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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

21 December 2019

Abduction of human rights activist echos chilling trend in Tanzania

Human rights activist Tito Magoti's abduction echoes a chilling trend toward the disappearances of journalists, human rights defenders and opposition leaders in Tanzania since 2015 when Magufuli first took office.

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

13 December 2019

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

"...No one put pressure on President Jammeh to stop his atrocities. ... We don't want others to feel our pain or our fate," said The Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

12 December 2019

Ethiopia: Stop hate speech, not free speech

Advox

Ethiopia's new hate speech bill aims to "tackle the erosion of the nation’s social cohesion, political stability and national unity." But digital rights advocates say it threatens democracy.

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Advox

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

10 December 2019

Civil society criticizes the arrest of 18 political delegates in Mozambique

Political delegates of the New Democracy party were arrested, accused of carrying fake credentials.

Ahead of 2020 elections in Ghana, citizens fight against extreme surge in data costs

Advox

The increased Communication Service Tax to 9% will create a huge barrier to affordability, increase existing digital inequalities and will be disproportionately felt in rural areas and among women.

9 December 2019

Morna, a music style from Cabo Verde, recognized as World Heritage

Cesária Évora was one of the genre's best-known interpreters.

5 December 2019

Astrophysicists in Ethiopia hop on ‘astrobus’ tour of cosmic possibilities

A team of 24 astrophysicists, scientists, artists, and innovators will hop on "Astrobus Ethiopia" and tour eight cities in northern Ethiopia to teach hands-on workshops in science and the arts.

4 December 2019

Tears with truth: The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission

President Barrow’s triumph at the polls set the stage for "righting the wrongs" of the past. For Gambians, this interim leadership provided a reset button for transitional justice, following years of brutality.

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

Advox

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

2 December 2019

‘They call for my slaughter': Somali atheists living in fear

The Somali atheist community spans the globe, while many others remain “in the closet,” hiding their beliefs for fear of repercussions. An estimated 1.2 million seek solace online, using pseudonyms.

28 November 2019

Nigeria's social media bill will obliterate online freedom of expression

Advox

The proposed social media bill will annihilate online freedom of expression, criminalize criticism of the government and legalize internet shutdowns in Nigeria.

The Gambia confronts the nightmare of witch hunts under former regime

In The Gambia, alleged witches were held for up to five days in secret locations and made to drink ‘Kubehjaro’, a hallucinogenic substance, and then forced to confess to witchcraft.

Tanzanian rapper scolded for lyrics about nation's cashew crisis

Roma Mkatoliki's hit song criticizes the government's 2018 decision to deploy the military to purchase cashew nuts from farmers in an attempt to force an increase in market price.

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

Advox

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

27 November 2019

Activists in Angola continue to face repression for online and offline activities

Advox

Online activists in Angola risk tough reactions from authorities, particularly when their activities are connected to offline activism.

25 November 2019

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

Advox

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

22 November 2019

In Ethiopia’s disinformation epidemic, the crumbling ruling coalition is the elephant in the room

Advox

As acts of communal violence that took place in Oromia in October subsided, a new battle began online over interpretations of the violence — and who was to blame.

18 November 2019

Messages in motion: The art of Swahili sayings on public transport in Zanzibar

"They know that people will comment on the condition of their vehicle, or the way they drive. . . and they want to block you — they want you to...