South Africa: Violent clashes lead to attacks on journalists

South Africa: Violent clashes lead to attacks on journalists

Attacks on South African journalists covering violent clashes this week – along with police interference with their work – have met with condemnation from the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef). On Monday, protests in Coligny followed a court decision to grant bail to two farmers accused of killing a…

Morocco: New wave of protests, vandalism in Al Hoceima

Morocco: New wave of protests, vandalism in Al Hoceima

Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people in connection with vandalism and arson attacks at an Imzouren police station in the troubled Al Hoceima province, the official Moroccan press agency said. The youths attended a rally on Sunday before stoning the police building and burning four police cars, a public bus…

Massive Trump election protests sweep across American cities

Thousands of angry Americans took to the streets of New York City, Chicago and other major cities in demonstrations against the election of Republican candidate Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency. Protesters clustered at the Trump Tower building, in Columbus Circle and other high-profile Manhattan sites chanting “not…

Zuma leaves Pretoria protests behind for Mugabe meeting

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma headed for Harare Thursday morning to discuss trade and investment with his equally beleaguered counterpart, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Zuma left behind thousands of protesters in Pretoria demanding his resignation following the release of the long awaited “State of Capture” report.  The investigation…

Gabon’s Bongo sworn in to new term in Libreville ceremony

President Ali Bongo was sworn in to his second seven-year term in Gabon Tuesday, following a bitterly disputed election contest with opposition candidate Jean Ping. The ceremony at the presidential palace in Libreville came after a late-night decision Friday by the country’s Constitutional Court to uphold results that returned Bongo…

Ethiopia should “allow journalists to do their jobs”

Two journalists have been arrested by the government in Ethiopia as deadly demonstrations continue in the Oromia region. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent nonprofit organization promoting press freedoms, on Sunday released a statement calling “on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper,…

Are South African students endangering their futures?

The #FeesMustFall movement protesting the 10-15 percent fee hike for the 2016 academic year for higher education intuitions in South Africa continue to snowball. In over a week thousands of students have come together organising sit-ins and marches calling to freeze fee increases as well as protesting against the potential…