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A policeman beats up a journalist in Kampala outside the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers during a protest at the temporary closure of two newspapers by armed police in May 2013. Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images

Why working as a journalist in Uganda is particularly tough

Uganda media houses pay low wages and offer few development opportunities for journalists, which makes reporters more susceptible to bribes.
Kenyan journalists, some covering their mouths with tape, hold signs during a march to demand for press freedom in Nairobi in 2013. Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID-19 has worsened attacks against journalists in Kenya

More needs to be done to ensure that journalists can do their important work without fear or favour.
Percy Qoboza, editor of The World, second from left, being arrested by apartheid police following the banning of the newspaper in 1977. Arena Holdings Archives

New threats to media freedom come from unexpected directions

Journalists need to hold firmly to the ethical standards that assure audiences their work is reliable and credible.
President Evariste Ndayishimiye takes the oath of office on June 18, 2020. He took over from the late Pierre Nkurunziza.

How Burundi’s independent press lost its freedom

With the demise of Pierre Nkurunziza, all eyes are on Burundi's new president as he inherits a political framework that has repressed press freedom and silenced independent media voices.
Some African journalists are concerned that foreign funders may influence what they cover and how. EPA-EFE/Jayden Joshua

Donor-funded journalism is on the rise in Africa: why it needs closer scrutiny

Western aid has resulted in an Anglo-American culture of journalism education which has proved impractical to implement in African countries with illiberal political regimes.

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