Local Media Censorship Goes Global – CPJ
CPJ (Feb. 23, 2012) Repressive governments, militants, and criminal groups across the globe are leveraging new and traditional tactics to control information, with the aim of obscuring misdeeds, silencing dissent, and disempowering citizens, according to ‘Attacks on the Press’, a yearly survey released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
In Africa, as China becomes a key trading partner and expands its influence in the region, governments from South Africa to Gambia are criminalizing independent reporting on bad governance, demonizing it as detrimental to economic development. Some countries like Ethiopia and Burundi even use anti-terrorism laws to prosecute critical journalists and cow the press into self-censorship.
Repression is happening in the form of injunctions, amendments to laws, and seizure of footage. The watchdog role of a free press is being publicly tarnished and critical reporting deemed anti-patriotic. Over the past 10 years, at least 301 African journalists have fled their homelands in fear of violence and imprisonment — more than double the number of exiles from any other region