We compile stories related to press and media freedom across the Commonwealth, providing a resource for those interested in these issues.

Africa

Uganda, 20/02/2018 - Journalist arrested for 'using mouth recklessly' - New Vision

Nigeria, 20/02/2018 - NBC penalises 88 broadcast stations for breaching code - AllAfrica

Uganda, 20/02/2018 - ISO release New Vision journalist Etukuri without charge - AllAfrica

Nigeria, 12/02/2018 - Delta government denies alleged plans to sell DBS, DRTV - The Guardian (Nigeria)

Zimbabwe, 12/02/2018 - 2018 elections: ZBC under spotlight - Daily News

Gambia, 06/02/2018 - A year after Jammeh: Free press returns to The Gambia - Al Jazeera

Kenya, 01/02/2018 - As Kenya takes Orwellian turn, government goes after journalists - New York Times

Cameroon, 26/01/2018 - Cameroon internet shutdowns cost Anglophones millions - Al Jazeera

Cameroon, 25/01/2018 - Cameroon government sued over internet shutdown in Anglophone regions - AfricaNews

Gambia, 22/01/2018 - Press Union's Sec General optimistic about the future of Gambian media - Jollof News

Zimbabwe, 19/01/2018 - 'Urgently align media laws to constitution' - Zimbabwe Independent

Swaziland, 18/01/2018 - Swaziland Civil Liberties Worsen - AllAfrica

Kenya, 15/01/2018 - Protection of 'sources' law must be stringent to guard media freedom - Standard Media

Nigeria, 12/01/2018 - What to look out for in Nigeria's digital rights and policy landscape in 2018 - Independent Nigeria

Zambia, 12/01/2018 - Journalist accuses soldiers of abuse over pictures - Times of Zambia

Nigeria, 11/01/2018 - Publisher Daniel Elombah released, but Tim Elombah remains in police custody - IFEX

Kenya, 08/01/2018 - The Media council of Kenya condemns the attack on the media from politicians - Standard Media

Tanzania, 04/01/2018 - Critics of Tanzania's President Say He's Moved Country Towards Authoritarianism - NPR

Rwanda, 29/12/2017 - Journalists Welcome Move to Decriminalise Defamation - AllAfrica

Zimbabwe, 10/12/2017 - Journalists hoping for media freedom in Zimbabwe - ENCA

South Africa, 07/12/2017 - SABC strike threatens ANC elective conference coverage - Mail&Guardian

Ghana, 07/12/2017 - Voice without accountability - CIMA

Mozambique, 05/12/2017 - Mozambique: Threats to Press Freedom in Nampula - AllAfrica

Uganda, 04/12/2017 - 'Free Red Pepper editors' - AllAfrica

Zimbabwe, 04/12/2017, Fututre of press freedom in post-Mugabe Zimbabwe remains open - International Press Institute

Gambia, 01/12/2017, One year after Jammeh: Is Adama Barrow's government keeping its promises? - Ifex

Nigeria, 27/11/2017 - Four journalists killed in 8 months - Media Foundation for West Africa

Cameroon, 27/11/2017 - Internet restriction in Cameroon's Anglophone region hitting 60-day mark - Africa News

Zimbabwe, 25/11/2017 - Mugabe's downfall: A new era for Zimbabwe's media? - Al Jazeera

Uganda, 24/11/2017 - Journalists detained by Uganda charged with treason, police say - Reuters

Uganda, 23/11/2017 - Ugandan editors arrested over 'fake news' on alleged Uganda-Rwanda tension - Standard Media

Kenya, 13/11/2017 - Fact-checking Kenya's repeat presidential election - International Journalists' Network

Seychelles, 09/11/2017 - Engaging media for effective risk communication in Seychelles - ReliefWeb

South Africa, 08/11/2017 - SABC Board Committed to its independence - AllAfrica

Nigeria, 07/11/2017 - Nigerian government will never tolerate impunity against journalists - Lai Mohammed

Nigeria, 06/11/2017 - Rights body calls on Nigerian government to halt clampdown on online media - Ripples

Nigeria, 05/11/2017 - Nigerian media, CSOs launch secure whistle-blowing platform - The Premium Times

Ghana, 03/11/2017 - Offline and Online Safety of Ghanian Journalists is Key - Penplusbytes - Modern Ghana

