KAMPALA, 20 May 2013 – A free press is an essential part of a democracy. It is not a luxury. A free press holds the powerful and the wealthy to account. It asks questions. It investigates. It defends the weak. The press is not perfect.
Freedom of the media is in sharp decline following the brutal attack on Absalom Kibanda, Chairperson of Tanzania Editors Forum at his home in Dares Salaam.
Election-related violence is a worry for journalists in many countries, but perhaps nowhere more so than Kenya, where presidential polls will be held March 4. In the aftermath of the nation’s last presidential elections in 2007, over one thousand people were killed in ethnic and political violence, live news broadcasts were banned, and the press faced a torrent of threats, leading to widespread self-censorship. Continue reading
The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) is appalled at the recent harassment of its member and Tanzanian investigative journalist Erick Kabendera, following recent moves by Immigration officers to arrest, detain and interrogate his parents in Kagera region. Continue reading