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Somalia: Popular Radio Station Silenced, NUSOJ Strongly Protests

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is gravely concerned about the growing press freedom crisis in Somalia following shutting down of Radio Shabelle, a popular Radio Station in Mogadishu,…

Malawi: Joy TV Station Ordered to Stop Broadcasting

On 29 October 2007, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) ordered Joy TV to immediately stop all television broadcasts until the station is issued appropriate radio and broadcasting licenses. Joy…

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…

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…

Somalia: Puntland Media Banned From Live Election Reporting

Independent media organizations have been banned from live coverage of the presidential election in Somalia's Puntland region, Radio Garowe reports. Abdullahi Said Samatar, Puntland's security minister, issued the order Wednesday…

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…

SABC coalition welcomes ICASA hearing on FXI complaint

The Save Our SABC Coalition (SOS) has welcomed the long-awaited set down of the Freedom of Expression Institute's (FXI) complaint against the SABC for hearing before the Complaints and Compliance…

Cameroon bans several FM radio programmes

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…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- For the second time in two months, the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has appealed to its members to stop newspaper reviews on their media. It will be recalled…

South Africa: Padayachie pulls plug on broadcasting bill

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has withdrawn the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill pending further consultation, and wants to consider new models for funding the SABC and community media.Padayachie’s decision follows…

Rwanda Govt Allows Self Media Regulation

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…

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…

Zimbabwe: State Radio and Television Stations Ordered to Play Zanu PF Jingles

Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu recently ordered all ZBC radio and television stations to play ZANU PF propaganda jingles, produced by him, at least twice every hour.The jingles are…

Cote d’Ivoire: Media monitoring resumes as second-round campaign gets under way

When the campaign for the second round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election officially gets under way tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders will begin the second phase of its monitoring of the…

Film and YouTube campaign attempt to arrest Uganda warlord Kony

War Crimes Rewards Programme offers $5m each for information leading to arrest or capture of Joseph Kony and his aides.The United States has offered bounties of up to $5m each…

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Angry With SLBC

President Ernest Bai Koroma is not happy with certain developments within the newly created Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), revealed minister of information and communication.Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, while addressing…

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Rwanda's High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, has cautioned the regional media against using their profession to mislead the public by creating and publishing or broadcasting conspiracy theories. In…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- How DStv Is Fighting Online Piracy: John Kotsaftis - who heads DStv Online, the MultiChoice-owned business that develops the DStv BoxOffice and DStv On Demand services - says if…

Zambia: 'Media Bill is Our Baby', says Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services

THE Government has implored politicians and media practitioners in Zambia to desist from maligning Vice-President George Kunda over the draft media bill because he has no hand in the matter.…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- Uganda: The Attorney General (AG) on Friday defended the counter-claim against the currently closed CBS radio, saying it was filed at the High Court to protect the general public.-…

Tanzania: No multiple decoders after December 31 switchover

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has said no person will be required to have more than one decoder to have access to free-to-air channels after switching to digital broadcasting…

Cote d’Ivoire: Government Bans Radio Station

The government of Côte d'Ivoire has indefinitely suspended a France-based radio station, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In an interview…

Uganda: Radio moderator challenges Sedition charge against him

The Constitutional Court has set January 18 for hearing a petition in which the East African Media Institute and journalist Andrew Mwenda try to outlaw sedition.The petitioners are challenging the…

Uganda: Pay TV provider lobbies govt on full realisation of digital switch

Players in the television industry are lobbying the government to involve them in the realisation of a successful switch from analogue to digital broadcasting before East Africa’s set deadline.Indications suggest…

Kenya: Govt on course for clash with Media Council over monitoring of election coverage

The government and the media were headed for a clash Tuesday with the former threatening to disband an independent industry watchdog. Director of Information Ezekiel Mutua said the Media Council…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* The Zambian Government has given Muvi Television Studios a licence to broadcast nation-wide, managing director Steven Nyirenda has said. * Nigeria: Community radio stakeholders in the country have canvassed…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- April 2012 in Nigeria, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) DG, Mallam Magawata, listed the achievements of the outfit under him to include digitalisation efforts to comply with ITV’s 2015…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Kenyan government has ordered an investigation into claims that radio stations broadcast hate speeches during the disputed presidential elections. Information Minister Samuel Poghiso said a task force would…

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of…

Sierra Leone: 'No Discrimination in the Use of SLBC' - President Koroma Warns

President Ernest Bai Koroma says there should be no discrimination in the use of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) facilities and equipments. He made this statement during the commissioning…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, has scrapped the suspension of pay-tv operator StarTimes, Bizafrica reported. Three top government officials had ordered ARPTC, the…

Niger: Sahara FM allowed to resume broadcasting in Agadez

The main privately-owned radio station in the central city of Agadez, Sahara FM, was back on the air yesterday for the first time since it was shut down two years…

Regulation & Policy

- At the start of June 2010, ICASA in South Africa issued a second invitation to apply for a potentially lucrative digital mobile television broadcasting licence.- Ten Radio Fahazavana employees…

Egypt - Al Jazeera Journalist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment

In another disturbing move against freedom of speech and independent journalism in Egypt, one of Al Jazeera Arabic’s presenters, Ahmed Mansour, has been sentenced in absentia to 15 years imprisonment…

Parliament Interviews Candidates to Sit on the Zimbabwe Media Commission

Twenty seven people, among them practising and retired journalists, were on Monday interviewed by a Parliamentary select committee to sit on the newly constituted Zimbabwe Media Commission. MDC's Masvingo Urban…

Ghana authorised 54 television operators in Q1

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has authorised 54 television operators in the first quarter this year.This includes 21 analogue terrestrial television operators, fifteen free-to-air satellite TV single channel operators, six…

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Bans Radio France Internationale

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a ban on the FM broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) across the…

Ghana to impose TV license fee by end of year

Ghana’s government announced that it pans to levy a television license fee on operators by the end of the year. The move is likely to be met with concern as…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has advised Advertising Practitioners to adhere to the ethics of the advertising profession by a conscious compliance with the laws, rules and regulations…

East Africa: EA urged on speedy digital migration

East Africa has been urged to conduct a speedy formulation of laws to enable the region achieve its ambitious digital migration. Transport, communication and metrological ministers who were attending a…

Ghana: Police Storm Radio Station, Assault Two Media Workers

On 5 August 2008, police officers stormed the premises of Radio Gold, an Accra-based pro-opposition FM station, and assaulted a number of individuals, including a station employee and a newspaper…

Egypt: Subterfuge and State TV

The size and influence of Egypt's state media makes it a formidable weapon in the arsenal of the nation's rulers. Broadcasts by the state-owned television channels, collectively referred to as…

South Africa: Cabinet Approves Policy for Better TV

SA's long-awaited digital migration policy was finally approved by the cabinet this week, paving the way for better-quality TV reception, interactive services and more free-to-air channels. The cabinet committed R2.45bn…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) warned viewers who have not paid their television licences yet that they should pay up or face stiff penalties.- In South Sudan, the minister…

South Africa: Company warns on irrelevance of DTT should further migration delays occur

Digital terrestrial television (DTT) was likely to become irrelevant should South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting signal not be accelerated with urgency, investment holding company Kagiso Media warned…

Liberia: Two Journalists Beaten by Police and UN Peacekeepers, One Seriously Injured

Reporters Without Borders condemns the use of violence by members of the national police and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) against several journalists, including Daylue Goah of the privately-owned…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- On 13 August 2008, Unity Radio, a Freetown-based radio station owned by the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), was ransacked by supporters of the ruling All People's Congress…

GOtv throws spanner in Malawi Digital Migration works

GOtv, a low cost television services launched in Malawi by Multi-Choice Malawi, has thrown a spanner in the process of Malawi's digital broadcasting migration, with government wondering how it is…

Rwanda: Public Broadcaster Bill Finally Passed

The Chamber of Deputies has finally passed a Bill that seeks to transform the state-owned Orinfor into a public broadcaster called the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).Lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved…

Congo: Local ANR Officials Close Mayi-Munene Radio Station, Confiscate Equipment

JED condemns the closing of a community radio station emitting in Mayi-Munene, near Tshikapa, in central RD Congo, and the confiscation of its equipment, by local officials of the National…

An all New Kenya Film and TV Professional Association

Can the Kenyan film and TV industry one day become a global force to reckon with?The newly elected team of the Kenya Film and TV Professional Association (KFTPA) strongly believes…

Somalia: Government Silences Three Radio Stations in Two Days

Somalia’s Ethiopian-backed government has forced three prominent private radio stations off the air since Monday over their coverage of the bloody conflict centered in Mogadishu, according to news reports and…

"678“ by Mohamed Diab, a film on sexual harassment endured by millions of Egyptian women

“A gift to all women” wrote Christiane Taubira, French Minister of Justice. “A gripping feature film” wrote the The New Yorker. On Saturday, 25 May 2013 at 6 pm AfricAvenir…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA) has been formed to advance the interests of the South African community television sector.- On June 6, 2013, the Spokesperson for…

Kenya: ECK Warns TV And Radio Stations

The Electoral Commission (ECK) is monitoring how the media cover political campaigns. David Kiiru, an ECK official, said an ECK and donors' survey had shown that most TV stations were…

Ghana: Teacher calls for sign language inclusion on all TV stations

If you have ever doubted the importance of sign language inclusion on Ghana Television (GTV) for hearing impaired persons, you are completely wrong, according to a teacher at the Gbeogo…

‘People of the South’: a film on national identity and key achievers

In South Africa, Dali Tambo’s legendary People of the South returns to SABC3 on Sunday 19 May at 20:30 with 13 brand new episodes featuring leading personalities across multiple disciplines…

Nigeria: NCC Arrests Five Over Copyright Piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has arrested five people in Kogi State over piracy, warning people to desist from the act or face the law.A Senior Copyright Officer in the commission,…

Tunisia: mosques and media closed due to jihad

The Tunisian government has taken a series of measures including the closure of mosques and media calling for jihad and developping a speech inciting violence in reaction to the recent…

Uganda: TV journalist detained after filming MP's arrest

Wavah Broadcasting Service (WBS) TV journalist Williams Ntege was arrested by anti-riot police on 2 May after he was caught filming the arrest of Kampala female Member of Parliament (MP)…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The first two episodes of To Hell and Back, Shoot the Breeze’s latest docu-reality show on lifestyle addictions airing 9pm Sundays on SABC 2, have got the attention of…

China holds a digital media forum and invites over 150 African participants

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between Chinese and African media was held in June 2014 in Beijing. The meeting, which follows that of August 2012, was held in a large…

Analog to digital television in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is committed to develop an investment plan for the migration of TV and radio signals from analog to digital, announced the General telecommunications Regulatory Authority (AGER)…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A court in Uganda’s Mpigi district has dismissed a case of publishing false news against Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) FM journalist Yoweri Musisi.

South Africa: Icasa's Role and Independence Must Be Clarified

The Democratic Alliance calls on President Jacob Zuma to categorically state that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is a Chapter Nine institution charged with regulating the electronic communications…

South Africa: soap actors fired for 'illegal' strike

Sixteen actors of South Africa's popular TV soap drama, Generations, have been sacked for staging an "illegal" strike, the public broadcaster and the production company said Monday.The cast walked off…

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- In Niger, the International Federation of Journalists has asked the President Mamadou Tandja to free two journalists accused of acting against the law because of their coverage of the…

Sénégal: Regulator CNRA tells Afia FM to stop broadcasting “political programmes”

Le Conseil national de régulation de l'audiovisuel (CNRA) has told community radio station Afia FM which broadcasts to the Grand Yoff area in Dakar to stop broadcasting programmes of a…

Regulation & Policy - In brief

The Angolan minister of Social Communication, José Luis de Matos, defended in Beijing, China that the media should not be summed up as a simple communication tool, but rather as…

Egypt: jailed Al Jazeera journalists - Flaws in the arrest procedure

Lawyers for the jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have today filed appeals against their convictions. The weaknesses in the case have been widely protested and ridiculed, and much of the…

Nigeria: Federal Government Cautions Media On Electoral Reform Reports

The Federal Government has cautioned the media to ensure that it reports accurately and with a sense of responsibility. Describing reports by the media on white paper on the electoral…

CCK Barred from Shutting Down TV and Radio Stations

In Kenya (17 November 2011), orders barring the Communication Commission of Kenya from shutting down TV and radio stations that have not renewed licences have been extended. High Court Judge…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (La Haute Autorité de la Presse et de l’Audiovisuel - HAPA) in charge of media regulation in Mauritania warned  private television channels that…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- TheSABC denied allegations of blacklisting at the broadcaster in 2005 and 2006 at an Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) hearing last week.

South Africa - The Digital disaster that we knew nothing about

South Africa is currently preparing for a project bigger than the 2010 Fifa World Cup. It is so big that when it is all over it will have cost the…

South Africa: SABC Not in Crisis, Says Faith Muthambi

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not in crisis. This is according to Faith Muthambi, South Africa’s minister of communications, speaking about the beleaguered South African public broadcaster.Muthambi has…

Mandela videos are ours, ANC tells SABC

The ANC and the SABC are fighting over ownership of historic video footage - including unseen images of former president Nelson Mandela and film of his wedding to Graça Machel.…

ICASA closes down illegal broadcaster

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has received a Court Order to close down Magareng FM, a community radio station in the Northern Cape for broadcasting without a…

Kenya Beats Digital Migration Deadline | Free-to-Air Channels No Longer Free

As the world marks the June 17th global deadline for analogue switch-off as per the International Communications Union (ITU) Geneva 2006 Agreement, Kenyans are expected to start paying for content…

Côte d'Ivoire: media hit by battle between rival camps for control of news

Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the consequences for journalists of the fight for control of state television and the media in general being waged by the supporters of…

Benin TV station censored amid Presidential Pressure

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns censorship of Beninese private television station Canal 3 and defamation charges against its director for coverage of a corruption scandal involving aides of President…

Niger: Radio Station Shut Down for Broadcasting Military Brutalities

Sahara FM, a privately-owned radio station based in Agadez, the largest city in the northern part of Niger, was on April 22, 2008, shut down indefinitely by the media regulator,…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Uganda, nine radio stations have declined to air campaign advertising material designed by the Inter-Party Cooperation to drum up support for their presidential candidate, Dr Kizza Besigye.- An…

Rwanda: Campaigner Accuses BBC of 'Deliberate' Genocide Negationism

The BBC never gave a platform to German Nazis after the holocaust but is very comfortable hosting convicted Rwandan Genocide criminals on its airwaves, a prominent campaigner and journalist has…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Communications Commission of Kenya has directed Royal Media Services to stop broadcasting using some frequencies it says are being operated without a license. - Tunisia's Court of Cassation…

South Africa: Cabinet approves STB access control

The digital migration amendment policy, advocating STB access control, has been approved by Cabinet.The digital migration amendment policy, advocating STB access control, has been approved by Cabinet.The digital migration amendment…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Egyptian government has initiated a drastic move to thwart satellite channels. It recently raided one of the most important companies offering satellite equipment for rent and confiscated five…

Nigeria: Presidential election provoked 30 attacks on media

In Nigeria, Reporters Without Borders has recorded more than 30 attacks on media freedom so far this year, despite reforms and the promises of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure…

Authorities in Equatorial Guinea indefinitely suspended a radio program

Authorities in Equatorial Guinea indefinitely suspended a radio program on a government-controlled outlet during a broadcast on Friday that included criticism of the president of the Supreme Court, according to…

Nigeria: Union Leaders of Ekiti Radio, TV Redeployed

As the crisis rocking the Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State (BSES) continues unabated, the State government has redeployed three union leaders of the corporation believed to be at the vanguard…

Rwanda: Govt Approves Policy for transition to digital broadcasting

A cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame, Wednesday, approved a new broadcasting policy that will facilitate the migration from analogue to digital.According to the acting Director General at Rwanda…

Fifteenth journalist killed, NUSOJ calls for an urgent action over “media nightmare”

In Somalia on October 1, 2012, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is enraged by today’s killing of fifteenth Somali journalist in Mogadishu so far this year.Ahmed Abdullahi Farah,…

UN Special Representative for Somalia statement on attacks against journalists

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga deplores the recent targeted attacks against Somali journalists. On Tuesday Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas, a correspondent with Universal…

Somalia: Journalists Stop Work to Mourn and Condemn 'Savage' Killing of Colleagues

A somber mood engulfed Somali capital Mogadishu last week after journalists downed their tools and shut down their broadcasting stations to mourn and to protest the latest killing of Radio…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Swaziland on April 1, 2011, Welile Dlamini, a long-time news editor at SBIS challenged Prime Minister on radio censorship. The editor highlighted on the government's tendencies to censor…

