Regulation & policy

South Africa: soap actors fired for 'illegal' strike

Sixteen actors of South Africa's popular TV soap drama, Generations, have been sacked for staging an "illegal" strike, the public broadcaster and the production company said Monday.

The cast walked off the set a week ago demanding better pay and royalties. The production company MMSV Productions said in a statement that it had "terminated the contracts of the striking actors".

Analog to digital television in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is committed to develop an investment plan for the migration of TV and radio signals from analog to digital, announced the General telecommunications Regulatory Authority (AGER) at the end of June 2014.

'We are in the process of defining an action plan, a strategy to be submitted to the government so that we can recover lost time', said the PCA AGER, Orlando Fernandes.

Tunisia: mosques and media closed due to jihad

The Tunisian government has taken a series of measures including the closure of mosques and media calling for jihad and developping a speech inciting violence in reaction to the recent armed attack linked to al Qaeda groups, which caused the death of 15 soldiers.

In a statement, the government announced "the immediate closure of mosques  outside the control of the Ministry of Religious Affairs" and places of worship where radical Salafists celebrated for the dead.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The value of digitally pirated products downloaded and sold through the Internet globally will rise to $240 billion (N38.4 trillion) by 2015 if precautionary measures are not taken immediately, according to Frontier Economies, an online business research platform.

- The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has launched the Nigerian e-Copyright Registration System (NeCRS) designed to protect copyright owners from intellectual property theft.

Motsoeneng should not be punished for old lies – SABC

The SABC cannot punish its chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for a lie he told 19 years ago.

This is according to SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala in court papers opposing a court bid by the DA contesting Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as the COO of the public broadcaster.

In her opposing affidavit, Tshabalala denied that the SABC board and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi rewarded “malfeasance” when appointing Motsoeneng last month. “He has been appointed in the interests of the SABC to achieve its stability going forward,” she argued.

JASA argues against On Digital Media porn channels

On Digital Media (ODM) seems to have mislead the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) by giving the regulator impression that its three pornographic channels – Private Spice (which has since changed to Brazzers), Desire TV and Playboy TV – would show conventional/healthy sex between couples, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Darryl Cooke, for the Justice Alliance of SA (JASA) told the court that a perusal of the content screened by ODM’s adult channels clearly showed that this was not the case, with shows such as and on the air.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called for extensive consultations on Puntland’s draft media law to ensure the legislation is consistent with provisional constitution of Somalia and international standards of freedom of expression.

Swaziland: Facebook 'Bypasses Censored Media'

Young people in Swaziland are turning to social media sites such as Facebook because it allows them to enjoy 'the fundamental rights to freedom of expression' that is denied to them elsewhere in the kingdom, a research report has found.

They also bypass mainstream media such as television, radio and newspapers in favour of social media, the report jointly published by the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said.

Regulation & Policy - In brief

The Angolan minister of Social Communication, José Luis de Matos, defended in Beijing, China that the media should not be summed up as a simple communication tool, but rather as agents for promoting the development of any society. Full story here

South Africa: Icasa's Role and Independence Must Be Clarified

The Democratic Alliance calls on President Jacob Zuma to categorically state that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is a Chapter Nine institution charged with regulating the electronic communications sector and that its independence of government is guaranteed.

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