Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

17 May 2016

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

16 May 2016

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

11 May 2016

Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration

"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"

10 May 2016

Uganda's Defiance Campaign Will Not Be Televised

"Hot on the heels of #WorldPressFreedomDay comes #UgandaMediaGag. Ironic"

4 May 2016

‘I Was Forced to Drink My Own Urine’: ‘Freedom’ For Netizens After 647 Days Locked Up, But Not For All

Ethiopia's Federal High Court acquits two men who spent more than 600 days incarcerated on terrorism charges that critics allege were politically motivated. A third man was not so lucky.

21 April 2016

Netizen Report: That Time When the Internet in Ecuador Died

Ecuador weathers a sudden mass Internet outage, insulting Tanzania's president proves costly, Twitter gets settled unsettlingly in China, and more.

18 April 2016

Tanzania's Cybercrime Act Makes It Dangerous to “Insult” the President on Facebook

Tanzanian netizen Isaac Habakuk Emily is accused of posting a controversial Facebook message "insulting" the president of Tanzania.

6 April 2016

In Kenya, Banned Music Video Celebrating Same-Sex Love Stays on YouTube

The Kenya Film Classification Board has banned the video arguing that "it does not adhere to the morals of the country."

5 April 2016

Zambian Deputy Minister Attacks Bank Employee Over Facebook Comment

The Deputy Minister’s visit reportedly was marked with obnoxious name calling, threats and shouts that shocked clients and security personnel at the bank.

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court

Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".

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