Freedom of Expression Monitor January-March 2019

This edition of the West Africa Free Expression Monitor covers the period January-March, 2019 and recorded 42 violations in nine countries.

Physical attacks on journalists and media houses (14) and arrest/detention (10) were the dominant types of violations recorded. There was one incident of killing with a journalist as the victim while a radio station was shut down in Nigeria. Fifteen violations were recorded in Nigeria, the highest in the region during the period under review, followed by Liberia with seven.

State actors, namely security agents and state officials perpetrated 14 and 10 violations, respectively, accounting for some 57% of the violations recorded. Individuals perpetrated nine violations while political party affiliates carried out five.

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