Whatever the reason for faking Arkady Babchenko's death, this episode will not make journalists any safer.
The problem is not the journalism itself, but the editorial processes that increasingly rely on non-journalistic procedures and practices.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Namibia’s rise in the World Press Freedom rankings is stunning. The media environment in Africa, too, has improved. But media closures and the harassment of journalists are not yet things of the past.