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· October, 2020

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2020

Tanzanian poll is likely to usher in a new era of authoritarianism. Here's why.

"Any resemblance that Tanzania has borne to a liberal democracy seems to be slipping away. Not only is the apparent scale of election manipulation unprecedented," writes Dan Paget.

Internet throttling, SMS blocking in days leading up to election in Tanzania

With just 24 hours before election day, internet users in Tanzania and Zanzibar, have reported widespread limited access to internet services including social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and...

How Facebook derailed Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement

Online free speech advocates insist that Facebook’s flagging of #EndSARS content was neither a “mistake” nor a “bug,” but rather due to sparse investment in content moderation. 

Two Tanzanian musicians turn to opposition politics to improve their communities

Two musicians get political in this year's general elections in Tanzania. "As a musician, I'm the voice of the people ... getting into politics [allows me] to bring real change."

President Buhari’s contempt for Nigerian youth-led #EndSARS movement

President Buhari emphasized state power over the human rights demands of citizens. “As far as Buhari was concerned, the youths who were killed at Lekki did not count for anything.”

Official obfuscation trails the Lagos shooting of anti-police protesters 

To cover their tracks after the gunning down of unarmed, peaceful protesters, some Nigerian state institutions are promoting false information and propaganda on social media.

Nigerian military opens fire on peaceful protesters in Lagos

Nigerian security officials opened fire on protesters in Lekki, Lagos, reportedly killing at least three people. Civil society groups say the government has "declared a war on the people."

#EndSARS protest movement at a crossroads as government evades the issue

The Nigerian government has shown zero commitment to protesters’ demands for police reform but wallows in self-deluding verbal platitudes that are as ineffectual as they are dishonest.

Ending police brutality in Nigeria: A festival of lights to honor the dead

Protesters from the #EndSARS movement agreed to hold a festival of lights on Friday night in honor of heroes who lost their lives due to police brutality.

For journalists in Kenya, ‘2020 is the worst year on record’

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kenya in March, more than 47 cases of arbitrary arrest, assault and harassment have been perpetrated against bloggers, online activists and human rights defenders.

The struggle to end Nigeria's brutal SARS police unit continues

The question of control over SARS has not been adequately answered. The constitution vested control of the police to the presidency under the police chief. But that chain-of-command has broken.

‘Lazy’ Nigerian youth mobilize #EndSARS protest from social media to the streets

Described as ‘lazy’ by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, with a significant number unemployed, stereotyped as ‘unserious’, these digitally savvy youth have proved critics wrong. 

In rural Malawi, inadequate health care facilities is a matter of life or death

Malawi's new government under the Tonse Alliance was elected on a range of promises, including the delivery of essential health care in the country.

In Sudan, women and minorities targeted by online harassment lack legal protections

Sudan currently does very little to protect women and other minority groups and communities from harassment, putting their ability to exercise their fundamental rights online at risk.

Digital rights in Africa is still far from the internet freedom we desire

Despite the prevailing circumstance, but hopeful about the future, eight Global Voices contributors from six African countries discuss Internet freedom and how digital rights can be promoted in the continent.

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