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· July, 2018

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from July, 2018

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%.

18 July 2018

Activist Naïm Touré sentenced to prison over Facebook post in Burkina Faso

Advox

"Freedom of expression is a constitutional right in our country; free NAÏM TOURÉ"

13 July 2018

‘In a lot of the post-colonial world, so much of what really drives us is suppressed’

"The majority of students are black. It’s not so much a colour as the fact that they come with emotional relationships to the rest of the world that are different."

11 July 2018

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

Advox

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

Natural resources surrounded by terror: What is behind the attacks in northern Mozambique?

Since October 2017, Cabo Delgado Province -- a region rich with rubies, gas, oil, and wood -- has suffered violent attacks, the motives of which are unclear to local authorities.

10 July 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of July 2-8, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 203 countries. Number 19 on the list? Madagascar. And number 114? Timor-Leste.

9 July 2018

‘Apartheid couldn’t have happened without that spatial carving up of the landscape’

"In South Africa, certainly, architecture was always complicit in oppression. Apartheid might have been a political and social structure, but it was also a physical one," says architect Lesley Lokko.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

Advox

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

6 July 2018

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Advox

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Advox

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

5 July 2018

First comprehensive study on child abuse in Madagascar points to alarming level of violence

89% of children report having suffered from domestic abuse at least once and 30% of minors in the island have had a child.

4 July 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of June 25-July 1, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 197 countries. Number 19 on the list? Angola. And number 185? Seychelles.

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