Media freedom in Africa under attack – Amnesty

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Amnesty International has observed that Media freedom has increasingly come under attack in many countries across Africa with journalists targeted for exposing corruption and human rights violations.

In a statement made available to Qfm News ahead of World Press Freedom Day which falls on the third of this month, Amnesty International is calling on all African governments to ensure that journalists are able to carry out their work without fear, free from intimidation and harassment.

 

Amnesty International has observed that in West and Central Africa for example violations of media freedom continue unabated.

The organization states that from Gambia to Cameroon, journalists are either threatened or forced into exile because of their work.

 

It says that in East Africa number of media outlets have come under direct attack from their governments, facing intimidation and harassment, with some media houses being shut down.

The non-governmental organization focused on human rights  has observed that Journalists have been arrested arbitrarily, tortured and sentenced on spurious charges over the past year because of their work.

It has further observed that in Southern Africa in countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Angola what is being seen is a disturbing pattern of journalists being targeted simply for doing their work.
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