Zim Govt Stifling Media Expression: Amnesty

Rights group, Amnesty International, says the Zimbabwean government's continuing stranglehold on community radio in the country is stifling media expression.

In a press statement, the organisation’s director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena argues that, "Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves for much needed community radio services, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments.”

Call to Rethink of Operation Fiyela

Human rights activists, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), has secured a court order in the Johannesburg High Court halting the deportation of those held at Lindela repatriation centre for two weeks.

After LHR secured a court order allowing its lawyers access to their clients late‚ Johannesburg police station commanders refused to comply with it over the weekend.

SAHRC Probes Dlamini for Hate Speech

The axed president of the student representative council at University of the Witwatersrand, Mcebo Dlamini, is being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) after several complaints were laid with the watchdog.

SAHRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, confirmed that after a number of complaints the commission was investigating whether Dlamini’s comments were tantamount to hate speech or incitement to violence.

MSF Criticises Govt Over ‘Operation Fiela’

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that South African government’s treatment of foreign nationals through Operation Fiela, while publicly denouncing xenophobia, is a ‘festering contradiction’.

MSF is concerned that the raids by the police, military and the Department of Home Affairs in [the] wake of the xenophobic violence erodes trust and exposes a contradiction.

Tanzanian Govt Threatens NGOs

The Tanzanian government has threatened to ban all religious institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whose leaders are found ‘meddling in politics’.

Home Affairs minister, Mathias Chikawe,  states that from 20 April 2015 government is conducting a thorough vetting to know the religious institutions and NGOs [that are] meddling in politics.

Meanwhile, the country’s Christian and Muslim leaders have declared their intention to campaign for a ‘No’ vote in an upcoming constitutional referendum.

Botswana Arrest Journos Over Story

Officials from the Botswana corruption watchdog have raided the offices of the Botswana Gazette and arrested its manager, editor, journalist and lawyer in what appears to be a continuing effort by Botswana government to clamp down on the private press.

The arrest comes eight months after the detention of the editor of the Sunday Standard, Outsa Mokone, under sedition charges, causing veteran journalist, Edgar Tsimane, to flee to South Africa, saying that he fears for his life.

SANEF Meets National Police Commissioner

A delegation of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) leaders is set to meet with the National Commissioner of Police‚ General Riah Phiyega.

The meeting was convened as a result of ongoing discussions between the police and SANEF over relations between the media and the police.

The meeting will discuss in detail the ongoing and increasing harassment of journalists by police at crime scenes and community protests.

Govt Urged to Give Prisoners Conjugal Rights

The South African Prisoners Organisation of Human Rights (SAPOHR) says giving inmates conjugal rights can help reduce the risks of physical and psychological violence among them.

SAPHOR was responding to issues related to prison safety in the light of recent reports which say a warder allegedly facilitated a sexual encounter between an inmate and her partner and another inmate allegedly run drug cartels from prison.

Journos Urged to Report Harassment

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has advised journalists to institute legal action against police officers who continue to harass them.

SANEF has expressed concern over the latest incidents in which the police, taxi drivers and members of security companies, abused journalists.

SANEF spokesperson, Moshoeshoe Monare, says they are extremely concerned about the conduct of the police particularly during the recent attacks on foreign nationals.

Nurses to Give Condoms to Adolescents

During the Ministry of Health’s Sexual Reproductive Health training in collaboration with Super Buddies, health workers agreed to give condoms, contraceptives and other services to young people without any intimidation.

The aim of the training was to capacitate health workers on adolescent health and provision of youth friendly services, to increase access to these services.


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