Uganda: UCC issues order on outdated TV devices

The Uganda Communications Commission has directed Star Times - a pay TV service provider - to immediately withdraw DVB-T1 set top boxes from the market. UCC issued the order after…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Mohamed Mohamud, aka Turyare, producer and Webmaster of Radio Shabelle was fatally wounded on 21 October 2012 after he was attacked on his way back home in Hawo Tako…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- As Nigerians continue to clamour for the immediate passage of the Freedom of Information Bill (FoI) by the National Assermbly, the Lagos State Government has explained why some government…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Nigeria, after several protests from subscribers and members of the Catholic faith, DStv last Saturday reinstalled the Catholic channel, Eternal Word Television Network. Meanwhile, the DStv has via…

South Africa: Churches call for TopTV boycott over its porn channels

Civil society groups and churches are once again uniting behind a boycott of TopTV as it seeks permission from Icasa to broadcast three porn channels.  "[The] Family Policy Institute, in…

Liberia: Law to Regulate Broadcasting Media Outlets Passed

The Plenary of the House of Representatives, Thursday, September 11, 2008 at its regular Session unanimously voted and passed into law an Independent Broadcasting Regulator for Liberia following hectic arguments…

Somalia: car bomb attack killed and wounded two radio journalists

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns strongly a car bomb attack which killed and wounded civilian people, including two radio journalists.A suicide bomber blew up his car near…

Nigeria: Writers, Film-Makers Defy Censors

"I don't sell cocaine," says the video vendor in Kano's Rimi market when I ask for Adam Zango's music video CD Bahaushiya. He is not referring to the white powder,…

South Africa: GauTV fights for licence

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…

Kenyan media houses digital TV licence revoked after misleading informercials

The government through the Communications Authority of Kenya has withdrawn the temporary authorization granted to the Africa Digital Network consortium by the three media houses after they aired misleading and…

Comoros: Broadcast Journalists Prevented From Travelling to Separatist Island

Journalists in Africa's Comoros islands say they were prevented from traveling to the separatist island of Anjouan to cover Independence Day celebrations Friday. Local reporters say travel agencies refused to…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Leading Lagos news station Channels TV was shut down for a period after it broadcast news that President Yar’Adua had resigned for health reasons. Its coverage was based on…

South Africa: Authorities urged to drop two bills that threaten media freedom

On 23 September 2010 and as the leaders of the ruling African National Congress meet this week in the eastern city of Durban, Reporters Without Borders urged the South African…

Libya: Gunmen storm Alassema TV station

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…

Ghana - Gov’t terminates digital migration contract with StarTimes

The Ministry of Communications has written to Chinese firm, Star Times, abrogating the contract to supply and install the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network platform for Ghana.This, according a letter…

Nigeria: Government Demolishes Broadcaster's Offices, Allegedly in Retaliation for Critical Election Coverage

Nigeria's leading independent broadcast network says it will take the government to court next week after authorities demolished three new station facilities in the capital, Abuja. African Independent Television (AIT)…

Congo: Two State TV Journalists Released After Fifteen Days in Detention

Vincent Hata Mawika and Michel Shango Mpanya, journalists and union activists with state-owned Radio-Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC) were released on 11 August 2007 at around 1:00 p.m. (local time) by…

Media crackdown precedes Egypt’s poll

Media crackdown precedes Egypt’s poll – a ’scripted play’ and an opportunity to mobilize?By Demdigest on October 19, 2010Demdigest reported on 19 October 2010 that the Egyptian government is targeting…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- 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…

African spectrum experts meet in Nigeria ahead of WRC-15

Experts from Africa are meeting in Abuja in preparation for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) to be held in Geneva in November. Nigerian ICT Minister…

Somalia: Radio Warsan Back On Air After Govt. Officials Closed It Down

Government officials in Baidoa, a farming town in southern Somalia, closed down the independent FM station (Radio Warsan) on Tuesday. The C.E.O of Radio Warsan, Abdifitah Gesey, told Shabelle by…

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Reporters Without Borders condemned assaults by Islamist militias on two radio stations in Mogadishu that occurred on 18 September 2010. Radio HornAfrik was ransacked and looted by members of…

Somalia: Two journalists killed in Mogadishu

Two Somali journalists have been killed in the capital Mogadishu in separate attacks within hours of each other. The owner of HornAfrik radio and television, Ali Iman Sharmake, died when…

Guinean government censors private radio station

Authorities in Guinea closed a private radio station on Sunday, preventing the outlet from reporting on the next day’s protests, according to news reports. Liberté FM has been targeted in…

Congo: Journalist Detained and Her Camera Seized While Covering Ceremonies Marking Anniversary of National Independence

RSF has protested the attacks on journalists by the Congolese security services during ceremonies on 30 June 2007 marking the 47th anniversary of the country's independence. "This type of incident…

Piracy in Tanzania: Artists Urged to Know Copyright Law

Tanzanian dance music veteran John Kitime has said one of the challenges which cause artistes to lose their rights is because they do not know the copyright law.Kitime mentioned the…

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…

Kenya: State Allows 'Free TV' to Charge Fees for Now

The Ministry of Information and the Communication Commission of Kenya have defended pay-tv service providers for not offering the free-to-air content for free. The two digital pay-tv providers, StarTimes and…

Tanzania to Switch Off Analog TV Broadcasting On December 31

Tanzania will stick to its Dec. 31 deadline for switchover from analogue to digital TV broadcasting, even as experts express pessimism over the capability of the African continent making it…

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…

Regulation & Police - In Brief

- Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the beating that radio presenter Abdoul Malick Ali Maïga received from jihadists in the northern city of Gao on 5 August after commenting on…

Somalia should release BBC journalist held without charge

Somali authorities must immediately release Ibrahim Mohamed Adan, a correspondent for the Somali service of the BBC, who has been held for nearly a week in Mogadishu without charge, the…

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 GibbsAt the workshop at Museum Africa…

Kenya: Ban On Live Broadcasts By Ministry Was Illegal

The ban on live broadcasts slapped on December 30, last year was illegal, the Waki report says. Even as the Ministry of Information and Communication asked media houses to desist…

Kenya: CCK May Shut Down Citizen in Some Areas

The Communications Commission of Kenya has directed Royal Media Services to stop broadcasting using some frequencies it says are being operated without a license. The commission has now given the…

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…

Nigeria: Lawyer Sues NBC Over Suspension of Channel Television's Licence

An Abuja high court sitting in Maitama has granted leave to a lawyer based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Godwin Sunday Ogboji, to sue the National Broadcasting Commission over…

Regulations & Policy - In Brief

- Nigeria: The idea of the Nollywood visiting the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) didn't look appropriate but it took that visit from the Actors Guild of Nigeria to prize open…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Nigeria’s Ogun State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension clamped on the two state-owned broadcast stations, Gateway Television and Gateway Radio for the coverage of its proceedings. -…

Somalia: Angry Mob attacks and beats TV Journalist

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) denounces the increasing violations against the press in the town of Baidoa, after angry demonstrators attacked a Television journalist and beat him seriously…

South Africa's scrapped the R20m cap on its film and TV incentive

South Africa's scrapped the R20m cap on its incentive, which means that the country is much more competitive on bigger budget films ($50-100m). The department of Trade and Industry (dti)…

South Africa: to censor or not to censor

The first South African film to be banned since 1994, Of Good Report, ignited the 2013 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) into an explosive start, writes Professor Keyan Tomaselli, director…

World Press Freedom day: Egypt's authorities called for tolerance

Amid mounting concern for detained journalist Abdullah Elshamy's health on the hundredth day of his hunger strike, Al Jazeera has called upon the Egyptian authorities to urgently grant him access…

Swaziland: BBC programme banned for being critical of Government

The government of Swaziland has banned the daily live transmission of the BBC Focus on Africa programme after one of the news clips, broadcast on the English channel of the…

Kenya: Music Society to track Broadcasters via new software

The Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has installed software that will track all songs played by broadcasters as it seeks to boost earnings of top artistes in a process…

Cameroon: Eight Illegal TV Channels Warned!

The President of the National Communication Council says they should respect the regulation. Nowadays, it is common to watch several Cameroonian television channels in the country broadcasting nationwide. However, some…

Somalia: Draft media Law is still too repressive, says NUSOJ

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) deplores the announcement by the Minister of Information, Posts, telecommunication and Transportation of the Federal Government that he will soon present draft media…

Ghana: Security Forces Harass Journalists, Seize Reporting Equipment

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has noticed with concern the increasing acts of violations perpetrated against journalists in their line of duty.Even before the end of the first…

Former SABC Radio Head – Media Appeals Tribunal “could inflict irreparable damage...”

In South Africa, DStv held a breakfast launch for the BBC's World News Africa Business Report in Parktown on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, hosted by BBC's Komla Dumor. Speaking at…

Rwanda: Media High Council releases List of licensed media organs

The Media High Council (MHC), last week, released a new list of the media organisations licensed to operate. The list includes 27 broadcast and 32 print media houses. "This new…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- According to reports, if something drastic is not done to salvage the financial crisis rocking the public TV station Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the country's media institution will…

Uganda: Vision Group Cracks the Whip On Corrupt Staff

Vision Group chief executive Robert Kabushenga has announced a campaign of zero-tolerance to corruption to ensure professionalism among the company's staff attached to the various platforms. Below is his statement:I…

Ghana deputy Minister commits to smooth digital migration

Ghana’s deputy Minister for Communications, Victoria Hammah, has pledged Government’s commitment to the smooth implementation of the Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) process in all television stations in the country.The migration…

2014 FIFA World Cup broadcasting rights for the Middle East and Northern Africa

FIFA would like to reiterate that contrary to some reports about the 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage in the Middle East and Northern Africa, including statements attributed to ZDF, FIFA's…

UN Expert Says Media's Rights Being Violated By All in Conflict

The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (EHAHRD/Net) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomed a report by Dr Ghanim Alnajjar, the UN Independent Expert…

SMS ban in Mozambique shows that mobile is a media competing with broadcast

The banning of SMS messaging in Mozambique shows that the mobile phone has become an interactive media channel that broadcasters ignore at their peril. During the food price riots in…

In Brief

- Côte d’Ivoire: The New York-based Committee to protect Journalists [CPJ] stated that thirty people were killed recently when they marched on the offices of the state-controlled television station to…

Ghana issues minimum specification for DTT receivers

The National Communications Authority (NCA) announces the release of the Minimum Specifications for Receivers of Free to Air Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Ghana. This is in pursuance of the…

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…

Liberia: Regulators to Shut Down 'Illegal' Radio, TV Stations

Barely a week and the half to the celebration of World Press Freedom Day, the Liberia Telecommunication Authority has threatened to shut down radio and Television stations, it considers illegally…

Zimbabwe: Country Bars South African TV Station From Polls

The Zimbabwean government banned South African private television station e-tv from covering last week’'s general elections. According to a statement from the government, e-tv, South Africa's only commercial terrestrial station,…

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media has been granted another extension by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch a service. Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka says the regulator…

Cameroon: Digital Switch Over - Practical Guide Scrutinised

Given that Cameroon adopted the Geneva 2006 Agreement which sets 17 June 2015 as the switch-over-date beyond which analogue TV broadcasting will no longer be protected from overspill of signals…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Ethiopia multicrackdown: 7 bloggers, journalists as well as 20 opposition party members, arrested. Full story here: StarTimes, GOtv face consumer action over loss of TV channels. Full story here: The…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Police in the Senegalese capital of Dakar assaulted a reporter who was covering a violent anti-government protest on Sunday, according to local journalists and news reports. They later raided…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Nigeria, Kano — The Police in Kano state have detained three staff of Wazobia FM, investigating the contents of a programme they aired last week. Trouble started after the…

Botswana: BCP Reports Khama to Ombudsman

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has launched a complaint with the office of the Ombudsman accusing President Ian Khama and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of abusing the national…

South Africa: ICASA to license M-Net competitor

ICASA released its finalised digital terrestrial TV (DTT) regulations on Friday, after almost a year in the making. These could see M-Net face a commercial competitor in just over a…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) announced recently that it was pushing forward its tough stance on broadcasting squatters, saying it hoped to regain over 150 licences and auction…

Kenya: Ban Vernacular Radio Stations, Says Ex-President Moi

Retired President Moi has urged the Government to ban vernacular radio stations. Speaking during a prize-giving ceremony at Sunshine Secondary School in Nairobi, Moi said the mushrooming stations were being…

Mali: Independent media one of the first casualties in coup

Mutinous soldiers who seized power last week from Mali's President Amadou Toumani Touré also occupied the headquarters of the state radio and TV broadcaster and interrupted other TV and radio…

Nigeria: HITV Commends NCC On Piracy War

As the Nigeria Copyrights Commission (NCC) opens a new front in the war against piracy with the recent raiding of Metro-Digital Cable Television, leading Nigerian pay-television platform, HITV, has urged…

Angola: Media Council warned about criterion on objectivity

The National Council of Social Communication (CNCS) calls the attention of social communication organs to work with objectivity, exemption and strictness enshrined in the press law and the structuring principle…

Cameroon: football rights - CRTV complains over 3 private TV channels

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), the state-owned media has filed a complaint against three private Cameroonian TV channelsStv, Equinoxe TV and Canal 2 International will appear on January 20, 2014 at…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

-The MISA-Zimbabwe chapter has filed a complaint with the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) over delays in the finalisation of the Capital Radio case, which is before…

Kenya: Consumer files complaint against Smart TV

A consumer has filed a complaint against Next Generation Broadcasting (branded Smart TV) for selling obsolete television signals and exposing Kenyans to financial losses. The company has vigorously denied the…

Burundi: Massacre Media Ban Broken

23 September 2011: A government-imposed ban on media organizations reporting on the recent shooting that killed 39 people in Burundi has been broken by five radio stations and a private…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- UNESCO and the Government of Tunisia will be co-organizing the main celebration of the World Press Freedom Day 2012 under the theme “New Voices: Media Freedom Helping to Transform…

Liberia: Gov't Takes media owner Musa Bility to Court for 'Tax Evasion'

The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Tax Court has taken Liberian businessman and President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility, to Court for alleged tax evasion.Musa Bility is…

South Africa: Tellumat warns of repercussions of DOC-e.tv court ruling

“Significant delays, costs and service issues to changing set-top box management”Tellumat, the South African contract manufacturing, communications and defence group, has raised concerns over the recent finding of the South…

Ghana: ECOWAS RCO to Boost Gambian Copyright Office

The director of Culture, Education, Science and Technology of the ECOWAS Commission has informed stakeholders at the ongoing workshop that the ECOWAS Regional Copyright Observatory (RCO) will present some computers…

Kenya: Agencies Fear Ban on Alcohol Adverts

A proposal to ban television and billboard advertising of alcoholic products has the Association of Practitioners in Advertising worried. At stake is the legitimate concern over underage drinking and rising…

Côte d'Ivoire: Two TV Journalists Detained

Sanogo Aboubakar and Kangbe Yayoro Charles Lopez, pro-Ouattara of the Television Notre Patrie (TVN) in Bouake, the second largest city in Cote d’Ivoire, have been detained by security forces loyal…

African Union: «Access to information is a fundamental human right»

The African Union (AU) took part on 17, September 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, at the official opening ceremony of the first edition of the Pan-African Conference on Access…

Sudan Returns Egyptian Journalist, After Bashir-Mursi Meeting

Sudan has returned an Egyptian journalist, Shaimaa Adel, to Cairo after she was detained on June 3 for covering the month-long protests against the regime and austerity measures to counteract…

Reminder of Televisions/Radios’ duty regarding the Orange AFCON 2013

PARIS, France, January 18, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – May we remind you that only LC2 Media – AFNEX and CCFOOT Ltd is empowered to authorize a television or a…

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…

South Africa - Broadcasters Weigh In With Objections To New Media Law In South Africa

Electronic media players yesterday joined their print colleagues in criticising provisions in the Films and Publications Amendment Bill as unconstitutional and “of such severity that they would make broadcasting almost…

Somalia: Mogadishu Mayor Closes Radio Station Over Interview With Opposition

RSF condemns the 26 December 2007 arbitrary closure of the privately-owned radio station Somaliweyn by the government of Banadir, the province that includes the capital Mogadishu, after the station broadcast…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

In South Africa, judge found SABC guilty of distorting news. Widespread manipulation took place under Zikalala, court rules. Judge Neels Claassen ruled in the South Gauteng High Court that there…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Committee to Protect Journalists (NYC) condemns the shooting of a Somali radio journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and calls on the government to immediately take steps to…

South Africa: Icasa Publishes the Revised Draft DTT Regulations for a Second Around of Public Consultation

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby informs all interested stakeholders that the Authority has published a revised set of Draft Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) regulations for another round…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- On January 10, 2013, APO reported that a journalist was found murdered in northwestern Tanzania on Tuesday, three days after he went missing from his home, according to local…

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…

Nigeria: May Day - Police Brutalise Journalist

A cameraman with the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC), Dare Folorunso, was beaten to a state of unconsciousness by men from the State Police Command led by an Assistant Commissioner…

South Africa: SABC's Demand Unreasonable - Pay TV Operators

South Africa's pay TV operators are incensed about the SABC's demand that they pay for all its content that they carry on their platforms. In their "must carry" presentation made…

Tunisia: New freedoms for the media

Speech and press freedoms are new for Tunisia. With president Ben Ali gone, they're now being allowed to flourish. Along the main boulevard in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, stores are open…

Regulation & Policy News - In brief

- The International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) annual Global Symposium for Regulators is set to meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-4 October 2012. African communication regulators will be there.- At…

Kenya: Three Stations to Get Digital TV Licence, Switch Date Moved

The Court of Appeal on Friday moved the deadline for the migration to digital television to September 30 (2014) after finding that at the time the Communications Commission of Kenya…

Egypt: Al-Jazeera Journalist Sentenced to Prison for Exposing Torture

A criminal court in Cairo last week sentenced Huwaida Taha Mitwalli, a journalist for Al-Jazeera and the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi, to six months in prison on charges of "possessing…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Media Institute in Kenya and other IFEX members have condemned the Kenyan government's decision to ban live TV and radio broadcasts in response to post-election violence.

