China blocks BBC website and app, says broadcaster’s spokesman

The British Broadcast Corporation’s (BBC) English-language website and mobile application have been blocked in China, as confirmed to WikiTribuneby the BBC. Although the BBC’s English-language website was blocked in 2014, this seems to be first time the BBC’s app has been blocked. “It appears that much of the BBC’s content has been blocked in

Kenya internet outage due to ‘fiber link cuts’

Kenya's largest mobile firm, Safaricom, has apologised to its customers after an internet outage that lasted several hours on Sunday affected businesses across the country. The company said the outage was caused by "multiple fiber link cuts affecting critical transmission equipment". "We apologise to our customers and partners that are currently experiencing

Ten Great Books About Somalia We Can’t Live Without

A lot has been said and written about Somalia, specially since the fall of its former military regime in 1991. Since that time, hundreds of books have been authored about the place and countless numbers of studies conducted to try to understand one of the world’s most misunderstood countries. Today, Gosahan takes

Veteran Somali journalist Yonis Ali Noor passes on

Veteran broadcaster and former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist Yonis Ali Noor has died, a former colleague has announced. Noor died at a hospital in London died. Voice of America journalist Harun Maruf who once worked with the deceased at the BBC described him as a mentor to young journalists. "If you want

Shugri Jama Ibrahim wins BBC News Somali Young Female Poet 2018 award

The winner of the BBC News Somali Young Female Poet 2018 award is 18 year old Shugri Jama Ibrahim, a form three Student from Bosaaso, Somalia. Shugri's winning poem explores old Somali culture and the cultural utensils that were in use in nomadic life. The winning poem will be broadcast by

Finnish newspaper trolls Trump with billboards on press freedom

While President Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. was met with widespread protest, some of his critics in Finland took another approach to sending the polarizing world leader a message. Newspaper Helsingin Sanomat created a massive outdoor ad campaign, focused along Trump’s route to his Helsinki summit today with Russian President

Gunman shoots and wounds Somali journalist in Mogadishu

A Somali female journalist has been wounded in a gun attack in the capital Mogadishu, a media union has said. Farhiya Mire, who works at the state-run Radio Mogadishu and SNTV TV, sustained “injures…in the stomach and a leg after a gunman shot her”, said the National Union of Somali Journalists

Ethiopia lifts ban on Oromo Media Network

Ethiopia has lifted a ban on a popular Oromo-language television station as part of reforms being carried out by the country's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The US-based Oromo Media Network (OMN) was banned by the Ethiopian government more than a decade ago over alleged "terror" links. According to Ethiopia's Addis Standard

Somaliland pardons and releases journalist held for over nine months

A Somali journalist who has been in a Somaliland prison for nine months has been freed, an international press freedom group has said. Online journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir has been released “even though we believe he should never have been jailed in the first place”, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Tanzania’s best whistleblowing website has temporarily shut down

A Tanzanian website, described as the ‘Swahili WikiLeaks’, has shut down before new regulations come into force requiring online publishers to acquire licences and pay hefty amounts of money. Jamii Forums said on Twitter in Swahili that it was “saddened that we are forced to take this sudden action, but we hope

Somali artists bring colour to Mogadishu security walls and barriers

As a city recovering from years of war, Somalia's capital Mogadishu is littered with checkpoints and high security walls. For young Somali artists, the security walls and barriers present the perfect canvas for transforming not only how the capital looks but how its residents think about their city and its

Veteran Somali journalist Mohamed Terra dies

Veteran Somali journalist Mohamed Adan Hirsi Terra has died at a hospital in London, a journalists' union has said. The National Union of Somali Journalists said Terra been unwell for some time and was in hospital in the British capital. He was once a Radio Mogadishu director and and head of the

British paper sensationalises veteran Somali journalist’s tweet

Like a huge explosion, the sound of a thunder or lightning strike can sometimes be very loud. So, when veteran Somali-born British journalist and writer Rageh Omaar tweeted Sunday that he'd had what sounded like an explosion during a storm in the UK, the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, jumped into

US judge rules Trump may not block Twitter users

An American judge has ruled that US President Donald Trump may not legally block people from following him on Twitter or viewing his tweets. Federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald's ruling followed a lawsuit against Mr Trump filed by several Twitter users as well as the Knight First Amendment Institute. "This case requires

Support for free media declining in east Africa – survey

Support for a free news media has declined significantly in east Africa's economic powerhouse Kenya, and in neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania, a new study by Afrobarometer shows. The research group said that its surveys show that "the proportion of respondents who say the government “should have the right to prevent the media

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