This edition of the West Africa Free Expression Monitor covers the period July-September 2018. Thirty-five violations were recorded in 12 countries with Nigeria recording the highest number. The findings show a slight reduction in the cases of violations compared to the previous quarter (April June, 2018) which recorded 40 violations.
Security agents and State officials perpetrated 14 (40%) of the reported violations. Majority of the violations were physical attacks. Other forms of violations reported included arrests/detentions, physical attacks, censorship and closure of media outlets.
While the number of violations recorded follows an improving trend over the past two years, it is still unacceptable for a region where all the countries are under democratic constitutional rule. Even more disturbing is the level of impunity that surrounds the violations.
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You can also access the previous quarter’s report here.