PEN SA Africa Pulse #21

28 Jul 2017
PEN SA Africa Pulse #21

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.

Suppression in South African society is on the rise

Luke Waltham, Law Student and Social Justice Activist, makes the argument that suppression in the South African society is on the rise. “Although it is perfectly fine to be critical of the media and call it out on its bias, it should never be acceptable in a constitutional democracy to intimidate, victimise and suppress the media from performing its functions”
HuffPost South Africa

Morocco deports Spanish journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has issued a statement in which it urges Moroccan authorities to lift any restriction against journalists José Luis Navazo and Fernando Sanz to enter the country.

CPJ’s 2017 International Press Freedom Awards

On 15 November, in New York City, CPJ will hold its annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner to honour courageous journalists from around the world. Amongst the awardees on the night will be Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa service, who has been jailed since 2015. In May this year, PEN South Africa sent a statement regarding Abba’s case to the President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya.