Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
The North Korea of Africa: Eritrea
By  • 6 August 2015
Eritrea is sometimes described as "the North Korea of Africa." And it's a deserved title. The tiny nation, located on the continent’s northeastern coast bordering Ethiopia, Sudan, and Djibouti is ranked dead last out of…
Amid conflict, South Sudan renews press offensive
By  • 13 July 2015
New nation's "minister of confrontation" seeks to silence alternative views Juba, South Sudan – When the invitation came to speak at a 2015 World Press Freedom Day conference in this war-ravaged nation, I didn’t hesitate.…
Five South Sudanese journalists slain in ambush
Unidentified gunmen have ambushed a government convoy in South Sudan, killing at least 11 people including five journalists, press freedom groups and news reports said. The Jan. 25 attack on a convoy carrying a county…
South Sudan threatens Catholic radio station
By  • 7 October 2014
The government of South Sudan has warned a community radio station affiliated with the Roman Catholic church in the western part of the country that it will be closed unless it stops covering politics. The…
Project Exile: Running from Sudan's al-Bashir
By  • 6 October 2014
[caption id="attachment_3565" align="alignleft" width="285"] Abdel Moneim Suleiman[/caption] I told them: “How? I’m writing in a local newspaper. How could I be a spy? To whom?” They started beating me again and again. Abdel Moneim Suleiman…
Project Exile: Out of South Sudan's violence
By  • 24 September 2014
"My sister and my brothers, I do not know where they are. They are still in South Sudan but I don’t know whether they are dead or they are alive." Bonifacio Taban’s career in journalism…
Sudanese news site hit by cyber attack
By  • 22 September 2014
A Sudanese news website that specializes in reporting on conflict in the northeast African nation was the target of an online denial of service attack Sept. 18. The attack came two days after the site,…
Blood spilled for “Black Gold”
By  • 7 November 2013
For nearly a decade following the formation of South Sudan, Africa’s 54th country, conflict has ebbed and flowed along the border between the two separate territories. When South Sudan left the north behind, it took…
No refuge
By  • 11 April 2012
Placement and displacement. These two geographic forces drive tensions between Sudan and South Sudan as conflicts in the border region escalate into transnational violence. Resource placement has proved fertile ground for armed conflict. While South…
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