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.
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