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Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos

Influential Facebook users, pejoratively referred to as net idols, are facing retribution for their online posts. VIENTIANE, Laos – Inside a packed lecture hall at the American Centre in the capital Vientiane, 60 National University of Laos students sit surrounded

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South Sudan’s Young Reporters Independence Day Exhibit Displays True Promise

MINGKAMAN, South Sudan – To celebrate July 9, South Sudan’s fifth independence anniversary, Internews hosted a multimedia exhibit featuring photographs and audio produced by Mingkaman Young Reporters. This is a group of youth from Mingkaman, Awerial County I had trained

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Ethiopia’s “Terrorist” Journalists and Bloggers

NAIROBI, Kenya – A cursory glance at the headlines shows that Ethiopia has one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. But the noise generated by the hyperbolic international media is drowning out the critical voices. Political opposition is being strangled by

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Media Literacy Talks for Tanzania’s Youth

I’m on the back of a boda-boda motorcycle taxi, heading uphill, when my driver, Nuru, points out the drive-way leading to the house of Tanzania’s former prime minister and current presidential hopeful, Edward Lowassa. Not even five seconds after we

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The slum series – Voice of Kibera

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kibera is known as Africa’s largest slum. It’s located in Nairobi, Kenya and home to a new media renaissance. Featuring the voices of Vincent Achuka, editor and journalist at the Ghetto Mirror, Sande Wycliffe, programmer at the

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#RightsMedia report: African #BarrickGold ‘s alleged #humanrights violations in #Tanzania

African Barrick is a unit of Canada’s Barrick Gold mining company. It operates four mines in northwest Tanzania, one being the North Mara gold mine, where alleged human rights violations have been perpetrated against the local population. A high profile

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From Accra to Arusha: A journalist’s journey across Africa

Okay, I know it’s cliche to travel to Africa and expect to launch my career as an international journalist. But, hey, if it worked out for so many others, why not give it a try? Of course I spent six

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