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15 September 2016

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Ghanaian president John Mahama has assured the nation that social media will not be shut down during elections due to take place on December 7.

12 September 2016

Charlatans and Mainstream Media Try to Profit From Earthquake Panic in Skopje

Alternative medicine TV show host "Ivan the Healer" published a post and backdated it to make it seem that he had predicted the series of earthquakes that shook the city.

10 September 2016

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

8 September 2016

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

3 September 2016

Another Contested Election in Gabon Sparks Civil Unrest

Clashes between police forces and protesters have erupted, following accusations of rigged elections in Gabon.

30 August 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana Is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

Global Voices Advocacy

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

The Bridge

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

28 August 2016

On the Blossoming Pop Careers of Uganda's Security Hardmen

Both the new police grooves and the old army tunes are decidedly patriotic in tone.

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

27 August 2016

In Nigeria, You Risk Arrest If Your Dog Has the Same Name as the President

"Anyone that is still in doubt about the political nature of this case should search his inner conscience closely."

25 August 2016

Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Global Voices Advocacy

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

24 August 2016

Independent TV Station and Two Community Radio Stations Suspended Amid Disputed Elections in Zambia

Global Voices Advocacy

"Zambia is slowly becoming a court room. We all must be careful when we speak out on issues of national interest."

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

20 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Status Quo Has Got to Go

This week we tell you tales of protest, tragedy, and discrimination from Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Trinidad and Australia.

19 August 2016

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

17 August 2016

It's ‘No Mean Feat’ Being a Female Human Rights Activist in Timbuktu, Says Psychologist Fatoumata Harber

"We’ve got to make people aware of the reality: that the majority of people living in northern Mali are not in any way connected to these armed groups..."

10 August 2016

Ethiopian Authorities Killed 100 Protesters Over the Weekend

"I urge activists to focus on constructively helping the ongoing struggle aiming at creating free and fair Ethiopia that we are going to have sooner."

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

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