· May, 2016

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from May, 2016

30 May 2016

Ghanaians Oppose Shutdown of Social Media Platforms During Elections

"This kind of thinking is unacceptable."

23 May 2016

Ghanaian Minister Vows Not to Ban Whatsapp, Skype and Viber Calls

"Methinks the telcos need to smell the coffee because the traditional 'voice game' is over, and with it, the monopoly profits they used to make."

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.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

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.

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