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‘We are the enemies of our leaders’- Meet the journalists behind West Africa Leaks

‘We are the enemies of our leaders’- Meet the journalists behind West Africa Leaks

The 13 journalists who worked on the West Africa Leaks face everything from threats, law suits and intimidation. West Africa Leaks is a collaboration of 13 journalists from 11 countries, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Cenozo. Many of these journalists face tough conditions, including legal threats, commercial pressure and technology constraints. But their […]

Algerian Fixer Saïd Chitour Completes a Year in Prison

Algerian Fixer Saïd Chitour Completes a Year in Prison

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Algerian authorities to quickly release Saïd Chitour, a media fixer who completed a year in prison today. His health is deteriorating fast and there is no evidence to justify detaining him. A fixer and stringer for such international media outlets as the BBC and Washington Post, Chitour was […]

Bulawayo-Harare highway: A sad reminder that nothing has changed

Bulawayo-Harare highway: A sad reminder that nothing has changed

Under a gigantic Zanu PF colourful election campaign billboard covered with the image of a half-smiling president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is a small stall manned by a middle-aged vendor selling vegetables and fruits under the sun-drenched weather of Chegutu. The billboard, erected along the Harare-Bulawayo road and a kilometre from Chegutu town centre, poignantly […]

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The international coalition of journalists which pioneered reporting on the “Panama Papers” has teamed up with West Africa’s Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (Cenozo)* to expose the tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption which siphon money out of the region, hindering development. In what the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls West Africa’s […]

Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax ‘to stop gossip’

Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax ‘to stop gossip’

Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04, R0.63] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. The law […]

How the Elite Take Billions Offshore – Revealing The Secret Scams of The Rich And Powerful

How the Elite Take Billions Offshore – Revealing The Secret Scams of The Rich And Powerful

From Cape Verde’s white-sand beaches to Niger’s vast deserts, West African countries are plundered by companies and individuals, while governments do little to stem the flow. Government officials, arms merchants and corporations have spirited away millions of dollars from destitute West African nations through offshore tax havens, an investigation by journalists from the region and […]

Oppressive media laws dampen hopes of change in Zimbabwe

Oppressive media laws dampen hopes of change in Zimbabwe

Six months have passed since a coup d’état in Zimbabwe ended the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe, who turned the southern African country into one of the most censored environments in the world. Although the seismic shift in the political situation raised hope for a new, more open era for the country’s media, little has […]

#GuptaLeaks Opened My Eyes – South Africa’s Ramaphosa

#GuptaLeaks Opened My Eyes – South Africa’s Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised the media for exposing state capture, saying the thousands of leaked emails from within the Gupta empire made him realise “we were dealing with a much bigger problem than we ever imagined”. Between 200 000 and 300 000 emails were leaked to the media a year ago that set in […]

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

The enjoyment of digital rights has received a major boost in The Gambia with a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional the law on False Publication on the Internet, among other repressive pieces of legislation, namely defamation and aspects of Sedition. The ruling, which also ordered the Government of The Gambia to […]

Smoking And Sustainable Development – Potentially Reduced Risk Products, A Viable Solution?

Smoking And Sustainable Development – Potentially Reduced Risk Products, A Viable Solution?

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that six million people die prematurely every year because of the consumption of tobacco products. The organization estimates that if nothing changes, there will be more than one billion smokers worldwide by 2025. In recent years, various products considered less harmful alternatives to the conventional cigarette have been designed, […]

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