PEN SA Africa Pulse #20

21 Jul 2017
PEN SA Africa Pulse #20

PEN SA Africa Pulse is a weekly round-up of news concerning cases of freedom of expression and the freedom of the press in Africa.

Call for comments on the Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Bill

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has called for comments and public participation on the latest version of the Cyber Crimes and Cyber Security Bill. The deadline is 28 July.

Nigerian court orders journalist facing false reporting charge to be detained

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Luka Binniyat and release the journalist from jail immediately. This is after a judge ordered the journalist to be detained on charges of “breach of public peace” and false reporting on an article in Vanguard in which he alleged that herdsmen in Kaduna State killed five students from the College of Education.

Review of Somalia’s Media Law falls short

On July 13, the Somalian cabinet approved an amended Media Law, however Laetitia Bader, who has worked as the Horn researcher at Human Rights Watch, focusing primarily on Somalia, argues that the amended law does little to address the law’s deep flaws. Bader writes that key provisions that severely restrict speech have remained.
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South Sudanese media accuse government of blocking their websites

ON 17 July, four South Sudanese news websites and blogs were blocked and internet users blamed the government’s crackdown on independent media. Radio Tamazuj, a Dutch-backed radio station and website, announced on its Twitter account that it had been blocked in South Sudan. Other sites that were blocked include the Paris-based Sudan Tribune.