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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

17 September 2018

Nigerian Twitter has an impersonation problem — and the platform is failing to take action

The inaction of Twitter and the Nigerian government are worrisome particularly with Nigeria’s general elections coming up in 2019.

6 September 2018

Two women who dared to oppose Rwandan President Paul Kagame

"By extending his 23 years in power, Kagame is denying Rwandans an opportunity to experience the first-ever peaceful transition of power in their country."

31 August 2018

Netizen Report: It’s not just Myanmar — ethnic hate speech runs rampant on social media in Cameroon, India

Advox

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

30 August 2018

In Mozambique, new licensing fees have raised the cost of doing journalism — and may threaten media freedom

Advox

The fees were described by Mozambican online newspaper @Verdade as "astronomical".

Can a controversial in-vitro fertilization process save the northern white rhino?

"A practical concern for any future Northern white rhinos successfully bred through IVF is...where they would live. Much of the sub-species’ former range has lost rhinos in its entirety..."

24 August 2018

Artists rise up as Ugandan MP ‘Bobi Wine’ faces fresh charges of treason

"The extent to which violence is escalating in this country is worrying and we should all be concerned. We need to reflect on these matters and find a way forward."

21 August 2018

#FreeBobiWine: Protests mount over torture and arrest of a young political force in Uganda

"In our new Africa, there is no room for brutality, we cherish each other. Let us debate disagreements, not crush opponents."

16 August 2018

Netizen Report: Elections in Mali marred by militant violence — and internet shutdowns

Advox

Bangladeshi students go quiet as police pursue online accounts, Brazil gets a new data protection law and Facebook is still floundering in Myanmar.

13 August 2018

The capture of Mozambique’s notorious criminal Nini Satar meets sceptical public reaction

"Ms Prosecutor, is somebody on conditional release a fugitive?"

6 August 2018

Landmark ruling in Angola acquits journalist Rafael Marques of all charges

Advox

While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.

2 August 2018

Juliana Mbengono Elá Avomo: Bringing arts and culture to the youth of Equatorial Guinea

"Given the inequalities that we experience between women and men, I feel obliged to reclaim my rights and I do it through my literature."

31 July 2018

Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic

RuNet EchoAdvox

Three Russian journalists were killed today in Central African Republic, at a checkpoint outside the country’s capital Bangui.

27 July 2018

Netizen Report: Russia and Sudan join the ranks of countries looking to outlaw ‘fake news’

On the heels of recent legislation in Malaysia, Philippines, Brazil and France, the latest draft laws on “fake news” come from Sudan and Russia.

Will a World Cup joke force France to have a necessary conversation about Africa?

The Bridge

"By calling them an African team it seems you are denying their Frenchness."

25 July 2018

Ghanaians challenge their government over a telco monitoring program, claiming privacy violations

Advox

Petitioners say the system will monitor more than just revenues, warning that it will allow for easy government snooping on calls and messages.

Nigeria is launching a new national airline — but will it take off?

"A national carrier is something we have tried and failed multiple times...[On] what basis are you hopeful that an administration that has failed more than others will be successful?"

24 July 2018

In the run-up to Mali's 2018 presidential elections, will President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta survive his scandals?

"Malians have the right to question where the hundreds of billions are really going, which were approved for the army to be able to tackle the jihadist threat."

20 July 2018

“Because we're here. Because we exist”: Nofi ‘Black and Proud’ challenges representation in French media

"I want us to be unavoidable. So we can offer an answer to this question of representation." Global Voices interviews the founder of Nofi, the first French black media channel.

Ugandan women say #HarassmentIsNotLove as cyber harassment ruling draws backlash

"Even after the ruling, people lashed out at me ... I am stronger and this is not the first time I have suffered this kind of media framing."

19 July 2018

Access denied: How Uganda’s social media tax is turning news and information into luxury goods

Advox

For Uganda’s poorest residents, the new tax raises internet connection costs by 10%.

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