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· February, 2018

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from February, 2018

23 February 2018

One Country, Two Leaders and Four Censored TV Channels: Kenya's Political Crisis Takes a Toll on Human Rights

Advox

The illusion of an independent Kenyan media that is free from state interference has evaporated.

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

The Bridge

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

20 February 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 209 countries. Number 68 on the list? Honduras. And number 139? Somalia.

At Zanzibar’s Sauti za Busara Festival, Music Professionals Ask: Can One Song Really Change the World?

"This is an issue with the rights of all musicians to speak out. This tells me how powerful music is. If it wasn’t this strong, it wouldn’t be so feared."

19 February 2018

Chinese State TV Lambasted for ‘Racist’ Lunar New Year Sketch Featuring Blackface

"My first Chinese New Year watching the annual CCTV spring gala and they trot out a Chinese lady in blackface...with a pet "monkey" (played by a man from Cote D'Ivoire)..."

14 February 2018

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination

"We have made ourselves known in the music industry, yet gender inequality, sexism, and pay gaps persist. It’s not that we’re not skillful enough, it’s that all decision-makers are men."

Several Months After Their Abduction by Boko Haram, Thirteen Nigerian Citizens Regain Freedom

"We are so pleased that these 13 people are free and will be able to see their families again..."

12 February 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 5-11, 2018, Global Voices' stories and translations attracted readers from 195 countries!

9 February 2018

Africa Mourns Award-Winning Ugandan Musician Mowzey Radio, Dead at 33

"He always gave me even the little he had...However much others knew him as a chaotic man, I knew him as a simple, humble and talented son"

6 February 2018

Kenyan TV Networks Censored for Airing Symbolic ‘Swearing In’ of Opposition Leader Raila Odinga

Advox

When Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga was symbolically—if not legally—sworn in as the "people's president" on January 30, three major broadcasting networks were unplugged by the Government of Kenya.

2 February 2018

Burundi's Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

"The launch of the project to bury...the constitution by Nkurunziza is a declaration of war on the Burundian people. Between Nkurunziza and the Burundian people who will win?"

Netizen Report: The Rising Cost of Cameroon's Internet Shutdowns

Advox

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

Gambian University Instructor Detained for Newspaper Interview, Then Released

Advox

"We voted for a change of SYSTEM. NOT JUST a President."

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