The UN Plan of Action on journalists' safety provides an opportunity to join a multi-stakeholder effort to fight impunity for crimes against journalist. IFEX's 5-minute guide explains what it is, how civil society organisations can use it, and ways it can be made stronger.
This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 20 October 2017.
There has been another deadly crackdown on opposition demonstrations in Togo, with official sources reporting four deaths.
According to the MFWA correspondent in Togo, an 11 year-old boy, Zomake Jojo, was killed by a bullet fired by security forces in Lomé on October 18, 2017. Three more people were also killed in Sokode, some 300 km north of Lomé.
Since public demonstrations began in March, there have been over 160 violations of the right to freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the right to seek, receive and impart information.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), on April 13, 2017 petitioned the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression and human rights situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon.
Media Foundation for West Africa
This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 17 February 2016.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda ahead of the country's 2016 polls.
AFEX has noted with dismay the increased hostility of state officials and security agents in Uganda towards the media and opposition elements in the run-up to the February 18, 2016 general elections.
The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government of Uganda to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond.
Prince Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Ambassador Deborah Malac
U.S. Ambassador to Uganda
Le Burundi a connu des troubles lorsque le président Pierre Nkurunziza a annoncé en mai qu'il était candidat à un troisième mandat. La crise s'est intensifiée quand Nkurunziza a été réélu en juillet, avec des assassinats, des attaques contre la police et des exécutions sommaires.
Cet article a été initialement publié sur ifj.org le 16 octobre 2015.
This statement was originally published on freemedia.at on 17 September 2015.
The year 2015 is on course to be the deadliest year for the media on record, according to the International Press Institute's (IPI) Death Watch, which has systematically kept track of journalists' killings around the world since 1997.
H. E. Hun Sen
Royal Government of Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
6 July 2015
Re: Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations
Dear Prime Minister Hun Sen,
Journaliste En Danger (JED) has called on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the security and information services that report to it, to loosen the noose around the media and independent journalists currently suffering under different political, economic and judicial pressures. JED asks that Congolese authorities re-open the dozen or so media outlets currently closed, and declare a moratorium on the arrest of journalists for doing their work.
This statement was originally published on indexoncensorship.org on 6 March 2015.
By Milana Knezevic
Last year, authorities in the east of Afghanistan decided to shut down a cemetery. The problem was that this particular cemetery was not just a final resting place; it had taken on a second function as a marketplace where women in the city could meet and trade. With the closure, the financial lifeline the women had created for themselves, was cut. There were some protests, the story was covered in a local newspaper, and that was it.
Extremist groups are targeting journalists in Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria. And the governments who should be protecting reporters seem unable or unwilling to do so
Caro Rolando and Hiba Zayadin 15 December 2014
Hiba Zayadin 21 July 2014
\“Israel is not in any way responsible for injury or damage that may occur as a result of field reporting,” said the Israeli Government Press Office in an email to journalists reporting in Gaza on 19 July, two days after Israel launched a ground offensive into the tiny, overpopulated strip of land.
Burma is at a crossroads. The period of transition since 2010 has opened up the space for freedom of expression to an extent unpredicted by even the most optimistic in the country.
The decisions IFEX members make and the challenges they face when documenting journalists' fatalities
By Marianna Tzabiras
Countless journalists around the world risk their lives to cover conflict zones, and raise the ire of powerful groups by reporting on controversial subjects. Sometimes they pay the ultimate price, losing their lives to bring us the story.
Tunisia caught the attention of IFEX members when it won the bid to host a major UN Internet forum in 2005. The hypocrisy of a country with one of the most pervasive systems of Internet censorship in the world hosting a gathering of thousands of people to talk about open communications was too much to ignore, and the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) was born.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 23 January 2013 - Many governments and big businesses hide behind a veil of secrecy. They want to hide their impact on people's lives and the environment and to silence criticism of their policies and operations.
That means no one can hold them to account for actions that result in millions of people suffering from hunger. By strengthening laws that force them to be open and honest, we can make sure they do not get away with it.
RSF/IFEX) - 10 January 2013 - Reporters Without Borders is deeply disturbed by acts of violence against news media and journalists in connection with a month-old armed uprising in the Central African Republic against President François Bozizé's government.
Community radio stations, a major source of news for much of the population, have been particularly affected.
(JED/RSF/IFEX) - 3 décembre 2012 - Reporters sans frontières et son organisation partenaire en République démocratique du Congo, Journaliste en Danger (JED), s'inquiètent vivement de la mesure de suspension décrétée le 1er décembre 2012 par le Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel et de la communication (CSAC) contre Radio Okapi. Ce média, administré depuis dix ans par les Nations unies, émet sur l'ensemble du territoire de la République Démocratique du Congo.
(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 22 November 2012 - We, the undersigned participants of the meeting of the civil society delegates of the 2nd UN Inter-Agency meeting on the safety of journalists and the issues of impunity, that took place on the 21st of November, 2012:
Welcome and endorse the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity with the expectation that the United Nations and the member states will engage all stakeholders, including civil society and media, in its implementation in a participatory and inclusive manner;