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Nigeria, Hate Speech Bills and a dying democracy
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Politics and Society Nigeria, Hate Speech Bills and a dying democracy

With a Hate Speech Bill and a shrinking democratic space, Nigerian lawmakers have become no different from the country’s military rule which saw dictatorship thrive. The final breath of democracy in Nigeria is being killed by Nigerian lawmakers, and Nigerians run the risk of losing what is left of their freedom if they continue to sit in silence.

Missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana remembered as a “calm, wise man”
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Politics and Society Missing Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana remembered as a “calm, wise man”

In a perfect world, some days wouldn’t exist. But our world is far from perfect. On August 30th, the world marked the International Day of the Disappeared. It is the day set aside to draw the world’s attention to the fates of the millions around the world who are missing or are being unjustly held in places unknown to their loved ones. Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana, who disappeared in late July, is believed to have met such a fate. In this piece, fellow Burundian journalist Armel-Gilbert Bukeyeneza, gives a personal account of how he came to meet this “calm, wise man” and why he’s hoping against all hope that Jean is alive