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The Africa Report: 16 May

EWN's Africa Correspondent, Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news

Police officers stand on the burnt engine of the Jeep used by a Boko Haram suicide bomber. Picture: AFP

NIGERIA LAUNCHES OFFENSIVE ON BOKO HARAM

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is showing his muscle in his fight against terrorism.

It was announced on Wednesday that the Nigerian military would launch an offensive on Islamist terrorists, Boko Haram, focusing on the north eastern areas of the country.

More than 2000 troops have been deployed in the north east after Jonathan declared a state of emergency.

This announcement and enforcement came despite strong opposition from political parties in Nigeria.

Jonathan's rush to crackdown on Boko Haram gains justification due to the fact that the militants are moving closer to making contact with al-Qaeda across the Sahara.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA'S ONLINE CRACKDOWN

Often ranking among the "worst of the worst" in terms of Human Rights is Equatorial Guinea and this news only makes matters worse.

Reporters Without Borders, the non-profit organisation who continuously monitors and denounces attacks on freedom of information worldwide, have released a statement declaring condemnation of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema's crackdown on Facebook and opposition websites.

Since Sunday Reporters Without Borders states Nguema's government have blocked access to Facebook as well as certain opposition sites, such as the one belonging to the main opposition, Convergence For Social Democracy.

This comes just over a fortnight before the country's parliamentary and municipal elections.

Nguema, who killed his uncle to attain presidency and has remained incumbent for the past 34 years, is already on the Reporters Without Borders' "Predators of Freedom of Information" list whilst the country is ranked 166 out of 179 in the organisation's press freedom index.