Husband and wife are now presenting prime time news on Kenyan television

A Kenya couple becomes the first couple to present news together for the first time in the history of Kenyan television. Lulu Hassan, one of Kenya’s leading Swahili news presenters, started presenting Citizen Tv Swahili news bulleting alongside her husband Rashid Abdalla, who joined the station recently. The pairing has been touted

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

Somaliland lifts four-year ban on independent newspaper

Somaliland has lifted a four-year ban on Haatuf, a privately-owned newspaper, a media watchdog has said. The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said it welcomed the lifting of the ban by a judge . It called on the Somaliland government to lift " similar bans on at least three other publications". The

Tanzania’s Jamii Forums back online after shutting down

Popular Tanzanian website Jamii Forums is back online three weeks after shutting down over new online content regulations. Jamii Forums temporarily shut down last month after new regulations came into effect that required Tanzanian bloggers and online publisher required to pay an annual license fee of over $900. Those who will not

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

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

Journalist ‘arrested in Somaliland over Facebook post’

Photo: Courtesy/NUSOJ A journalists' union in Somalia has accused the self-declared republic of Somaliland of arresting a freelance journalist in the town of Las Anod over a Facebook post . The National Union of Somali Journalists said it's "dismayed by the arbitrary arrest and continued detention of ...Adam Jama Oogle, who is

Kenyan has a new tough law to fight fake news

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed a new law imposing a $50,000 fine on cyberbullies and people who spread fake news online. Last week, US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged President Kenyatta not to sign the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017 into law, saying it would stifle freedom of

Somalia hires lobby firm to boost image in US

The Somali government has hired the lobbying firm BGR Group to bolster its image abroad and strengthen ties with the US government, Congress and media. The lobbying firm, run by former Republican Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, inked the deal with the Somali federal government earlier this month and the contract runs

What is the history of #WorldPressFreedomDay?

By Joel Simon In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly came together to declare May 3 World Press Freedom Day. The date was chosen to commemorate a UN-hosted conference held in the south African country of Namibia at which participants expressed support for “independent and pluralistic media.” If you’re yawning at this

Somaliland police detain journalist for “unknown reasons”

Police in the self-declared republic of Somaliland have arrested a TV reporter at Hargeisa airport, a journalists union body has said. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said it condemns the arrest of  Najib Abdi, a Universal TV reporter who was detained at the airport upon returning from Mogadishu. Universal is