Kenya, 01/11/2017 - Kenyan Public Prosecutor Orders Probe into Attack on Journalists - AllAfrica

Rwanda, 28/10/2017 - Jail term for insulting Rwandan President - AllAfrica

Rwanda, 27/10/2017 - Journalist reports death threats over Rwanda book - Uganda Observer

Kenya, 25/10/2017 - Kenyans need more than fact-checking tips to resist misinformation - Columbia Journalism Review

Tanzania, 25/10/2017 - Tanzanian government bans another newspaper - African Independent

Tanzania and Uganda, 24/10/2017 - East African States Adopt China's Playbook on Internet Censorship - Freedom House

South Africa, 21/10/2017 - South Africa’s media is still held back by a lack of diversity and undue political influence - Quartz Media

Nigeria, 17/10/2017 - SPECIAL REPORT: How a Nigerian law is suppressing citizens’ freedom on the Internet - Premium Times Nigeria

Namibia, 17/10/2017 - NBC offers free airtime for parties - The Namibian

Kenya, 16/10/2017 - Journalists injured, cameras smashed as they covered police brutality - KDRTV Kenya News

Uganda, 16/10/2017 - Police quizzes and charges newspaper editors over Presidential Age Limit stories - Horn Observer

Gambia, 13/10/2017 - 'Government Promises to Do Away With Draconian Laws Hindering Freedom of Journalists' Pap Saine - All Africa

Kenya, 12/10/2017 - #MemberInterview: Kenya’s press navigates tense presidential election - International Press Institute

Swaziland, 10/10/2017 - TV Censors Public Servants March - All Africa

Kenya, 10/09/2017 - Media must diversify revenue streams away from State, says Media Council of Kenya - Standard Digital

Cameroon, 08/09/2017 - An Anglophone TV Channel banned in Cameroon - Balancing Act

Cameroon, 01/09/2017 - Journalists not Terrorists - Committee to Protect Journalists

South Africa, 29/06/2017 - Broken Heart Syndrome kills ‘SABC 8’ journalist Suna Venter - News24

Kenya, 25/06/2017 - Fake news is already disrupting Kenya’s high-stakes election campaign - Quartz

Tanzania, 20/06/2017 - Tanzania: Govt Okays Media Constructive Criticism - All Africa

Nigeria, 15/06/2017 - Bullying of Journalists Covering Nigerian Presidency Disturbing - Media Foundation for West Africa

Africa, 16/05/2017 - Africa: Attack On Journalists, Activists, Protesters in West, Central Africa Reach Dangerous Levels - All Africa

Namibia, 10/05/2017 - Geingob to launch media code of ethics - The Namibian

Nigeria, 03/05/2017 - Amnesty International condemns ‘decline’ of press freedom in Nigeria - Premium Times

Uganda, 03/05/2017 - Uganda: Report - Police, State Agents Top Media Freedom Violators - The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda, 27/04/2017 - Effort to Silence Ugandan Feminist Firebrand Speaks Volumes - Human Rights Watch

Namibia, 27/04/2017 - Namibia: Govt blamed for press freedom drop - The Namibia

Cameroon, 26/04/2017 - Outrage Over Military Conviction of Cameroon Journalist - All Africa

Cameroon, 25/04/2017 - Cameroon jails journalist over boko haram allegations - Antigua Observer

Kenya, 25/04/2017 - With an Eye on Electoral Violence, Kenya Keeps Tight Rein on Media - Inter Press Service

South Africa, 24/04/2017 - Interim SABC board will reverse 'stupid decisions' - Tsedu - News24

Cameroon, 21/04/2017 - Military court convicts Cameroon journalist Ahmed Abba - Al Jazeera

Nigeria, 21/04/2017 - IGP seeks whistleblowing on corrupt policemen - The Guardian (Nigeria)

Nigeria, 21/04/2017 - Police Arrest Leadership Correspondent in Kaduna - This Day

Cameroon, 20/04/2017 - Cameroon Orders Internet Restored to Restive Anglophone Region -  VOA News

Uganda, 19/04/2017 - ​Uganda jails women activist to silence her - Mail and Guardian

Rwanda, 31/03/2017 - Government Repression in Land Cases - Human Rights Watch

Ghana, 30/03/17 - UN to review Ghana on human rights in November - Ghana Business News

 

Asia

Bangladesh, 19/02/2018 - Bangladeshi government 'using enforced disappearances to silence critics' - Asia Times

