Participants at a United Nations forum that met in Paris have drafted an action plan to improve the safety of journalists and ensure that crimes committed against them do not go unpunished.
More than 500 media professionals have been killed in the course of their duties over the past decade, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which hosted last week's forum.
It points out that many more have been assaulted, abducted, sexually…
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The international community has been challenged to provide food and other relief supplies to region of South West Somalia, which has been neglected despite the dire humanitarian situation there.
Speaking in Nairobi, the chairman of Peace and Development and Research Engineer Salah Shek Osman appealed to donors and relief agencies to assist South West Somalis, currently experiencing the worst drought in recent memory. He asked donor agencies to move fast and…Continue
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A media executive with SiMBA radio was shot to death by sniper fires on August 4, 2011 at the premises of the radio in Bakaro market, controlled by the Somalia government.
Farah Hassan Sahal, one of the management of the SIMBA radio was killed by sniper fires at the radio compound in Mogadishu’s Bakara market, while trying along with other media executives, to move the radio equipment into the safer zones of Mogadishu, “to secure the rest of the equipment remained undamaged…Continue
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Ugandan journalist who mysteriously disappeared on July 13 , 2011 is being held by an anti-terrorist unit on suspicion of involvement in “subversive” activities
Augustine “Rouks” Okello, a presenter on Lira-based Radio Rhino FM is being held in an undisclosed location in Kampala by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Taskforce (JATT), which still has not taken him before a judge.
Okello was arrested as part of a probe into the death of Edison Muzoora, a dissident colonel who deserted the…Continue
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An editor with state-owned Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) Haileyesus Worku,, and one of his reporters, Abdulsemed Mohammed, were last week finally released on bail of 5,000 birr (205 euros) after being held for 15 months on charges of illegally selling state-owned news content for personal gain.
The court has scheduled a hearing for November 12, 2011 to hear defense arguments. The two journalists are meanwhile banned from leaving the country. They were arrested on…Continue
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Sudanese journalist Amal Habani, a woman reporter for the daily Al-Jarida has been fined 2,000 pounds (600 euros) or a month in jail for reporting a woman activist’s claims that she was raped by members of the security forces.
As Habani refused to pay the fine, she was immediately taken to Omdurman women’s prison, northwest of the capital, to begin serving the jail sentence. Habani was convicted by Judge Modather Al-Rasheed of the Khartoum media court, who fined her editor, Saadeldin…Continue
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Radio Jowhar, the only FM station in Jowhar, the headquarters of Middle Shabelle…Continue