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Public Trust in Elections: The Role of Media Freedom and election Management Autonomy

"As multiparty elections have become a global norm, scholars and policy experts regard public trust in elections as vital for regime legitimacy. However, very few cross-national studies have examined the consequences of electoral manipulation, inclu…

Freedom of Information: Batswana Back Private Communication, Public Accountability

Freedom of information is a critical facet of democratic governance. The right to information is not only essential to the news media in authenticating its reports and reducing the realm of speculation, but it is also a prerequisite for an informed …

Le Soutien à la Liberté des Médias Recule en Guinée / Support for Media Freedom is Declining in Guinea

The Guinean media landscape has been slow to structure itself. The liberalization of the airwaves took place only recently and took place in a very unstable and often violent political context. In this environment, which has affected the country's e…

How Free is too Free? Across Africa, Media Freedom is on the Defensive

In Africa, as elsewhere, mass media face increasing opportunities and threats. New technologies have made it easier for producers to share content widely and cheaply, resulting in a proliferation and diversification of information sources. And broad…

Zimbabweans Support Free Media as Watchdog, Question Media's Effectiveness and Integrity

"Advocates of media freedom find strong support among Zimbabwean citizens. According to the latest Afrobarometer survey in the country, a majority of citizens say the media should have the right to publish any views and ideas without government cont…

Agenda Setting Unpacked: A Review of Zimbabwe's Approach to Reporting during COVID-19

The right to freedom of information is highly sought after by media practitioners. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes for journalists and their ability to freely disseminate information related to it. In countries such as …

Hashtags and Spectacles: Zimbabwe's Feminist Activists Find Online Avenues to Tackle Government's COVID-19 Clampdown

Feminist critiques, activism and the feminist movement have long played a key role at significant political junctures in Zimbabwe, challenging the male domination of political and public spaces, as well as entrenched masculine orientations of democr…

Promise and Peril: In Changing Media Landscape, Africans are Concerned about Social Media but Opposed to Restricting Access

Africa’s media landscape is changing rapidly. Regular reliance on digital sources for news has nearly doubled in just five years, with more than one-third of respondents across 18 countries surveyed reporting that they turn to the Internet or social…

Ethiopians Support Media's Watchdog Role but want Regulated Access to Internet, Social Media

Free and independent media is still a new phenomenon in Ethiopia. Although the downfall of the military regime in May 1991 triggered an unprecedented proliferation of print media, it didn’t last long. Draconian media laws promulgated by the Federal …

Les Sénégalais Souhaitent un Accès sans Restriction aux Réseaux Sociaux, Mais Déplorent les Fausses Informations et les Discours de Haine / Senegalese want Unrestricted Access to Social Networks, but Deplore False Information and Hate Speech

For democracy advocates, the press is the most indispensable and formidable non-governmental institution. According to them, access to information is crucial to enable citizens to inform themselves about economic, political and social news in order …

Journalists under duress: Internet shutdowns in Africa are stifling press freedom

“The internet for journalism is now like the air you breathe,” said Befeqadu Hailu, an Ethiopian journalist and a member of the Zone 9 blogger collective who was arrested in April 2014 and charged with terrorism. “Without the internet, modern journa…

Has COVID-19 changed the narrative on press freedom in Africa?

Governments worldwide are introducing measures to stop the spread of false news relating to the Corona Virus Disease, or COVID-19. Although arguably well intentioned, these changes are viewed as a pathway to the implementation of repressive laws aga…

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