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  2. New York, January 21, 2020 – Comorian authorities should immediately cease their legal harassment of journalists Oubeidillah Mchangama and Ali Abdou Mkouboi, and permit them and FBCK FM to report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 7, members of the Comorian gendarmerie arrested Mchangama, a reporter with the Facebook-based news outlet FCBK FM, as he reported on a protest in Moroni, the capital, according to statements posted by the National Union of Journalists in the Comoros (SNJC), a local trade organization, a report by FBCK FM, and Mchangama, who spoke
  3. Several Ugandan internet networks blocked Kenya-based news website The Elephant in mid-December 2020, according to the site’s publisher, John Githongo, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app in January 2021, and a report by Qurium, a non-profit foundation registered in Sweden that provides hosting services for the website. Githongo told CPJ on January 19 that the block was still in place. Several people in Uganda told CPJ on January 20 that they could not access the website on one of the affected networks, Airtel Uganda, without a VPN, a virtual private network that can disguise the user’s loc
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  5. Nairobi, January 20, 2021 – Authorities in the semi-autonomous Somali state of Puntland should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Kilwe Adan Farah, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 27, 2020, intelligence personnel in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, detained Kilwe, who runs the Facebook-based news outlet Kilwe Media Inc, according to posts by his outlet and Omar Adan Farah, Kilwe’s brother, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Authorities held Kilwe at an undisclosed location and barred his family and legal counsel from visiting him until Janu
  6. A free self-paced online course has been launched introducing journalists to credible COVID-19 news sources and empowering them to spot the news and report to their audiences. The ‘Reporting the science of COVID-19’ course – developed by SciDev.Net’s Script training programme and funded by Sida – is led by instructor, scientist and journalist Dr Charles Wendo. It is aimed at journalists who report on the coronavirus but have little or no experience in science journalism. Consisting of three modules – each taking no more th
  7. Country: Kenya Organization: Save the Children Closing date: 29 Jan 2021 ADVERTISEMENT: COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT Role Purpose The Communications Assistant is responsible for content gathering including writing case studies, producing high quality photo and video assets; and ensuring social media engagement across our digital platforms. Oftentimes, you will be required to write press releases, monitor media coverage and support media field visits to the counties where we work across Kenya. You will support the i
  8. Alexander Limbach/ShutterstockAnti-vaccination groups are projected to dominate social media in the next decade if left unchallenged. To counter their viral misinformation at a time when COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, our research team has produced a “psychological vaccine” that helps people detect and resist the lies and hoaxes they encounter online. The World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern about a global misinformation “infodemic” in February 2020, recognising that the COVID-19 pandemic would be fought both on the ground and on social media. That’s because an effecti
  9. Shutterstock/dencgA senior doctor in charge of the NHS anti-disinformation campaign has said that language and cultural barriers could be causing people from ethnic minorities to reject the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr Harpreet Sood told the BBC it was “a big concern” and officials were working hard to reach different groups “to correct so much fake news”. Some of the disinformation is religiously targeted with messages falsely claiming the vaccines contain animal produce like pork and beef which goes against the religious beliefs of Muslims and Hindus, respectively. The issue of language is key
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  11. Nairobi, January 14, 2021 – Ugandan authorities should immediately cease all efforts to disrupt internet access in the country and allow the press to cover the country’s elections freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Uganda Communications Commission, the country’s broadcasting and telecommunication regulator, ordered telecommunications providers to suspend internet services in the country until further notice, according to a statement posted on Facebook by one of the providers, Africell, a separate statement by another company, MTN Uganda, which CPJ revie
  12. On January 6, 2021, officers with Nigeria’s Security and Civil Defence Corps harassed at least three photojournalists in Abuja, the capital, seized their cameras, and deleted images they had taken, according to the journalists, who spoke with CPJ, and news reports. The three newspaper photographers—Olatunji Obasa with Punch, Olu Aremo with Leadership, and Mudashiru Atanda with The Sun—told CPJ in phone interviews that the incident occurred at the headquarters of Nigeria’s National Identity Management Commission, while they were covering people enrolling in a government program to link thei
  13. New York, January 14, 2021 – Zimbabwe authorities should not contest freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono’s appeal, drop all charges against him, and ensure that he can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Today, a magistrate court in Harare, the capital, denied Chin’ono bail, citing that the “state fears that he will commit other offences,” according to one of his lawyers, Harrison Nkomo, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app, and two tweets by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, a local nongovernmental group of which Nkomo is a member. Nkomo said that Chin’ono’
  14. Country: Somalia Organization: Save the Children Closing date: 28 Jan 2021 Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year
  15. Country: Uganda Organization: Light for the World Closing date: 22 Jan 2021 Light for the World is an international disability and development organisation whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind. We enable crucial eye health services and help empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world. Our programmes include: o Eye Health – preventing blindness and promoting eye health for all o Education – ensuring children with disabilities receive quality, inclusi
