Journalist Anne Waithera of Kenya, stricken by cancer, passed away this week at the youthful age of 39. She was the first BBC bilingual—English and KiSwahili—reporter in Addis Ababa.
Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohammed Salih, charged with publishing lies about a young woman activist’s claim of rape, was acquitted in a surprise ruling.
(GIN)—South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the lengthy sentence meted out to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government. Mda, a novelist, poet and playwriting, is the son of A.P. Mda, a “guiding light” in the founding of the Pan African Congress. Nega, who […]
(GIN)—The detention of two journalists for writing articles critical of Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma has been denounced by the human rights watchdog Amnesty International. The UK group urged the government to drop all charges against the writers for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression. “High-level government officials must be prepared to […]
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was scheduled to receive the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize last week, despite a global campaign by free speech advocates protesting the jailing of noted newsman and managing editor, Rodney Sieh.