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· August, 2020

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from August, 2020

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

In Nambia, a Twitter campaign to legalize abortion drew waves of attacks against feminist activists, but as a result, parliament has agreed to discuss Nambia's outdated abortion laws.

Netflix to show first Angolan feature film

Dias Santana is 80% an Angolan production and 20% South African

In eastern Sudan, a bloody intercommunal conflict raises national security concerns

While the Sudanese people await a signed peace agreement, blood continues to spill, this time along ethnic and tribal lines in the port city of Port Sudan, in eastern Sudan.

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

Revised online content regulations in Tanzania prohibit talking about pandemics, natural disasters or politics without government approval. Is it possible to control essential online conversations? If so, at what cost? 

Abused and infected with COVID-19, Nigerian domestic workers are stranded in Beirut

African governments must press on their Lebanese counterpart to grant amnesty to all migrant domestic workers to be repatriated to their home countries and abolish the slave-like Kafala labour laws. 

Kenyan families suffer spillover effects from school closures

Following school closures in Kenya, inequity has run rampant. Education experts want the government to perform a complete education reboot to provide equitable access to learning for all.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part II

Within an hour of musician Hachalu Hundessa’s assassination, Ethiopians netizens hit social media with scattershot conspiracy theories, hate speech & disinformation campaigns — particularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

‘Wiki Loves Africa’ 2020 features images of a continent on the move

"Wiki Loves Africa," encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media to Wikimedia annually around a particular theme to fundamentally change how people both within and outside Africa see the continent.

Angolan police kills 23-year-old for breaking confinement rules, local media reports

A National Police communiqué said that officers were on patrol when they came across a crowd of young people at an unauthorized time and place.

The chilling tale of mass surveillance and spying in Rwanda

Rwanda justifies its tight control over media freedom, suppression of dissent, and hostility toward opposition as matters of national unity and security.

Can Sudan's new government solve the annual mass flooding crisis?

No government in Sudan's history has been able to solve the humanitarian disasters brought on by annual flooding, which inevitably leads to chronic destruction and loss of life.

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Digital rights remain under threat in Malawi despite historic win for democracy

Will the change in the country's leadership bring about meaningful changes to ensure that Malawians enjoy human rights in the digital space?

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