Mali's Internet shutdown on the eve of elections

On the eve of the presidential run-off elections on 11 August 2018, authorities in Mali went ahead to restrict Internet access in the country. The Internet shutdown has been confirmed by on the ground reports from people in Bamako and Gao Internet users living in Bamako or Gao. Mali is…

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How Afrika tweets during elections

The latest "How Africa Tweets 2018" report by Portland, an international strategic communications agency, has revealed that during elections in Afrikan countries, over 50% of those tweeting about them are from outside the country where elections are taking place. The report, which is in its 4th edition, analyzed…

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Zimbabwe’s new era

Following the events of November 2017, there has been a seismic shift in the political and business environment underpinned by the new maxim ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’. As a result of a PR offensive by President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe has seen an upsurge in investment conferences across various…

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Nigeria's government launches campaign against fake news

Nigeria's government has launched what it calls a "campaign against fake news." This was announced by Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, at a press briefing on 11 July 2018. Mohammed further exclaimed that fake news was like a time bomb waiting to explode. “In a multi-ethnic and…

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