The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013
This piece addresses the intersections between technology and culture that I identified while doing fieldwork. Therefore, this is not the result of strict data analysis, but rather the outcome of an immersion in each of these cultures.
Marcela Ospina 7 Feb 2013
Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has been elected chairperson of the MISA Regional Governing Council (RGC) at the 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 29 July 2012, at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2012
Cherilyn Ireton, a highly respected journalist and manager from titles such the Sunday Times and Business Day, took over as the executive director of the World Editors Forum that falls under WAN-IFRA, in January 2012. She tells Bizcommunity.com of the challenges of the Parisian-based job, the biggest problems and opportunities facing editors across the globe and how she wants to connect editors to try find solutions.
Gill Moodie 20 Mar 2012
"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Friday, 24 June 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Jun 2011
As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011
There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011
As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011
Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011
Until 1992, journalists and editors in Ghana, and the independent media in general, have suffered a lot at the hands of undemocratic regimes, which cracked down on critical reporting and imposed strict restrictions limiting media freedom. As a new, liberal constitution was being written in 1992, media activists came out guns blazing, demanding that media suffering end and reporting become free. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011
The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2011 Fellowship Program. The application deadline is 6 April 2011.
Carole Kimutai 10 Mar 2011
As the independent media in Africa is engaged in a fierce battle against repressive and not-so-democratic governments keen to sweep their corrupt wrongdoings under the carpet, the issue of self-regulation has become almost like a daily bread in many parts of the continent. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011
The right of access to information is being hampered in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, by government officials wary of journalists' desire to 'embarrass' them, and the state's 'insincere' reason of hiding behind the issue of national security. This emerged today, Wednesday, 9 March 2011, at the Regulations and Rights media conference at Wits University in Johannesburg. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Mar 2011
The European Union (EU), Save the Children, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) , South Africa's Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Zambia's Media Network on Child's Rights and Development (MNCRD) last week jointly launched a daring project, 'Children and Media: Championing Best Practice', which aims to work with 570 children and 500 journalists to ensure children's rights are respected in the media, and a more representative and ethical journalism is practised in both countries.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 25 Feb 2011
Collins Chabane, minister in the presidency in charge of performance monitoring and evaluation, and government spokesperson Themba Maseko last night, Thursday, 4 February 2010, made an impassioned plea to South African journalists to participate in the SADC Media Awards competition, saying it promotes regional integration and togetherness through excellent journalism.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Feb 2010
The directive from Zambia's Home Affairs Minister Lameck Mangani to the registrar of societies to investigate the legality of the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA) executive committee has earned him the wrath of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ).
Gregory Gondwe 25 Jan 2010
Football is Africa's most popular sport, with a huge following throughout the continent. Naturally, sponsorships are key to the success of the game – as is news surrounding the sport, its teams and players, and the broadcasting of games to the widest possible fan base. Recent events in South Africa have shown, however, that sponsorship issues are not always straightforward; in the case of the spat between the national broadcaster, pay-TV channel and the country's Premier Soccer League, even the government has got involved!
Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Jul 2007