Regulation & policy

Attacks against the media in Ghana

Yaa Hammond, (journalist), Kingsley Acheampong (cameraman), Suleiman Awudu (soundman) and Douglas Kofi Benyin (driver), of privately-owned TV Africa were on March 7, 2014, detained by some security personnel at Adjei Kojo, a suburb of Accra, Ghana’s capital.

C. Ohene, head of news and current affairs of TV Africa told MFWA the crew had gone to the area to do a follow-up on a demolition exercise that was undertaken some weeks ago.

SA budget releases funds (US$24.5 million) for migration to digital TV

The South African Government has allocated R265 million (US$24.5 million) for digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration over the medium term, as part of its budget for the year 2014-15. 

Of this funding, R195.1 million ($18.02 million) will be allocated to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for its digital library and a digital playout centre, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on 26 February.

West African Audiovisual Regulators adopt founding texts

The statutes and rules of procedure for the broadcasting regulators Platform in the countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA ) and Guinea Conakry were adopted at the "unanimity" by members of the Platform to generate founding texts of the organization during a meeting on 4 and 5 March 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

March 2014: The SABC has launched its latest audience services campaign to South Africans, using television, radio, print and cinema advertising, to inform South Africans of the plethora of TV Licence pay points available to consumers.

South Africans: President Jacob Zuma says amendments to the Employment Equity Act and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act should pave the way for transformation in the media in the country.

UNITAR records high demand for Trade and Intellectual Property courses

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)  has just launched the 2014 edition of the online training courses in financial management, international trade and intellectual property. These courses are intended for trade and finance professionals and officials from developing countries including least developed countries and economies in transition.  Since the introduction of online courses in 2003, over 10,000 officials mainly from developing countries benefited from our courses.

Source: APO on behalf of (UNITAR) 1 March 2014

A second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius TV channel launching

Besides MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel starting on Sunday on channel 199 on DStv, South African viewers are now getting an additional, second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius channel which will be bringing viewers around the clock court and news coverage of the sensational court trial.

The paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. His court trial will start on Monday in which he stands accused of premeditated murder.


Nigeria: NCC Seizes N100m Equipment From Satellite Television Pirates

In Onitsha, the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) said it confiscated equipment worth over N100 million from pirates illegally tapping broadband broadcast signals of right-owners in Onitsha area.

The Zonal Head of NCC in Onitsha, Emeka Ogbonna, said on Wednesday in Onitsha that the seizure covered a period of two years.

Ogbonna said that 15 persons had been arraigned at the Federal High Court in Awka over the illegal act.

He said that all the court cases had reached advanced stage and that the court conviction would serve as lesson and deterrent for others.

Source: Vanguard - 27 February 2014

Urgent call: Al Jazeera’s detained journalists in Egypt – Journalism not a crime!

• Global Day of Action called in support of journalists detained in Egypt 
• Stands of solidarity, vigils and events planned in 30 cities across the world
Events supporting Al Jazeera’s detained journalists in Egypt are planned in over 30 countries for this Thursday, 27 February 2014.

Al-Jazeera staff detention

Source: Kevin Kriedemann & Joy Sapiekafor Al Jazeera - February 2014

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Tunisia's official communications authority is taking action to correct alleged illegalities by the former Ennahda-led government. Under the law, the High Independent Authority for Audio-visual Communication (HAICA) must be consulted regarding any appointments to state-run media management posts. But when several public radio stations got new bosses last summer, the official regulatory body had no role in the process.
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Cameroon: World Cup 2014 - CRTV took private TVs to court

The Cameroon Radio and television ( CRTV ) took three other Cameroonian televisions to court. In a complaint filed Dec. 3, 2013 the Public television broadcaster assigned private television Stv, Equinoxe TV and Canal 2 International before the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Mfoundi , Yaounde, January 20, 2014 .

Source: AfricaTopSports - translated from French by Balancing Act
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