Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
C.A.R. crisis stirred by diamonds, Russia
By  • 14 September 2018
The Central African Republic is one of the toughest places to live in the world. Since the start of a civil war in 2013, a total of 14 different warring militias now control parts of…
Central African journalist sees light for war-torn nation
By  • 13 September 2018
The data on the Central African Republic can be daunting. The country ranks dead last on the U.N.'s most recent Human Development Index, which assesses well-being by compiling data on health, income and education levels.…
Insurgents, poor schools plague northern Nigeria
By  • 14 June 2018
Back in 2014 there was an enormous international outcry after Islamic militants from the group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female high school students the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria. Four years later, more than…
Project Exile: Tortured in Cameroon, a struggle for U.K. asylum
By  • 22 January 2018
"The choice was this: reveal my sources and destroy my reputation or die protecting them.” This story has been updated with comments from Mathias Eric Owona Nguini, the son of Cameroon's former education minister. Charles…
Project Exile: Cameroon cartoonist flees Biya repression
By  • 10 January 2017
Art has always been Ako Eyong’s main tool of expression. [caption id="attachment_7916" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ako Eyong[/caption] Born and raised in Cameroon, Ako graduated from the University of Buea in 1996 with a degree in history. Unable…
Boko Haram unbowed
By  • 29 September 2016
The Islamic State’s attacks in Europe earlier this year made headlines around the world. But there’s another terrorist group that by some estimates has killed more civilians over the past few years than ISIS. That’s…
Boko Haram refugees struggle in Cameroon
By  • 29 September 2016
"Dozens of villages and hundreds of houses have been burned." The Nigerian terror group Boko Haram may be best known for kidnapping 276 schoolgirls in 2014, a move that spurred the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign.…
Equatorial Guinea's extravagant prince
By , , • 2 October 2015
[caption id="attachment_5759" align="alignleft" width="225"] Teodorín Obiang giving a speech as Minister of Agriculture in 2010. (Creative Commons/Embassy of EG)[/caption] Mansions in Malibu and on Paris's prestigious Avenue Foch. A luxury car collection that includes Ferraris,…
Equatorial Guinea's oil curse
By  • 1 October 2015
At first glance, the small West African nation of Equatorial Guinea is doing well. Sandwiched between Cameroon and Gabon on the Gulf of Guinea, the oil-rich nation of 820,000 has a per capita GDP equivalent…
Congo expels journalist who reported on attack
The Republic of Congo has expelled a local journalist who reported on the attack of a television news host who had angered police and government officials with his coverage. Sadio Kante, a freelance journalist and…
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