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Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- "A local administrator from a small town in Kenya is making a huge impact through social media." That's how @ChiefKariuki was introduced at the annual Google Ideas conference in the US late last week. - See more here:

- Côte d’Ivoire is seriously gearing up for DTT:  Mathurin Kadje, Head of Technical Services at the Executive Secretariat CNM-TNT (the DTT commission of Côte d’Ivoire) confirmed the news to Balancing Act.

Minister Mashatile opened DISCOP AFRICA 2013

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile delivered the opening address at the 8th edition of DISCOP AFRICA 2013, which ran from Wednesday 6th November to Friday, 8th November 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Source: DAC - 6 November 2013

Kenya: Stormy digital migration voyage

Early last year, officials of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) were required to make a presentation to the Kenya Revenue Authority to make a case for the need to scrap taxes on set-top boxes (decoders) as a way of making them more affordable to Kenyans.

African DTT migration facing “multiple challenges”

Digital-terrestrial TV migration in Africa faces multiple challenges, with little sign that deadlines will be met, a panel of experts told AfricaCast attendees yesterday.

Convincing governments about the long term economic benefits of DTT migration is one key to driving the process forward, said Aldred Dreyer, CTO, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, which plans to launch that country’s DTT platform on November 27.

Source: digitaltveurope - November 14 2013

Regulation & Policy - In brief

- Despite facing a lawsuit from two of its minority shareholders and not yet concluding a business rescue process, troubled pay-television operator On Digital Media (ODM) is pressing ahead with plans to relaunch its TopTV brand as StarSat. This follows an agreement by China’s StarTimes, which already operates 11 digital pay-TV networks across Africa, to acquire a 20% stake in ODM — the maximum permissible under South Africa’s broadcasting law.

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:

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