regulation & policy

DTT in South Africa: SABC will not support conditional access

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has announced that it will not support conditional access of set-top boxes for its DTT service.

The new service will provide television channels SABC 1, 2, 3, as well as the 24-Hour News Channel, which is presently being broadcast on DStv channel 404.
“This was not a decision taken lightly and all sides of the matter had to be carefully considered,” says Lulama Mokhobo, group chief executive officer.

Source: iptv-news Thomas Campbell Nov 1 2013

Kenyan press, opposition criticise proposed harsh media law

Kenyan media and opposition politicians have criticised media rules proposed by the government, saying they would muzzle the press and stunt democracy in the country.

Kenyan members of parliament late on Thursday voted to pass a new law that empowers the government to form a powerful tribunal to draw up a code of conduct for the media.

In an African region where several nations tightly control news-gathering, Kenya's media has enjoyed broad freedoms to criticise successive governments.

Source: Reuters Africa

Egypt: The Shrinking Space of Fundamental Freedoms

FIDH is highly concerned about the increasingly shrinking space of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly in Egypt. Over the past three months, and in particular after President Mohamed Morsy was deposed on July 3rd 2013, the country has witnessed a very hostile environment to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

South Africa: Govt stalls on R2.4 billion set-top box project

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan has said that while Cabinet approved R2.4 billion for the procurement of 5 million set top boxes, the project has been delayed.

Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan has said that, while Cabinet approved R2.4 billion for the procurement of 5 million set top boxes, the project has been delayed.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Morocco: Moroccan private TV channel MEDI 1 SAT saw fit to disseminate racist words against blacks in one of its entertainment programmes. The CSCA (Conseil Supérieur de la Communication Audiovisuelle) has reprimanded the channel , without sanction. Source: afrik.com

Ghana deputy Minister commits to smooth digital migration

Ghana’s deputy Minister for Communications, Victoria Hammah, has pledged Government’s commitment to the smooth implementation of the Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) process in all television stations in the country.

The migration to DTT, which would eventually hook all television stations in the country onto one transmission machine, has a deadline of December 2014, allowing the government an additional six months to attend to residual issues ahead of the June 2015 global deadline for migration.

Source: BiztechAfrica - 18 October 2013

Somalia: Draft media Law is still too repressive, says NUSOJ

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) deplores the announcement by the Minister of Information, Posts, telecommunication and Transportation of the Federal Government that he will soon present draft media law to the parliament.

Minister Abdullahi Ilmooge Hersi declared through the media on Sunday, 13 October, his intention to submit to federal the draft laws on media and telecommunications.

Source: African Press Organization (APO)/ National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

South Africa: to censor or not to censor

The first South African film to be banned since 1994, Of Good Report, ignited the 2013 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) into an explosive start, writes Professor Keyan Tomaselli, director of The Centre for Communication, Media and Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In an exclusive article for Screen Africa, Tomaselli discusses what happened and why.

Source: screenafrica.com

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South Africa ranks only 23rd on the African continent in terms of affordability of communication. This, says Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim, worsens the divide between the “haves” and “have not’s” created by a past of inequality. - See more here:

Somalia: closure of private TV station - Universal TV in Puntland

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly protests the Puntland State of Somalia’s closure of a private television station in Garowe.

In an official letter issued on Saturday, 21 September, Puntland Minister of Information, Communications, Culture and Heritage Ahmed Sheikh Jama Yusuf announced the closure of Universal TV in Puntland for an indefinite period. The TV station, which is based in London, was closed down due to its lack of live coverage of the speech of Puntland President at the New Deal Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 16 September.

Source: National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
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