Evan Mawarire, a Zimbabwean pastor, recently started #ThisFlag, a social media campaign that has united a huge number of his compatriots as they speak up on the poor governance, alarming corruption and poverty in their country.
The South African government’s intention to pass new laws to criminalise racist behaviour and the glorification of apartheid is right-minded but wrong-headed.
According to the EC statistics, over 15 million voters are expected to turn up for the highly anticipated voting exercise but if the intimidation, arrest or threat of arrest, and violence continue to dominate Uganda’s public sphere, voter turnout could go down as in past elections , affecting the outcome of the election. What can we expect? Alex Taremwa from Kampala reports.
Editorial cartoons do not change a society overnight, but they contribute to its evolution by reminding leaders that they are not monarchs. They also can help to defuse situations, notably ethnic or religious tensions, by putting into perspective the possible consequences.
Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were released from prison following Eid al-Adha pardon
Takura Zhangazha on the September 15 media blackout of Zimbabwe’s routine opening of Parliament, and on how such a tactic bodes ill for the people of Zimbabwe.
The recent arrest and trial of Reda el-Fouly, an Egyptian woman jointly charged with her partner for “disrupting morality” and “inciting debauchery” over a risqué music video filmed and posted online, has again raised questions over the protection of civil liberties, freedom of expression and artistic creativity in today’s climate of cultural and religious conservatism.
But in a healthy democracy, government should never say “trust us”. A healthy democratic society is one whose government never demands your blind trust. That’s because strong rules and procedures are in place to ensure that the government doesn’t get out of line. – Daniel J Solove