Nigeria: Local Papers’ Coverage of Pre-Election Violence Passed Muster

[The Conversation Africa] Nigeria has a vibrant press media landscape. But freedom of the press is only rated as “partly free” by Freedom House, mostly due to the fact that news media are still susceptible to political pressures. There is also the external influence from ownership structures and the generally low wages of journalists.

Continue reading

South Africa: At 21, Itumeleng Ntsube Is South Africa’s Youngest Ever MP

[This is Africa] South Africa’s youngest legislator ever, 21-year-old Itumeleng Ntsube of the African National Congress, was sworn into office on 23 May as a member of the National Council of Provinces, the country’s upper House of Parliament.

Continue reading

Uganda: Uganda Among Countries With Draconian Laws Against NGOs

[Monitor] Uganda has been listed among 12 African states that have in the last one and a half decades been adopting laws aimed at constraining the operations of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as part of what is described as a broader strategy by African governments to narrow space for democratic activity.

Continue reading

South Africa’s election results reflect widespread disillusion

“THIS IS A vote that reminds us of 1994,” said Cyril Ramaphosa as he cast his ballot on May 8th in Soweto, a township on the edge of Johannesburg. According to South Africa’s president, voters “were just as excited as this” 25 years ago.

Continue reading

Algeria: New Marches Countrywide to Demand Departure of System Figures

[Algerie Presse Service] ALGIERS-Demonstrators went out in mass in Algiers for the 11th consecutive Friday, maintaining the same momentum and demands for radical change and the establishment of a real democracy, APS journalists reported.

Continue reading

South Africa: Racial Divisions and Pessimism About Democracy Loom Over Elections

[Pew] A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans will vote in general elections on May 8 against a backdrop of pessimism over the state of their political system and persisting divisions in attitudes by race and political party.

Continue reading

Sudan’s dictator, Omar al-Bashir, is forced out of power

THE CRY rippled through the crowd in the early hours of April 11th, accompanied by the beating of drums and blasts on whistles: “It has fallen. We have won.” And, so it appears, they have. Almost exactly 30 years after Omar al-Bashir seized power in a bloodless coup, shunting aside his democratically elected predecessor, the man who did so much to wreck Sudan has himself been toppled.

Continue reading