Togo: Three radio stations closed for past three months over red tape

On Monday 21 February 2011, Reporters Without Borders supported the campaign launched today by the National Press Owners Committee (CONAPP), the Togo Union of Independent Journalists (UJIT) and the Togolese…

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…

Tunisia: Transition - the Role of the Media

In the span of only one month, Tunisia has witnessed the historic passing of a transitional justice law and adoption of a new constitution. Implementation of transitional justice processes, as…

ANC seals ‘messy deal’ on set-top boxes

THE African National Congress (ANC) has reached a "messy compromise" on the issue of digital migration and set-top boxes, which will see subsidised boxes manufactured with minimal security features and…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

In Ghana on 18 February 2011, President John Evans Atta Mills says his government will push for the passage of a new Broadcasting Bill. The Bill will help regulate the…

Namibia: Aochamub flatly denies corruption allegations

The board of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) as well as the Anti-Corruption (ACC) this week cleared director general Albertus Aochamub of graft allegations. Those behind the rumours would be…

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…

Zimbabwe: Muchechetere Fingers Charamba for ZBC Collapse

The presidential spokesperson George Charamba, who is also Secretary for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, has been accused of interference and causing the chaotic mess plaguing the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation…

Court bars MultiChoice from DStv price hike in Nigeria

Cape Town – The Federal High Court in Nigeria has ordered MultiChoice to back off from its "arbitrary" monthly increase of DStv subscription fees which would have come into effect…

Kenya: CCK Wants Set-Top Box Price Lowered

The Communications Commission of Kenya wants vendors of set-top boxes to further lower the price of the gadgets if the country is to see successful migration to digital television. The…

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…

Chad: PM opens the Constitutive General Assembly of Private Television in Africa

Monday, March 31, 2014, Chad's Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Kalzeub Payimi Deubet chaired the opening of the Constituent General Assembly of the African Private TV ceremony at the "palais…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Abdi Jeylani Malaq, a TV actor, comedian and producer also known as Marshale, was fatally shot in cold blood by unidentified gunmen as he was about to enter his…

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…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Libyan state TV airs video of Saadi Gaddafi apologising to the nation & asking for forgiveness: Saadi Gaddafi, Muammar Gaddafi's third son, asks Libyans for forgiveness in interview videotaped in…

Zambia: Govt Wants to give private radio stations wider coverage

The Government will soon open up the airwaves to allow private radio stations to expand their radius and cover more regions or the whole nation. Radio stations, including community based…

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…

Zimbabwe: New Deputy Minister Promises Media Reform

A day after being sworn into office, Jameson Timba, the Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Publicity says his immediate task will be to restore media freedom in the country.…

Kenya: CCK and Lawyers Fall Out Over a Multi-Million Case

Law firms are expected to battle fiercely to represent the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) after it had a bitter falling out with its solicitors over how to settle the…

Rwanda: Parliament Adopts New Media Bill

The Lower Chamber of Parliament yesterday unanimously passed the law governing the media after agreeing to all amendments made by a joint ad hoc committee. Media practitioners' watched expectantly from…

Somalia: Transitional Government in Banadir says it will close radio stations that follow Hizbul Islam’s “no music” edict

The administration of the transitional government of Somalia for Banadir region has Sunday said that the government would close the local FM radio stations took the order of Hizbul Islam…

Mozambique: Guebuza Launches Second Public TV Channel

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared on Thursday that he hopes the second channel of the public television station, TVM, will be at the vanguard of broadcasting development-oriented content."We are sure…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- A minister in Somalia's new 'unity government' has declared war against the Horn of Africa country's free press, Radio Garowe reports. Abdirahman Ibbi, the new Minister of Fisheries and…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could face legal action if it did not reconsider its decision to give companies just three weeks to apply for the…

South Africa: ad valorem duty for monitors and TV

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) has come out in strong defence of a new ad valorem duty on computer monitors, saying it’s meant to protect the television industry, despite strong…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Striking Kenya Broadcasting Corporation workers demonstrated on the streets of Nairobi seeking audience with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Broadcast operations remained paralysed at the State broadcaster, with the TV…

Media statement on meeting between President Zuma and media owners

President Jacob Zuma today, 5 August 2011, held his first consultative meeting with media owners, representing both print and the broadcasting industry. The meeting took place in Pretoria.President Zuma welcomed…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Local radio stations in Ghana have been urged to refocus their reporting and discussions on basic issues that affect their communities rather than allowing national issues to dominate their…

Egypt: State-Run Satellite Nilesat Blocks Transmission of Alhewar Satellite

On 1 April 2008 Nilesat stopped the transmission of Alhewar TV without warning or giving clear reasons for their decision. Alhewar TV, which broadcasts from London, is viewed by thousands…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Sipho Moses Maseko and Abdul Ismail Gaibee, the two South African engineers who were arrested for covering a Press conference on Zimbabwe’s March 29 elections without accreditation, were acquitted…

Nigeria: From Cannes to Vaga, a Defining Moment for Broadcasting

Last Monday morning the 2008 MIPTV featuring Mila opened in Cannes South of France for a world voracious for global content to drive the soul of television, while by weekend,…

Somalia: Police Fire On Radio Shabelle, Force Station Off the Air

CPJ condemns the attack by Somali security forces on the Radio Shabelle compound this morning. Forces opened fire on the building with staff inside, forcing the station off the air.…

Burkina Faso: Arson Attack On Radio Host's Car Marks Escalation in Intimidation Campaign

Reporters Without Borders last week condemned a campaign of death threats against singer and radio host Karim Sama, which took a disturbing new turn with an arson attack on his…

Nigeria: Falana, Others to Sue NBC Over Channels TV

Lagos President of the West African Bar Association, Mr. Femi Falana, and several other activists, at the weekend disclosed that they would sue the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), over the…

Kenya: Taxes account for 45 percent of the cost of payTV decoders

Kenyan pay-TV providers MultiChoice, Smart TV and Wananchi Group's Zuku have blamed the low penetration of their services on decoder import duty, Business Daily reported. Taxes account for 45 percent…

Ghana: Regional radio Stations pirate content from national channels

There has been growing concern over the operations of the country's mandated supervisory agency in the communication industry, the National Communication Authority (NCA), over irregularities characterising the operations of the…

DRC Government orders temporary suspension of RFI closure

Democratic Republic of Congo: On 2 January, communications minister Lambert Mende announced he had ordered the temporary suspension of RFI’s frequencies as a “precautionary measure” until the CSAC ruled on…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has said it is investigating whether phone-in competitions on TV stations are genuine. Concerns have been expressed by viewers about rip-off charges on purported live…

Zimbabwe: Prime Minister urges Media Commission to register new media houses

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on 19 March 2010 urged the newly constituted statutory Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to speedily register new media houses.In a meeting with members of the Commission,…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Uganda: 35 Ministers have been implicated in the suspected abuse of public resources which has cost Uganda Broadcasting Corporation more than Shs50 billion. Three more broadcast stations, including WBS…

African Broadcast and ICT players need updated regulatory framework to boost local Media Economy

Start of June 2009, Sylvain Béletre, associate editor at Balancing Act interviewed international law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel for African "Broadcast, Film and Convergence" new update. International lawyers Olivier Cousi (partner, OC…

DRC: Senator Modeste Mutinga Mutuishayi tries to introduce a media law

Since the end of the monopoly of Voice of Zaire, DRC has become one of the most lively media markets in the whole of Africa. There 107 TV stations, of…

South Africa adds to post production incentives

Changes to the incentives for foreign film and television productions will enable local post-production companies to attract work that is not necessarily filmed in South Africa, helping to sustain and…

Nigeria: Yar'Adua Tasks Media On Balanced Reporting

President Umaru Yar'Adua on Wednesday in Abuja urged the mass media to take a more balanced view of political developments in the country. The President gave the charge at the…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Gauteng economic development MEC Firoz Cachalia has cancelled a R3m-a-year contract that international business channel CNBC Africa had signed with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC). Cachalia's spokesman, Mandla Radebe…

Zimbabwe: Faithful Marketing recently won licencing for Sole dealership of MyTv Africa

Faithful Marketing recently won a partnership deal to provide prepaid satellite television services for MyTv Africa. The company started trading on the platform last month. NewsDay Business Reporter Tarisai Tahungai…

Most African countries will not make the digital transition in June 2015, according to the CEO of Balancing Act

Russell Southwood made a disturbing statement about the digital transition in Africa whose deadline was set at June 2015 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU): “Almost 45 African countries, that…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Five individuals, two of whom hold managerial positions at Addis Broadcasting Company (ABC), a private company involved in media business, were brought before Arada Criminal Bench last Friday May…

South Africa: Crime Fighting TV Programme to Be Launched

Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, and his Deputy, Fikile Mbalula, are to launch a crime fighting television programme on Thursday. The programme, When Duty Calls, hopes to build on the success…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Thierry Michel’s tragicomic film about the political assassination of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya has been banned in Congo. But after its release in Europe and the US where…

Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups critical of the government

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups that are critical of the government.On 5 May 2014, the chairman of the Talassa group, which…

West Africa: Stakeholders Agree to Secure Freedom of Expression

Stakeholders in the West Africa media on Wednesday, 30th September 2009 in Abuja proposed a draft regional framework document that would help liberalize the environment for freedom of expression in…

U.S. to finance anti-militant TV channel in northern Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region,…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Nigeria’s The Federal Capital Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that the decision to suspend the Board of Directors of the Aso Radio/Television was to enable it carry out uninhibited investigation…

Symposium on the regulation of satellite audiovisual communication

An international symposium took place on "the regulation of audiovisual communication via satellite and new means of distribution." The event was held in Abidjan on 10 and 11 June 2014,…

Somalia: Radio Shabelle Raided Four Times in 48 Hours, Troops Threaten to Kill Staff, Following Coverage of Military Abuses

A prominent broadcaster covering public reaction to a large-scale government security crackdown in the commercial district of the capital, Mogadishu, was raided four times over the weekend by Somali government…

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…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

A bomb blast targeting a television viewing centre for football in northeast Nigeria (Adamawa) killed an unknown number of people, a police spokesman said. Source: All Africa  The Ivorian Ministry…

Senegal: CNRA warns RTS, Africa 7, TFM and Walf TV

The National Council for the Regulation of Broadcasting (CNRA) of Senegal gave notice to the RTS (public), AFRICA 7, TFM and Walf TV (private).According to CNRA, on Monday, January 23,…

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…

Kenya keen to beat deadline on digital migration

Even as fears abound about the possibility of many African countries being unable to meet the 2015 deadline to transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting, the government is keen…

Youssou N'Dour: Singing for people power

Youssou N'Dour feels his candidacy to be Senegal's president can bring the world's attention to the West African nation's election at the end of next month."Now people are going to…

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…

South Africa: Sport Broadcasting Rights Regulations - Where to From Now?

The publication in the Government Gazette of the document discussion on the review of sports broadcasting rights regulations by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has generated a…

Nigeria: NBC to monitor broadcast stations’ content to ensure they follow its Code

The Chief Monitoring Officer, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) in Kwara state, Mr. Ekanem Anita has assured customers of broadcast stations as well as service providers of quality content.He told newsmen…

Zimbabwe - Private Television Licences - no time soon

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) will not be issuing out private television licences any time soon mounting despite mounting pressure to do so, saying its main focus is on meeting…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Somalia: The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Regional Organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has joined its affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)…

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…

Icasa offers hope to independent producers

A discussion document issued on Friday by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) could result in new regulations aimed at protecting independent producers who have cried foul about unfair…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- According to News24, Christian denominations and church alliances plan to send a message to e.tv that the broadcasting of nudity and sexually explicit content on national free-to-air television is…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A Capital radio talk show host in Uganda has been summoned over allegations that sectarian statements were made on his show, The Capital Gang. Oskar Ssemweya, the head teacher…

StarTimes drops product and subscription fees for satellite TV viewers

StarTimes TV subscribers in Kenya with existing dish kits can now access StarTimes satellite TV service by acquiring a full High Definition (HD) decoder at just Shs 9999 upon subscribing…

MultiChoice Objects to Reduction in DStv Subscription

A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed May 21, 2015 to rule on an application filed in objection to the suit seeking to restrain Multichoice Nigeria Limited from increasing…

Industry associations call on FPB to withdraw Online Content Regulation Policy draft

An alliance of civil society and industry associations has issued a firm call for the Film and Publications Board (‘the Board’) to withdraw its draft Online Content Regulation Policy, which…

Egypt: Al-Jazeera Reporter Arrested By Authorities

Reporters Without Borders called on the Egyptian authorities to stop harassing reporter Howayda Taha of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera, who was arrested on 28 January 2008 together with…

Nigeria bans film on oil corruption, director warned

The Committee to Project Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film, entitled 'Fuelling Poverty'. The film exposes corruption…

Uganda: IFJ Calls On Govt to End Harassment of Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on Ugandan authorities to put an end to the harassment of journalists in the country after five journalists and editors of the…

South Africa: SABC keeps lid on 'Project Spear' documentary

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had…

Somalia: Government Harassing the Media, Warns HRW

The Somali transitional government is systematically harassing journalists and has failed to protect the fledgling independent media in the war-ravaged Horn of Africa country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Ghana has its first community TV station, Cape Coast TV, covering the area of the same name. It is currently conducting test transmissions. - Mauritius MMDS Pay-TV operator is…

Filmmaker's arrest signals limits to Uganda coverage

Taylor Krauss, an American journalist, freelance filmmaker, and founder of the testimonial website Voices of Rwanda, traveled to Uganda roughly two weeks ago to conduct some filming in hopes of…

Niger: Media Regulatory Body Threatens to Close Radio And Television Stations

The High Communications Council (CSC), the media regulatory body, has threatened to withdraw the licence of any radio or television station that allows journalists to criticise the CSC. The Media…

Kenya: TV Migration Push Demand for Broadcast Licences

The Communication industry regulator has licensed 84 broadcasters as the rush for television permits intensify ahead of the planned digital migration. Those licensed compromise of churches, universities and other community…

Congo-Kinshasa: Thirty-Eight Broadcasters Banned

A Congolese government minister invited two television journalists to his office in the capital, Kinshasa, and then ordered police to beat them when they arrived, according to news reports and…

Senegal: A thorough study on frequencies’ allocation

At the end of June 2013, an in-depth study on the allocation of frequencies is in progress, said the Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Cheikh Bamba Dièye,…

Swaziland: Facebook 'Bypasses Censored Media'

Young people in Swaziland are turning to social media sites such as Facebook because it allows them to enjoy 'the fundamental rights to freedom of expression' that is denied to…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- With Zimbabwe elections days away, the fight over access to the airwaves has intensified. The media environment has loosened slightly compared with previous years, but most Zimbabweans still lack…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called for extensive consultations on Puntland’s draft media law to ensure the legislation is consistent with provisional constitution of Somalia and…

Nigeria: Censors Board, JTF Arrest Illegal Film Operators

The Joint Task Force (JTF), on Film and Video business, comprising the security agencies and the National Film and Video Censors Board, (NFVCB), have arrested illegal operators in three states…

