A Deaf Journalist in Nigeria Fights to Advance Disability Rights

People with disabilities protest in the street in Nigeria

Deaf activist and journalist, Julius Shemang was frustrated with the lack of coverage of disability issues in mainstream media, In 2006, he started his own newspaper — Kafanchan Times —that covered disability as well as other human life issues. Although he had to put the paper on hiatus due to financial reasons, Julius still advocates for the rights of people with disabilities in Nigeria and to get the mainstream media to cover their issues, particularly regarding the passage of a disability rights law.

“The mainstream media do not consult organizations of people living with disabilities to get accurate information about disability issues.” — Julius Shemang

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