Sunday, 13 September 2009

[creative-radio] MENA AFRICA: Media & freedom of expression - Pambazuka News 447: Links & Resources

 

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14 Media & freedom of expression

GAMBIA: PRESIDENT PARDONS SIX JOURNALISTS

http://www.ifex.org/the_gambia/2009/09/09/journalists_pardoned/

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.
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GUINEA: IFJ CONDEMNS THREATS ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

http://tinyurl.com/klc8o2

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 Office.
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NIGER: NEW LAW GRANTS PRESIDENT ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER MEDIA REGULATORY BODY

http://www.ifex.org/niger/2009/09/09/president_controls_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.
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SOMALIA: RADIO HORYAAL DIRECTOR JAILED IN SOMALILAND

http://www.ifex.org/somalia/2009/09/11/osman_arrested/

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.
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SUDAN: TROUSER-WEARING JOURNALIST RELEASED

http://www.ifex.org/sudan/2009/09/09/journalist_trousers_convicted/

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.
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UGANDA: FOUR RADIO STATIONS CLOSED

http://humanrightshouse.org/Articles/11722.html

The Government of Uganda has closed four independently-owned radio
stations 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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