Nigeria: FRSC Partners NFVCB on Safety Standards

Pursuant to its renewed resolve to ensure safety standards among Nollywood Actors and Actresses, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has initiated a partnership with the National Film and Video…

NUSOJ Calls on Somaliland to open up broadcast media space

On July 29, 2010, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) calls for the opening of the broadcast media space in Somaliland following a peaceful and a democratic transition of…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A group of Nollywood film stars are demanding N12 billion in compensation from DStv for showing their films on its Africa Magic Channel. A spokesperson for the Nigerian Copyright…

Killed for watching the World Cup

A24 reported that at least two men were killed and three more were injured after unidentified assailants hurled a grenade at a house in an area south of the Somali…

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.Speaking in Davos, McCain labelled…

NIGERIA: NBC REMINDS BROADCAST STATIONS TO STICK TO BROADCASTING CODE

In a sequel to the lopsided coverage of elections and political reportage by broadcasting stations Nigeria, broadcasters have been reminded of the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code designed to…

In Brief:

- Start of July 2010, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are alarmed about the situation of press freedom…

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…

Sierra Leone: IC Minister raises concerns over cinemas

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication has, in a meeting with the national union of cinema entertainers (NUCE), stated that the proliferation of cinema houses was becoming a concern…

South Africa: New TV research planning guidelines

According to Media Shoptalk's recent newsletter released last week, a contentious issue is the new TV universe changes and the effect of these changes, where reportedly a number of planners…

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…

Senegalese Government shuts private radio station before launch

The Senegal Government’s tight control of media took an unexpected turn when two weeks ago a large contingent of armed soldiers burst into the 92.3 Premier FM to switch off…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in the Republic of Congo to immediately lift their ban on private TV station Canal Bénédiction Plus (CB Plus). The…

Nigeria: NBC Urges Radio, TV Stations not to use Pirated Materials

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has solicited for the support of broadcast stations in the fight against piracy by asking them to discourage pirated materials on their stations. It also…

South Africa: Coalition Wants SABC to Act On Gobodo Report

Independent TV producers have called on the SABC's new board to put conspiracy theories in the past and either take action or publicly reject a report alleging corporate governance failures.…

South Africa: Cosatu Seeks More Clarity On ANC Media Plans

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it does not believe in media self- regulation but will not support a proposed media tribunal until there is more clarity…

Zimbabwe: BAZ rejects licence applications

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) has turned down five applications from aspiring broadcasters in the last decade for what the authority called failure to meet its licensing requirements.According to…

South Africa: SABC is 'too important' to be allowed to collapse

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is too important to be allowed to collapse and must be placed under administration immediately‚ Media Monitoring Africa says‚ after confirmation that CEO Lulama…

Kenya: Contentious Media Bill Revised

Renaming of the controversial Media Bill was among the amendments agreed after industry stakeholders and a Parliamentary committee met. The Bill, which is awaiting the second reading in Parliament, is…

Kenya: CCK to Act On Broadcasters Who Corrupt Young Minds

Stephen Mburu wrote on 5 September 2009 that: "Radio and television stations that bombard their audiences with immoral programmes will be switched off, the government has warned. The Communications Commission…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* Nigeria’s Kano state government and the state's based private radio station, the Freedom Radio's relationship has gone sour, following the government's decision to stop state ministries, agencies and local…

Uganda: Govt Appeals CBS Radio Ruling

The Government is to appeal the ruling on its counter-claim against the CBS radio that was dismissed on August 20 by High Court judge Vincent Zehurikize.The Attorney General (AG), on…

Tanzania: Action brought against documentary on Tutsi genocide

hree Rwandan citizens living in France have brought an action before a tribunal in Paris to request the right to watch a documentary on the 1994 genocide before its broadcast…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A complaint about a programme broadcast on the Comedy Channel on DSTV was dismissed, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA has said. Read More here: - South Africa: Government…

Congo: CPJ Condemns Police Assault On Journalists During Media Group Meeting

A journalist remained hospitalized today after police in the central diamond mining town of Mbuji-Mayi disrupted an official meeting of a prominent Congolese media group on Thursday, assaulting dozens of…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- In Uganda, police detained Prosper Businge, Gerald Kankya, Joram Bitamanya, Stephen Rwagweri, William Gonza and Dan Rubombora in January 2008 after they participated in a talk show that the…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- Nigeria: Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, has asked the media to guard against taking sides in the coverage of political activities during the…

Côte d'Ivoire: Broadcasting regulator suspends local transmission of international news stations

Reporters Without Borders reported on 3 December 2010 that the National Broadcasting Council (CNCA) has suspended local retransmission of all international radio and TV news stations amid continuing turmoil over…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Local journalists reported on 23 June 2011 that Government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks. An armed group with links to the hardline…

Somalia: Shabelle Media Network Back On Air

Following four days of closure, Shabelle Media Network, Horn Afrik and Holy Koran radio stations have been reopened after the Somalia transitional government has given their chairmen the consent to…

Namibia: Swakop residents condemn NBC

The Swakopmund Residents' Association (SRA) has strongly objected to the NBC's "inability to offer independent media coverage" to all political parties, organisations and associations participating in the regional and local…

South Africa: Sabc Annual Report - DA Requests Siu Investigation

The DA will today request that President Jacob Zuma refer the findings of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) 2012/13 annual report to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) for further…

Somalia: CPJ Slams Somalia Media Shutdown

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a press freedom watchdog on Thursday condemned the Somali government's closure of three independent broadcasters accused of supporting terrorism, saying the authorities' allegations were…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, Reporters Without Borders has learned that police in rural areas have for some time been confiscating shortwave radio sets from people caught listening to programmes made by…

Nigeria: How to access the £800Million entertainment fund

The author, Isaac Anyaogu is a financial consultant offering tax and business advisory services located in Nigeria. A graduate of Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Isaac also…

South Africa: Neotel opens data centre with video priority

Neotel will launch a virtual service environment in its data centre, with a view to providing full cloud offerings later, says executive head of technology Angus Hay.Neotel has opened a…

Côte d’Ivoire: regulatory framework toward DTT

The consultation workshop between Ivorian experts and the Commission of the West African Monetary Union (UEMOA) ended with the adoption of recommendations calling on the Ivorian government to establish a…

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation accused of disrupting air traffic

The use of unauthorized frequency bands by the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is putting air traffic in danger in the Indian Ocean region, the African Press Agency (APA) has learned.…

Somalia: closure of private TV station “Universal TV”

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly protests the Puntland State of Somalia’s closure of a private television station in Garowe.In an official letter issued on Saturday, 21 September,…

Nigeria: FG Urged to Liberalise Broadcast Industry and issue national licences to private sector

Taking a cue from the telecommunications industry, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and President, Silverbird radio and television stations, Ben Bruce has called on the Federal…

Zuku drags Bukedde TV to court over contract

The growth in the television industry registered in the last five years has seen players battle to have a share of the increasingly lucrative market.  Wananchi alleges that the contract…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- DRC: Journalist in Danger (JED) acknowledges the decision made by the High Court of Kinshasa/Gombe condemning the broadcast regulator (CSAC) to pay the sum of US $40,000 in damages…

Congo: Private TV Station Shut Down - Several Journalists Questioned Following Broadcast of Interview With Rebel Leader

A weekend of media repression in Kinshasa has resulted in at least four journalists being questioned for several hours by the intelligence services, the closing of a private TV station,…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A senior military official at the Presidency in Cameroon recently urged authorities of the Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV, to ban the Sunday morning radio programme, "Cameroon Calling", for…

Tunisia: Judicial Confusion Puts Press Freedom in Peril

Reporters Without Borders calls on the Tunisian authorities to respond to the current lack of judicial clarity, which presents a serious danger to freedom of the press and freedom of…

Niger: Government Bans Live Broadcasts On Tuareg Rebellion

Niger's state-run High Council on Communications has banned the broadcast of live debates on an armed rebellion of nomadic Tuaregs in the north of the uranium-rich West African nation, according…

Ghana govt helps film, TV institute go digital

Ghana’s government will give the National Film and TV Institute support to enable it to restructure and go digital.Speaking in Accra at a NAFTI graduation ceremony, Fritz Baffour, Minister of…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- On 15 May 2012, Reporters Without Borders condemned the raid carried out by the Egyptian police two days before on the Iranian Arabic-language satellite TV station Al-Alam.- A broadcasting…

Major boost for local content development in President Kenyatta’s speech to opening session of Parliament

The growing importance of Kenya’s electronic media and creative content industries was emphasised in President Kenyatta’s speech to the opening session of Parliament in which he said his government would…

Nollywood: if properly managed, a million more jobs could be created in the sector

The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, produces about 50 movies per week, second only to India's Bollywood—more than Hollywood in the United States. Although its revenues are not…

Somali region/Puntland: a new short-wave radio station supported by the Italian government

Brand new vehicles and a fundamental instrument for radio communication to lead the population of Puntland toward a future of renewed development were provided by the thanked the Italian government.…

Regulation & Policy- In Brief

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$411 million to finance the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting from the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT). In…

Kenya: Ban On Live Coverage is Still in Force

The ban on live media coverage will remain in force until calm is restored, the Government has said. This ban meant that the opening of Parliament was not be transmitted…

Somalia: BBC Stringer Arrested On Orders of Provincial Governor

Reporters Without Borders has protested at the arrest and detention on 15 January 2008 of a stringer with the BBC Somali service, Ayanle Hussein Abdi. The worldwide press freedom organisation…

Cameroon: Media Houses Sanctioned Over Ethics

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

Police in the Chad capital N'djamena closed radio station FM Liberté and arrested its Director, claiming it had defamed various people after broadcasting a press communiqué for a local consumer…

Kenya seeks to learn from Dar on switch to digital TV

EACO was established to strengthen and promote cooperation in the development and provision of postal, telecommunications and broadcasting services in the East African Community. Kenya is hoping to learn important lessons…

Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Authority offers two commercial radio licenses

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) called for applications for two commercial radio licenses in an advert in the state run Herald newspaper. A number of media groups described it…

Somalia: killing of media worker with Abduwaq radio

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…

Confusion over ITU "extension” to African DSO

The ITU is reported to be permitting 30 African countries to slip past its ‘absolute deadline' of June 30th this year to switch off analogue TV transmissions. According to Kenya's…

Côte d'Ivoire: Pro-Gbagbo journalist and presenter at Radio Yopougon murdered

25 May 2011, Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Sylvain Gagnetaud, a journalist who openly supported former President Laurent Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was killed two weeks…

Zimbabwe: Police Go Door-to-Door Searching for Radios

Police in Rusape went door-to-door to houses belonging to known MDC-T supporters, in search of shortwave radios. But the MP for Makoni South said they found nothing.Pishai Muchauraya said the…

Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The National Association of African-American Owned Media alleges that Sharpton and other advocates have been bought off.Even though the FCC hasn't yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and…

Nigeria: Ogun House Bars Gateway TV, Radio

THE Ogun State House of Assembly has barred the state-owned Gateway Television and Radio from covering proceedings and activities of the House for allegedly portraying the legislators in bad light.…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A Sudanese radio journalist has been arrested by local authorities in South Sudan two weeks ago and his whereabouts remains unknown, his news organization has revealed. The US-funded Sudan…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- 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.…

South Africa - Filmmakers to talk to Home Affairs about visas

As the deadline for the introduction of the new visa requirements looms, the film industry has arranged a meeting with the Department of Home Affairs to discuss its concerns. There…

Kenya: KBC claims monopoly on live parliamentary coverage but looks set to lose it

Barely a week after Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was granted permission to test-run live debates in Parliament, it has now barred other media houses from re-broadcasting its radio or television signal,…

Zimbabwe State Television to broadcast Chinese news programming

In a move that could bolster the influence of the People’s Republic of China in Zimbabwe, the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation will soon start airing programming from Chinese Central Television…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Northwest Communication Delegate, Mary Maimo Mah, of Cameroon has identified eight radio stations, two television stations and four cable distributors as operating illegally in the Northwest. Maimo said these…

BAZ invites applicants for radio licences for urban centres

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has invited applications for 14 commercial radio licences, to be dotted around the country’s major urban centres.The 14 local FM licences will be in…

Gabon: Media coverage of presidential election likely to be heavily restricted

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the array of restrictions that the Gabonese authorities have imposed on journalists during the presidential election. Communications minister Laure Olga Gondjout last week nonetheless tried…

Regulations & Policy - In Brief

- 25 November 2011: Cape Film Commission (CFC) CEO Denis Lillie is inviting the commercials and advertising sector in Cape Town to meet with him and the CFC management team…

South Africa’s Siyaya TV accuses SABC of lying about football rights

A row has broken out in South Africa between state broadcaster SABC and pay TV player Siyaya TV over South African Football Association rights, according to reports. Siyaya TV has…

Senegal / Radio and television group blacked out for payment default

Senegalese police have been used by the courts to enforce royalty payments in a dawn raid that shut down the broadcast group Walfadjri. Uniformed police made a 6am raid on…

Nigeria: NBC Warns Against Sensational Broadcast of Anambra Poll

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Director General, Yomi Bolanrinwa, has cautioned broadcast practitioners to be wary of the kind of information they disseminate to the public, especially as the governorship election…

Zambia: StarTimes selected as for digital migration

The Zambian Government has not yet awarded a contract for the supply, delivery and installation of terrestrial digital migration to Star Software Technology of China. The Chinese firm, also known…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Bruno Koko Chirambiza, a news presenter for a local, privately-owned radio station in Bukavu, the capital of the eastern province of Sud-Kivu has been murdered. He was the third…

Cameroon: Private sector broadcasters battle with new licensing law

Although Cameroon has over 100 radio and television stations, only three have obtained licences from the Government. The others only have authorisations to enable them operate. These stations are operating…

Uganda: CBS Must Say Sorry – Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni wants the Central Broadcasting Services (CBS), the Buganda kingdom owned radio station, to apologise before it is reopened. CBS was shut down by the Broadcasting Council on…

Kenya: CCK targets more Royal Media TV frequencies

The Communication Commission of Kenya is set to shut down seven more broadcast transmitters belonging to Royal Media Services, just months after another crackdown and an ongoing legal tussle.The regulator…

Kenya Revenue Authority gets nod to recover Sh125m from Wananchi

Kenya: Wananchi Group Kenya has lost a bid to stop the Kenya Revenue Authority ( KRA) from recovering Sh124.87 million unremitted Value Added Tax ( VAT). The group, had moved…

Nigeria: Obaigbena - With Internet, broadcast regulator NBC has lost relevance

Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of This Day Newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena, has questioned the relevance of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as a regulator in an age where technology has created a borderless world.…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* THE subpoena hearing of eNews journalists Mpho Lakaje and Ben Said was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court by agreement so an alternative process could be used to resolve…

DTT in South Africa, March 2013: Sentech attained 80.43% population coverage

The Portfolio Committee on Communications has applauded Sentech for exceeding the targeted 80% DTT population coverage four days before the targeted date. As at 28 March 2013, the state-owned company…

Kenyan Media Get Their Long Awaited Digital License

DTT in Africa:The local media in Kenya now have the go ahead to start distributing their own digital television signals, now that the country’s they have issued them their licenses.With…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Buganda MPs on Friday accused the government of curtailing their efforts to table a motion for the immediate reopening of Central Broadcasting Services [CBS] radio. - The National Union…

Angola: Letter to interior minister about violence against journalists

On 2 November 2010, Reporters Without Borders declared that it has written to Angolan interior minister Sebastiao José Antonio Martins voicing concern about the recent wave of threats and violence…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- e.tv, the South African free-to-air television channel has set up e On Demand, a catch-up service that allows you to watch some of our past programmes online for free.…

Africa: UNESCO’s New Publication on Media Legislation in Africa

With support from UNESCO, a publication on media legislation in Africa has just been released, result of a research undertaken by a team of African scholars, coordinated by Professor Guy…

South Africa: Digital Dzonga Advisory Council is Dissolved and digital TV launch postponed to 2013

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda has dissolved the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, which was tasked to oversee the migration from analogue broadcasting to digital.The news was unlikely to further delay the…

Election in Côte d'Ivoire: TV and Radio “favouritism”?

