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Media Freedom, Transparency and Governance

This paper, by veteran journalist Raymond Louw, asks a fundamental question: 'Can good governance exist without a free and independent media?' And he argues that Africa's premier governance and accountability tool - The APRM - seems to have ignored…

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…

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 …

Mauritians' Demand for Democracy Remains High Despite Waning Quality

On 17 May2021, former attorney general and prominent government critic Jayaram Valayden was detained by Mauritian security forces and charged with organizing a rally in contravention of the country’s Quarantine Act, a COVID-19 containment measure th…

Free vs. False: Namibia's Changing Media Landscape Presents Tough Choices for Citizens

The World Press Freedom Index considers Namibia the African country with the freest media environment, ranking 23rd in the world. While the media environment may be relatively free, senior Namibian politicians are often cynical about the media and j…

Nigeria's Human Rights Record: An Assessment of the Last Two Decades

The struggle for human rights in Nigeria has been long, arduous, and continues to this day. Before establishing the current democratic government in 1999, Nigerians were subjected to sixteen years of oppressive military rule marked by scores of huma…

Challenges and Opportunities: Media Independence and Press Freedom in Zimbabwe

Despite the 2013 Constitutional provisions and legislation ostensibly enacted and gazetted to enable media freedom, the media landscape under the Mnangagwa regime remains restrictive and incongruent with international best practises. In practice, ev…

Liberians want a Free Media - within Limits - and Unrestricted Access to Social Media

For media advocates, Liberia has been the source of both good news and bad news. In March 2019, President George Weah fulfilled his promise to pass a freedom of press act, which frees journalists and media houses from a major threat by decriminalizi…

Dissatisfaction with Eswatini's Democracy Rises

In June 2021, protests against police brutality following the death of a law student quickly gained momentum and transformed into a much larger call for democratic reforms in Eswatini. Protesters (mostly youth) across different constituencies marche…

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