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Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume 31, Issue 1, March-April 2019

This issue of the HAB had the objective of understanding the impact of China’s expanding influence in the Horn of Africa by foregrounding perspectives not just from the Horn but also perspectives that are alternative. The articles in this issue of t…

Journalism in jeopardy: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on newspapers

The impact of this global pandemic on the media industry is being felt acutely. Hamstrung by loss of advertising revenue and low sales, newsrooms across the world have announced staff layoffs, suspended or cancelled their print operations and downsi…

#ZimbabweanLivesMatter: Reflections on a brief Twitter mo(ve)ment

On Monday 3 August 2020 at 11.22 am, Sir Nige, a Zimbabwean influencer with over 100 000 followers, tweeted to his audience, “I'm just following the #ZimbabweanLivesMatter hashtag. How did this hashtag start?” The responses to his tweet offer a…

Integrating digital media as a diplomacy tool in advancing Kenya’s national interests

The digital element is inevitable in the conduct of diplomacy in today’s networked world. Development and application of digital media tools in order to engage foreign publics is referred to as “digital diplomacy.” Today there are over five billion …

Rethinking Africa-US relations through the entertainment industry

This article is published in partnership with the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at Wits University.

Lessons learned in the fire: Preliminary observations on Africa’s digital transformation

Over the first three quarters of 2020, almost every country on the continent has had to grapple with parallel disasters: the increasing downgrade of their countries’ economic health and the battle against COVID-19. Although preliminary predictions p…

In defence of the veracity of African media content

Media coverage of important issues provides a critically useful function of informing and educating the public. When collected systematically over time, such content offers a unique window into perceptions of certain pertinent issues. Collections of…

Social media and the state: Challenging the rules of engagement

Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have increasingly become a stage on which the tension between state authorities and networked dissent plays out in Africa. The recent banning of Twitter by the Nigerian government is a ti…

The media's role in resolving conflict between refugees and host communities in Agadez

In December 2019, refugees in Agadez, Niger protested about precarious living conditions such as lack of water, medical care and food and, most importantly, their legal status. The slow and lengthy processing of asylum for about 1,600 refugees (most…

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