Journalism in Africa Top five most dangerous countries to work as a journalist in Africa

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Following Doreen Mbira arrest in Uganda, Kenyans erupted in disbelief that journalists still get intimidated and even killed up to this age. here are the top five most dangerous countries to work as a journalist in Africa.

  play A Kenyan journalist carrying a plastic replica of a camera while participating in a protest march calling for more press freedom (ifex)

Following the arrest and subsequent detention of KTN journalist, Doreen Mbira in Uganda for allegedly taking photos, of the Kasese massacre in Uganda.

The massacre has already left 62 civilians dead and 16 soldiers and counting. Following the incident Kenyans erupted in anger and disbelief that journalists can still be targeted, intimidated and even killed in the pearl of Africa up to this age.

play Uganda Police do what they do best, Mercilessly beating up unidentified man. (MG Africa)


But Uganda despite its numerous challenges and random crackdowns of  media houses, is still not even among top five most dangerous countries to work as a journalist in Africa .


Here is the dreaded list.

play An African migrant covers his mouth with tape during a protest in front of the U.S. embassy demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, Israel. (thisisafrica)


5. Eritrea. Ps 180

Out of 180 countries surveyed, Eritrea emerged as the deadliest place to work as a journalist. At position 180 according to the reporters without borders report, 2016. The dreaded North Korea even beat this African country. For more than 20 years, Eritrea has been under President Issayas Afeworki dictatorship, where free media is unheard off, At least 15 journalists are currently detained, some of them held incommunicado, Eritrean journalist Seyoum Tsehaye has been missing for 15 years.

4. Sudan. Ps 174

President Al Bashir has ruled the once largest country in Africa since 1989 with an iron fist. Journalists are arrested arbitrary by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) media houses is censored and Journalists caught in the line of their work are subjected to interminable judicial proceedings with long, long jail sentences.

3, Djibouti, Ps 172

play the tiny African country which has been nicknamed "the north korea of Africa' to its its repressive regime (BBC)


There is only one independent media house in Djibouti and it even does not operate from the country. Judicial harassment, illegal searches, exorbitant fines resulting in detention for non-payment is but the daily life of a Djibouti journalist.

2, Equatorial Guinea, Ps 168

Ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema for the past 37 years the country enjoys all pleasures of an authoritarian regime from tight control of the media and prior censorship. In practice, it is impossible to criticize the president and the security forces.

1. Somalia, Ps 167

play Relatives and fellow journalists carry the body of Somali journalist Mohamed Mohamud Timacade, on October 2016. (Yahoo news)


Years of instability, non-existence government structures, corruption and extremism have created ample room for somali Journalists to be persecuted by both the government and the Al-Shabaab militia. Two journalists have already been killed this year alone.

So back to the land of Matoke, how does it fair? Museveni has ensured that Uganda will not be ‘ashamed’ and stands at position 102 out of 180. As Doreen incident proofs, Acts of intimidation and violence against journalists are an almost daily occurrence in Uganda. Journalists have been suspended, stripped of their equipment or badly beaten by ruling party members or security agents.

play 2016 World Press Freedom Index map (Reporters sans frontières)
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