Reporters Without Borders reports that La Première (the state-owned broadcaster RTI's main TV channel) and state-owned Radio Côte d'Ivoire (RCI) continued to give much more air-time to President Laurent Gbagbo…

Congo: Journalists Detained in Mugunga

Two journalists of the Daily Monitor have been detained in Mugunga, 15 kilometres south of Goma town in the DR Congo. Paul Harera Sebikali and Robert Isaur were arrested by…

Uganda: Government Pushes Ahead With Repressive Media Law

The proposed media law is a monster, says Dr George Lugalambi, chair of a coalition fighting to preserve press freedom in Uganda. Publishers and journalists would have to apply annually…

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Questions have been raised about the South African telecommunications and IT regulator’s complicity in allowing Global Web Intact (GWI) and Screamer to lease spectrum, apparently illegally, from Sentech. (Source:…

Congo-Kinshasa: Opposition TV Station evicted from Headquarters

Journalist in danger (‘Journaliste en danger’ – JED in French) is disappointed by the news of the eviction of Congo Média Channel Télévision (CMC TV), a station close to the…

DR Congo / Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast

Reporters Without Borders wrote last week to communication and media minister Lambert Mendé condemning the government’s decision to suspend local retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale…

Liberia: Waja condemns attacks on media (Love FM)

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has joined its affiliate the Press Union of Liberia(PUL) in condemning the arson attack on Love FM, and the intimidation and threats against journalists.…

Zimbabwe: Press Freedom Falls Prey to Arrests And Torture

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in Zimbabwe has warned journalists of an increasingly hostile working environment after the abduction and subsequent murder of a freelance reporter, and the…

Rwanda: Government shuts off BBC-Kinyarwanda broadcasts

Diplomatic corps and Representatives of International Organisations accredited to Rwanda, were last week briefed on the recent decision by Government to « scrap » the BBC Kinyarwanda programme from local…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In South Africa, pay-TV broadcasters MultiChoice, owner of DStv, and On Digital Media (ODM), which owns TopTV, have signalled their intention to fight a proposal by the National Consumer…

Prison for pirate film sellers, says film-maker

Filmmaker and actor Rapulana Seiphemo believes people caught selling pirate copies of films should be given long prison sentences. Seiphemo said the local film industry suffers huge losses through pirating…

Malawi: Chinese Firm Contracted to Steer Country's Television Digital Switch

In Blantyre, the Government has contracted a Chinese company, Huawei Technologies is to install and commission Malawi's Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) equipment as the country prepares to switch from analogue…

Nigeria: Security Forces Close Radio And TV Stations Three Days Before State Elections

Reporters Without Borders called on April 12th on the federal authorities to permit the reopening of two new, Lagos-based broadcast media, Link FM and GTV, which were abruptly closed by…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Malagasy Radio Mada sports reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina was detained and charge ed with "inciting revolt against the republic's institutions," defamation and disseminating false information. He was arrested on 5…

Somali Journalists Call for the Kenyan Government to Free detained Somali TV Journalists

In Somalia, October 2, 2012, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) calls for the Kenyan government to safely release three television journalists who the Kenyan police arrested at the…

Madagascar elections: ORTM getting ready

The Malagasy broadcasting corporation, ORTM, is gearing up proactively for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, scheduled in Madagascar for July 2013. From 15 to 20 april 2013, a journalist…

Somalia: TV Crew Arrested By Order of Presidential Official; Ministry Bans 'Unauthorised' Conferences, Lectures And Public Events

Reporters Without Borders expressed concern on April 11th about press freedom in Somalia after a presidential spokesman ordered the arrest of a TV crew and the authorities in Puntland, a…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A Tanzanian TV journalist was killed on Sunday during a confrontation with police over the arrest of another journalist, according to several local journalists who witnessed the shooting. The…

DTT in Tanzania: TCRA Acts to Solve 'TV Wars'

Digital broadcasting operators have been instructed to observe licensing conditions and best practices governing the sector, as Tanzania struggles to spread the service across the country.The instruction by the Tanzania…

Uganda: Parliament Insists on Re-Opening of NTV, Fails to Secure Deadline

Parliament has reaffirmed its position that Nation Television (NTV) must be re-opened. "A committee investigated this matter. We have made resolutions. Let's restate our position that NTV should be reopened…

Kenya: CCK says it lacks space for third digital player

The Communications Commission of Kenya has said it does not have broadcasting spectrum to issue to the media owners, despite a government promise to allocate them the third digital signal…

South Africa: Dept Clears Pay TV Licensing, Digital Migration Confusion

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has never called for the suspension of satellite and cable broadcasting service licences, the department has stated. Spokesperson for the department Albi Modise told BuaNews Thursday…

Regulation & Policy - In brief

- In April 2013, the Tanzanian government agreed to temporarily halt the second phase of migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting to assess impact of the first phase to…

Somalia: Government Shuts Down Al-Jazeera Bureau in Mogadishu

The Committee to Protect Journalists (New York) wrote on March 26th that the bureau of satellite television Al-Jazeera in the capital Mogadishu was indefinitely shuttered on Thursday following an order…

Nigeria: Court Arraigns DSTV Boss Over Copyright Infringement

Multichoice Nigeria Limited, operators of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) in Nigeria, and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Collins Khumalo were arraigned in late March before a Federal High Court sitting…

Morocco: Al-Jazeera Bureau Forced to Stop Broadcasting Maghreb News Programme From Rabat

Reporters Without Borders called on the Moroccan authorities to reverse their decision to stop the pan-Arab satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera from broadcasting a daily news programme covering the Maghreb…

Zambia: Anti-Graft Officers Raid Radio Station, Seize Materials, Intimidate Staff

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Windhoek) wrote on April 13th that on 30 March 2007, officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) searched the office of Radio Mano, a community…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- On 8 May 2008, Unity Radio, a station run by Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), was shut down on the orders of the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji…

Zambia: Govt threatens to revoke radio stations' operating licences

The Zambian government has warned that it will revoke operating licenses of all radio stations airing political campaign songs before the date for this year's tripartite elections is announced, the…

Libya: award-winning photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington killed in Misrata

The award-winning photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington and the prize-winning photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata on April 20, 2011, while covering the Libya conflict, Human Rights Watch said…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Algeria over the El Moudjahid forum, Communication Minister Nacer Mehal highlighted that communication and media laws will be amended by June 2011 to allow lighter sanctions to journalists,…

Nigeria shuts down World Cup viewing centres

Nigerian authorities in the northern state of Adamawa have shut down all establishments planning to screen the World Cup beginning today in a bid to prevent further terrorist bombings in…

StarTimes denies hijacking KBC World Cup broadcasts

Pay-TV provider StarTimes has defended its move to air the FIFA World Cup amidst accusations it hijacked the signal of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which has rights to televise…

Canal+ acquires a majority stake in Thema

CANAL+ OVERSEAS and THEMA announce the signature of an agreement for CANAL+ OVERSEAS to acquire a majority stake in the capital of THEMA.THEMA, which was founded in 2005 by François…

Eutelsat reports increase in jamming from Ethiopia

French satellite provider Eutelsat has said its satellite fleet has experienced a drastic rise in interference originating from Ethiopia, according to a report.NexTV reports the company’s disruptions in its satellite…

Cameroon: ITU Sets Deadline for Broadcast Switchover

The International Telecommunications Union has set June 17, 2015 at midnight as the deadline.The Socio-economic life in Cameroon is going to face some turn due to the transition from the…

Nigeria: At CFC Conference, Stakeholders in the Film Industry Tackle Piracy

Practitioners from the film industry, performing arts, advertising, scholars, and other stakeholders at the Board room of the Eko Hotel, Lagos, took turns recently to appraise the various ways the…

BCCSA rules against SABC, MultiChoice

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ruled against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and pay-TV provider MultiChoice in separate complaints, with the former being reprimanded and…

Nigeria: Board Restrategises Against Corruption

Nigerian Film and Video Censorship Board (NFVCB) has concluded plans with some stakeholders to use the film industry to fight corruption and engineer development in the country. At a stakeholders'…

Minister: Africa is in the spotlight of French media

MEDEF and the French Ministry of Economy organized today, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 “An Economic Forum on Africa and France”: heads of states, ministers, African and French business leaders gathered…

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs. The Nanterre commercial…

French-Speaking Africa Rises: DISCOP Africa confirms unprecedented attendance from across the region

Basic Lead, organizer of DISCOP Africa, the region’s premier annual market for film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, has reported an unprecedented number of attendees from across French-speaking…

Somalia: Police Forces Arrested & Terrified 14 Journalists, 5 Staffers of Shabelle Media Network

The National Union of Somali Journalists is powerfully denouncing the police's forced entry of the building of Shabelle Media Network, in which the police forces of the Somalia's Transitional Federal…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Armed Somali government troops have put in the jail the director Warsan radio station in the south-western town of Baidoa on Tuesday night, journalists said.

Kenya: StarTimes cuts prices as DTT launches

Pay-TV services provider StarTimes has slashed prices for its digital set-top box by Sh500, angling to woo TV owners yet to buy the gadget amid looming December 13 switch-off in…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other international broadcasters have claimed television and radio broadcasts on the Arabsat satellites have been intentionally jammed by the Ethiopian authorities. Read the full…

Rwanda: Govt Officials Warn Journalists

Top government officials on Sunday accused Rwanda's independent press of undermining the government and threatened to force journalists to reveal their sources, according to local journalists. During a four-hour state…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Follow the first web TV in West Africa dedicated to human rights here: - Public French audiovisual production fund for the South granted EUR 300 000 to 17 fiction…

South Africa’s DoC extends consultation period for Public Service Broadcasting Discussion

The Department of Communications (DoC) has issued a notice in the Government Gazette, extending the deadline for Public Submissions in respect of the Public Service Broadcasting Discussion document. The deadline…

Namibia appoints Media Ombudsman to oversee self-regulation regime

Eberhard Hofmann, Chair of the Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN), which recently announced the appointment of Clement Daniels, former Director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) who is currently with…

Tanzanian Government worried about rural viewers in the shift to digital by 2015

The Tanzanian Government is worried about those living in rural areas having access to electronic broadcasts once the broadcasting system in country shifts from analogue to digital mode by 2015.…

Nigeria: Jos - Police Invite PRTVC Boss Over Broadcast

General Manager of the Plateau Radio and Television Corporation (PRTVC) Pastor Yiljap Abraham has been invited to appear before the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) "D" Department over an alleged inciting…

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- Officials from the South African auditor-general's office have set up shop at the SABC's headquarters in Auckland Park to investigate allegations of widespread mismanagement and corruption.

Cote d’Ivoire: CNCA orders non-licensed broadcasters to stop transmission

In a communiqué broadcast on the news programme 20 heures, Félix Nagnio, Secretary General of the Conseil national de la communication audiovisuelle (CNCA), ordered:”the immediate close down of all non-authorised…

Nigeria: Tension in Borno Over Al-Jazeera Boko Haram Video

Borno is tension-soaked after Al-Jazeera released a video showing persons in police uniforms ordering the killings of unarmed civilians in the Boko Haram sectarian crisis. Over 1,000 people were believed…

Madagascar: Church radio journalists charged

According to a report from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches on 31 May 2010, concern is mounting for eight radio journalists and technicians detained in Madagascar last week. The…

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GOtv Uganda and NBS TV, a privately owned television station, have signed a broadcasting agreement that will see NBS TV shown on GOtv, PCtechmag reported. The GOtv network spans the…

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- The Somali media and journalist associations decided on a cooperative action plan to counter the growing oppression of the media in Somalia. In 2009 six Somali journalists have been…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* The government is blocking the Forum for Democratic Change from appearing on radio because it wants to keep rural residents in the dark about their current problems, the party's…

Fighting Albinos Discrimination in Tanzania wins award

On 31th. May 2010, MultiChoice reported that Sam Rogers, from South Africa, has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards Ceremony. Sam Rogers,…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- South Africa’s Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba plans to submit regulations banning pornography on the internet and cellphones to the Law Reform Commission, together with other recommendations aimed…

The Cabinet, yesterday, approved a resolution that will see the media entrusted with the powers to regulate itself.

The meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame, resolved that media regulation, initially handled by the Media High Council, be entrusted to a body of media professionals.According to the Minister of…

New report says piracy is a market failure, not a legal one

Trademark and copyright holders frequently characterize piracy as a legal failure, arguing that tougher laws and increased enforcement are needed to stem infringing activity. But a new global study on…

e.tv fights 'ghettoisation of FTA TV'

On 6 September (2012) South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv made a presentation to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in Johannesburg stating that the current draft regulations…

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- In Kenya, Daily Nation reported that court cases on the switch from analogue to digital television have derailed the issuing of broadcast licences to investors. Investors seeking radio and…

Prominent Tanzanian TV journalist killed in scuffle with police

On September 5, 2012, APO reported that a Tanzanian TV journalist was killed on Sunday during a confrontation with police over the arrest of another journalist, according to several local…

South Africa: ICASA calls for submissions on Second Draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has set July 25 as the closing date for submissions regarding the second draft terrestrial broadcasting frequency plan. The Authority received comments…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Tunisia: In September employees of the national TV station went on strike for a day to highlight freedom of expression. - Congo-Kinshasa: Radio television Lisanga (RLTV) no longer broadcasts since…

Zimbabwe: Jomic Official Blasts State Media Over 'Hate Speech'

The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, stung by accusations that it is a paper tiger, has turned the heat on the state media accusing it of poisoning the new political…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Kenya’s KBC is shortly to purchase DTT transmission equipment and it may make its first digital transmissions within a month. KBC will offer a national transmission service to other…

KBC suspends MD David Waweru

David Okwembah wrote in the Daily Nation on June 26th, 2010:It seems the deal to air World Cup matches locally struck between the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Africa was…

Transition to digital in Nigeria: Broadcast stations urged to liase wiht NBC

Radio and television stations across the country (Nigeria) have been advised to liaise with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for technical guidance in the process of transition from analogue to…

CA issues 6 more broadcast licences

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded six firms broadcasting licences, stepping up competition in local content delivery.In 2014, CA set June as the deadline for broadcasters to air…

Gabon has started deploying DTT

Since the beginning of October 2009 and by government law, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is available in Gabon. In a country of 1.5 million inhabitants, Gabon becomes the 4th country…

Somaliland Police arrest, detain journalist

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is deeply concerned about the increased attacks against journalists in northern region following the arrest of TV journalist in Las Anod town of…

TunisiaL INvestigating a Tunisian Channel and Iman Al-Noor Mosque Due to Charges of Incitement and Dissemination of Hate Speech

ANHRI denounces the investigations conducted with Nasreddin Elwi the Imam of Al- Noor Mosque, due to charges of incitement to spread the sedition and dissemination of hate speech due to…

New family friendly pay-TV service coming

Another dormant pay-TV broadcaster, WoWtv which got a pay-TV licence in 2007 is finally ready to start its commercial pay-TV service in South Africa offering 19 TV channels and 8…

Regulation and Policy News: In Brief

- In Guinea, the Government has passed two new media laws.The country’s military leader, Gen. Sékouba Konaté issued these laws on 22 June 2010, one decriminalising press offences and the…

Tunisia: Persepolis trial spotlights attacks on freedom of expression

Charges against a TV boss who screened the French film Persepolis should be dropped by the Tunisian authorities, Amnesty International said ahead of the resumption of his trial.The trial of…

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…

E.tv vs Muthambi: read the judgment in full

The high court in Pretoria this week handed a significant victory to communications minister Faith Muthambi as well as broadcasters opposed to the idea of subsidising an encryption system in…

Cameroon: Minister Lifts Ban On Equinoxe, Magic FM

Following national and international pressure, Communication Minister, Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam, lifted a ban he slammed on Equinoxe Radio and Television and Magic FM in February. The Minister announced…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Police in Monrovia have announced the arrest and probe of a Sky FM/Television staff Lawrence Cole, 31, along with two other suspects - Boimah Kamara and Janet Ahullo for…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- The Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) has disbursed institutional grants to nine media outlets and production companies, totaling 1.38 bn. A statement issued by the fund said each beneficiary of…

Swaziland: Move to merge state broadcasters

The cabinet has approved draft legislation that intends to convert Swaziland's two state broadcasters into one national broadcaster, according to local media reports.The Swazi Observer, a state-owned daily, says cabinet…

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…

Committee closes legal opinion on SABC board members

The Portfolio Committee on Communications has officially closed the legal opinion that was sought following the removal of three board members of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).The purpose of…

Rwanda: Parliament Wants Government Media to be able to keep up with Foreign Broadcasts

Lawmakers in the lower chamber are demanding that government comes up with a plan to develop government media with the aim of countering the influence that foreign media is having…

International Women’s Day 2013: join the debate with The Africa Channel

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2013, The Africa Channel UK (Sky 209, Virgin 828) is launching a season of programmes showcasing inspirational African women, including gripping documentaries such as Sisters…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Three South African nationals employed by the British Sky News channel who were arrested in Zimbabwe carrying broadcasting equipment and were later sentenced to six months in prison have…

