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The Role of the Courts in Safeguarding Online Freedoms in Africa

...rtional. At the heart of the debate over these shutdowns lies the right to freedom of expression online. Many African governments officially protect this right, for example through constitutional provisions or legislation governing access to information. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) also has a resolution which affirms the rights of all Africans to freedom of expression online. In addition, the African Declaration on...

Short on strategy: WhatsApp use in the Ugandan elections

...tioned in the interviews conducted and reflect a wider issue with Uganda’s online environment. A question of access There are more Ugandans online than ever before, but there still remain significant challenges to getting online. Smartphones are expensive, network coverage is poor in rural areas and the cost of data is high. The much maligned over-the-top (OTT) tax, a daily tax of UGX200 (S0.05) introduced in July 2018 for social media users, is s...

Corruption and the rule of law in Angola

...el, especially those who have themselves taken risks to expose the abuse of power in other African countries where corruption remains rife. If you would like to join us and endorse the letter to President dos Santos, please go to Rafael’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/rafael.marquesdemorais and post a message of support. Very few people are brave enough to take on the risks that he has done in order to protect their countries from abusive gove...

Remembering not to forget: Tanzania’s 2020 General Elections

...xercise fully their fundamental rights including the right to information, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, expression as well as freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. A violation of any of these basic rights puts a dent on the electoral process and in the long run risks creating disillusionment on the part of voters who feel stripped of their right to fully participate in the elections. Perhaps more than any other...

New Online Seminar Series! New Developments in Democracy in Africa

...red to present Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa of the University of Cape Town/University of Zambia, who will speak on: Michael Sata, Party Branding and the Politics of Historical Memory in Zambia c. 2001-2011 18 NOVEMBER 2020 1:00pm Eastern Time/5:00pm UK/7:00pm South Africa & Zambia To register simply send an email to us and we will send you the Zoom link nearer the time. For all of the details, including an abstract of the talk, click here for the Episode 1...

Biometric Voter Registration Arrives in Ghana

...nto their own hands to prevent people who they thought did not reside in a community from registering, leading to a number of violent incidents. This however appeared to be an urban phenomenon as most rural registration centers experienced a smooth exercise. The problems of frequent equipment failure and the lack of adequate information about kit movements seem to have been minimized in the subsequent phases of the exercise while the Ghana Police...

Press Freedom in Africa

...ce the end of Apartheid. Regimes in Cameroon and Angola are taking aims at freedom of expression online, with legislative measures criminalizing the dissemination photos and footage about protests. Meanwhile, Ethiopia and Burundi’s use of terrorism laws to prosecute and jail critical journalists is a disturbing new trend. This is all worrying. There may be signs of greater press freedom but there is also room for improvement. What are the main way...

How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

...er countries have been a lot more brazen in their efforts to clamp down on free online speech. Cameroon, Egypt, and Ethiopia, for example, have regularly shut down the internet. Users considered too critical of the government are routinely arrested, threatened or even jailed. Fake news This is not to say that new media platforms are entirely without problems. Social media has been used to create and disseminate fake news. This has contributed to a...
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Open Access Friday: The best free research on African politics

...share some of the best research on African politics and democracy that is free to download. If you would like your research to be included, please email editorsdia@gmail.com. 1. “Politicization and resistance in the Zimbabwean national army”. African Affairs, Maringira. 8,000 word Article on historical tensions within the Zimbabwean army. Zimbabwe army article 2. “International Election Observers in Kenya’s 2017 Elections: Impartial or Partisan?”...
The Continent Issue 3

The Continent – brilliant free African journalism

...t is more, it promises to make you feel better about the world. It is also free – and you can download it here! The Continent Issue 3 – 2 May 2020 On the frontline: stories of heroism and hope The Continent Issue 2 – 25 April 2020 How not to handle a pandemic The Continent Issue 1 – 18 April 2020 Life inside the lockdown   How much does The Continent cost? It’s FREE. What is The Continent? The Continent is a new weekly newspaper that brings togeth...