Mugabe is gone but Zimbabwe press is still not safe, diverse nor secure

Media experts in Zimbabwe have decried the limited pluralism and diversity in the country’s media sector.

Methu Moyo, a former station manager of the state-owned broadcast media, and a lecturer of journalism at National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, said in an interview that even after the departure of President Robert Mugabe, everything about press freedom has remained the same in Zimbabwe. He said that journalists continue to get arrested, tortured and harassed despite the reforms that have been called for to help in protesting abuse of journalists.

Peace reporting denies Rwandan citizens accountability from government officials

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, some of the media betrayed its people. Radio-Television Libre des Mille Collines and the Kangura magazine both sponsored or run by hard-line Hutu party officials were at the forefront of hate media. Later, Rwanda’s media took to peace reporting in order to help the people unite and heal from the 1994 genocide effects. However, this seems to have had negative consequences for press freedom and freedom of expression as well as holding public officials accountable.

 

Germany Registers Increased Social Inclusiveness in Media

Germany has registered an increase in the inclusiveness of minority groups such as People with Disabilities (PWDs) and the Moslem community. This growth is as a result of a 2016 survey carried out by Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) that found that almost 88% of minority groups were not guaranteed access to airtime and there was no policy safeguard for such communities, except indigenous inhabitant minorities like the Sorbs, Danes and Romani people.

Network and Enforcement Act threatens freedom of the press in Germany

Journalists in Germany are under threat by the Network and Enforcement Act that limits free social media expression.

In Germany, Freedom of the press and expression is guaranteed and protected by the constitution. Article 5 of the Basic Law, states that “Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures, and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. There shall be no censorship.”

Journalists in Burundi threatened by state violence

Journalists in Burundi are still faced with violence meted upon them by the state despite the change of government in 2020. Over the years, freedom of expression and the media has been restricted even to those who ought to practice it for the benefit of the people of Burundi. Burundi has faced a number of political challenges since it attained its independence in 1962.

Women journalists championing an engendered media in Burundi

Like in many African societies, Burundian women face numerous obstacles to development and active participation in public life. Culturally, girls are expected to engage in household activities instead of going to school, and those that have the chance to study are undermined by their employers.

Government pushes South Sudan journalists into self-censorship

Government’s hostility towards the media has forced many independent media houses in South Sudan to embrace self- censorship as a tool for safety. The government in South Sudan controls the media and this threatens the independence of journalists and media houses. The iron hand from the security poisoned the working environment for journalists in the country, feeding the public on unbalanced news including stories on government policies, as William Dhieu, head of the Communication Studies department at the University of Juba explains.

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