Human rights groups, press freedom advocates, and African journalists report that many countries in Africa are seeing a rise in attacks on journalists as access to the Internet increases and use of technology to distribute news rises.
Four African journalists and advocates discussed the state of press freedom on the continent at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Oct. 16.
The panelists were:
Kassahun Yilma, a former staff writer at the government-shuttered Ethiopian news magazine, Addis Neger, and the current International Journalist in Residence at the CUNY J-School.
Agnes Taille, an awarding winning Cameroonian radio and television reporter, who was attacked by supporters of the long-time president after critical reporting, and the 2011 International Journalist in Residence.
Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, a website that offers reports from journalists and citizen reporters on the continent.
Mohamed Keita, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ advocacy coordinator for Africa.
Garry Pierre-Pierre, host of CUNY TV’s Independent Sources and executive director of CUNY’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media, moderated the discussion, co-sponsored by the CPJ and the J-School’s International Reporting Program.