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· October, 2019

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2019

30 October 2019

Zanzibar zooms in on the future of visual arts in Africa

Visual Arts Festival Zanzibar brought together artists from Zanzibar and across Africa for a week of conversations, workshops and panels on the current state of visual arts.

29 October 2019

Tanzania tech startup fights fake drugs through new online platform

Hawa Dagaa, a pharmacist in Dar es Salaam, believes that the new online system will help her track the pharmaceutical products, reducing her chances of purchasing fake drugs.

28 October 2019

Angolan president's reforms drive positive impact on media — but limits persist

Advox

Under Angola's former regime, JES, prosecutions of activists and journalists were common. In 2017, João Lourenço (“JLO”) succeeded JES and journalists began to see reforms to press freedoms. But is it...

24 October 2019

Portuguese rapper causes controversy for portraying domestic violence in music video

Dozens of women's rights associations criticized the rapper Valete, who responded saying the controversy was "empty".

23 October 2019

Mozambican journalists and activists targeted with threats in election year

Advox

Human rights organizations documented several cases in which journalists and activists were threatened and subjected to pressures interfering with their work in relation to the elections.

Nigerian journalist under threat of arrest for exposé of police and prison corruption

Advox

The intimidation of journalist 'Fisayo Soyombo exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.

How football-mad Cameroon is lifting up the sport in the country

After years of regression and neglect, the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has decided to put domestic football league business back on track.

18 October 2019

How Ethiopia's ruling coalition created a playbook for disinformation

Advox

Manipulation tactics used by Ethiopia's ruling coalition members against each other in their internal power struggle serve as a blueprint for opposition groups to attack their opponents and the government.

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

16 October 2019

Deadly police raids in Guinea as President Alpha Condé clings to power

Deadly police violence in Guinea as the president attempts to modify the constitution to cling to power. The demonstrations killed six people, including one police officer, and wounded many others.

Journalists faced obstacles covering elections in Mozambique, regional observer said

In a note shared by email on 12 September the Mozambique chapter of the Institute for Media in Southern Africa (MISA) said political party members have prevented journalists from covering...

15 October 2019

Rwanda deports American evangelical pastor accused of hate speech and visa violations

Many Rwandans lauded the US evangelical preacher's deportation, decrying hate speech in Rwanda. But supporters see it as an attack on faith-based organizations by the Kagame administration. 

Internet censorship in Sudan: Rethinking laws and tactics that served an authoritarian regime

Advox

Sudan's transitional authorities have taken small steps toward improving the climate for internet freedom in the country— but these remain inadequate.

14 October 2019

Was the Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopia’s prime minister premature?

The Bridge

Abiy Ahmed Ali has undertaken unprecedented reforms since he took office last year. But will he end up like other African leaders who started well, but went rogue over time?

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

Advox

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

13 October 2019

This Tanzanian youth advocate has a vision for inclusive education

A recent study conducted by HakiElimu found that even in schools deemed “inclusive,” the learning environment was still not very friendly for students with visual impairment.

11 October 2019

Nigerian journalist Omoyele Sowore remains in jail on trumped-up charges of treason and insulting the president

Advox

Rights groups see Omoyele Sowore's continued detention and the charges filed against him as merely a criminalisation of political dissent in Nigeria. 

9 October 2019

#SexForGrades: A new documentary exposes sexual harassment at West African universities

Professors who harass female students and pressure them for sex in return for grades or school admission has become the norm in many universities in Nigeria and Ghana.

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: Global Voices represents at Addis Ababa digital rights conference

GV Community Blog

The forum represented a huge step forward for digital rights in Ethiopia, where, just five years ago, press freedom and digital rights were at an all-time low.

4 October 2019

As Sudan transitions to democracy, urgent reforms must tackle disinformation

Advox

To help counter mis-and disinformation, Sudan's transitional government needs to provide better conditions to support press freedom, freedom of expression and access to information.