Professor Philip Murphy, director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, reports on a conference urging the governments of Commonwealth member states to take concrete action and put the issue of press freedom high on their list of priorities. How serious is the Commonwealth about media freedom? This was the question we attempted to answer at […]
A combination of fragile democracies, autocratic regimes and weak civil societies has put internet access and social media in Africa at serious risk, says Martin Plaut, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London.
In the first of a series of articles focusing on the growing hostility to journalistic independence across the Commonwealth, journalist and Africa analyst Martin Plaut, calls on the 52-nation group to take a more robust view on these new threats. Do they challenge democracy and human rights as much as freedom of speech? The Commonwealth […]