Posted in West Africa

How a group of single mothers is changing lives in Sierra Leone

By Joshua Lew McDermott Just south of Bo, the second largest city in Sierra Leone, lies Tinkonko, a bustling and largely-rural chiefdom home to about…

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Posted in West Africa

Sexual violence, teenage pregnancy on the increase in Sierra Leone

By Abdulrahman Koroma A sixty-three-year-old man is currently on trial in Sierra Leone on allegation of sexual assault and rape against a thirteen year old…

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Posted in Breaking News Southern Africa

Zimbabwe’s opposition challenges president’s legitimacy

Leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance in Zimbabwe have vowed to continue their challenge of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy as the newly elected…

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Posted in East Africa Media Freedom

Tanzanian police arrest journalist

Human rights organizations are demanding the immediate release of a  Tanzanian journalist, Sitta Tumma. Tumma  was arrested on August 8 while covering an opposition campaign rally…

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Posted in Media Freedom

Ugandan military arrest, beat journalists

Security forces in Uganda have been accused of beating and detaining  four journalists covering protests in the capital, Kampala early this week. The arrested journalists…

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Posted in Theory and Praxis

Empowering the People: Awakening the New Socialist Revolutionary Class

By Joshua Lew McDermott In its most basic definition, the informal economy is “the process of production and income-generating activity outside of regulatory institutions and…

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Posted in North Africa West Africa

Mauritania: The Forgotten Genocide of Black Africans

By Yahaya Ba Growing up, I knew West African families tended to be large. What I didn’t know was why my family seemed so much…

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Posted in Media Freedom

Unknown Men destroy Radio Station in West Cameroon

A community radio station in the northwest region of Cameroon, Sky FM has been attacked and burnt down by supposedly unknown persons. The alleged arson attack , which happened on August 3, destroyed the radio station’s two transmitters, computers, four recorders, a video camera, a mixer, a decoder, television set, and several office furniture.

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Posted in Media Freedom

Political Gang Attacks Ugandan Journalist

Ugandan journalist Damba Wiziri has been attacked twice while covering a recent national parliamentary election in the Sheema Municipality in Uganda.
Damba Wiziri works for the majority state-owned Vision Group’s print, television, and online platforms. A report from Uganda’s Human Rights Network for Journalists confirmed that Wiziri was attacked while covering a demonstration by members of an opposition party, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC).

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Posted in Media Freedom

Jones Abiri still detained by Nigeria

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York has called on Nigerian authorities to immediately release Jones Abiri, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Source newspaper. Jones Abiri was arrested by Nigeria’s state security service in July 2016 and has been in jail without trial since his arrest two years ago. Abiri was brought to court on Friday in Abuja, his second court appearance in a week after two years in detention without family visitation. His lead counsel, Femi Falana confirmed that Abiri was charged at the first hearing with sending text messages to two oil companies, Shell and Agip, allegedly demanding bribe payments, but the state couldn’t produce witnesses to testify against Abiri.

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