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East African Court Declares Sections of Burundi’s Media Law ‘Undemocratic’

By Wairagala Wakabi | The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled that sections of Burundi’s Press Law of 2013 violate democratic principles and should be repealed. However, the court upheld several... 
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Online Censorship in South Africa

South Africa is among the top five African countries with the highest mobile broadband reach, preceded by Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Egypt. As of June 2014, internet users had increased to 52% of the... 
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World Press Freedom: Ugandan Journalists Convened for Digital Security Training

By Juliet Nanfuka | On May 2, a total of 27 Ugandan journalists were trained in digital security procedures. The training was held in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), which this year was... 
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Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age

UNESCO | Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and... 
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CIPESA Conducts Digital Safety Training for Journalists and Activists in Tanzania and Uganda

By Ashnah Kalemera | This month, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has given training to human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and media practitioners... 
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OpenNet Africa Project Introduction Meetup

(Updated) Since 2013, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has been coordinating the OpenNet Africa projectwhich is aimed at monitoring and promoting... 
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Tanzania Cybercrime Bill Should Safeguard Citizens’ Rights on the Internet

By Juliet Nanfuka | Tanzania has published a Cybercrime Bill that makes “provisions for criminalizing offences related to computer systems and Information Communication Technologies” and provides for... 
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Access to Information in Tanzania: Laws, Policies and Practice

By Lillian Nalwoga | Despite the absence of a Right to Information law in Tanzania, advancements in the adoption of Information and Communication technology (ICT) in the country are enabling wider information... 
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Is Kenya Putting the Chill on Internet Freedoms?

By Juliet Nanfuka | The rights of Kenya’s digital citizens are fast shrinking in the face of new restrictive laws and increased arraignment of individuals for expressing online opinions which authorities... 
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Women And Internet Freedom In East Africa

On March 8, International Women’s Day was marked across the world under the theme “Make It Happen.” The OpenNet Africa initiative, which monitors and promotes internet freedom in Africa, participated... 

East African Court Declares Sections of Burundi’s Media Law ‘Undemocratic’

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( 22nd May 2015 ) By Wairagala Wakabi | The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) has ruled that sections of Burundi’s Press Law of 2013 violate democratic principles and should be repealed. However, the court upheld several other clauses, including those related to regulation of print and online media. Delivered on May 15 at the Arusha, Tanzania-based court, the ruling found two articles (19 & and ... Read more »

Online Censorship in South Africa

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( 11th May 2015 ) South Africa is among the top five African countries with the highest mobile broadband reach, preceded by Ghana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Egypt. As of June 2014, internet users had increased to 52% of the population, majority of them using mobile devices to access the internet. Although the country has been ranked free in internet freedom rankings and held highly in respect ... Read more »

World Press Freedom: Ugandan Journalists Convened for Digital Security Training

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( 5th May 2015 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | On May 2, a total of 27 Ugandan journalists were trained in digital security procedures. The training was held in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day (May 3), which this year was celebrated under the theme “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age”. The training, which was organised by the Collaboration ... Read more »

Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, and Media Safety in the Digital Age

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( 28th April 2015 ) UNESCO | Every year, 3 May is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. ... Read more »

CIPESA Conducts Digital Safety Training for Journalists and Activists in Tanzania and Uganda

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( 16th April 2015 ) By Ashnah Kalemera | This month, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has given training to human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and media practitioners in Tanzania and Uganda in safety and security tactics to promote privacy and freedom of expression online. The training, conducted in Kampala on April 10 and in Dar es Salaam on April ... Read more »

OpenNet Africa Project Introduction Meetup

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( 8th April 2015 ) (Updated) Since 2013, the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) has been coordinating the OpenNet Africa projectwhich is aimed at monitoring and promoting internet freedoms, primarily in East and Southern African states. As part of the initiative's 2015 strategies, Outbox community has been chosen to undertake certain in-country activities. To this end, on Thursday 16th April, 2015, from 5:00 PM to ... Read more »

Tanzania Cybercrime Bill Should Safeguard Citizens’ Rights on the Internet

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( 2nd April 2015 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | Tanzania has published a Cybercrime Bill that makes “provisions for criminalizing offences related to computer systems and Information Communication Technologies” and provides for investigation, collection, and use of electronic evidence. However, the release of the Cybercrime Bill has been met with apprehension by the public due to its overt disregard for press freedom and freedom of expression, the ... Read more »

Access to Information in Tanzania: Laws, Policies and Practice

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( 24th March 2015 ) By Lillian Nalwoga | Despite the absence of a Right to Information law in Tanzania, advancements in the adoption of Information and Communication technology (ICT) in the country are enabling wider information availability in the public domain. However, several impediments still stand in the way of citizens’ enjoyment of the right to information as guaranteed by the Constitution. According to a new report ... Read more »

Is Kenya Putting the Chill on Internet Freedoms?

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( 12th March 2015 ) By Juliet Nanfuka | The rights of Kenya’s digital citizens are fast shrinking in the face of new restrictive laws and increased arraignment of individuals for expressing online opinions which authorities deem in breach of the law. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act 2014, assented to by President Uhuru Kenyatta last December, allows blanket admissibility in court of electronic messages and digital material ... Read more »