Africa World 

50 journalists killed in 2020 because of their work

– – Fifty journalists were killed due to their work in the year 2020, a latest report by Reporters Without Borders revealed. According to the report by the group, most of the killings didn’t happen in countries experiencing conflicts. The report revealed that many of the killings were targeted after journalists published works focusing on organised crime, corruption or environmental issues. 387 journalists are currently detained in connection with their work, according to the report. Fourteen journalists have also been arrested in connection with their coverage of the coronavirus crisis.…

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Africa East Africa World 

Uganda: Seven killed during protests over Bobi Wine’s arrest

– – Seven people are now reported by the police to have been killed during Wednesday’s protests against the arrest of Ugandan presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi. The lawmaker popularly known as Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday in Luuka distrct, east of the country, while on the campaign trail. Protests erupted over his arrest sparking chaos and reports of the police shooting to disperse protesters. Some 45 people have also sustained injuries according to the police. “As of yesterday evening, we had seven people who lost their lives out of…

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Africa East Africa World 

At least 78 people killed in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopian officials say at least 78 people were killed during protests last week over the treatment of a prominent activist. The prime minister’s spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told reporters on Thursday that 409 people had been detained over the unrest. She also revealed that investigations are ongoing and the death toll and number detained could rise. Activist Jawar Mohammed said that police surrounded his home in Addis Ababa and tried to withdraw his government security detail. That got his supporters to pour unto the streets last week to protest against his…

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Africa World 

Every 40 seconds one person dies from Suicide globally

The World Health Organization has said that every 40 seconds one person dies from suicide globally. The WHO’s latest report was released on Monday as part of activities to mark the World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. The global body however said the number of countries with “national suicide prevention strategies has increased in the five years since the publication of WHO’s first global report on suicide.” It said “the total number of countries with strategies, at just 38, is still far too few and governments need to commit…

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Africa World 

780,000 Africans killed by air pollution yearly

Air pollution accounts for about 780,000 deaths in Africa every year, according to a modelling study by researchers at NASA. The research has been hailed as a major breakthrough given the struggle over the years to determine extent of air pollution on the continent and its effects of health of people. In the new study, researchers used satellite data and models of atmospheric chemistry and health to fill in some of the data gaps. The study found that a majority of deaths recorded in Africa is attributable to poor air…

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