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22-year-old Shanon Wasserfall was last seen on April 9, 2020 at Walvis Bay, a port town in west central Namibia. She was wearing white shorts, a blue jacket over a black top and had just dropped off her two-year-old child with a friend at Kuisebmond, eight minutes away. Wasserfall was said to have informed her […]

Two fears arise every time citizens of an African country take to the streets en masse to criticize some aspect of their government’s performance: that the government will shut down the internet, or that access to social media sites will be restricted. The recent history of citizen demonstrations from the Arab Spring in 2011 to […]


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Even if the audience respectfully listened to him, Mohammed Sani Musa recognised that he might be defeated. His proposal to bring government regulation to social media looks headed for the dustbin of history. The Nigerian senator was more or less a lone voice in the defence of his social media bill at the Senate’s public […]


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