In Kigali, after over two years of deliberations and lobbying in the corridors of power to push through media reforms, a long legislative procedure finally came to a close on March 11, 2013 and the victory was for the press.
Three important bills that sought to reform media rules in Rwanda were finally signed into law in a legislative act seen as a positive concession for a more open and democratic government.
The new legislations include Law N'02/2013 of 08/02/2013 regarding Media regulation and comes as a reform to the older Law N' 22/2009 of 12/08/2009.
Source: Kenneth Agutamba in East African Business Week 25 March 2013
Indefinite bans have been slapped on three widely-followed interactive radio talk shows in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé by the country's media watchdog.
The National Communication Council (NCC) on Thursday said the daily talk shows' on Youth FM, Amplitude FM and Sky One Radio respectively entitled Déballage (The Unwrapping), La Voix des Sans Voix (Voice of the Voiceless) and Surface de Vérité (The Truth Tribune)’ violate ethics and professional conduct. The shows' presenters have also received suspension from broadcasting.
Source: africareview Yuh Timchia in Yaoundé March 29 2013
- Tanzania DTT: Many Arusha and Moshi residents woke up to grayish television screens on Monday as the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority switched off analogue broadcasting in the Northern Zone. The move affected Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions but it is only the TV signal recipients in Moshi and Arusha who felt the pinch because Manyara was yet to be covered by "free-to-air" television broadcasting and for years the residents of Babati, Mbulu, Simanjiro, Hanang' and Kiteto districts in the region relied on satellite dishes.
UN Special Representative for Somalia statement on killing of media worker:
On March 25, 2013, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga is shocked and saddened by the killing of Rahma Abdulkadir, a media worker with Abduwaq radio.
Unknown attackers reportedly armed with pistols shot and killed Ms. Abdulkadir in Yaqshid district, Mogadishu last night.
“I condemn this hideous attack in the strongest terms and send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Rahma Abdulkadir” SRSG Mahiga said.
Source: United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS)
The National Communication Council issued a press release on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Several television and radio stations as well as a few presenters in the country have been sanctioned by the National Communication Council in a decision dated Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Source: G. Mbella in The Cameroon Tribune 31 March 2013
- On March 19, 2013 APO reported that Togolese police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse journalists protesting new censorship authority granted to the government media regulator, according to news reports and local journalists. One journalist, Younglove Egbéboua Amavi, manager of Radio Planete Plus and head of another local press group, sustained a fractured jawbone and mouth injuries after being hit by a rubber bullet. Amavi’s daughter told CPJ her father had metal wires attached to his jaw and could not eat or speak. She said he required surgery.
In Tripoli, gunmen stormed the headquarters of a private Libyan television station on Thursday and took away the channel's owner and four journalists, parliament's human rights commission said in a statement.
Alassema TV owner Jomaa Al-Osta and four of his staff were abducted by unknown assailants, the statement said. The commission urged the interior ministry “to intervene immediately to release the prisoners”.
The would-be broadcaster has taken Icasa to the high court in an effort to secure a broadcasting licence it was denied.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is facing a legal challenge from GauTV, a prospective broadcaster it denied an operating licence in 2012.
Mzansi Community Satellite, trading as GauTV, sought the licence from Icasa to provide satellite-based television to Gauteng viewers. It says the authority’s decision not to grant it a licence was unfair and not in keeping with the relevant legislation.
Source: Craig Wilson on 4 March 2013 (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media