In Defence of Press Freedom in Africa: An Essay
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In Defence of Press Freedom in Africa: An Essay

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When Africa stumbled into independence in the 1960s, the blossoming of newspapers of nearly every political persuasion was widely hailed as a critical stepping stone toward true multiparty democracy. However, rather than marking a clean break with an authoritarian past, the era of multiparty politics in Africa has been a time of increased hardship and repression for journalists who dare criticize powerful incumbents. Media repression continues to rise. After decades of retreat, authoritarian regimes are using social media and other sophisticated systems in a new era of repression to thwart democracy and trample human rights. For consecutive decades, the state of freedom has declined � more people in more places face more repression. While systemic torture in war-torn Somalia and the return of a military dictatorship in Egypt captured headlines, there is also widespread, insidious and 21st-century style surveillance elsewhere with abuse or imprisonment or both of political activists. For the media to play its role as priests of democracy, Tatah Mentan maintains that media freedom must be rigorously defended as integral to the democratic way of life.

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Published 06 August 2015
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EAN13 9789956762064
Language English
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official pronouncements on democratic freedoms from Cairo to Cape Town and from Banjul to Maputo. Rarely has a
fanatics and all those with skeletons in their cupboards. By revisiting the issue of press freedom, Tatah Mentan is once
IN DEFENCE IN DEFENCEofof PRESS FREEDOM PRESS FREEDOM inAFRICA:A E N SSAY in AFRICA :Tatah Mentan A E
Tatah Mentan
In Defence of Press Freedom in Africa: An Essay
Tatah Mentan
L a ng a a R esea rch & P u blishing CIG Mankon, Bamenda
Publisher: LangaaRPCIG Langaa Research & Publishing Common Initiative Group P.O. Box 902 Mankon Bamenda North West Region Cameroon Langaagrp@gmail.comwww.langaa-rpcig.net Distributed in and outside N. America by African Books Collective orders@africanbookscollective.com www.africanbookscollective.com ISBN: 9956-762-86-5 ©Tatah Mentan 2015All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, mechanical or electronic, including photocopying and recording, or be stored in any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher
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Dedication
To those toiling and moiling for the liberation and democratization of the free press in Africa.