regulation & policy

In Brief

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) urged Somaliland authorities to reconsider its decision to ban privately-owned television network, while stressing the importance of ensuring media freedom in Somaliland following the reshuffle of the cabinet.

Elections in Mali: ORTM getting ready

CFI is creating an advisory project for the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali (ORTM) (Bureau of radio and television broadcasting) with the objective of supporting a public Malian group to cover election nights and the debates between the rounds for the presidential elections via three types of media; television, radio and social networks.

The French agency for media cooperation has mobilized three experts:

Source: CFI July 3 2013

Kenya: State to Prioritise Digital TV Migration

The migration from analogue broadcasting to digital remains on top of the government's list of things to do, a senior state official said yesterday.

Joseph Tiampati, the Principal secretary in the ministry of information and communication said the switch is top priority in the ministry.

Source: The Star July 18 2013

Malawi: Digital Migration - All TV Stations to Graduate Into National Broadcasters

The media community in Mogadishu concluded, at a debate held on July 18, 2013, organized by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), that the contents and the manner of preparation of the draft Law on Media proposed by the Government were utterly unacceptable.

More than 30 media representatives coming from radio stations, television network operators, newspaper and international news organisations expressed their objections to the proposed draft law and raised the question whether there is a need for such a repressive law on media in Somalia.

Source: AllAfrica.com July 13 2013

Somalia: Media Community Rejects the Proposed Law on Media

The media community in Mogadishu concluded, at a debate held on July 18, 2013, organized by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), that the contents and the manner of preparation of the draft Law on Media proposed by the Government were utterly unacceptable.

More than 30 media representatives coming from radio stations, television network operators, newspaper and international news organisations expressed their objections to the proposed draft law and raised the question whether there is a need for such a repressive law on media in Somalia.

Source: National Union of Somali Journalists July 19 2013

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Al Jazeera is demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo. Egyptian forces raided Al Jazeera premises overnight. 28 Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr staff members were detained, with most released later. The channel’s managing director Ayman Gaballah and Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast engineer Ahmad Hasan remain in custody however. Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast equipment was seized. APTN ordered to withhold feed from Al Jazeera channels.

South Africa’s community television sector launch association

South Africa’s community television sector has made a huge stride forward with the launch of an association to advance the interests of the sector.

Known as the Association of Community Television South Africa (ACTSA), it will perform various roles for the sector. These include advocacy and lobbying, programme syndication, content exchange, maximising commercial opportunities, training and capacity building.

Source: TMO Reporter 14 June 2013

South Africa: Trade department reconsiders film industry strategies

Members of the creative industry, including film producers and artists, had an opportunity to formalise their businesses at a workshop in Johannesburg. by Jevanne Gibbs

At the workshop at Museum Africa in Newtown, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Lehlohonolo Mokhosi said the unit is reviewing film industry strategies.

“There are different markets and developments happening in the sector currently, which includes adjusting the costs of producing films.”

Source: citizen.co.za - filmcontact 1 July 2013.

Sentech shuts down pirate TV signals

Sentech has shut off the signals that allowed millions of residents of neighbouring countries to watch the SABC and e.tv.

Sentech has shut down the signals that allowed people in South Africa’s neigbouring countries to receive free-to-air broadcasts from the SABC and e.tv using a range of cheap, imported decoders.

The decoders were able to pick up Sentech’s satellite broadcasts from its Vivid service because the signals were not properly encrypted.

Source: Craig Wilson - Techcentral

Tanzania’s DTT: No Turning Back to Analogue - Minister

Government said that it will not reverse the decision of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting. "We are not going back to analogue.

It is too costly and outdated," the Minister for Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa, told the National Assembly yesterday. The minister was presenting a statement in response to the Kasulu Urban MP, Moses Machali, who had earlier this week suggested that government switch back to analogue broadcasting.

Source: Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam) 22 June 2013
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