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BBC launches Igbo, Yoruba language services in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | The BBC this week launches its new Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria, as part of an expansion in local languages aimed at more in-depth reporting of countries around the world. The digital-only services go live online and on social media on Monday, joining a …

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Two Kenyan TV stations shuttered by govt resume broadcasts

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Two television channels that Kenya’s government shuttered over coverage of a mock inauguration by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rival resumed broadcasts on Monday. NTV and KTN News were ordered off the air for seeking to provide live coverage of Raila Odinga as he swore himself in …

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THIS WEEK: Red Pepper back

THIS WEEK: Red Pepper back Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | After a two month shutdown, Red Pepper, a tabloid newspaper, is back on the stands in Kampala and across the country. Its first edition on Jan 29 after the shutdown read ‘Our Story’ and was bent on explaining its side …

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UN, US slam Kenya after TV stations shuttered

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The UN on Friday followed the United States in criticising the Kenyan government after it took three major TV channels off the air despite a court order to end the suspensions. “We call on the government to respect and implement the judicial decision,” said Rupert …

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Kenya’s High Court suspends media shutdown

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Kenya’s High Court ordered authorities to allow three major broadcasters to temporarily resume service Thursday, after they were switched off for covering the opposition leader’s mock inauguration, prompting outrage over press freedom violations. Judge Chacha Mwita ordered the two-week reprieve in order to hear a …

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Rights groups decry Kenya television shutdown

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Rights groups on Wednesday criticised the Kenya government’s move to block live coverage of a mock inauguration by the opposition as a “violation” of the public’s right to information. Three of the country’s main private television channels had their live feeds cut or blocked, while …

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Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper returns to news stands

Kampala, Uganda | AFP |  A notorious Ugandan tabloid made its much anticipated return to news stands Monday after a two-month shutdown prompted by a story that Kampala was allegedly plotting to topple President Paul Kagame of neighbouring Rwanda. Some vendors in the centre of the capital Kampala said the …

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Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper apologises, back in print soon

Kampala, Uganda | AFP |  Uganda’s most popular tabloid paper will soon be back on newsstands after senior management promised to be more “professional” and were given a presidential pardon late Tuesday. Eight editors and directors of the Red Pepper were originally charged with treason and later with damaging the …

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