Report warns of increasing number of attacks on journalists

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Source/Author: N1, Beta

A report by the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) said that the number of attacks on journalists was rising and media freedoms were deteriorating.

The report which covered August 2023 said that 50 cases of threats and attacks on journalists were reported in that month. It added that there is an evident lack of political will to bring order to the media scene.

ANEM said that the courts handed down four sentences for attacks on journalists, threw out four cases and noted in three more cases that there is no room to launch proceedings. Investigations are underway in another 6 cases with investigations ordered to start in 28 cases. “Final judgements were made in just 22 percent of cases,” the report said.

The report said that the number of SLAPP cases increased by 250 over the past year.