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Pernille Baerendtsen

I work as an independent journalist with different assignments related to media, journalism, culture, politics and civil society in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda and Denmark. Currently, I'm also a student at Centre for African Studies in Copenhagen, the two-year postgraduate full-time study programme leading to a Masters degree.

In 2000 I moved to Serbia to co-establish the Next Stop Serbia campaign aiming at breaking down stereotypes between Serbs and Danes by promoting civic action and creativity by making people collaborate via personal interests. During the same period of time I also worked with the establishment of South Eastern European Youth Network, enabling ex-Yugoslavian youth joining across new borders.

I lived in West Nile in Northern Uganda from 2005-7 where I worked with South Sudanese refugees and civic education along and across the border to Sudan. I moved on to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania working as information officer for an international NGO for 2½ years.

I've written for Global Voices since about 2008. Mainly on issues related to East Africa and South Sudan.

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Latest posts by Pernille Baerendtsen

31 July 2016

South Sudanese Journalists Face Increasing Threats as Political Violence Peaks

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalists have long struggled to survive in Sudan and South Sudan, but the impact of the conflict that erupted in 2013 has made working in media even more dangerous.

26 July 2016

Political Conflict Triggers Turmoil in South Sudan, Leaving Hundreds Dead

An altercation involving President Salva Kiir and the Vice President Riek Machar, who have long been political rivals, swiftly unraveled into an armed conflict that lasted for several days.

11 October 2015

Refugees Take Over Danish Daily Newspaper For a Day to Tell Their Stories

The Danish daily newspaper Information invited 12 refugees, some newly arrived, all professional journalists, to take over the entire 48 pages of the newspaper on Friday, October 9.

7 September 2015

Everyday Life in a Fragile State

The Bridge

"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.

21 May 2015

Message to an Ethiopian Blogger: Mahlet Fantahun, You Are Not Alone

Global Voices Advocacy

"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."

28 April 2015

We Are Working To Prevent Explosions: Spoken Word in East Africa

The Bridge

"The youth... are like time bombs. We are working to prevent explosions. If words are never let out, we’ll explode!"

20 July 2014

A Leaked Document Casts A Shadow Over Tanzania's Bright Gas Extraction Outlook

The Bridge

Leaked to the public, a contract between Norway's Statoil and the Tanzanian government highlights how fraught the question of revenues from Tanzania’s gasfields—and who will benefit from them—has become.

1 November 2012

Africa's Top Political Tweeters? Let's Fix The Guardian's List

On October 30, 2012, The Guardian published ‘Africa's top tweeters: political pioneers in the digital debate'. Did The Guardian’s David Smith get away with this piece too easily? The Sub-Saharan...

13 September 2012

Is Tanzania's Peaceful Reputation in Danger?

Tanzania has experienced several crises since the October 2010 general elections. The most recent case is the violent death of Tanzania journalist Daudi Mwangosi, who was killed by a tear...

24 August 2012

Tanzania, Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi ‘Tweets’ from Grave

"@zittokabwe please be better than I was. Not fun up here I am preparing 2 pay for some of this." A post-death tweet from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to...

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