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· October, 2019

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2019

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.

2 October 2019

The fault lines in Cameroon's national peace talks

National peace dialogues in Cameroon have left some citizens filled with doubt and fear. “I don’t see anything coming out of that meeting in Yaoundé," said Martin, a carpenter.

Youth gather in China to halt biodiversity loss and promote harmony with nature

At the MAB Youth Forum, 176 young people from 82 countries gathered in China, to discuss the urgent biodiversity crisis caused by climate change and declare their commitment to all...