Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further June 11, 2021 Find out more News Burkina FasoSpainAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence Burkinabe legislative threat to press freedom must be declared unconstitutional War reporter David Beriain and cameraman Roberto Fraile were killed when the government convoy they were accompanying was attacked yesterday morning on the road leading to the Pama national park in the east of the country, several Burkinabe security and governmental sources told RSF.They were travelling with the convoy with the aim of covering its operations against poachers. This park is located near the tri-border Sahel zone – Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso – where several armed groups are active.“The convoy came across a position held by terrorists who opened fire,” the Burkinabe authorities said in a communique. They also said an Irish citizen may have been one of the victims, but gave no further details.“The death of these reporters while reporting is a new tragedy for journalism,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It speaks to the exceptional courage of these media professionals and the very significant risks to which they are exposed while trying to cover this region for us. We address messages of support to all those close to them and to their media outlets.”The security conditions for reporters and media operating in the Sahel have not improved since the 2013 murders of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, two French journalists working for Radio France Internationale. Many parts of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are hard to access and journalists who try are exposed to great danger.The same goes for journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR), where vast swathes of the country are not under government control. Shortly after arriving in the CAR in July 2018 to investigate the presence of Russian mercenaries, Russian reporters Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev were murdered in such obscure circumstances that RSF called for an independent international enquiry into their deaths.According to the latest World Press Freedom Index, published on 20 April, Africa continues to be the world’s most dangerous area for journalists. Yesterday’s two deaths brings the number of journalists killed in Africa since 2016 to 33 – and to three since the start of the year.Burkina Faso is ranked 37th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index. Burkina FasoSpainAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence April 27, 2021 Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso News News June 11, 2021 Find out more Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria June 10, 2021 Find out more Spanish journalists Roberto Fraile and David Beriain, killed in an attack in Burkina Faso on 26 April 2021. RSF_en Burkina Faso’s media group’s five-day suspension is too harsh, RSF says Follow the news on Africa Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that two Spanish journalists were killed yesterday in an armed attack in eastern Burkina Faso. This latest tragedy for journalism is another reminder of the considerable risks involved in reporting in Africa’s Sahel region, RSF said.
News BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Brazil Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Based in Sobral, city in the northeastern state of Ceará, Wellington Macedo freelances for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, ISTOÉ magazine, Agência Estado and FuturaPress. The 59 suits were all filed by school principals in the Sobral area between 19 and 27 September 2018 in reaction to a series of reports entitled “Educação do Mal” that he had posted on his YouTube channel during the previous two months. May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reports The concerted and coordinated nature of the lawsuits suggest that Macedo is the victim of retaliation by the local government. The one lawyer representing all of the plaintiffs is the Sobral education department’s legal adviser. Each plaintiff is seeking 38,160 reais in damages. The total amount of damages sought is therefore 2,251,440 reais (530,000 euros). Brazil is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Defamation suits are often used by Brazilian officials to intimidate journalists. In 2016, a total of 37 separate libel suits were brought against employees of the Gazeta do Povo newspaper by 35 judges and two prosecutors in the southern state of Paraná over reports claiming they were receiving illegally large salaries. February 18, 2019 – Updated on February 19, 2019 Brazilian investigative reporter to face 59 simultaneous lawsuits Website editors Francisco Costa and Josi Gonçalves were also the targets of abusive libel suits in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte in 2016 after publishing a series of stories about local corruption. “We condemn the persecution of Wellington Macedo by the Sobral authorities,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The concerted nature of the lawsuits and the disproportionate amount of damages sought constitute an intimidation campaign designed to have a chilling effect and reduce this journalist to silence. This is a serious violation of the freedom to inform on a subject of the utmost public interest.” BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 15, 2021 Find out more Macedo’s reports exposed fraudulent practices in the system used to evaluate Sobral’s public education, which is regarded as one of the best in the country and is often cited as a model by local politicians. Sobral’s schools have been ranked among the best in Brazil in recent years. Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns local government persecution of Wellington Macedo, a journalist in northeastern Brazil who is due to appear in court tomorrow to face a total of 59 defamation suits in connection with his investigative reporting on the allegedly fraudulent methods used to evaluate local public education. RSF_en News Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Macedo’s “Educação do Mal” series of reports included interviews with Sobral school students and teachers who said they had participated in fraudulent tests in order to improve the overall score of the city’s schools in the national quality of education rankings.