regulation & policy

NUSOJ Demands Somaliland Lifts Ban on Television Network

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today criticized the Somaliland administration which has officially banned privately owned Universal TV from operating in its territory, and accused authorities of attempts to stifle free media.

Somaliland Minister of Information, Culture and National Guidance Abdullahi Mohamed Dahir (Ukuse) announced today that they had revoked the operating licence of the London-based broadcaster Universal TV, alleging that the TV accustomed to transmit “scandals” and “insults” against Somaliland President Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud (Silanyo).

Source: National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) 3 Feb 2014

Copyright: author sues film company re. South Africa’s political transformation

The author of two books about South Africa’s political transformation is suing the makers of a documentary titled Miracle Rising: South Africa for over R2 million damages for allegedly adapting or reproducing from his work without his authorisation.

Geoffrey Heald won the first round of his legal battle against Randburg production company Combined Artists CC when a North Gauteng High Court judge ruled that his claim would have to be tested by a trial court.

Source: citizen.co.za - 27 Jan 2014

John McCain calls on Egyptian authorities to release Al Jazeera staff

Senator John McCain says the detainment of the Al Jazeera journalists by the Egyptian authorities is a "clear violation" of human rights and freedom of press.

Source: Kevin Kriedemann

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South Africa: A notice is hereby given that the Minister of Arts and Culture invites nominations of persons to serve on the Council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). Section 6(1) of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act No. 73 of 1997) states that the Foundation shall act through a Council comprising of no fewer than nine (9) and no more than fourteen (14) members. In terms of section 6(5)(a) of the Act, a member of the Council is appointed for a period not exceeding three (3) years.

Nigeria: FG Moves to Amend NBC, NTA Laws Ahead of Digital Switch Over

In a bid to beat the June 17, 2015 deadline given to Nigeria by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to switch over from analogue to digital television, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it is working closely with the National Assembly to amend the relevant laws of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and that of NBC, which will enhance a hitch-free Digital Switch Over (DSO).

Specifically, the amendment will cover relevant sections of the Acts of both organisations that affect digital contents streaming.

Source: This Day EMMA OKONJI 13 January 2014

Kinshasa: Gunmen attacked Congolese state TV RTNC

At the end of Dec. 2013, reporters were taken hostage by armed men, who broadcast anti-government message, as international airport comes under fire.

Gunmen have opened fire on the international airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo and seized control of the state television station in the capital.

The multiple attacks saw armed men take reporters hostage and fire shots at the airport, which is on the outskirts of Kinshasa.

Source: Al Jazeera 30 December 2013

Kenya: "Digitalisation a Violation of Media Freedom"

The Chairman of the Royal Media Services (RMS), Dr Samuel Makau Macharia, called plans to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting an affront to media freedom.

He subsequently called on government to review the programme bemoaning the high expenses that Kenyans would be subjected to in the acquisition of the Set Top Boxes (STBs) and the monthly subscription charges they would have to pay to continue enjoying television services.

Source: Cajnews Africa REMMY MURULE 13 January 2014

Nigeria: Broadcasting Commission Battles Funds for Digitalisation

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) threatened to shut down television stations that have failed to renew their broadcast licenses as it works towards raising N68 billion to fully implement the country's digital migration process.

The NBC said that a warning letter had been issued to all defaulters and that the commission would shut down television stations that failed to pay up by end of January.

“By the end of this month, any company that has not paid its broadcasting dues to the NBC will have to lose its licence,” Chairman of the commission, Emeka Mba, said.

Source: cajnewsafrica HENRY IFEANYI 10 January 2014

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A court should review the times TopTV intends to broadcast pornographic material, the Justice Alliance of South Africa (Jasa) said on Friday. The group filed papers with the Western Cape high court in an attempt to stop the channel from airing pornographic material from 1 December 2013; source: Techcentral

Morocco became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory

Morocco became the 41st member of the European Audiovisual Observatory, following a decision taken on 11 December 2013 in Strasbourg by Ministry Committees at the Council of Europe.

At  the same time Morocco also becomes the first non- European country to integrate the organization, based in Strasbourg.

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