Cape Town — Civic and political space is closing as governments clamp down on citizen's freedoms, says Afrobarometer in a new report. The pan-African research network, based in Accra, conducted surveys in 34 countries between 2016 and 2018. The surveys looks at how the attitudes, experiences and perceptions of citizens have change over a period of 10 years.
Some of the key findings are:
- African governments have increased actions and policies that look to restrict the rights and freedoms of their citizens
- There has been a decline in popular demand for freedom, in particular the right to associate freely
- Citizens are willing to accept restrictions of their freedom if it is for the stated aim of public security
- Their is widespread support for freedom of association - at 62% across 34 countries - but this shows a decline of 20% over 10 years
- 53% stand for the right to private communications, while 43% are willing to accept government monitoring in the interests of security
- 67% of Africans say they are "somewhat" or completely" free to say what they think - this is a 7% decline across 31 countries tracked since 2011-2013
For the full report, click here.