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Ndesanjo Macha

I am a blogger, journalist, lawyer, digital activist and new media consultant. I am interested in the relationship between social media and development in the developing world, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa.

I am the Sub-Saharan Africa Editor here at Global Voices. Follow me on Twitter: @ndesanjo

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Latest posts by Ndesanjo Macha

30 September 2016

In Tanzania, Expressing Political Opinions on Social Media is Becoming Increasingly Dangerous

Global Voices Advocacy

Five Tanzanian citizens, Dennis Temu, Suleiman Nassoro, Shakira Makame, Juma Mtatuu, Dennis Mtegwa, appeared before a Tanzanian court September 14 charged with insulting President John Magufuli on social media. The five...

16 September 2016

Zimbabweans Can't Stop Giggling About a ‘Hideous’ Statue of Longtime President Mugabe

"Good thing Dominic #Benhura made this ugly statue of #Mugabe. Citizens will enjoy knocking it down when he falls."

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."

24 August 2016

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"

24 July 2016

Calls for the International Community to Intervene as Gambia Continues to Imprison Dissidents

Harsh prison sentences for opposition leaders and activists makes netizens concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in The Gambia.

13 July 2016

Ugandan President's Leisurely Roadside Phone Call Inspires the #M7Challenge on Twitter

"i think it would be a good way to say STOP TEXTING/CALLING WHILE DRIVING"

11 July 2016

#ShutDownZim: Will Social Media Protests Drive Zimbabwe to Build a ‘Great Firewall'?

Global Voices Advocacy

This is the first time Zimbabwe has staged a "shutdown" over government dysfunction by organizing on social media. But protests could trigger new forms of censorship.

7 July 2016

Africans Aren't Staying Silent About a Scottish Woman's Patronizing and Factually Inaccurate Gap Year Memoir

"To everyone railing against #LintonLies, let this be a reminder that WE have to tell our own stories. Write a blog/short story/etc. CREATE."

27 June 2016

What Consequences Could the UK's Brexit Have for People in Africa?

"If the UK sneezes Africa will … well Africa will say 'bless you' and move on."

Tanzanian Prosecuted for ‘Insulting’ the President on WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

Mulokozi is the latest victim of Tanzania's relatively new Cybercrime Law, which attempts to address issues such as child pornography, cyberbullying, online impersonation, and the publication of false information.

26 June 2016

Interactive Security Tracker Maps Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new interactive tool that tracks political violence across Sub-Saharan Africa maps deaths by area, trends over time, and the perpetrators involved.

21 June 2016

National Bank of Kenya Takes Blogger to Court for “Defamatory” Blog Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

The bank took Cyprian Nyakundi to court following a series of critical stories. Nyakundi calls himself a "Kenyan-based blogger who has an interest in politics, governance, corporate-fraud and human-interest stories."

14 June 2016

‘HiviSasa’, a Kenyan Citizen Media Project for Mobile Web

Rising Voices

"Accessible, diverse, transparent information empowers both governments and citizens. Better informed citizens make better decisions about their lives and their government."

12 June 2016

Is the #ThisFlag Online Campaign Reshaping Political Activism in Zimbabwe?

"If the #ThisFlag campaign ends as just being an anger-venting space, so be it. That is valid too."

10 June 2016

Tanzanian Man Could Face Three Years’ Jailtime for “Insulting” the President on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The case falls against a backdrop of Tanzania's Cybercrime Law, passed in 2015, which critics say gives too much power -- without meaningful oversight -- to police.

28 May 2016

How a Single Blog Post Changed the Life of a Somali Single Mother of Eight

A fundraiser springing from the massive public response to the story raised over $4,000 in the space of a single day.

17 May 2016

‘Biko Zulu’, ‘They Call Me Daktari’ and ‘Mummy Tales’ Among the Winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards

The winners of the Kenyan Blog Awards 2016 were announced at a gala event that took place on May 14 in Kenya's capital Nairobi.

16 May 2016

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

14 May 2016

A Hub for African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

What if after an annihilation of humans by a lethal virus brought by aliens, the only survivors were the beautiful and strong Maasai people?

29 April 2016

South Africa Bans Several Sports Bodies From Hosting Global Events Over Lack of Diversity

"The ban on hosting global sporting events is another nail in the coffin for economic development and job creation."

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