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George Ogola

George Ogola

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Central Lancashire

George is an alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand where he pursued his MA and PhD.

He previously worked as a journalist at the Standard newspaper in Nairobi and as a news and features correspondent for newspapers and magazines based in South Africa and the UK.

His research work is interested in understanding the impact of new media technologies on the broader media ecology in the developing world and how they address questions of power and democratisation.

Threats to press freedom are taking on different forms across Africa

May 03, 2019 17:12 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Africa buried two of its journalists in 2018. One was killed in Somalia and the other in the Central African Republic. According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, 54 journalists were killed around the...

How new media platforms have become powerful across Africa

Dec 16, 2018 13:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Online platforms have become an important site for political and social engagement. On the one hand they have been praised for their progressive characteristics. This is because they offer great organising potential,...

Threats to media freedom in Africa: some old methods and some new

Oct 04, 2018 14:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

The government of Benin has cancelled a recent decree that imposed a tax on users of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp. Known as over-the-top platforms, they can deliver media content directly to users...

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

May 16, 2017 16:26 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UKs Brexit vote to Zambias controversial 2016 presidential elections, the mainstream news media bore...

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Economy

S. Korea to deliver $5.15-M assistance to 6 countries

South Korea will provide over $5 million to assist the emerging economies of Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Colombia, and Haiti in helping deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and pursue digital and green development...

Portugal to speed up renewable hydrogen projects in polluting sectors

The Portuguese government has selected 37 consortiums interested in building production units of green energy in the country. Portugal is preparing an application to Europes Important Project of Common European Interest...

German automotive industry optimistic of export prospects

Export expectations in Germanys manufacturing sector rose in July to 6.9 points from the -2.2 in the previous month with the automotive industry among the most optimistic due to economic recovery in many...

German real GDP growth shrinks in Q2 2020, likely to rebound in Q3

Germanys real GDP shrank in the second quarter by 10.1 percent on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The fall was therefore slightly larger than consensus expectations of a decline of 9 percent. According to statisticians, all...

WTO to look into S. Korea-Japan trade feud

The World Trade Organizations dispute settlement body will set up a panel to probe South Koreas complaint against Japans export restrictions. The decision was put off for a month due to Tokyos opposition. South Korea...

Politics

Barack Obama: Former POTUS criticizes Donald Trump's attempts at voter suppression in time for November elections

Former President Barack Obama has begun to openly take jabs at his successor, Donald Trump, especially as of late upon his opposition to mail in or absentee voting for the primaries and elections. During his speech at the...

Donald Trump: POTUS to accept Republican re-nomination in private convention

Donald Trump is facing reelection this year and is set to accept his partys renomination. However, it appears that Trump will be accepting the renomination in private as the upcoming Republican National Convention will not...

Donald Trump: POTUS says Dr. Anthony Fauci's explanation for COVID-19 surge is wrong

Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci have often clashed over the past several months over the facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Trump recently tried to contradict the infectious diseases expert once...

World War 3: Where the war could break out

Several major countries have increasingly been at odds with each other over the past months, and the pandemic and civil unrest have further fueled the tensions, sparking more fears of a World War 3. This now poses the...

Science

NASA: Scientists warn about 'Bermuda Triangle in space' that could affect spacecraft carrying Perseverance Rover

NASA successfully launched its Perseverance Rover on its seven-month voyage to Mars to look for signs of life. However, prior to the launch, the agencys scientists have warned about a region in space dubbed as the Bermuda...

Mars mission: Scientist warns the only way to determine if there was life on Mars is to bring back samples

NASAs Perseverance Rover successfully launched into space today with the rover playing a big part in the preparation for future Mars missions. However, as the rovers objective is to search the Red Planet for signs of life,...

Donald Trump: POTUS defends use of hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 cure

As of now, there has yet to be a definite cure for COVID-19. However, Donald Trump continues to insist that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can be used as such. BBC reports that Trump defended the use of...

NASA: SpaceX to launch four astronauts to ISS in 2021 Crew-2 mission

Following the success of sending two astronauts to the International Space Station back in May, NASA and SpaceX will be teaming up again to send four astronauts to the ISS in 2021. The agency has announced who will be...

Technology

‘Red Dead Online’ Halloween Event features and special cosmetics leak online

Rockstar Games have recently been teasing fans with more updates to arrive on its online multiplayer game. While some upcoming content for Red Dead Online is already announced, others such as themed events are still under...

‘The Last of Us’ TV series might introduce Ellie’s mother, here’s why

With most fans likely finish playing the second The Last of Us game by now, they might be wondering what project to expect from Naughty Dog next. While a trilogy is still not set in stone, the post-apocalyptic saga...

PlayStation 5: Sony is releasing a limited number of units - Here's the pre-order details to ensure your reservation

PlayStation 5 is expected to arrive in a few months and gamers can already pre-order their unit before the exact release date is announced. Most gamers and even the retailers around the world are preparing for the launch...

2 billion WhatsApp users could soon mute annoying group chats forever

WhatsApp versions in beta have been spotted this week revealing that the popular messaging app would soon be getting new major features. The option to always mute a group conversation as well as sending expiring messages...
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