Promoting Freedom of Expression in Africa | Freedom House

Promoting Freedom of Expression in Africa


Dozens of NGOs expressed their "concern about the continued deterioration of freedom of expression in many parts of Africa in 2010" in a resolution adopted this week at a major gathering of civil society from across the continent. The "Resolution on Freedom of Expression and Protection of Journalists" came out of the Forum on the Participation of NGOs held in Banjul, The Gambia, in advance of the start of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights ordinary session. The resolution underscores serious concerns about murders of journalists, repressive laws that hinder journalists' ability to do their job, illegal detentions, and other press freedom restrictions found throughout Africa.

In The Gambia alone in recent years, many journalists have fled "[r]epressive media laws, coupled with some cases of extrajudicial killings, disappearance and unlawful arrests and detention," according to the African website, which celebrated the "press freedom warriors" who took part in crafting the resolution. Freedom House was proud to help support the panel on freedom of expression and hopes the AU hears the requests of its civil society.
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