Tanzania clamps down, Sudan backs down, and Cameroon uses COVID-19 to crush dissent

Members of Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) leave in cars after attending the official launch of the party’s campaign for the October general election, in Dodoma, Tanzania, 29 August 2020, ERICKY BONIPHACE/AFP via Getty Images

#FIFAfrica goes virtual!

The opening day of this year’s virtual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (#FIFAfrica20) was appropriately merged with the first official commemoration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

Tanzania ramps up clampdown ahead of elections

With voting for presidential and general elections scheduled for the end of October, Tanzania’s electoral landscape has become even more contested terrain than usual.

Cameroon’s broad bans

Cameroonian authorities have been using restrictions related to the COVID-19 and the country’s anti-terror law to crush dissent and target the opposition.

Sudanese artists still at risk, post the revolution

International condemnation and mounting pressure seem to have pushed Sudanese authorities into releasing acclaimed Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, artists Duaa Tarig Mohamed Ahmed, Abdel Rahman Mohamed Hamdan, Ayman Khalaf Allah Mohamed Ahmed, and Ahmed Elsadig Ahmed Hammad two weeks after being sentenced to two months in prison and fined USD $90 for ‘public annoyance and disruption of public safety’.

Gender in focus

Health awareness FBI style

In Brief

Chad’s regulatory body — the High Authority for Audiovisual Media (HAMA) suspended 12 newspapers for 3 months after accusing them of breaking the law. They were cited for failing to observe the requirement that publishers and editors be trained in journalism and have at least three years’ higher education. HAMA has said that the publications must comply with these requirements during their suspension, or face “tougher sanctions.” The head of the Chadian Human Rights League, Max Loalngar, has called the suspension a “shame” for the country, and called on HAMA to give the newspapers time to adjust to the new law.

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