Zimbabwean police seize radios in run-up to elections

Zimbabwean authorities’ seizure of hand-cranked and solar-powered radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations prevents local citizens from accessing diverse sources of information in the run-up to the country’s general elections in…

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,…

Egypt: TV Host Sent to Criminal Court for Insulting Police Syndicate

Egypt's general prosecutor's office referred on Sunday popular television host Tawfeek Okasha to criminal court for insulting the police syndicate.The prosecution's spokesman said that the attorney general has ordered the…

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…

Zimbabwe: ZBC gives live TV coverage to parliamentary proceedings

Finally, the electorate will be the judges, courtesy of ZBC. The decision by the public broadcaster to give live television coverage to parliamentary question time every Wednesday and radio coverage…

Liberian watchdog meets broadcast media on new regulations

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has held talks with broadcast media executives in a public consultation hearing to get input on the proposed new licence fee regulations that will come…

R8 million to censor SA’s Internet

The Film and Publications Board plans to spend over R8-million a year to police YouTube, but is about to have its child pornography wings clipped.Soon, the Film and Publications Board…

Life Imitates Art: Movie Predicts the rise of Boko Haram

When the producers of 30 Days began filming seven years ago, their goal was to produce a quality piece of cinema that would serve as a reminder of the gruesome…

African media leaders to counter hate speech

An unprecedented commitment by African media leaders to work together to counter hate speech was made in Kigali on April 18th at the conclusion of the EJN's first major initiative…

Botswana on track to meet June digital migration deadline

The Botswana government expressed optimism it will meet the 17 June deadline for the digital migration. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri said the country should…

Congo-Kinshasa: Private Broadcaster Suspended for Seven Days

Journaliste en Danger (JED) expresses its profound indignation over the 20 May 2007 decision by the local section of the media regulatory agency (Haute Autorité des Médias, HAM) in Mbuji-Mayi…

Uganda: Government blocks radio stations from live broadcasting Buganda Kingdom Conference

The Ttabamiruka is an annual conference organised by the Buganda Kingdom to review and discuss the social, cultural, economic and developmental issues of the kingdom. The theme for the 2010…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has been unable to recoup millions of rand from noncompliant licensees. Full story here:  - Buni TV Exclusive: Exploring South Africa…

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…

IFJ Condemns killing of Radio staff in Mogadishu and clampdown on critical media

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has strongly condemned the murder of a media professional in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, Monday 21 April.According to IFJ affiliate, the National Union of…

Response: USAASA may lose set-top box tender

The public utterances of junior personnel in the Department of Communications are indeed unfortunate. While Solly Mokoetle is the DTT Programme Head at the Department of Communications, he - for…

Uganda: Man Held for Insulting President

A man suspected to have insulted President Yoweri Museveni during a talkshow on NBS radio in Jinja has been arrested. Richard Ssenyonga alias Madiru was on May 21 picked by…

Nigeria: NBC Blames Parties

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has blamed political parties for the poor representation they receive from state broadcast stations. NBC's Head of Public Affairs Awwalu Salihu said refusal of aggrieved…

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…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Tanzania: The government is considering legal action against dealers of alternative medicine and television stations that advertise unregistered and unauthorised traditional herbs. Full story here. Al Jazeera Media Network has…

South Africa: Clear Danger in Vague Phrases

Controversial proposed amendments to the Film and Publications Act have resulted in an outcry from media organisations and civil society institutions. While much of the debate has focused on the…

Nigeria: Film Marketers Protest in Onitsha

Awka-Members of Film Video Producers Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) at the weekend staged a protest at the Electronics Dealers Market in Onitsha over alleged sabotage of their business by…

In Brief - Regulation&Policy

Reporters Without Borders condemns the acts of intimidation and violence to which journalists are currently being subjected in Côte d'Ivoire, as the political crisis resulting from the 28 November presidential…

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…

Minister calls for investigation into CT Film Permit Office

The Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Garth Strachan, has called for an independent investigation into the operations of the City…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The South African telecoms regulator Icasa has opened a tender for two DVB-H mobile TV licences. The licences will initially offer frequencies covering major urban centres such as Johannesburg,…

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…

Ghana adopts DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television

At the end of September 2011, NCA announced that the Government of Ghana has accepted the recommendations of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) to adopt the second generation Digital…

Tension high in Gabon, opposition says TV station torched

Tension reigned Thursday in oil-rich Gabon where the main opposition said its television station was torched after violent clashes between its supporters and police in the capital Libreville.But the government…

Kenya digital migration costs soar 'above $400 million

Kenya’s government has thus far spent more than $400 million on its migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to an expert.Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector policy advisor to the…

Arab Satellite TV channels invited to react to controls on their operations by Arab League

Last Wednesday the Arab League on Wednesday called on Arab Satellite TV channels to pronounce on the satellite broadcasting regulation mechanisms in the Arab region. The Arab League invited the…

Nigerian govt. slams District 9 which portrays Nigerians as criminals

One of the summer's biggest blockbusters — a sci-fi morality tale about aliens and apartheid — is not welcome in Nigeria because of its portrayal of Nigerians as gangsters and…

Cote d’Ivoire: French TV news station France 24 allowed to resume local retransmission

RWB published on 4 March 2010 : Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that local retransmission of the French TV news station France 24 resumed yesterday in Côte d’Ivoire…

Uganda: RDC Forces FM Radio Station to Suspend Show

Kitara FM, a Masindi based local FM station has reportedly suspended its political talk show and replaced it with a sports programme due to pressure from the Resident District Commissioner.…

Call for feedback on TV content piracy: state of the market survey to best practices

Like in other parts of the world, the African audiovisual industry faces the challenge of content piracy. But combatting content piracy is a rather tricky business.Ahead of major African TV…

Broadcast journalist held without charge in Gambia

Gambian authorities should immediately release Fatou Camara, a journalist who has been held incommunicado since 17 September 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The government has not disclosed…

Sierra Leone: SLBS Refutes Claim Unity Radio Station's Antenna Improperly Installed

On 14 May 2008, Reporters Without Borders wrote to information and communication minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo asking him to explain his 8 May decision to close Unity Radio 94.00…

Kenya: Government's Tough New Rules for Media

"A major battle looms between the Kenya Government and broadcasters over new regulations seeking to take back licenses and vet programmes. The most significant and potentially controversial change by the…

ICASA wants to create regulatory framework for IPTV

South Africa’s communications regulator, ICASA is looking at implementing a regulatory framework for IPTV. The regulator hopes that this framework will speed up the introduction of triple play services –…

Egypt: TV Programmes Closed in Run-Up to Elections

On 7 October 2010, “Reporters Without Borders” deplored the end of “Baladna bel Masry”, a current affairs programme that was hosted on a privately-owned TV station. No reason has been…

Libya: TV jammed, journalists confined, Internet disconnected

On 4 March 2011, Reporters Without Borders deplored the way the Gaddafi regime prevented journalists from covering the anti-government protests that followed Friday prayers in Tripoli today.Ever since the start…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In South Africa, Duncan McLeod, Tech Crunch reported that Super 5 Media, the troubled wannabe pay-TV operator formerly known as Telkom Media, has not been granted an extension to…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- The week-long strike that silenced the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio and television services ended on 22 Aug. 2012. NBC Director-General Albertus Aochamub went live with an announcement welcoming…

Somalia: closure of private TV station - Universal TV in Puntland

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly protests the Puntland State of Somalia’s closure of a private television station in Garowe.In an official letter issued on Saturday, 21 September,…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Two journalists of the Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV, were arrested, tortured and humiliated at the Gendarmerie Brigade in the Madagascar neighborhood in Yaounde on May, 18. - On…

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- The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has asserted that it has jurisdiction over both licensed and unlicenced broadcasters operating in Botswana. - Sierra Leone's largest opposition party has taken the…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has clarified and amended the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for regional commercial radio stations.- The Government of Swaziland has launched a…

Nigeria: My Ordeal With SSS Over Abuja Bombings, By Dokpesi

This Day’s Chuks Okocha reported on Chief Raymond Dokpesi’s arrest on 9th. October 2010. Dokpesi who runs AIT/DAAR in Nigeria was questioned and released. In Abudja, barely a week after he…

ACPFilms inaugurates its free legal assistance service for all cinema and audiovisual professionals

"Knowledge of legal principles applicable and the use of complete and properly drawn up contracts are prerequisites to the success of an activity like cinema and audiovisual production. Incomplete knowledge…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South Africa ranks only 23rd on the African continent in terms of affordability of communication. This, says Minister of Communications Yunus Carrim, worsens the divide between the “haves” and…

JASA argues against On Digital Media porn channels

On Digital Media (ODM) seems to have mislead the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) by giving the regulator impression that its three pornographic channels – Private Spice (which…

Regulation and Policy New - In Brief

- Human Rights Watch have disseminated a report on the increased threats to freedom of expression in Uganda. The 60-page report, “A Media Minefield: Increased Threats to Freedom of Expression…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

A film crew made up of three Senegalese and two French citizens were on Febuary 19, 2011 arrested and detained for three days by Gendarmerie in Ziguinchor, a town in…

Motsoeneng should not be punished for old lies – SABC

The SABC cannot punish its chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for a lie he told 19 years ago.This is according to SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala in court papers opposing…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The value of digitally pirated products downloaded and sold through the Internet globally will rise to $240 billion (N38.4 trillion) by 2015 if precautionary measures are not taken immediately,…

Cameroon: Mincom To Re-launch Community Radios

Ways of realising the 2009 plan of action of the Ministry of Communication are currently being examined by external and internal staff of the ministry. Minister of Communication, Jean-Pierre Biyiti…

Zanu PF ‘blocks’ Media Conference

A crucial conference to lay the groundwork for the reform of Zimbabwe’s troubled media was cancelled at the last minute on Friday, dashing hopes the inclusive government is ready to…

MultiChoice Africa and Irdeto piracy probe leads to arrests

Irdeto revealed it has been working undercover with MultiChoice Africa and the Botswana Police Serious Crime Squad to investigate and disrupt the illegal distribution of pay TV content in Africa.…

Madagascar: Radio Fahazavana Personnel Freed, But Another Opposition Radio Station Suspended

Ten Radio Fahazavana employees who have been in pre-trial detention since 27 May were released on 8 September, but they still have to face trial on a charge of inciting…

Egypt: Unprecedented violence against journalists

On Friday 4 February 2011, Members and supporters of the international press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris at midday today to express their…

Ghana: Gov’t will enforce ban on importation of analog TV sets

Minister-designate for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah says government will strictly enforce the law banning importation of analog television sets into the country, in accordance with the Antalya and Geneva…

South Africa: Icasa steps in to protect legal rights of producers

Icasa's move to intervene on how the issue of intellectual property rights between broadcasters and the local production industry should be addressed, could prompt a sigh of relief for those…

South Africa: Kagiso seeks more time for digital TV application

Kagiso Media has applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for an extension of the deadline for aspirant providers of digital TV signal to mobile handsets to…

Angola Radio Journalist murdered

On 9 September 2010, Reporters Without Borders reported to be shocked by the death of Alberto Chakusanga, the host of a programme on a radio station critical of the government.As…

Two Ivorian TV journalists in jail with no formal charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the well-being of two Ivorian journalists who have been detained without charge for 10 days amid reports that they have been tortured…

South Africa: SA’s unfolding digital TV nightmare

Confusion around the encryption and control of set-top boxes, and the complexity of subsidies of the boxes for poorer households, are threatening South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television. By…

South Africa: TV ad banned for mocking Islam

A television commercial for an "Ahmed the dead terrorist" ringtone mocks Islam and must be withdrawn, the South African Advertising Standards Authority has ruled. Its ruling followed a complaint by…

Botswana: Btv going through political issues

The Director of Broadcasting Services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo has said that Botswana Television (Btv) will continue to flight re-runs of certain news items including those that favour the ruling party, despite…

Regulation and Policy - In Brief

- In Kampala Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba, of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, slapped and punched senior journalist Arthur Kintu at a NRM conference at the Namboole stadium in…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

A new report on public broadcasting in Nigeria launched by Open Society Institute and Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) has revealed that lack of public broadcasting media reforms…

TV pirate ‘Magic Box’ reaches Zimbabwe

Digital satellite television company MultiChoice could be losing revenue running into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as Magic Box - a free-to-air satellite receiver that can pirate DStv…

Tanzania: DSTv already digitalised

In Tanzania, DSTv is already digitalised, operation manager  said.MultiChoice Tanzania has cleared confusion regarding its place in digital migration in the country assuring its subscribers that through its pay TV…

Malawi Govt Spends K3.5 Billion for Digital Migration

Secretary for Information and Civic Education Luckie Sikwese says media in the country needs to write more stories on digital migration in order to inform the masses.He said government has…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, has threatened to sue a catholic radio station in the central city of Beira for carrying a false story about…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that Sheik Nur Mohamed Abkey, a radio journalist based in Mogadishu, yesterday became the first journalist to be murdered this year in…

ZBC asks courts to arrest millions of TV/radio viewers

The state controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has approached the country’s judges pleading for the arrest of millions of people resisting to pay radio and television licenses.“We are broke because…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

South Africa: The Presidency has noted media reports about government media advertising and a subsequent call made by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Ms Helen Zille for the establishment…

Zimbabwe: TV Capacity to Increase - Mandiwanzira

Government is mobilising resources to enable Transmedia Corporation to spearhead migration to digital broadcasting ahead of the International Telecommunications Union 2015 deadline for the switch, which will see Zimbabwe capacitated…

Malawi: Former MBC CEO bemoans court ruling

Bright Malopa, former CEO at state owned broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), bemoaned a court ruling last week, where about 300 members of staff of the broadcaster have lost a…

Zambia: State Launches Digital Migration Policy

Government has launched the digital migration policy to help scale up the implementation process and ensure a people-driven migration agenda.Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Joseph Katema also called for an…

Burundi reporter sentenced to life imprisonment

A Burundian appeals court must reverse the ruling against a journalist sentenced to life in prison on vague terrorism charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.A High Court in…

Nollywood website sues mobile movie app

Nollywood video website, iROKOTv.com, is reportedly suing the makers of a mobile phone application for copyright infringement.Afrinolly, a mobile phone app that showcases Nollywood films, has been asked by iROKOTv…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Online News Association this month is launching its “do-it-yourself” ethics code project. It’s a mechanism to help news organizations, small startups and individual journalists and bloggers create their own…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Zambia: Opposition MMD Luangwa Member of Parliament Patrick Ngoma has threatened MUVI Television Journalist Chris Habeenzu and Times of Zambia Journalist, Nchimunya Muganya over the manner the duo covered…

Kenya: Citizen TV told to remove smoking bit in drama

The Tobacco Control Board has warned media houses that air content that promotes tobacco. The board has written to Citizen TV to stop airing smoking session in the popular drama…

Ivory Coast liberalising broadcast media

Press reports from the Ivory Coast say potential private TV owners will have to pay one billion Fcfa (about two million US dollars) as a deposit as part of the…

Uganda: Ethics Minister Tells Media to Reduce On Sex Talk

The minister for ethics and integrity, Rev. Simon Lokodo has asked local media to reduce on the amount of space and airtime spent talking about sex.The minister says the more…

Nigeria Media Concerned About Alleged Government Harassment

VOA reported on February 2nd that international and local media rights groups say the Nigerian government has stepped up efforts to intimidate and harass journalists for increasingly criticizing its policies.…

Nigeria: Strike shut down Lagos TV-Radio over minimum wage

The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) last week led workers of the state television and radio on a three-day warning strike over the non-implementation of…

Nigeria: OGTV decries NBC Closing Order

Following the directive by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) that the Ogun State Television (OGTV) cease the streaming of the station on the internet, the general manager of the station,…

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Luis Pacheco, Sofala provincial director of the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), has resigned because of the circulation of a pornographic video in which he…

Proposed Self-Regulatory Media Council is Not Superfluous to Existing Media Commission, Says Misa

In a press release on February 1st, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)-Zimbabwe stated that they would like to set the record straight regarding recent misleading political statements pertaining…

Nigeria: FG Tasks Broadcasting Firms on Positive Programmes

The Federal Government has charged all broadcasting media organisations in the country to ensure that all programmes that are broadcast to the viewing public are programmes that would help in…

In Brief

- The Uganda Communications Commission and the Broadcasting Council have been merged into one regulatory body that will oversee both communication and broadcasting matters in the country. The new policy…

