COVID-19, Protests Trigger FOE Violations in Second Quarter of 2020

COVID-19 reporting and other incidents related to the pandemic triggered a wave of press freedom violations across West Africa during the second quarter of 2020 which also saw a wave of freedom of expression violations linked to protests in Guinea, Nigeria and Mali.

Nine journalists in six countries suffered physical attacks, threats, detentions or dismissals from work, while two media houses were attacked over various incidents related to the COVID-19 epidemic in May and June.

There was an internet disruption and a brutal crackdown on an anti-government protest in Mali in which 11 people died.

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