Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

12 June 2020

Call for writers: Global Voices seeks pitches for digital rights stories

We are currently looking for authors to write about the following countries: Lebanon, Liberia, Rwanda, Namibia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Senegal, and Democratic Republic of Congo.

8 June 2020

Internet shutdowns in Sudan: The story behind the numbers and statistics

In the last several years, Sudan experienced two major internet shutdowns that seriously prohibited basic communication and exchange during politically charged periods, causing exponential losses and risks.

22 May 2020

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID 19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

19 May 2020

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

“I’ve grown a really thick skin,” said Fakhriyyah Hashim, co-founder of the #ArewaMeToo movement in northern Nigeria. 

18 May 2020

Cameroon’s 3-year separatist crisis: Online threats, attacks on identity and freedom of expression

Journalists in Cameroon have to be very careful about reporting on atrocities related to the separatist conflict. Appearing to side with separatists or the government can lead to online attacks.

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

15 May 2020

In Burundi, four journalists jailed for months await appeal

The four jailed journalists with Iwacu were accused of threatening state security on the basis of a WhatsApp message sent as a dry joke while reporting on a rebel attack.

1 May 2020

Nigerian atheist faces death threats for blasphemy against Islam

"Nigeria is a secular state and freedom of speech is one of the fundamental characteristics of a modern democratic state. Criticizing a religion is not a criminal offence."

20 April 2020

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

30 March 2020

After being kidnapped and threatened, Mozambican YouTuber has his channel suspended

The In early February, he was kidnapped for 24 hours, before he was freed by the police. A self-proclaimed prophet named Joe Williams is suspected of ordering the kidnapping.

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