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Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

5 August 2015

Disappeared Gambian Journalist Slammed With Sedition Charge

"It seems the whole nation is behind bars," wrote one Facebook user on the disappearances of multiple journalists in The Gambia. Although facing charges, Abdoulie Ceesay's whereabouts remain unknown.

3 August 2015

Exiled Journalist Speaks on Human Trafficking and The Gambia's Assault on Media Freedom

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.

13 July 2015

Ethiopians React to Bloggers’ Release With Compassion, Criticism

Supporters of the Zone9 blogging collective are expressing both joy and bitterness at the release of some -- but not all -- of the bloggers from prison last week.

29 June 2015

Why Is the Internet So Much Slower and More Expensive in Mali Than in Senegal or Côte d'Ivoire?

Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.

26 June 2015

Abel Wabela: “To Fight Bystander Apathy…This is My Mission as a Human”

"Warnings, intimidations, arrest and torture have not stopped me from exercising my free speech rights," says Abel Wabela, one of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers who have been jailed since April 2014.

23 June 2015

An Official White House Visit to Ethiopia? Africans Tell Obama ‘Don't Do It!’

Despite recent elections that swept the one opposition member from parliament, US President Barack Obama is planning a visit to Ethiopia.

18 June 2015

Kenyan Blogger Bogonko Bosire is Still Missing, Nearly Two Years After His Disappearance

Controversial Kenyan blogger Bogonko Bosire went missing two years ago. Kenyans have revived his search with the hashtag #WhereIsBogonkoBosire.

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page. But multiple sources, including TVO-Uganda, say Shaka has been wrongly accused.

17 April 2015

Tanzania's Cyber Crime Bill Gives More Power to Police, Less to People

Leading opponents of the legislation from civil society say they will take the government to court if the president signs the bill into law.