The controversial film “Of Good Report”, which was technically ‘banned’ from screening at the Durban International Film Festival in July, has its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Friday 6 September 2013.
- With Zimbabwe elections days away, the fight over access to the airwaves has intensified. The media environment has loosened slightly compared with previous years, but most Zimbabweans still lack access to independent sources of news, including radio. One person familiar with obstacles to broadcasting is Zenzele Ndebele, editor of Radio Dialogue, a community radio station based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, founded in 2001. Full story here
At the end of June 2013, an in-depth study on the allocation of frequencies is in progress, said the Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Cheikh Bamba Dièye, calling the frequency allocation policy under the former regime as ' a real mess.''
The Communication industry regulator has licensed 84 broadcasters as the rush for television permits intensify ahead of the planned digital migration. Those licensed compromise of churches, universities and other community driven broadcasters.
Ten new temporary authorisations were issued this year between January and March, according to CCK's latest quarterly statistics.
Taylor Krauss, an American journalist, freelance filmmaker, and founder of the testimonial website Voices of Rwanda, traveled to Uganda roughly two weeks ago to conduct some filming in hopes of pitching footage later to various media outlets. Krauss is no stranger to the region; he has been traveling back and forth to the country for nine years. But now that he has been arrested, held for three days without charge, had his equipment confiscated, and finally forced out of the country, this probably marks his last visit. It probably also marks bad news for the press in Uganda.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had commissioned the film, has also refused to sell the rights back to the filmmaker and has filed a lawsuit demanding she turn over her raw footage and accusing her of breaching copyright by staging private screenings.
Source: Sue Valentine/CPJ Africa Program Coordinator
The Committee to Project Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film, entitled 'Fuelling Poverty'. The film exposes corruption in the state's management of oil wealth.
In a ruling earlier this month, reviewed by CPJ, the federal government-run National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) called the contents of the 30 minute film by Ishaya Bako, "highly provocative and likely to incite or encourage public disorder and undermine national security."
- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) urged Somaliland authorities to reconsider its decision to ban privately-owned television network, while stressing the importance of ensuring media freedom in Somaliland following the reshuffle of the cabinet.
CFI is creating an advisory project for the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali (ORTM) (Bureau of radio and television broadcasting) with the objective of supporting a public Malian group to cover election nights and the debates between the rounds for the presidential elections via three types of media; television, radio and social networks.
The French agency for media cooperation has mobilized three experts: