Nwachukwu Egbunike – poet and journalist – is an adjunct lecturer at the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. Egbunike's research agenda straddles social media, youth political participation, politics and ethnicity. He is the author of four books, including “Hashtags: social media, politics and ethnicity in Nigeria” and “Nka” (a collection of poems).
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For exposing government corruption, Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo has been charged with treason, terrorism, cultism and public disturbance.
"The unfounded charge of terrorism that was subsequently laid against him was clearly only created to serve the purpose of silencing Sowore."
Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.
Omoyele Sowore was detained and charged under Nigeria's 2011 counter-terrorism law. He could face life imprisonment.
Draconian legislation often used to arbitrarily detain journalists and dissenting voices exemplifies the precarious state of press freedom and free speech in Nigeria.
A former staff member described Madonna University as a ''death trap''.
Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.
Human Rights Watch says Tanzania has witnessed "a marked decline in respect for free expression, association and assembly" under the current government.
Divela told the Committee to Protect Journalists via WhatsApp that some "powerful figures in Ghana sought to harm him" after an image of him was published on TV.
The use of social media to call attention to the government's violations and illegal actions have led to fears that of online censorship in upcoming elections.
Across the continent, the legal and economic costs of speaking up are rising.
The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.
Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.
Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.
"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."
Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.
In Tanzania, where media historically holds strong ties to government interests, blogging opened up possibilities for individuals to establish private news outlets that proved immensely powerful.
Sanna Camara fled his home country in the face of legal challenges and death threats after he published a series of stories on human trafficking in The Gambia.
In the words of Wole Soyinka, “books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth.” Befequadu is in jail because he writes.
The Zone9 bloggers' crime was that they dared to live out "Ubuntu". They promoted their community above individualistic concerns.