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October 6 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Oct 6 2014, 08:52:00

An editor and a human rights journalist were jailed in Swaziland for two years after writing and publishing articles in a tiny-circulation magazine critical of the kingdom's judiciary. The case of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko is the most serious attack on freedom in the kingdom in living memory. The case caused outrage across the world and the two men have been nominated for an international Human Rights Defenders Award. 

Elsewhere, the media in Swaziland where King Mswati III rules as sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch, continue to be fiercely controlled. The Swazi Observer, a newspaper in effect owned by the King was forced into making a humiliating apology after it wrote about his latest (believed to be the 15th) bride. Elsewhere, Minister of Information, Communication ...

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From Emergent Africa Mon Oct 6 2014, 08:03:00

From Peter Dizikes at the MIT News Office:

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Oct 6 2014, 08:00:24

People, that story about Akon, the Senegalese-American R&B singer, performing in an air bubble to thousands of screaming Congolese in Goma, because he doesn't want to get Ebola is false. The hip hop magazine The Source (or whoever started it), made that one up. In a classic case of how modern "journalism" works, that story has been [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Oct 6 2014, 06:00:05

Billed erroneously in a local Ugandan newspaper as Africa's first contemporary art biennale, the Kampala Art Biennale opened on 1 August showing mostly paintings of 45 artists from 13 African countries. Its main exhibition venues were the historical Uganda Museum, as well as the Makerere Art Gallery, and Nommo Gallery. The biennale capitalized on marketing itself [...]

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From Zambian Economist Mon Oct 6 2014, 04:20:00

By Mawano Kambeu

On October 3rd, 2014 the Zambian Kwacha, Nigerian Naira and Kenyan Shilling debuted the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). This is the largest and most liquid stick exchange in Africa. The move has been heralded as a milestone by Government but with little explanation in the media about what it really means for ordinary Zambians. This article is designed to address some common questions that have been posed by the public.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Oct 6 2014, 04:00:29

In Sesotho, the language of Lesotho, the words "Ba re e ne re..." mean "They say it was said..." Similar to once upon a time, this is how folktales begin in Sesotho. The words have another deeper meaning however, they represent the life and legacy of a phenomenal spirit called Liepollo Rantekoa. Liepollo was born [...]

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Oct 6 2014, 03:29:00

Swaziland's Queen Mother Ntfombi Tfwala only married King Mswati III's father King Sobhuza II after he had died, raising doubts as to the legitimacy of the present King's right to be monarch.

A new article in the National Geographic magazine says Tfwala had to marry the corpse of King Sobhuza II in attempt to ease King Mswati's path to the throne.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Oct 6 2014, 02:28:00

The editor of a Swaziland newspaper in effect owned by King Mswati III has written an attack on the kingdom's Chief Justice after he issued a directive relating to the Swazi Royal Family. 

This comes after two journalists were jailed for two years for writing and publishing articles also critical of CJ Michael Ramodibedi.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Mon Oct 6 2014, 01:53:37

Authorities said Sunday they have so far uncovered 28 badly charred bodies from mass graves discovered in Iguala in southwest Mexico, with the remains of dozens of students who went missing in the city a week ago likely to be among them.

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From iRevolution Mon Oct 6 2014, 01:00:43

A new data-driven study on the flooding of River Elbe in 2013 (one of the most severe floods ever recorded in Germany) shows that geo-data can enhance the process of extracting relevant information from social media during disasters. The authors use "specific ... Continue reading →

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