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News media and political contestation in the Somali territories : defining the parameters of a transnational digital public. / Chonka, Peter.

In: Journal of Eastern African Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2019, p. 140-157.

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Chonka, P 2019, 'News media and political contestation in the Somali territories: defining the parameters of a transnational digital public', Journal of Eastern African Studies, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 140-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2018.1548210

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Chonka, P. (2019). News media and political contestation in the Somali territories: defining the parameters of a transnational digital public. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 13(1), 140-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2018.1548210

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Chonka P. News media and political contestation in the Somali territories: defining the parameters of a transnational digital public. Journal of Eastern African Studies. 2019;13(1):140-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2018.1548210

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Chonka, Peter. / News media and political contestation in the Somali territories : defining the parameters of a transnational digital public. In: Journal of Eastern African Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 140-157.

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