Regulation & policy

StarTimes denies hijacking KBC World Cup broadcasts

Pay-TV provider StarTimes has defended its move to air the FIFA World Cup amidst accusations it hijacked the signal of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which has rights to televise the sporting event.

Last week, the Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) accused the StarTimes of hacking KBC’s signal and pirating it without the state broadcaster’s consent, and has since taken the company to court.

Source: Chris Udemans Humanipo 17 June 2014

Nigeria shuts down World Cup viewing centres

Nigerian authorities in the northern state of Adamawa have shut down all establishments planning to screen the World Cup beginning today in a bid to prevent further terrorist bombings in the area.

The military yesterday closed down all places planning to host viewings of the matches in the northeastern state which borders Cameroon, Reuters reports, with the area having suffered Boko Haram attacks recently.

“Our action is not to stop Nigerians… watching the World Cup. It is to protect their lives,” Brigadier-General Nicholas Rogers said.

Source: Gabriella Mulligan - humanipo 12 June 2014

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A bomb blast targeting a television viewing centre for football in northeast Nigeria (Adamawa) killed an unknown number of people, a police spokesman said. Source: All Africa 

Symposium on the regulation of satellite audiovisual communication

An international symposium took place on "the regulation of audiovisual communication via satellite and new means of distribution."

The event was held in Abidjan on 10 and 11 June 2014, at the initiative of the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (la Haute autorité de la communication audiovisuelle – HACA in French) in Côte d'Ivoire.

Africa paid a visit to Abidjan in order to anticipate the regulation, given the rapidly changing trends and audiovisual communication services, boosted by technological progress.

U.S. to finance anti-militant TV channel in northern Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, the New York Times reported on Friday.

A U.S. official confirmed the project was under way but did not give full details. The official said the United States would "support Nigerian efforts to provide an attractive alternative to the messaging of violent extremists."

Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups critical of the government

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups that are critical of the government.

On 5 May 2014, the chairman of the Talassa group, which includes a business newspaper, a bi-weekly, a monthly, a website and a printing plant, as well as a communication agency, was informed that its “certificate of declaration”, granted by the High Council for Freedom of Communication (CSLC) in November 2001, had been withdrawn.

Most African countries will not make the digital transition in June 2015, according to the CEO of Balancing Act

Russell Southwood made a disturbing statement about the digital transition in Africa whose deadline was set at June 2015 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU): “Almost 45 African countries, that is to say almost all, will miss the ITU deadline” said Russell Southwood  CEO of Balancing Act, a consultancy company based in the United Kingdom.

He said that over a speech at the World Congress of rural telecommunications in Africa, SatCom2014, which was held from May 19 to 21 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The Online News Association this month is launching its “do-it-yourself” ethics code project. It’s a mechanism to help news organizations, small startups and individual journalists and bloggers create their own codes of ethics. It’s also a resource for journalism students creating their own personal ethics statements. Full story here:

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.