Theme

Journalists and Press Freedom

Regional Situation

Journalists dedicated to providing public scrutiny of, and accountability for, human rights abuses and violations are increasingly targeted in the East and Horn of Africa. As civic space continues to shrink throughout the sub-region, media houses are faced with a range of restrictions that directly affect their ability and capacity to share information. Restrictive legislation, forced media house shut downs, and physical and judicial harassment have all been used to limit the media’s ability to shine light on human rights violations and abuses committed by both State and non-State actors.

Latest News

HRC39: Address crackdown on civic space in Tanzania

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Tanzania: Open letter to States for joint action to address crackdown on civic space and prevent a further deterioration of the situation Excellency, Ahead of the 39th regular...

16 August 2018
HRC39: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi

Version française ci-dessous To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland Burundi: Call to renew the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry   Excellencies, Ahead of the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council (“HRC”...

8 August 2018
Eritrea: DefendDefenders submits report ahead of January 2019 Universal Periodic Review

In a report submitted today to the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR), DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) calls on the Government of Eritrea to end its consistent refusal to cooperate with international human rights mechanisms, and to take concrete...

12 July 2018

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Spreading Fear, Asserting Control: Tanzania’s assault on civic space

DefendDefenders raises the alarm about a growing human rights crisis in Tanzania

26 June 2018
“This Is Our Freedom. These Are Our Rights” Human rights defenders in South Sudan since July 2016

DefendDefenders examines the state of human rights defenders in South Sudan.

26 April 2018
Don’t Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa

DefendDefenders examines the challenges journalists face, and provides an overview of the various strategies they have used to circumvent and continue their work amid these restrictions

2 November 2017