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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

Black Friday: a logistical nightmare that’s bad for the environment

Black Friday and the ensuing Cyber Monday are once again upon us. Billions will be spent trying to snag a bargain in the approach to Christmas. But as scrutiny turns to whether or not the deals on offer are genuine...

How to pick the 'right' amount to spend on holiday gifts – according to an economist

Gift giving is a big deal this time of year. To find the perfect gift, Americans will spend about 15 hours shopping. Women will do about twice as much as men. And theyll shell out about US$1 trillion on gifts. While...

Poverty: what low-income countries need is not more economic growth, it’s less shrinking

It is widely accepted that countries are poor because their economies dont manage to grow sufficiently. But, perhaps surprisingly, the ability to create growth is not what most poor countries are lacking. In fact, all...

The city of Akure is developing fast. But citizens aren't having their say

Akure, the medium-sized capital of Ondo State in Southwest Nigeria, has seen its population increase by more than 54% in 13 years. Akures population growth is explained by two factors. Ondo State is a part of the Niger...

Capitalist creep on campus: the largest, quietest privatisation in UK history – it's why we're striking

For the next week and a half, many UK university lecturers will be on strike again, but who outside of academia really cares? After all, university academics have great jobs. Indeed, every June to September, I get asked...

Politics

Michelle Obama did not favor the initial draft of Barack Obama's official portrait, artist reveals

It has been more than a year since the official portraits of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama were unveiled. However, a piece of interesting behind-the-scenes information was revealed on Monday by Kehinde Wiley, the artist...

Melania Trump reportedly lives a floor above where Donald Trump is sleeping in the White House

There has been so much interest around the marital status of Melania Trump and Donald Trump. Though the first couple has maintained their relationship is going well, it never stopped reports that they are sleeping in...

Do politicians break their promises once in government? What the evidence says

The conventional wisdom holds that politicians cant be trusted to keep their promises, yet decades of research across numerous advanced democracies shows the opposite. In truth, political parties reliably carry out the...

Women have been a lot less visible in this UK general election campaign – why?

Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on December 1 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an...

How many voters really switch parties in British elections? What the evidence tells us

With the 2019 election campaign in full swing, there is little evidence in the polls that things are changing. The overall picture shows both the Conservatives and Labour are both gaining support but the Conservatives...

Science

Asteroids: Apophis asteroid can potentially cause environmental disasters

From all the asteroids that have made a close encounter with Earth and passing through the planets orbit, this may be potentially the most dangerous one yet. In the event that this particular asteroid passes into Earth,...

Black Hole: Magnetic fields may be responsible for what makes them shine

It is common knowledge that the gravitational pull of black holes is incredibly strong, so strong that not even light could escape. But a new discovery reveals how the magnetic fields play a part in what makes black holes...

Antarctica: How NASA scientists made breakthrough with latest discovery

For many years, scientists have studied and tried to find an answer to the question of whether life can thrive in extreme temperatures. The latest discovery by NASA in Antarctica may prove to be helpful in answering that...

NASA finds missing Indian moon probe

One of the biggest space mysteries was finally solved recently. NASA was able to locate the long-missing Indian moon probe. Express reports that the space agency managed to find the long-missing Indian moon probe after...

A black hole in the center of the galaxy can potentially consume the Earth

There have been many theories and explanations regarding black holes. However, a scary realization comes in the form of the black hole in the center of our own galaxy, which, experts believe, can consume the planet in the...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ apartments cannot be bought and will look unique to every player

It is safe to say that Cyberpunk 2077 is shaping up to be one of the biggest role-playing games launching in 2020. Aside from the extensive options to customize the playable character named V, the game also gives...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ introduces acid-spitting Shamblers as the newest mutation of the Infected

There are many things to look forward to in The Last of Us Part 2, but the tougher combat challenge posed by a new kind of Infected is probably on top of the list. For an action game, Naughty Dog promises to deliver an...

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date delay is likely amid Blizzard’s silence on official full release

There is less than a month before a new decade begins, but the release date of Warcraft 3: Reforged remains tentative. Blizzard Entertainment has promised to release the full version of the remastered game this year, and...

Will EA announce 'The Sims 5' at EA Play 2020?

EA has made a huge change in 2019 by abandoning its usual E3 media event and organizing its own convention named EA Play. While it was deemed a successful event, fans of the companys life simulation video game series were...

Virtual reality won't make cows happier, but it might help us see them differently

Earlier this week, Russian farmers announced they are testing virtual reality (VR) for dairy cows. Conducted at the RusMoloko farm near Moscow, the trials supposedly use specially adapted goggles to show the animals a...
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