In this edition, we get reflections on the weaponisation of COVID-19, how beauty pageants have damaged the female psyche and insights into the silencing of voices during the pandemic. Read on for more!
Snapshots that shaped the FoE landscape in 2021
In looking back at events during the year, Reyhana Masters focuses on a few notable snapshot moments that have been understated, yet have significantly shaped the freedom of expression and access to information landscape in both valuable and damaging ways. This is so we can contemplate, how we, as citizens and civil society organisations can contribute to a more just and inclusive environment.
Whistleblowers pay hefty price for speaking up
It’s been a testing year for whistleblowers who have been purposely targeted for exposing malfeasance. Instead of being seen as heroes, they end up being persecuted.
This is certainly the case with Congolese bank staffers Gradi Koko and his colleague Navy Malela who were both imposed with death sentences in their home country in absentia for exposing an alleged money laundering network within the DRC. In addition to this unjust punitive measure, they have also become the targets of a smear campaign and have also received death threats.
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Source: iSpeak Africa