Press freedom has come a long way in Africa, but precariously

Tawana Kupe, University of the Witwatersrand Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index shows two interesting things. Namibia, ranked number 17, has the most improved press freedom environment in the world. And Africa, with the exception of North Africa, came second in rankings on the most improved media environment since 2015. Namibia’s rise in …

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Exclusive: Interview with Committee to Protect Journalists’ Sue Valentine

In a news release dated January 6, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) judged 2015 to be the “fourth most deadly year on record for journalists.” It said that 71 journalists were killed in the line of duty, with 42 percent of them (30 individuals) murdered by the so-called Islamic State. According to the news …

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Q&A on press freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa with Jennifer Dunham of Freedom House

Today’s date, May 3, has since 1993 been designated World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations General Assembly.  According to the UN, the theme for 2015 is “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age.” Last week, in a ceremony in New York jointly hosted by the …

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Africa News Headlines for 2 May 2015

Nigerian witch doctor sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in the US Source: Information Nigeria Djibouti seeks to tap volcanic energy to reduce power costs Source: Chicago Tribune/Bloomberg Medicinal dagga could be legal in 3 months Source: IOL/Independent on Saturday NED hosts forum on LGBTIQ rights in Uganda Source: Sub-Saharan Monitor Eritrea tops CPJ’s ‘Most Censored …

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