Despotic regimes continue to obstruct media coverage of revolutions

As well as Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts, media attention has dwelled on the abusive treatment that foreign journalists have received. Meanwhile, many Libyan journalists are still missing. They include:•Mohamed Assahim•Habib Al-Amin•Rabi’…

NCC wants to eradicate piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers and five suspects were arrested. The subscribers were disconnected for unauthorized transmission of copyright protected…

Angola and Guinea Bissau Sign Co-Operation Accord in Media Sector

The Angola Press Agency reported on February 5th that a technical-professional co-operation agreement between Angola and Guinea Bissau that foresees the sharing of information between both countries in the Social…

Somalia: Islamists in Kismayo Silence Radio Station for Playing Music

The Islamist faction that controls the southern Somali port of Kismayo shut down an independent radio station Sunday, Radio Garowe reported. A decree issued by the Islamist Al Shabaab information…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- CNBC Africa and the Namibian Broadcast Corporation (NBC) have sealed a partnership that will see quality business news content from the channel being broadcast across Namibia from September 2011.…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Jerry Cole, a senior television cameraman of the state-owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), was on March 12, 2012 attacked by some supporters of the main opposition. (source :…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Kenya’s ODM believes the contentious Kenya Communications Act is part of a hidden agenda by some PNU hardliners to retain power in 2012. Three senior ODM Ministers told the…

Uganda: 1000 Journalists Attacked in Uganda in 2011

Over 1000 journalists were in 2011 attacked in Uganda according to the new Human Rights Network for Journalists report (HRNJ). The number is a huge leap compared to 58 journalists…

Botswana lays out digital TV strategy

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) has put out a consultation paper on licensing framework for digital terrestrial television for public consumption and feedback.This latest action forms part of the Authority's…

Competition watchdog probes DStv's dominance

The Competition Authority is set to launch investigations into the operations of MultiChoice Africa, the owners of DStv, for abuse of market dominance following the collapse of its rivals in…

Swaziland: Swazi Broadcasting Will Not Be Freed

We should be sceptical of a report that the Swaziland Government is about to privatise all state-controlled broadcasting in the kingdom and open up the presently-restricted airways to the people.This…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- South African state-owned broadcast signal distribution company Sentech has lost a high court battle with e.tv sister company eBotswana over the piracy of television signals in Botswana. This follows…

GOtv says no monthly subscriptions for access to free-to-air channels

Kenyan pay-TV provider GOtv has moved to allay fears subscribers will have to pay a monthly subscription to access free-to-air (FTA) channels.Felix Kyengo, general manager of GOtv Kenya, said customers…

Cameroon: Private Radio Suspended, Independent Newspapers Prevented From Appearing

The Cameroon Government has suspended a range of different media including radio stations and newspapers during the outbreak of rioting in the country’s second city Douala. As the Communications Minister…

Piracy hits District 9

The local box office revenue of the South African blockbuster District 9 is estimated to have lost approximately R1.5m in ticket sales because of piracy, according to the South African…

Somalia: In Mogadishu Media Crackdown, Media Executive Arrested, Equipment Confiscated

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the attacks on Radio Shabelle and Radio Simba in Mogadishu by the Armed Forces of the…

Liberia: Information Minister Bropleh Suspended

The Minister of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, has been suspended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pending results of an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Justice,…

Tunisia: Trial of Nabil Karoui, owner of Nessma TV for broadcasting Persepolis

The trial of Nabil Karoui, the owner of Tunisian channel Nessma TV, is scheduled to resume tomorrow, January 23rd. The trial will take place at the Justice Palace in the…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Officers of the Liberia National Police assigned to the provincial city of Tubmanburg in Bomi county on 1 March 2008 flogged and briefly detained journalist Edwin Clarke of Truth…

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- In mid October 2009, a Japanese national, Takano Makoto (36), was been found guilty of working illegally in Namibia while having a holiday permit. Swakopmund Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo on…

Uganda: police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December

Ugandan police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December, accusing them of misusing power supplies and equipment belonging to the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). The widespread allegations of corrupt deals…

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…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on Monday 16 January 2012 summoned a privately owned radio station for disciplinary hearing for allegedly broadcasting a programme critical of president Bingu…

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…

Nigeria: NBC to License Free View TV Channels

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commenced the process of issuing licences for the provision of free view digital television content to be transmitted to Nigerian households.Mr. Awwalu Salihu, director of…

Uganda: Evangelist Charged With Lying to BBC

A catholic evangelist who told a BBC reporter that he committed 70 ritual murders has been charged with giving false information to a public officer. Polino Angella, a resident of…

Africa Radios and TVs want extra delay for the digital transition

The Yaoundé Declaration sanctioned the 7th General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (in French UAR-Assemblée générale de l’Union africaine de radiodiffusion), held on 27 and 28 January 2014…

Zimbabwe's government plans to relax draconian media restrictions

The UK's Independent media reported that the nation's highest court threw out a section of Zimbabwe's stringent media laws, saying it violated journalists' constitutional right to freedom of expression. Supreme…

Nigeria: Govt Plots to Muscle Rockcity FM

Indications emerged at the weekend that the Ogun State Government may have devised another strategy to intimidate perceived opponents as it launched yet another offensive against the owners of an…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The 17 June 2015 deadline for global migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will not be extended for any country, Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union…

DRC: Committee to Protect Journalists calls for re-opening of two closed private stations

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in the south-eastern Congolese city of Likasi to allow two private stations to return to the air. On 11, March 2009,…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

*Exiled radio stations, labelled pirates by the Robert Mugabe regime have once again come under attack from ZANU PF during a protest march by hundreds of youth members through the…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

Mrs Sabah Zita Okaikoi, Ghana's Minister of Information held discussions with the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy on the digital migration of broadcasting equipment in Ghana from…

Concerns raised over the proposed UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol

- The global satellite industry repeated its grave concerns over the proposed UNIDROIT Space Assets Protocol. As delegates of UNIDROIT and its member states convened on February 27 in Berlin,…

NUSOJ Report - highlights worring levels of Intimidation

Somalia: Attacks against and intimidation of journalists in Somalia are reaching a troubling level, says a new report by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a Solidarity Center partner.…

South Africa: Policy Delays 'Threaten Digital TV'

Broadcasters and members of Parliament's communications committee united on 17 June 2008 in criticising the government's delay in releasing its digital migration policy as a serious hindrance to undertaking the…

Malawi: Radio Station claims harassment by regulator MACRA

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has summoned Joy Radio Limited, owned by former President Bakili Muluzi, and the state broadcasters Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Television Malawi (TVM) for…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A local Indian lifestyle programme has been pulled off the air from a popular television channel in South Africa for not meeting broadcasting standards.The programme was withdrawn from its…

Tanzania: Media Legislation to Wait Longer

The eagerly awaited laws to regulate media operations in Tanzania may not be ready for enactment by Parliament this year as most stakeholders had anticipated, it has emerged.The minister for…

Nigeria’s ACTV signs multi-year deal with Spacecom

Nigerian pay TV operator ACTV has signed a multi-year contract to use Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite to distribute its content in Ku-band from the 17° East position.ACTV offers about 60…

Kenya: NTV reporters almost shot by prison guards

He had been filming prison guards beating his colleagues, NTV reporters Jared Nyataya and Barnabas Bii, who were covering attempts to recapture the escaped inmates who had hidden in a…

Uganda: Minister Storms Radio Station, Orders Arrests

Drama ensued on Saturday after the State Minister for Disaster Preparedness, Musa Ecweru, reportedly stormed a community radio station in Soroti and allegedly ordered the arrest of talk show panelists,…

Namibia makes first-phase switch-off of analogue television

The state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its first phase of switching off analogue viewing and moving towards digital terrestrial viewingThe state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its…

Congo-Kinshasa: RLTV - main opposition TV Station – closed down

Radio Lisanga Télévision (RLTV), the Kinshasa-based main opposition television station, which has been the subject of numerous attacks by authorities during the recent electoral campaign, has once again been silenced…

Kenyan CA has no plans for 3rd broadcast signal licence soon

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) says it will not issue a third Broadcast Signal Distribution (BSD) licence any time soon, as earlier expected. CA chairman Ngene Gituku said it…

S.A.: 2010 FIFA World Cup Filming Guidelines

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup just around the corner many filmmakers are wondering whether filming will be affected during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. To answer this question the…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A proposal in the draft Media Bill that gives the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) the mandate to regulate the media sector has prompted a heated debate over the…

Digital TV Stakeholders To Work Together For A Smooth Transition

The Consumer Federation of Kenya recently organized a digital migration forum that brought together key digital television stakeholders including the Ministry of Information and Communication, Communication Authority, Digital Decoders Dealers…

New regulation to boost creativity in Southern African and Indian Ocean regions

Zimbabwe: Range of State Radio Broadcasts Increase Concern has been expressed over the increasing range of the state broadcaster after new transmitters were installed last week, bringing radio broadcasts to…

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- In Angola in month, the Minister Defended wise Management of Media Companies.Social Communication companies will be run in line with the principles of economic rationality and good management practices,…

Banned’ SA movie selected for Toronto

The controversial film “Of Good Report”, which was technically ‘banned’ from screening at the Durban International Film Festival in July, has its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival…

Nigeria: Award-Winning Film Lands Kano Director in Jail

The first time I visited award-winning Northern Nigerian filmmaker Hamisu Lamido Iyan-Tama in prison, a week after his arrest, the former Kano State gubernatorial candidate seemed to be in high…

Zambia: Concerns over media restrictions

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, and the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) are alarmed at attacks on the independence of the NGO sector and the media in Zambia.The Zambian…

Nigeria: Big Brother Africa - M-Net to Pay N10 Million Fine

Multichoice Nigeria has been fined the sum of N10million for violating Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act by beaming pornographic images to Nigerian viewers during the 'Big Bother Africa' programme which…

South Africa: Freedom of Expression Institute Pushes for Change to SABC Law

Legislation governing the SABC is set to change further, with the much-criticised Broadcasting Amendment Bill being further amended after President Kgalema Motlanthe refused to sign it into law. And the…

Egypt: Al Jazeera team freed after five days without charge

Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay, cameraman Adil Bradlow, producers Russ Finn and Mohammed Baher were released by the Egyptian authorities on Sunday afternoon. They were arrested on Tuesday and were…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A Ugandan court in Arua has issued an order barring transactions on two bank accounts owned by the defunct Gateway Broadcast Services (GTV). The order, signed last week by…

DRC: Government bands TV station favourable to opposition presidential candidate

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ban of a private broadcaster favorable to opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi. The blocking and ban of the broadcaster…

Egypt court bans Al-Jazeera TV affiliate

An Egyptian court ordered Al-Jazeera's local affiliate to stop broadcasting along with three other stations known for their coverage of Islamist protests, saying that they had operated illegally, the state…

Zimbabwe: Independent media banned from Mugabe-Fifa meeting

Journalists from the private media were reportedly barred from attending a meeting between Robert Mugabe and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. According to Newsday, only photographers working for ZBC and the…

Rwanda: Media to get self-regulatory board

Media practitioners and experts exchanged views on the Rwanda Media Self-Regulation Board, which is to be established to protect, defend media practitioners’ rights and monitor the professional dissemination of information.Local…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said in 2 July 2011 that broadcasting stations in the country will undergo full digitisation by 2012 if government enacts the necessary…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Musa B. Maiyaki has said that the authority expects to fully digitalize its services by June 2014 ahead of the…

Namibia: Copyright and Related Laws in the Spotlight

Namibia should consider the possibility of commissioning a research programme to determine the value of the copyright industry and its contribution to the economy.This is according to the Permanent Secretary…

Uganda: Broadcasting Boss Probed On CHOGM

MPS on the public accounts committee last week handed over Broadcasting Council chairman Godfrey Mutabaazi to the criminal investigations department over a $5m (about sh9.4b) deal he negotiated with Globecast…

Zimbabwe: More Zanu PF Jingles Coming to ZBC?

A fresh row is looming in the shaky inclusive government as it has emerged that Zanu PF is set to launch a new wave of partisan jingles. Already there is…

Rwanda: Rura Switches Analogue TV Sets in Kigali 31 off Jan. 2014

Do you own an analogue TV set and live in Kigali? Well, your TV set will be switched off by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority at midnight tonight if you…

Niger: Government Suspends RFI Over Day of Solidarity With Imprisoned Correspondent, But Leaves Problem Unresolved

Nigeria’s Higher Council for Communication (CSC) has suspended local FM retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) for three months for "discrediting" Niger's institutions by holding…

Broadcast rights: HiTV condemns cable owners

HiTV has started a blazing row with Association of Cable Owners of Nigeria (ACON). It resents press reports attributed to ACON, which HiTV’s Public Relations Manager, Justin Akpovi-Esade, condemned as…

Nollywood decries high taxes that raise the cost of operating a production base in Ghana

On 4 August 2010, the Daily Independent (Lagos) reported that Nigeria's House of Representatives had cause to condemn the imposition of $5,ooo and $1,000 levies on Nigerian film producers and…

Dutch Journalist arrested in Democratic Republic of Congo

In December 2011, a Dutch journalist and her South African cameraman were arrested by soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday and released a few hours later. Anneke…

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,…

Togo: Nana FM journalist suspended by content regulator HAAC

La Commission nationale des droits de l’homme (CNDH) of Togo has accused the Haute autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication (HAAC) of abuses and violating the right to information…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

Media reform in the coming years needs to focus on the future of public broadcasting in Namibia and legislation on access to information.This was one of the findings of the…

In Brief:

A report produced by the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) highlights that the prevailing conditions endured by media practitioners in the country are demeaning, exploitative and not befitting professionals. The…

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…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Mozambique regulator INACOM is about to set up an in-house working group to look at the transition to digital broadcasting. - The Southern African regulators Association CRASA is…

Questions about Gabon President Bongo’s health leads to threat of media crackdown

No President is ever immortal but any discussion about their failing mortality makes them very nervous. Two newspapers were suspended by the Conseil National de la Communication (CNC) for discussing…

hree journalists freed but problems persist in eastern DRC

The Radio Liberté presenter Kashigwe Binjamin, known as Pilipili Kasai, who was arrested at his home on 13 May, was released on bail four days ago. Although he has issued…

Kenya sets March 2015 as deadline for digital migration

The Kenyan government says it will complete the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in March 2015. Communications Authority Director-General Francis Wangusi said the regulator and industry players have ironed…

Congo-Kinshasa: Journalist Released After Being Held for More Than Five Months Without a Hearing

Papy Tembe Moroni was released on April 13, 2007, in Kinshasa. Tembe, a cameraman and reporter with the privately-owned Canal Congo Television (CCTV), was detained for 132 days in the…

Zimbabwe: No Movement on Media Reform Despite Government Pledges

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday said there have been "significant improvements in media freedom in the country," during an announcement on the outstanding issues of the Global Political Agreement.…

DTT in Kenya: Universal Service Fund to partly subside the cost of set top boxes

Mobile operators have demanded representation in the Universal Service Fund's top decision body to keep tab on how the money they contribute is used.The ministry of Information and Communication have…

Somalia: RSF and Local Partner Denounce Current Wave of Violence Against Media in Mogadishu

Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), are outraged by the recent wave of violence in Mogadishu and the arbitrary shelling…

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- In order to defend the interests of the professional journalists of Ivory Coast and to organize them within a federated framework a new organisation, « L'Organisation des journalistes professionnels…

Regulation &Policy News - In Brief

- Nigeria, 22 May 2012: The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, has reiterated the Commission's stance transiting from analogue to digital come June 17, 2012. The…

Nigeria: SSS Raids AIT Abuja Office, Carts Away Tapes

The State Security Services (SSS) raided the Abuja office of the African Independent Television (AIT) on April 17th and reportedly carted away transmission tapes of the station. The raid took…

Ghana: District Official Assaults, Verbally Abuses TV Journalists

On 26 April 2007, reporter Kojo Hayford and cameraman Lord Asante Fordjour of TV3, an independent Accra-based television station, were mistreated by Raymond Gbegoah, coordinating director of Akuapem South District…

Rwanda: Government threatens to crack down on international radio stations

International radio stations, among them the BBC and Voice Of America (VOA), have been strongly warned to desist from what is described as non-factual reporting or else risk being banned…

Zimbabwe: SA Broadcasting Firm Acquitted

Globecast Africa, a South African broadcasting company that was being accused of circumventing the Broadcasting Services Act by operating in Zimbabwe without a licence, was on Monday cleared of the…

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s Urban groovers have accused local radio station Power FM of ditching its 75% local content policy. They said the station was playing more international songs than local tunes,…

ACTV condemns high pay-TV subscription rates

A new direct to home cable television service provider, African Cable Television, has kicked against the subscription rates being paid by Nigerians to view pay-TV. It said it had always…