  16. Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania Organization: Farm Radio International Closing date: 29 Jan 2021 Contract term: Consultant – Part-time (2-3 days per week) About the organization: Farm Radio International is a Canadian organisation that has been working since 1979 to harness the power of radio to meet the needs of small-scale farmers. We work with more than 1,000 radio organizations located in more than 40 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. With the b
  17. Country: Yemen Organization: Save the Children Closing date: 26 Jan 2021 The Opportunity As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in the CO, the Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications and Media (ACCM) Director shares in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office. The ACCM Director in his/her capacity is responsible for providing leadership to ensure excellence in our public and private facing advocacy, campaigning, media and communications on the humanitarian crisis an
  18. Country: Uganda Organization: Minority Rights Group Closing date: 25 Jan 2021 Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week Reports to: Director of Policy & Communications in London and MRGA Regional Manager in Kampala Salary: UGX 79,697,280 per year Location: based in Africa, preferably at the MRG Africa Office in Kampala, Uganda; will include regular travel within Africa, and occasionally will require visits to Europe. Travel is expected to take up to 3-5 weeks a year (COVID restrictions permitting). Contract:
  19. The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 54 other organizations in a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni calling on him to ensure open and unrestricted internet access during and after the country’s presidential election, scheduled for January 14. The letter notes that disruptions to internet access would undermine journalists’ ability to report on the election and would infringe on citizens’ right to “key information at a crucial moment in a democracy, damaging their capacity to make informed choices.” It also expresses concern about Ugandan authorities’ recent requests t
  20. Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Organization: Internews Europe Closing date: 25 Jan 2021 Location: Central London (initially remote) Duration: 12-month fixed-term contract Commencing: February 2021 Line manager: Chief Executive Officer, Internews Europe Department: Executive Office Term & LOE: Full-time; 100% Salary range: £34,088 – £39,769 (C1-C3) About Internews Internews is an international non-profit organisation whose mission is to empower local media worldwide
  21. New York, January 8, 2020 – Zimbabwean authorities should immediately and unconditionally release journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and cease efforts to intimidate and harass him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This afternoon, police arrested Chin’ono at his home in Harare, the capital, and took him to the city’s central police station, according to a tweet by the journalist and two of his lawyers, Doug Coltart and Harrison Nkomo, who spoke to CPJ over the phone. Authorities said they plan to charge Chin’ono with “communicating falsehoods” over a tweet covering alleged police
  22. Country: Kenya Organization: Management Systems International Closing date: 6 Feb 2021 Communications Specialist – Social Media, USAID Kenya and East Africa Development Outreach and Communications Support Program, Nairobi, Kenya Company Profile: MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional developmen
  23. Nairobi, January 7, 2021 – Ugandan security forces should stop harassing and attacking journalists, and should ensure that the press can freely cover the country’s upcoming elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since December 11, security officers have assaulted at least 10 journalists covering opposition events ahead of the country’s January 14 presidential election, and briefly detained at least two members of the press and questioned them about their work, according to media reports and journalists who spoke with CPJ. “The unabated violence and hostility agains
  24. New York, January 7, 2020 –Togolese authorities should permit the L’Indépendant Express newspaper to publish freely, and should ensure that its director, Komlanvi Ketohou, can work without fear of arrest or harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On the night of December 29, armed security forces arrested Ketohou at his home in the capital, Lomé, took him into custody, and accused him of defaming the government, according to media reports as well as the journalist and his lawyer, Wle-Mbanewar Bataka, both of whom spoke to CPJ via phone and messaging app. On January
  25. Country: Kenya Organization: Al-Khair Foundation Closing date: 15 Jan 2021 Al- Khair Foundation- Kenya is a registered humanitarian organization with commitment to providing humanitarian support, international development, emergency aid and disaster relief in the most deprived areas. Al- Khair Foundation's core thematic areas include: Health, Education, WASH, Livelihood, Community Development and Emergency and is currently expanding its projects within the country. Internship Details: · An Internship opportunit
  26. Organization: ECPAT International Closing date: 10 Jan 2021 ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organizations working together to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights, free and secure from all forms of sexual exploitation. The ECPAT network currently has 122 member organizations in 104 countries. All members are independent organisations that work against the sexual exploitation of children. The Secretariat of the network is based in Bangkok, Thailand. The Secretariat implements gl
  27. Country: Somalia Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council Closing date: 20 Jan 2021 Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) is a Consortium of national and international organizations whose objective is to support and guide vulnerable communities in Somalia in building their resilience capacities, in their own ways. The Consortium was created in 2013 and is now implementing projects in all Federal Member States of Somalia. BRCiS is committed to adaptive management of its programmes, guided by a strong le
  28. Charles Dickens in his study at Gads Hill Place, England. Line engraving by Samuel Hollyer, 1875. Shutterstock/EverettCollectionA strange and frightening disease is killing people across the world. Medical opinion is divided and it’s very difficult to get an accurate picture of what is going on. The authorities are trying to avoid a panic, travel has been disrupted and fake news is rife. All this was happening when Charles Dickens picked up his pen in August, 1856, to write a letter to Sir Joseph Olliffe, physician to the British embassy in Paris. I recently discovered the letter during my
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