Bangladesh, 19/02/2018 - President for more active role of media - The Daily Star

India, 15/02/2018 - Indian authorities clamp down on foreign journalists - IFJ

Maldives, 05/02/2018 - Amid political turmoil in Maldives, press comes under attack - Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistan, 02/02/2018 - New report takes a hard look at digital (in)security of journalists in Pakistan - IFEX

India, 29/01/2018 - Gauri Lankesh and the non-existent pursuit of justice for India's slain journalists - The Wire

Pakistan, 24/01/2018 - Pakistan shuts down radio station over content - IFJ

Maldives, 24/01/2018 - Corruption report sends Maldives journalist into flight - Index on Censorship

India, 20/01/2018 - Eleven journalists killed, 46 attacked, 27 cases of police action: Report on press freedom 2017 - The Wire

Singapore, 18/01/2018 - New restrictions to limit critical voices - Human Rights Watch

Pakistan, 18/01/2018 - Escalating Limits on Association, Speech - Human Rights Watch

Sri Lanka, 18/01/2018 - One Step Forward, Two Back - Human Rights Watch

Bangladesh, 15/01/2018 - Journos protest 'death threat to fellows by cop' - The Daily Star

Pakistan, 11/01/2018 - 'The new normal' in Pakistan: a journalist on the run from gunmen - New York Times

Bangladesh, 11/01/2018 - Detained Bangladeshi blogger Asad Noor should be released and given protection - PEN America

Bangladesh, 10/01/2018 - CPJ statement on arrest warrant for Shyamal Dutta - Committee to Protect Journalists

Bangladesh, 08/01/2018 - Government agencies calling up editors over reports: Editors' Council - New Age

India, 04/01/2018 - 65% of population to be covered under FM network - WebIndia

India, 03/01/3018 - MPs call for tighter broadcast regulations in India - Rapid TV News

Bangladesh, 08/12/2017, Bangaldesh's defamation law is 'avenue to misuse power', local journalists say - Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistan, 27/11/2017 - News channels, social media blocked for a day in Pakistan - International Federation of Journalists

Pakistan, 26/12/2017 - Government should strike balance between censorship, security - The Nation

Pakistan, 26/12/2017 - Balochistan journalists caught 'between the stick and the gun' - BBC News

Bangladesh, 26/12/2017 - Bangladesh blocks Indian portal over article critical of its military intelligence agency - Ummid

Pakistan, 22/11/2017 - 'Attack on journalists is an attack on the state' - Dawn

India, 15/11/2017 - A creeping quiet in Indian journalism? - Huffington Post

Pakistan, 10/11/2017 - For Pakistan's unprotected and threatened journalists, can new legislation make a difference? - IFEX

Pakistan, 06/11/2017 - HRCP, journalists decry curbs on press freedom in Balochistan - Geo Television Network

Bangladesh, 06/11/2017 - Police arrest suspect in 2015 killing of blogger Avijit Roy - Benar News

Maldives, 30/10/2017 - Broad powers for proposed media regulator - Maldives Independent

Pakistan, 27/10/2017 - Pakistani journalist attacked in Islamabad; three attacks on media groups in Balochistan - Committee to Protect Journalists

Pakistan, 26/10/2017 - 'That post saved my life': social media offers new hope of justice in Pakistan - The Guardian

Pakistan, 25/10/2017 - Pakistan blogger Aasim Saeed says he was tortured - BBC News

Pakistan, 22/06/2017 - Violence against journalists continues in Pakistan - Public Media Alliance

Bangladesh, 18/05/2017 - Bangladeshi editor who faced 83 lawsuits says press freedom under threat - The Guardian

Malaysia, 16/10/2017 - Malaysia must reverse its crackdown on free expression - Aliran

Pakistan, 12/05/2017 - Pemra warns TV channels not to air content jeopardising military's image - Dawn

Bangladesh, 03/05/2017 - 2016 repressive for Bangladesh press freedom: ARTICLE 19 - The Daily Star

Malaysia, 03/05/2017 - Malaysia should accede to ICCPR without further delay - Malaysia Kini

Bangladesh, 02/5/2017 - Amnesty International Accuses Bangladesh Govt of 'Stifling' Free Speech - CNN News18

Sri Lanka, 02/05/2017 - EU support for freedom of expression in Sri Lanka - ColomboPage

