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Nigeria: In Election Year, Nigeria’s Press Feeling the Pressure

“Nobody is safe. Not the voter, not the journalist, not anybody!” The fears of Femi Adesina, president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, is echoed by stakeholders and observers of Nigeria’s general election. Amid the tension in the run up to presidential and federal parliamentary elections on March 28, and governor and state parliamentary elections on April 11, journalists can be easy targets.

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Journalism in Somalia: booming but beset by dangers

Mogadishu — Somalia is home to a thriving journalism scene. Yet as Mohamed Abdi Warsame’s story shows, it is also the most dangerous country in Africa for media workers. “Some say my brother was killed over a woman,” he says. “That’s not true. He was killed for the sake of the truth.” 

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Telling the “African story”

The “African story” means nothing to journalists around the continent, where work in the media is marred by a complex series of challenges, weaknesses and opportunities.

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Kenya: China’s media footprint

Will China’s quickly expanding media presence in Africa result in a fresh, alternative, and balanced perspective on the continent—much as Al-Jazeera altered the broadcast landscape with the launch of its English service in 2006—or will it be essentially an exercise in propaganda?

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The prize to create African media 2.0

I think we can all agree that journalism in Africa is not what it should be. When the news is not hand-written by some ruling party flunky for publication in a shoddy state-run newspaper, it’s a barely edited re-run of a wire story.

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SOMALIA: Telling the story against all odds

Independent media continues to function in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, despite the killing of two journalists since the beginning of the year and the exile of 50 others after receiving death threats. Ten radio stations and a TV station operate in the city, officials said.
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