They Can Be Nasty, But New Media Platforms Have Become Powerful Across Africa – And The Empire Is Pushing Back

ONLINE platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential, enhance political accountability and disrupt old media practices that tend to exclude less powerful voices from important social and political discussions. On the other hand, they have invited …

Stella Nyanzi: The Formidable Feminist Foe Uganda’s Longtime Ruler Museveni Has Failed To Silence

Imprisoned several times, Nyanzi has been fearless in her criticism of Museveni. She has embraced a Ugandan tradition called ‘radical rudeness’ that dates back to pre-independence days of the late 1940s.

Africa’s Media Image In The 21st Century: From The ‘Heart Of Darkness’ To ‘Africa Rising’

One of the book’s feats is that the cover does not feature a white saviour, no acacia or baobab trees or the insufferable sunset imagery.

Dirty Dogs And Filth: Shocking Hate Speech Kicks Up More Trouble In Burundi

Among the targets of violent threats has been former president Domitien Ndayizeye after he spoke out against the ruling party’s youth wing’s call for female opposition supporters to be raped or even killed.

Surprised? Yes, Elections Can Still Be Held In Africa Without Blocking The Internet – Or Vote Rigging

A digital rights group documented 52 internet shutdowns across the world in 2016 alone, with shutdowns in at least 11 African countries contributing to that number