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Gambia: Erykah Badu calls off concert for dictator Yahya Jammeh

Gambia: Erykah Badu calls off concert for dictator Yahya Jammeh

The American star cancels scheduled performance at the International Roots Festival. She is not the only musician who has faced criticism over plans to perform for leaders with questionable human rights records, writes Buya Jammeh

South Africa: ANC ahead in media coverage as country votes

South Africa: ANC ahead in media coverage as country votes

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has received an overwhelming majority of media coverage ahead of the country’s fifth democratic election which is it expected to win. Firdose Moonda reports

Gambians campaign for press freedom at UN

Gambians campaign for press freedom at UN

The campaign for media freedom in the Gambia lobbied the United Nations to push the global body to take measures to address media freedom in the West African state.

Uganda: Pushing journalists toward self-censorship

Uganda: Pushing journalists toward self-censorship

In Uganda, journalists are not only dealing with outright censorship. It seems the government of president Yoweri Museveni is employing a strategy that is aimed at pushing journalists towards self-censorship, Jos Van Steelandt writes

Burundi: Nkurunziza targets the press

Burundi: Nkurunziza targets the press

After a bloody civil war, Burundi looked like it had turned the corner, until the country's president rounded on the press with repressive legislation, Jos Van Steelandt reports

Swaziland: On trial for criticising the judicial system

Swaziland: On trial for criticising the judicial system

Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist and editor Bheki Makhubu return to court today facing charges of "scandalising the judiciary" and "contempt of court" for writing about corruption and lack of impartiality, writes Gia Armstrong

Senegalese artists under pressure for performing for Gambia’s dictator

Senegalese artists under pressure for performing for Gambia’s dictator

Activists write open letter to award-winning singer set to stage a three-day concert in Gambia's capital Banjul, writes Buya Jammeh

Gambia: Jammeh promises to implement reforms

Gambia: Jammeh promises to implement reforms

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has bowed to EU pressure to implement political reforms -- including changing the country's restrictions on the media, Buya Jammeh reports

New law could force Ugandans to love their country

New law could force Ugandans to love their country

The soon to be tabled Patriotism Bill would require every Ugandan to, among other things, support all government development programs and defend national property. Edward Ronald Sekyewa reports

Gambia’s president wants to ditch English as official language

Gambia’s president wants to ditch English as official language

President Yahya Jammeh describes it as a "colonial legacy", writes Buya Jammeh

Ugandan government demands free radio and TV time

Ugandan government demands free radio and TV time

One a week, at least one prime time hour is to be made available for government agents, ministries and other state entities to explain government programs and policies to the public. Edward Ronald Sekyewa reports

Gambia: Government suspected of blocking Viber

Gambia: Government suspected of blocking Viber

The increasingly authoritarian regime of Gambia is suspected of blocking the popular social media app Viber following weeks of speculation on the government's intentions. The government said it has not been banned and blames service providers for the outage. Buya Jammeh reports