When Uganda in April ordered
Internet service providers to shut down all news sites that had not been authorized by the communications regulator
(pdf), it was the latest attempt by President Yoweri Museveni’s government to constrict
the space for independent media.
On January 10, radio journalists Darsema Sori
and Khalid Mohammed
were released from prison after serving lengthy sentences related to their work at the Ethiopian faith-based station Radio Bilal. Despite their release and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's promise earlier this month
to free political prisoners, Ethiopia's use of imprisonment, harassment, and surveillance means that the country continues to be a hostile environment for journalists.