Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa

9 July 2019

Post-election crackdown in Mauritania: Internet shutdown lifted, journalist remains in detention

Despite ending a 10-day internet shutdown, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

21 June 2019

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

14 June 2019

Netizen Report: Amid demonstrations for democracy, Sudanese civilians face military violence — and internet shutdowns

From Kazakhstan to Khartoum to Hong Kong, protests brought internet shutdowns and online attacks this week.

27 May 2019

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

8 May 2019

Mauritanian blogger escaped the death penalty, but remains behind bars

Ould Mkhaitir was prosecuted for writing an article in which he criticised the role of religion in Mauritania’s caste system.

Mozambican journalists are released pending trial, after months in detention

Amade Abubacar and Germano Adriano were in detention since January, but were only formally charged on 16 April. Now they must await trial on probation.

6 May 2019

Ugandan regulators order 13 media outlets to suspend staff over coverage of opposition figure

The Ugandan regulator says media houses that fail to comply with their directive could have their licenses revoked.

26 April 2019

Tanzanian authorities detain and deport Ugandan human rights leader

Human Rights Watch says Tanzania has witnessed "a marked decline in respect for free expression, association and assembly" under the current government.

4 April 2019

Mauritanian bloggers face defamation charges for reporting on corruption

The public prosecution accuses the two bloggers of spreading what it deemed were "false" reports of corruption allegations against the Mauritanian President.

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