Seychelles’ rise, TikTok’s disinformation, and a toxic climate for sexual minorities

Voters queue at the Beau Vallo polling station, Mahe Island, Seychelles, 24 October 2020, during the presidential and legislative elections, RASSIN VANNIER/AFP via Getty Images

Seychelles makes impressive leap in 2022 World Press Freedom Index rankings

Seychelles leapt 39 places to be ranked as Africa’s haven of freedom of expression and media rights in the Reporters Without Borders 2022 World Press Freedom Index. The ranking, which takes into account a country’s legal framework, the media landscape and safety, and political and economic markers, makes Seychelles the unanticipated leader on the African continent, ranked 13th globally.

ATI: Namibia on the cusp of enacting new law

On 21 June, Namibia moved one step closer to having its Access to Information Bill enacted. Having been passed by the National Assembly, it now has to be approved by the National Council before President Hage Geingob can sign it into law.

TikTok, disinformation, and Kenya’s shrinking civic space

With Kenya headed to what is being described as one of its most highly contested polls on 9 August, numerous concerns are being raised amid what has been described as “acute intra-elite tensions.”

World Press Freedom Day in Arusha

Coinciding with the global celebration of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May, the East African Editors Society hosted the first-ever Africa Media Convention (AMC) in the resort city of Arusha in Tanzania. Journalists, online news service providers, digital and other rights groups, government officials and regional bodies attended the event under UNESCO’s WPFD theme “Journalism Under Digital Siege”.

Calling out homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Across the sub-Saharan region, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTQI+) community continues to face criminal sanctions where same-sex relationships are outlawed. Even in countries that recognise sexual minorities, discrimination is still rife.

Ethiopian crackdown on press freedom amps up

The Ethiopian authorities’ displeasure at the reporting on the country’s ethnic conflict has translated into relentless pressure on the media sector. The ongoing harassment, arrests, arbitrary arrests, prolonged detentions and expulsion of foreign journalists is aimed at subduing journalists from covering critical issues.

In Brief

Senegal: Leaders of the country’s ruling party Benno Bakk Yaar (BBK) apologised to DakarBuzz journalist Ndeye Ngoné Diop after she was jeered and heckled by supporters, during a press briefing.

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IFEX is a global network of organisations that defend and promote the right to freedom of expression and information. Email: info@ifex.org