Editor's note

Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their campaigns against sexual violence during war. Mukwege, a doctor based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has helped thousands of victims of the country’s long war. Murad, a member of Iraq’s Yazidi tribe who suffered at the hands of Islamic State, has been recognised for her work with the UN. John Brewer believes they are among the more deserving recipients of the accolade. And from our archives, a look at Mukwege’s work by Lee Ann De Reus.

An ongoing and systematic form of censorship is stifling press freedom in Uganda. It’s not new. The country has a long history of media censorship that predates President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule. But, as Geoffrey Ssenoga writes, not even the recent attacks on a photojournalist and member of parliament Bobi Wine have silenced the media which continues to tackle controversial issues in the country.

Jonathan Este

Associate Editor, Arts + Culture Editor

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for campaigns against sexual violence

John Brewer, Queen's University Belfast

The prize recognises that violence against women has become a weapon of war.

Denis Mukwege deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Congo

Lee Ann De Reus, Pennsylvania State University

The Congolese physician has treated over 20,000 victims of traumatic rape in a conflict fueled in part by 'conflict minerals' used to make cellphones.

Science and Technology

The Japanese art of kintsugi and how it can help with defeat in sport

Brad Elphinstone, Swinburne University of Technology; Richard Whitehead, Swinburne University of Technology

We need to learn how to rebuild from loss, failure, or defeat in life, and that can also help in sport.

How astrophysics could transform the treatment of cystic fibrosis and other rare diseases

Seb Oliver, University of Sussex

Galaxy images and patient records can be equally confusing. Now a team of astrophysicists have realised their methods could help medical professionals.

Politics + Society

How the Ugandan media has borne the brunt of censorship for decades

Geoffrey Ssenoga, Uganda Christian University

Despite continual threats, the media in Uganda continues to tackle controversial issues and break big stories of corruption and abuse of power.

India’s sex offenders register a first step to curb assaults – but cultural attitudes to women still need challenging

Suzanne Hill, Brunel University London

A series of brutal rapes in India has led to pressure to stop violence against women.

Business + Economy

Accra’s informal settlements are easing the city’s urban housing crisis

Seth Asare Okyere, Osaka University; Jerry Chati Tasantab; Matthew Abunyewah, University of Newcastle

Research in Ghana shows that improving slum housing could be one of the alternatives to the capital's housing crisis.

Averting a plane crash: what to do about the global pilot shortage

Stephen Fankhauser, Swinburne University of Technology; Matt Ebbatson, Swinburne University of Technology

We have known for more than a decade that the pilot training pipeline is close to rupturing. Now the crunch has come there are some obvious things to do.