Ugandan Regulators Order 13 Media Outlets to Suspend Staff Over Coverage of Opposition Figure

Ugandan Regulators Order 13 Media Outlets to Suspend Staff Over Coverage of Opposition Figure By James Propa The Ugandan Communications Commission (UCC) has directed 13 media houses to suspend 39 employees including producers, heads of news and heads of programming. The media outlets affected by the directive include six TV stations and seven radio stations. This directive comes following the arrest of parliamentarian and pop music icon Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, on April 29. Public protests mounted after the MP was arrested as he made his way to…

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Uganda’s Social Media Tax is Leaving People Disconnected — And Failing to Meet Revenue Targets

Uganda’s Social Media Tax is Leaving People Disconnected — And Failing to Meet Revenue Targets By James Propa The number of people using the Internet in Uganda has dropped by more than 12 percentage points since July 2018, when the country’s so-called “social media tax” was put into force. Prior to the tax’s implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the Internet. Three months after the tax was put in place, that number had fallen to 35 percent. The tax resulted from an Excise Duty Bill passed in…

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Amid Civil Unrest, Internet Shutdowns are Making Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis Worse

Amid Civil Unrest, Internet Shutdowns are Making Zimbabwe’s Economic Crisis Worse By Kudzai Chimhangwa Following the January 12 declaration of an official fuel price hike in Zimbabwe, civil unrest and political paranoia has rocked the nation. President Emmerson Mnanagagwa announced that fuel prices at $1.30 USD per liter would go up by 150 percent, making Zimbabwe’s fuel among the most expensive in the world. The next day he left for a five-day tour of Russia and Eastern Europe, purportedly in search of investment deals. Chaos and anarchy broke out the…

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Bashir’s Government Forces Are Brutalizing Protesters In Sudan

Bashir’s Government Forces Are Brutalizing Protesters In Sudan Op-Ed by Joziah Thayer Late last month al-Bashir’s government began restricting access to popular social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter which have been used by demonstrators to coordinate protest in major cities across Sudan. President Omar al-Bashir has ruled over Sudan for 30 years after coming to power during a military coup in 1989. According to Reuters, there are 40 million people in Sudan, and 28 million of them have mobile phones, which has made the Internet a vital tool in…

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‘No Benefits’ to Planned Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes

‘No Benefits’ to Planned Release of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes The release of the GM mosquito poses risks, including the incidental release of some biting female GM mosquitoes during the experiments. While Target Malaria claims that the number will be small, nevertheless, since GM female mosquitoes can bite humans and spread disease, the release of biting females still poses some risk to local people. Global Justice Ecology Project Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) explores and exposes the intertwined root causes of social injustice, ecological destruction, and economic domination.

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