Valerio Sibanda, berated foreign based Zimbabwean radio stations,
accusing them of being at war with Zimbabwe and urged the military to
'guard against them'. This has been widely seen as meaning that
journalists broadcasting into Zimbabwe are legitimate military targets
because they threaten the state.

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