Pakistan, 01/05/2017 - Pakistan’s Deadly War on Free Speech - Conatus News

India, 26/04/2017 - India ranks 136 on World Press Freedom Index, slips three places since 2016 - Scroll.in

India, 26/04/2017 - Jammu and Kashmir state government censors 22 social media services - Committee to Protect Journalists

Maldives, 23/04/2017 - Maldives: Prominent blogger and internet activist stabbed to death - Index on Censorship

Bangladesh, 06/04/2017 - The irony of restricting access to internet in “Digital Bangladesh” - The Daily Star

Pakistan, 05/04/2017 - IT ministry to introduce DPA within three months - Pakistan Today

Singapore, 05/04/2017 - US: Release Singaporean Blogger Amos Yee - Human Rights Watch

India, 30/03/2017 - India had 31 Internet Shutdowns in 2016 - Slate.com

Bangladesh, 23/02/2017 - Sweden refuses protection to Bangladeshi blogger facing death threats - Pen International

 

Australasia/Oceania

New Zealand, 20/02/2018 - NZ media changing tack, and women are steering - Newsroom

Papua New Guinea, 18/02/2018 - Media Council blames 'primitive thinking' for bullying of journalists - Pacific Media Centre

New Zealand, 14/02/2018 - NZ's news coverage shrinks as agency shuts down - Radio New Zealand

Fiji, 13/02/2018 - UN High Commissioner concerned at Fiji media curbs - Radio New Zealand

Kiribati, 10/02/2018 - Foreign journalists ban over ferry disaster blamed on climate doco - Asia Pacific Report

Australia, 05/02/2018 - Stories like The Cabinet Files could land Australian journalists in jail if espionage laws are changed - ABC News

Australia, 25/01/2018 - Australia must amend security bill to protect journalists and sources - Reporters Without Borders

Australia, 23/01/2018 - Journalists 'at risk of jail time' under new foreign interference laws - ABC News

Samoa, 10/01/2018 - PM keen on media divulging sources - Radio New Zealand

Samoa, 09/01/2018 - Samoa government criticised for lack of consultation on criminal libel - Radio New Zealand

Samoa, 20/12/2017 - Parliament votes to bring back criminal libel law over social media - Pacific Media Centre

Tonga, 11/12/2017 - Tonga's TBC goes 24 hours - Radio New Zealand

Pacific, 26/11/2017 - Pacific journalists form climate specialist network - ABC News

New Zealand, 22/11/2017 - 'Insulting' newspaper cartoons prompt legal debate over racial friction - New Zealand Herald

Samoa, 21/11/2017 - Social media crackdown worries Samoan journalists - ABC News

Samoa, 21/11/2017 - Samoa libel law proposal worries journalists - Radio New Zealand

Australia, 19/11/2017 - Manus Island: Australia pulling the media strings - Al Jazeera

New Zealand, 02/11/2017 - NZ to improve broadcast news media services to the Pacific - Radio New Zealand

Tonga, 31/10/2017 - Former TBC CEO accuses Tongan government of suppressing media freedom - ABC News

Tonga, 19/10/2017 - Lawyer claims Tonga govt controlling media - Radio New Zealand

Tonga, 16/10/2017 - Media watchdog adds voice to Tonga dispute - Radio New Zealand

New Zealand, 12/09/2017- Labour pledges $38m to public broadcasting - Radio New Zealand

New Zealand, 12/09/2017 - Media law reforms are expected to pass parliament with the support of the Nick Xenophon Team later this week - SBS

Australia, 12/05/2017 - Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve - TheConversation

New Zealand, 02/05/2017 - Press freedoms stifled by cynical use of Official Information Act: Report - Stuff.co.nz

Samoa, 01/05/2017 - Let media council address free speech concerns, Samoa police urged - IFEX

Tonga, 01/05/2017 - PIMA wants to discuss media freedom with Tongan PM - Radio New Zealand

Australia, 28/04/2017 - Federal police admit to accessing journalist's metadata without a warrant - The Guardian

Australia, 27/04/2017 - We Don't Have The Power To Defend Ourselves Against The Government's Misinformation - Huffington Post

Australia, 20/04/2016 - World Press Freedom Index: Australia's Press Freedom ranked 25th - ABC

Tonga, 19/0/2017 - Tongan PM's dispite with TBC starting to impact all media says publisher - ABC 

 

Europe

 

North America

 

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