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari vows to 'save' Nollywood from piracy

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to save the country's entertainment industry from pirates. He said the Nollywood film industry was doing well but unless it was backed, it would…

ICASA, NCC sign consumer complaints agreement

An MOU has been signed between ICASA and the NCC to help deal with telecoms-related consumer complaints faster. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Independent Communications Authority of SA…

ICASA blamed for pay-TV monopoly

ICASA has so far chosen not to enable competition in the pay-TV space, say observers. The local pay-TV market will remain dominated by a single, entrenched player, unless the county's…

StarSat won’t withdraw DStv complaint

StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against DStv parent MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission in which it accused its…

EMCOAN, NBC partner on digitization

The President of the Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria, (EMCOAN) Mrs. Debbie Odutayo, has expressed satisfaction with the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) decision to partner her association towards…

MultiChoice under pressure

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice is feeling the pressure from local and international over-the-top (OTT) players. On top of that, the company believes the regulatory framework in SA is not protecting traditional…

Macra proposes rules for Television White Spaces

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has proposed rules that will help in operating Television White Spaces (TVWS). White spaces are the parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular…

New Trade Union for South African Artists to be launched

A new independent, democratic and militant trade union for artists, media and creative industry workers will be launched in Johannesburg on the 03 December 2015. The South African Media Creative…

ICASA complete oral hearing for the Draft Local Content Regulations

Following the publication notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to call for public hearings on the Draft Regulations of South African Local Content for television and…

DA drops court action against SABC

The DA said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the SABC – for now. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday that it will…

Ghanaian government inaugurates DTT management board

The Ghanaian government has inaugurated a seven-member management board for the deployment of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by mid-2016. The Ministry of Communication said the board is made up of…

SES markets Video-On-Demand (VOD), streaming and satellite solution across Africa

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. and one of Europe's leading technical media service providers, today announced that its FLUID HUB solution is being utilised by more…

PCCW Global and Solbox collaborate in delivery of wholesale and retail media solutions

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s leading premier telecommunications service provider, and Solbox, a content delivery solutions specialist, have signed an agreement in which Solbox will…

Zambia: govt suspends customs duties on transmission equipment

In an effort to ensure successful migration to digital broadcasting, the Zambian government has suspended customs duties on transmission equipment for a period of two years. Authorities believe this will…

Nigeria’s Consumer protection agency raids Multichoice office in Lagos

Officials of the Consumer Protection Council on Thursday raided the head office of pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, in Lagos. The officials, armed with a warrant, were accompanied by policemen…

Icasa halts issuing of community radio licenses

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa recently placed a moratorium on the issuing of new community radio broadcasting licenses, saying that there are no frequencies available in metro areas…

South Africa to investigate digital STB tender

South Africa’s government has started an investigation into the digital set-top box market, the Department of Communications said. Replying to questions from a member in the National Council of Provinces…

SABC suspends Group CEO

The SABC on Wednesday announced the suspension of its Group CEO, Frans Matlala. Matlala was appointed in July after the departure of Lulama Mokhobo last year. His suspension comes four…

StarTimes waives satellite decoder cost in a move to grow market share

Digital television Company StarTimes Media has rolled out an aggressive campaign aimed at growing its subscriber base for the satellite pay television service. Kenyans will now get a free full…

Zimbabwe to replace TV licence fees with monthly charge

Zimbabwean television viewers will have to pay USD 3 to USD 5 per month through Transmedia to watch channels on the digital platform following migration, The Herald reported. This subscription…

Tanzania: 11 radio/TV stations banned for flouting TCRA conditions

THE Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has banned 11 television and radio stations which did not fulfil the watchdog’s conditions, including paying license fees and other dues. The TV and…

Collecting society slams MTN for ‘not paying royalties since 2013’

African mobile giant MTN is facing allegations that it has failed to pay music copyright royalties to songwriters since 2013. The company, which allegedly owes just under R1 million (US$60…

The Cape Film Commission is closing down

Cape Town – The Cape Film Commission (CFC) is shutting down after 15 years over a lack of money and support. It will be closing its door at the end…

ShowMax not hiking subscription fees, for now

Johannesburg - Local internet video service ShowMax is not increasing its monthly R99 subscription rate despite the weak rand impacting its business. Multinational media and internet company Naspers [JSE:NPN] launched…

The regulator in Uganda to switch off analogue signal by April

The communications industry regulator will switch of analogue by end of April following the gradual migration and installation of digital equipment across the country. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) sais that…

Nigeria: Journalist sues Atiku’s Gotel TV

A former employee of Gotel TV has sued the media outfit for N27 million over breach of contract. An Adamawa State based journalist has sued TV Gotel, a television outfit…

NCC impounds illegal equipment used to steal DSTV signals

The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has impounded illegal broadcast and transmission devices valued at about NGN 3.5 million in Enugu, NAN reported. The seizure was made when the Anti-Transmission Piracy…

ICASA rejects all five FTA licence applicants

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has rejected all five applicants for FTA television broadcasting licences on DTT.“After careful consideration of each application, and being cognisant of the…

Nigeria sets up TV digitisation task force

The Nigerian Government has established a Ministerial Task Force on Digitisation to fast track the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in 2017.The task force includes the National Broadcasting Commission…

BBC Africa Debate looks at corruption in Africa

The March edition of BBC Africa Debate – the flagship current affairs discussion programme on BBC World Service radio - will come from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Presented by Zuhura…

UK Partners Nigeria On Digital Switch Over

The United Kingdom ,UK, will partner Nigerian government on Digital Switch Over to help Nigeria move from analogue to digital broadcasting.The acting British High Commissioner in Nigeria Simon Shercliff stated…

AUB inks 4 year deal with GRTS

The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) has signed a four-year contract with the African Union of Public Broadcasters (AUB) on a number of issues relating to improving content and…

NFVF announces 2016/17 annual performance plan and funding approvals

Beginning 1 April 2016, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) changed its funding cycle from a four-month annual cycle to a three-month annual cycle. This change will impact all…

DStv Media Sales amends rates

DStv Media Sales has amended the settlement discount structure for media agencies that book advertising on DStv platforms in order to address any legal uncertainty regarding their compliance with the…

R2K demands an end to SABC censorship!

The South Gauteng High Court today hears the case of the SABC's banning of Project Spear, a documentary by filmmaker Sylvia van Vollenhoven about massive corruption in the run-up to…

Icasa asked to overturn Hlaudi’s blackout decision

Several organisations have teamed up to submit an urgent application to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to force the SABC to immediately revoke its controversial decision to not…

Kenya - Radio, TV stations face tough content rules from July

Radio and television stations airing adult-rated content between 5am and 10pm risk losing their licences as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) starts to enforce the controversial Programming Code in…

GOtv Kenya subscription rate goes up

After the recent increase in prices for GOtv’s subscription in Malawi, the rate is now going up in Kenya. As reported by Business Daily, GOtv, the digital TV product of…

Media Monitoring Africa heads to Icasa over SABC’s protest policy

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has formally lodged a complaint against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s ban on pictures of violent protests with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa…

StarTimes deal with Zambia state broadcaster stirs furore

StarTimes Group, one of the two TV signal distributors in Kenya, has come under fire in Zambia for seeking to control the state broadcaster and allegedly excluding rivals from the…

Kenya delays local content ad rule to February 2017

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said that 40 percent of all advertisements aired by broadcasters should be locally produced by the end of February 2017. CA Multimedia Services Director…

New broadcast programming code takes effect in Kenya

A new programming code for free-to-air radio and television broadcasting services in Kenya came into force at midnight on July 1.Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi said…

South Africa - Icasa issues questionnaire on subscription TV services

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has informed all interested stakeholders that a questionnaire relating to an inquiry into the subscription broadcasting services market has been issued. The aim…

South Africa - USAASA halts unencrypted decoder production

SA's digital migration process faces further delays, as USAASA confirmed the production of DTT set-top boxes is on hold.SA's digital migration process faces further delays, as USAASA confirmed the production…

South Africa - Naspers freezes African pay-TV prices as customers feel cash crunch

Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday.Naspers, the biggest…

Nigeria Welcomes China's Support for Digital Switch Over - Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has welcomed China's decision to support Nigeria's effort to actualize the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting,The minister said Monday while…

ConCourt orders all Zimbabweans to pay ZBC licence fees

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that all Zimbabwean citizens and residents must pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) fees even if they are not accessing their services.According to the ruling,…

South Africa - Labour Court rules in favour of four fired SABC journalists

Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation must reinstate the journalists.JOHANNESBURG – The Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must reinstate the…

GOtv Kenya cuts Lite and Value subscription fees by 28%

GOtv Kenya will reduce the price of its Lite and Value bouquets on August 20, 2016. The company has reduced the monthly subscriptions fee for the GOtv Value bouquet by…

Parliamentary Committee on Communications agrees to full scale SABC inquiry

The Democratic Alliance in Parliament has released a statement sating members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, has agreed with the DA that there should be an inquiry into the…

E.tv Botswana takes Sentech to court over pirated signal

E.tv Botswana has asked South Africa’s South Gauteng High Court to grant it an interdict and force Sentech, South Africa’s state-owned broadcast signal distributor, to change its current signal encryption…

Equatorial Guinea: Authorities Delete German TV Crew's Footage

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea.On Saturday, plainclothes state security agents led…

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Rwanda on 17 June 2011, local journalists met to revise the provisional "Code of Conduct" and come up with a final version. The document – made of 26…

Ivory Coast to stop issue of analogue broadcasting licences

A new legislation is in preparation for broadcasting in Ivory Coast. The government has approved the law project which has the objective to no longer authorise the issue of analogue…

Uganda - UBC Committee seeks public view on reforms

The committee recently tasked to review the operations of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation has invited the public to suggest ways to improve the public broadcaster. State-owned UBC radio and TV have…

Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau banned after on-screen hug

A leading Nigerian actress has been banned from the Hausa-language film industry because of her "immoral" behaviour, the main industry body says. Rahama Sadau caused offence by "hugging and cuddling"…

Icasa ordered to stop spectrum auction

Communications minister Siyabonga Cwele has secured an urgent court interdict preventing communications regulator Icasa from going ahead with its plan to license radio frequency spectrum for 4G/LTE broadband through an…

Ghana - TV licence law to be amended

The government will soon present a new bill to Parliament to amend the Television Licensing Act - 1966 (NLCD 89) which established the licence fees. The amendment is expected to…

South Africa begins analogue switch-off

South Africa’s Northern Cape is experiencing life without analogue TV after a period of dual analogue/digital illumination in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) came to an end on Friday (28…

SPI/Filmbox channels come to Africa’s Zip TV

SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group has launched its “eight channel pack” on Zip TV, a new IPTV platform in Africa. The pack is comprised of eight movie and thematic channels: FilmBox,…

TV broadcasters to pay up to 60 percent less for signal distribution

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and Analysys Mason, a UK consultancy firm have come up with new rates for Broadcast Signal Distributors after a consultative process with operators and…

Set-top box dispute goes to arbitration

Two black-owned set-top box manufacturers are headed to formal arbitration proceedings and possibly to court after the government agency responsible for procuring decoders for South Africa s digital television migration…

e.tv ordered to keep primetime news

ICASA has declined e.tv s request to stop broadcasting news in prime time. ICASA spokesperson Paseka Maleka said the request was turned down following e.tv s application for an amendment…

Icasa holds hearings on spectrum

Communications regulator Icasa held public hearings late last week to determine how scarce radio frequency spectrum is utilised in future. The idea, according to Icasa, is to update the National…

SABC TV licence shambles: People send us expletives

Cape Town – The SABC has lifted the lid on its TV licence collection shambles, telling parliament that it “cleaned up the database”, wrote off a staggering R17.7bn in TV…

SABC faces collapse

The SABC is in chaos, with the finances of the state broadcaster in such disarray that a halt has been called to producing new TV shows and staff members fear…

SABC viewership plunges to the lowest on record

The SABCs TV viewership keeps plunging and has now dropped to a disastrous 45% audience share its lowest on record while SABC radio station listenership also nosedived following the badly…

NBC extends debt ultimatum to broadcasters by 3 months

Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has extended the ultimatum for broadcasting organisations to offset their debt to the regulatory agency, reports CommunicationsWeek. NBC had given the stations until the end of…

SABC to put an end to 90 per cent local

The SABC is set to scrap the 90 per cent local content broadcasting decree, introduced in July 2016, that has drained the SABCs coffers, disrupted its income streams and ad…

GOtv Malawi embarks on bill payment campaign

DTT, payTV in Africa: GOtv Malawi (the DTT arm of group Naspers, South Africa) has embarked on a door to door campaign that will see the terrestrial digital service provider…

Commission to hear Nu Metro-Ster-Kinekor collusion case

A hearing will start involving a complaint brought by the Competition Commission in 2009 in which it alleges that Primedia's Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Avusa's Nu-Metro Entertainment (Pty) Ltd engaged in…

Uganda bans Dutch film for 'glorifying homosexuality'

Uganda's censorship board has banned a Dutch film, The Dinner Club, after accusing it of "glorifying homosexuality" the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kampala has said. The embassy said in…

DStv unit to pay R180m fine for price fixing

DStv Media Sales has been fined R180million for price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions in contravention of the Competition Act. The matter relates to a November 2011 investigation…

ICASA holds meetings for free-to-air TV and radio licences

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is holding workshops concerning free-to-air television broadcasting services and radio frequency spectrum for multiplexes. They follow the Invitation To Apply (ITA) published…

Angolan consumers seeks court action against Zap, DStv

The Angolan Association of Consumer Rights (AADIC) has announced that it will seek collective court action against pay-TV distributors Zap and DStv, for the exclusion of the TV channels of…

TV encryption: Muthambi wins concourt battle

Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has won a constitutional court battle against e.tv over encryption in set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television. TechCentral reported that the minister, who was shifted…

SABC wins BCCSA case regarding controversial Isidingo scenes

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), ruled in favour of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in relation to Isidingo episodes, which were broadcast on 26 April and…

US firm cuts out parts of Nickelodeon kids cartoons from Kenya

Nickelodeon, the American production house that supplies pay-TV company MultiChoice with children’s content, has suspended three of its cartoons said to glorify homosexuality from the Kenyan market. Viacom, the US-based…

Special task force set to flush out illegal movie producers in Nigeria

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is set to revitalise the dying dreams of the founding fathers of the film industry, whose sheer efforts brought the sector to…

ICASA to hear comments on community broadcasting proposals

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it has received a number of submissions from stakeholders in relation to the review of the framework governing the community broadcasting…

Nigerian Govt to Stop Production of Local Movies, Music, Abroad

The Federal Government says it has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country. The Minister of Information…

South Africa - Licence fee firm slaps SABC with a lawsuit

A company frustrated by the SABC’s refusal to pay it millions of rands for collecting outstanding TV licence fees from the public has taken the legal route in a bid…

SABC considers laying criminal charges against Hlaudi

The SABCs interim board is on a mission to claw back millions of rands paid to disgraced former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. TimesLive reports... The SABC is also thinking of laying…

SABC institutes legal action against Motsoeneng and Aguma

The public broadcaster’s interim board wants to go after the two executives’ pensions for losses incurred during their tenure. The interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says…

DStv: We can't control the Gupta's television channel ANN7

MultiChoice in an open letter says that the satellite pay-TV platform can't control ANN7 amidst growing calls for its removal from DStv. An online petition was started in April and…

MultiChoice South Africa renames Extra plan Compact Plus

MultiChoice South Africa announced it will rename its DStv Extra bouquet of satellite TV channels. Effective immediately, the bouquet will be known as DStv Compact Plus. The plan costs ZAR…

An Anglophone TV Channel banned in Cameroon

An English-speaking channel which airs programs about protests, activism and human rights abuses has been banned in Cameroon. The Cameroonian government also banned all programs pertaining to the celebration of…

SABC wants R3bn bailout

The beleaguered South African public broadcaster urgently wants a massive R3bn bailout to keep it from collapse, more than double its last government bailout of R1.47bn in 2009. Parliament’s standing…

The tax exemption in respect of films in South Africa

“From the beginning of the production stage to the actual editing of the final film and exhibition, the industry contributes to the economy, revenue, job creation and economic activity.” The…

Filmmakers discuss ‘The Africa We Want’ AU Agenda

Filmmakers, government representatives and stakeholders from across the continent converged in Nairobi seeking to discuss how the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – “The Africa We Want’’ – can be reflected…

CMF unveils Canada-South Africa co-development incentive

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have inked an agreement to establish a dedicated incentive for the co- development of audiovisual projects…