regulation & policy

Zambia: State Launches Digital Migration Policy

Government has launched the digital migration policy to help scale up the implementation process and ensure a people-driven migration agenda.

Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Joseph Katema also called for an all-inclusive participation by stakeholders to ensure success in the implementation of the digital migration.

Dr Katema expressed confidence that Zambia would migrate before the June 17, 2015 deadline set by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and shift from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

Zimbabwe: TV Capacity to Increase - Mandiwanzira

Government is mobilising resources to enable Transmedia Corporation to spearhead migration to digital broadcasting ahead of the International Telecommunications Union 2015 deadline for the switch, which will see Zimbabwe capacitated to have at least 80 television channels. Modalities for licensing more broadcasters by next year, in a sector long monopolised by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, are being worked out.

Malawi Govt Spends K3.5 Billion for Digital Migration

Secretary for Information and Civic Education Luckie Sikwese says media in the country needs to write more stories on digital migration in order to inform the masses.

He said government has spent over K3 billion to implement it.

Sikwese said this during the opening Multichoice Malawi Digital Migration Media Conference which was held in Thyolo district.

Migration from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting was agreed to under the United Nations (UN) umbrella with a deadline of June, 2015.

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Liberia: Regulators to Shut Down 'Illegal' Radio, TV Stations

Barely a week and the half to the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, the Liberia Telecommunication Authority has threatened to shut down radio and Television stations, it considers illegally operating.

2014 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights for the Middle East and Northern Africa

FIFA would like to reiterate that contrary to some reports about the 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage in the Middle East and Northern Africa, including statements attributed to ZDF, FIFA's broadcast partner in Germany, ZDF will not be broadcasting matches unencrypted on the Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite platform during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. ZDF/ARD are media rights licensees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup' for the German territory only. As such, their broadcasts will be available in the German language and restricted to Germany.

Ghana: Security Forces Harass Journalists, Seize Reporting Equipment

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has noticed with concern the increasing acts of violations perpetrated against journalists in their line of duty.

Even before the end of the first quarter of 2014, the MFWA's freedom of expression and safety of journalists monitoring shows that four cases of press freedom violations have been committed by some members of the security agencies.

World Press Freedom day: Egypt's authorities called for tolerance

Amid mounting concern for detained journalist Abdullah Elshamy's health on the hundredth day of his hunger strike, Al Jazeera has called upon the Egyptian authorities to urgently grant him access to independent medical assistance.

Somalia: Angry Mob attacks and beats TV Journalist

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) denounces the increasing violations against the press in the town of Baidoa, after angry demonstrators attacked a Television journalist and beat him seriously in the town of Baidoa on Monday 31 March, 2014, the latest in string of attacks against the journalists in Somalia.

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Tanzania: The government is considering legal action against dealers of alternative medicine and television stations that advertise unregistered and unauthorised traditional herbs. Full story here.

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