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Africa’s leading pay television provider MultiChoice Africa recently launched “Africa Rising”, a campaign designed to inspire Africans to be involved in community-based social upliftment projects. Full Story here

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Experienced reporters, writers, editors, producers, or program hosts interested in exploring complex systems more deeply can apply for this fellowship.

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is offering a residential fellowship in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for accomplished reporters with a demonstrated interest in and record of reporting about matters related to complex systems.

Uganda: Multichoice On the Spot Over Nigeria's Dominance

It looked like a Ugandan affair when singer Bebe Cool attacked DJs for sidelining Ugandan music in favour of Nigerian and Jamaican music.

However, the just-concluded MultiChoice Africa's "Only the Best" content showcase proved that it is not just about Uganda; the rest of Africa is as equally groaning about Nigeria's dominance of the airwaves. At least, that is the picture that was portrayed by journalists from different African countries.

35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from July 17

The ever-expanding African film industry will once more be represented at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014 although South African film retains the festival’s key focus, with 40 feature-length films and 38 short films – most of them receiving their world premieres on Durban screens, and collectively representing by far the largest number of South African films in the festival’s 35 year history.

SABC viewers displeased with old content, repeats, news bias

Leadership problems and the SABC's lack of investment in content may finally be catching up with the public broadcaster.

There is an uptick in viewers inquiring about cancelling their TV licences... why pay for poor content and biased news coverage?
The SABC has confirmed that the constant negative publicity it received had resulted in many households inquiring about cancelling their TV licences.

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Helmer Porteus Xandau’s animated pic “Hillbrow” explores the conflict that has arisen in South Africa over efavirenz, one of the antiretroviral medications formulated to treat AIDS that is now being used as a hallucinogenic recreational drug. Offering a dramatized look at urban South Africa, the film explores a reality that is not well known outside of the country. Variety spoke with Xandau and creative director Sven Harding as they presented their animated feature project at Annecy.

The power of sports TV programmes for the growing African Middle Class

The middle class, in the conventional economic framework, is the backbone of a mature and developed economy. According to this perspective, the middle class is the driving force in the growth and development of an economic system. The robustness of the middle class determines the sustainability of the economy.

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Source: Mr Themba Ndlwana June 2014

DRC: Political press content banned before elections

Democratic Republic of Congo’s journalists are finding it harder and harder to work because of threats and censorship of political debate. Media freedom is being undermined by political tension linked to local elections and to uncertainty surrounding the 2016 presidential election.

The tension has been fuelled by the government’s announcement of a constitutional reform before the presidential election. The opposition fears that President Joseph Kabila wants to run for a third term, which is prohibited under the constitution as it stands.

Source: RWB 18 June 2014

AfricAvenir curates African Short Film Section at Sercine (Brazil)

From 19 to 25 July 2014, the 4th edition of Sercine – Festival Sergipe de Audiovisual, will take place in Sergipe, Brazil. AfricAvenir Windhoek is partner to the festival.

Algerian film industry explored in new EU report

The European Union’s Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory have launched a new report on the film and audiovisual sector in Algeria. After five other reports on the film and audiovisual industries in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, this study is the sixth of its kind to be published as part of their project to collect and analyse data on the film and television sector in nine partner countries in the South Mediterranean region.

Source: iptv-news - Thomas Campbell 27 May 2014
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